Yes, fellow Christian, just sit back and relax. God is in control.
You want to end a conversation about the chaos in the world today? Utter these soothing words, “God is in control.”
Case closed. Go on to the next subject. Crab grass. Vacation. Car shopping. Whatever.
Then sit back and do absolutely nothing.
It’s Friday evening, and I haven’t written since last Sunday. This week’s post was to be the final one in my series about True Discipleship. My day job was chaotic, demanding, and very stressful all week. I came home each evening totally exhausted. I went to bed but sleep eluded me. Every night I woke up after about four hours of sleep then was awake, then asleep, then awake, then asleep until the alarm startled me at 5:30 AM. I stumbled through the day and repeated the same cycle every day.
Intending to write about meaningful relationships, I didn’t put one letter to paper all week.
My intention was to create a scripture-laced post that would encourage all readers to seek relationships that go beyond the surface. Deep. Real. Close relationships with those who share our faith and with those who don’t. The goal of those deep relationships is to be aware of the needs of others.
Good intentions don’t create anything.
Any discussion about True Discipleship must include our sin problem. We had a sin problem before we accepted Jesus as Savior, and we still have a sin problem. It is and will always be a daily struggle.
Sin is not a light subject, and it’s not something to be dismissed with an “I’m only human” attitude. Its seriousness cannot be decided by comparisons with other people. Other people don’t set the standard. God did.
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Someone has an empty bowl. That empty bowl might be hunger or loneliness or fear. It might be self-hate or depression or anger. It might be poverty or abuse or just feeling lost.
God has given someone the means to fill that empty bowl.
It might be me. It might be you.
You are very much loved by God.
In fact He has given you a very special gift, a spiritual gift. Everyone who has placed their trust in Christ as their savior has received a gift from the Holy Spirit.
No, it isn’t singing or working with kids or baking. Those are talents and abilities, but they’re not spiritual gifts.
We are saved by grace, the unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor of God, by putting our faith in Jesus as our Savior. Yet the New Testament documents account after account of Christians involved in working for the growing church.
The road to true discipleship is paved with scripture.
You and I will never be the disciples Jesus commands us to be unless we are students of the Bible. How can we know what He expects if we don’t read His words?
We’re not called to be experts on the Bible. We are called to be expressions of the Bible.