(1 Peter 5:8-9)…This world is a broken place, and things seem to get worse every day. The big question is where are all the Christians among this deterioration of society. Unfortunately they are both falling into it and hiding from it. Christians today are afraid to stand up against the downfall of the world around them. They think they ought to hide and just hang out in there churches. They think that people should be flocking to them at the church. That is totally wrong, it’s a lie that Satan is feeding. If the world is to be transformed then we need to be going out into the world to change it.
As Christians we are suppose to be living by Christ’s example, and he didn’t sit at the synagogue waiting for the people to come, no he went out into the people. He transformed peoples lives because he met them where they were at. We have this so messed up today. We need to be gathering together only to prepare us to transform the world around us outside of the church. God even commanded us to “go into all the world” (Mark 16:15), I think too many of us miss the mark here.
The biggest thing that we need to remember is that not all of us are called to be evangelists, but we are witnesses for Christ in our lives. We don’t have to be evangelizing in order to change the world, we just need to do what we are called to do as followers of Christ. Satan will do everything in His power to stand against us, but we have God on our side so we can stand against anything.
(John 18:12-27)…In my devotions this morning I was post with this question; “have we ever denied Christ before others by the way we live?”. The context of this question is connected to Peter’s denial of Christ. As followers of Christ I think we can easily say; “well I’d never do that!”; but that question got me really looking at my own life. I don’t think I can honestly say that I have lived my life so far and never acted in a way that really denies Christ. Even as outrageous as it might seem, I’m reminded of Survivor: Fiji and the season finally where Boo confronts Dreamz about his dishonesty to Yau Man and being a Christian. I don’t know how much truth there is in Boo and Dreamz being Christians, however, if Dreamz was claiming Christ than Boo hit the nose on the head.
If we’re going to claim to be follower of Christ, in any way, then we need to love like it. We are of course going to fail at times, but if we can realize our failure and seek forgiveness from God and those we may have wronged, then we will have grace and ourselves restored as followers. This is very similar to what happen to Peter later on after Christ rose and met up with the Disciples on the shore. Christ gave Peter and opportunity to be redeemed. I desire to ask myself every day, how am I going to stand as a Christ follower and not deny Him?
(Galatians 3:1-25)…It amazes me how even today churches fail in the same areas as the early churches. Paul was always bringing to light the missteps of those early churches. Here the church in Galatia was trying teach that people had to follow the Law if they were to be believers in Christ. Paul explained that if you try to live by the Law then you will be condemned. The Law was given prior to Christ’s coming, and even Christ preached that we have all fallen short of the Law. Christ came to save us from the Law. Actually, the Law points us to our need for salvation, our need for Christ’s sacrifice. If there was no Law it would be harder to see our need for salvation.
You might wonder about all those people that lived before Christ’s coming. Was there no salvation or them? Actually we know that God gave the promise of a coming Messiah a long time prior. Those before had the opportunity to believe in the coming salvation, as they too saw their need for freedom from the bondage of the Law. When God gave us the Law He knew we could not live up to it, but he already had the coming of Christ and a way for salvation planned out.
I think it is easy as Christians to get the lines blurred between living under the Law and living under the salvation given to us from Christ. If we are truly going to be followers of Christ, then we need to live as He did, we need to follow His example. I think it is so easy for us to limit our own ability to fully follow Christ’s example because our own selfishness gets the better of us. My desire is to live my life as a true follower of Christ. In one way, He gave us the most important command was to love each other as ourselves. This is a harder calling than we might want to admit. I know there are many times I come into contact with people that are hard to love. Christ calls me to love them anyways. This is the challenge I see before me.
(1 Kings 2:1-12) As David was dying he left some standing orders for his son Solomon. What he desired for his son was that he would live a life according to God’s will. He was calling his son to live a life of integrity and character. God gave David a promise that if he and his descendants followed Him that they would continue to stay on the thrown.
God calls us to follow His will for our lives, and He promises that our following will not be in vain but He will bless us. I desire to follow God’s calling in my life, to live a life that is pleasing, and honoring, to Him. And it is not about following God just to get the blessing. There is a true joy that comes from following Him.