"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." - Matthew 22:37-40

Friday, March 25, 2011

Procrastination on Salvation

"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest." - John 4:35
 Everyday, how many people do you pass who needed you to speak to them? How many, through a simple engagement could have received the salvation of their soul. Are we that busy?

Consider that 80% of Americans consider themselves Christians. Many of them are lying. But if everyone spoke to just one non-believer, how long would it take for everyone to have been sincerely witnessed to? How many would come to know him?

Now is the time! And here is where we start! But I'm a little busy right now, so my maybe tomorrow is better.
"For he says,

"In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you."

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise."
- 2 Corinthians 6 : 2-8

Friday, March 4, 2011

Consistency and Accountability

For I the LORD do not change…” - Malachi 3:6

Nor should we. We do, but we must strive for consistency, for our testimony relies on it. Many lie in wait, to catch you in your moment of failure; they want to see nothing more than to bring you down by your own actions.

They point to others who claim membership to the church, citing what they have done or said. But remember, while we must hold our brothers and sisters in Christ accountable, in the end, we can truly really only hold ourselves.

Hold yourself accountable in all things you do. In all things you do be the glory of God.
“Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
- 1 Peter 3:14-16

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Problem of Evil

Long ago, Epicurus once said, 

"Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?"

There is no doubt this question is not easily resolved. But there is also no doubt to God's endless love and majesty.

"Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 
2 Corinthians 12:8-9

It is not that God is not willing, or is not able, to abolish evil, but it is that He manifests that power though man, and his willingness and ability to resist evil. It is not God's problem with evil, it is our own.

Do what is Right.

"If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it." - Genesis 4:7

When we do what is right, not by us, but by God, we gain a momentum to our lives through it. But when we do what is wrong, we lose that momentum, that movement, and stop following God in our moment of failure. We often feel as if we are dragging our feet through the muck in life. With a short review, we can see that our choices have stopped us from moving at all. 

Ignore all that is not right, that is not good, that is not of God. We must get moving, we must finish the race. 

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 
2 Timothy 4:7