Privilege Carries Responsibility

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By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. — Ephesians 3:7 NLT

Paul tells us that God’s plan is a mystery and He reveals it as He chooses. God has a timeline that is hidden to all but the Father. Even Jesus said that He did not know when the end would come. Here Paul is referring to the mystery of the plan of salvation. The Old Testament and the prophets pointed forward to a Messiah. This Messiah would come into the world and be rejected by the Jews. Because of their rejection, the door is now open to all people to receive the free gift of salvation. Jews and Gentiles can now be redeemed and share in the inheritance of Jesus Christ. We, along with Paul, have been given the privilege and the responsibility to spread the Good News. How well are we able to explain the plan of salvation, being born again, and living a Holy life? There are people who have attended church services all their lives and don’t understand it. It is a mystery, but it has been revealed to us. We need to exercise our privilege and fulfill our responsibility on a daily basis.

“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous

Post 02-14-2017

React or Respond?

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44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! — Matthew 5:44
 

As Christians, how do we respond when we are deliberately mistreated? Are we to be negative or positive in our responses? We should always strive to be positive and let God show His love through us. Jesus forgave His persecutors and we are to do the same. Was that forgiveness a show of weakness or was it unbelievable strength? Who was the actual winner at the Cross? If we respond in the same manner as Jesus, it is really a show of our strength and our faith in Jesus Christ. In the times of the early church, being struck on the right cheek with the back of the right hand was something that a superior did to someone of less stature as an insult. Jesus said that we should not react to attacks on our own person or dignity. He has promised that He will defend us and that revenge is His.  We are promised that we will be offended and when we are offended, it is our duty to respond in love and with acts of kindness.

“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous

We Gotta Vote!

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 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. — 1 Timothy 2:2 NLT
 

In several passages of scripture we are instructed to pray for those in authority over us.  This is true for the leaders in the body of Christ, the workplace and in the political arena.  Right now, our nation is at a major crossroad.  Each of us should spend time each day praying for our nation’s leaders. We should also pray for direction as to whom we should vote for in the coming elections.  God has given us a great country with great freedoms.  With those freedoms come great responsibilities, one of those responsibilities is to vote.  Sticking our head in the sand or turning away from hard decisions is not the an option for Christians.  As we are told in the book of James:

17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

— James 4:17
Pray and pray some more, then go vote!
Post 10-21-2016