In, Not Of

The Christian life should make us, them, and everyone a little uncomfortable.  How much should be away from nonbelievers, how much should we be walking with theme?  It is tough.  It is a challenge. What should we do?

There is a struggle in our lives, as Christians.  How present should we be in the world?

Should we only listen to K-LOVE or Christian podcasts and playlists?  Can we, should we listen to secular music.  What about the movie Noah? Should we see it or should we not?

How are we as Christians supposed to be different enough to make a difference, while not being just like the world. That’s a struggle we face today, and a struggle that the church faced in Paul’s day.  Listen to what Paul says today in 1 Corinthians 10: 31-:11:1 dealing with this:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

NOTWLogo-200x200Paul says this today, whatever you do, do it to God’s glory and for His purpose and His plan.  Remember, we don’t live just for ourselves. We live for God, and for sake of the Gospel.  What does this mean? I think it means two things.

First, we need to have relationships beyond the church.  If we don’t know anyone other than Christians, how can we share the Good News with them.  We have to know them, talk with them, build relationships with them. We must. For us to impact the world with the Gospel, we must know folks that are not part of the church. We must reach beyond the walls.

But, we need to be different.  There must be something about must be something about us that is different. We have to have a different world view.  A different view of grace.  Mercy.  Forgiveness.  Grace.  We have to be different.

If we aren’t different, why would they want to be us.

So, today, may we be in the world, but not of the world. May we take the good news to the world, build relationships, and life for the sake of the Gospel.  May we take the light of Christ with us, in all places!

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Blinded

fri 02You ever get frustrated with folks that aren’t Christian?  You ever just really get fed up with the world, with the way that people act, that their choices, their decisions, the way that their mind works?

There’s something that I say from time to tim – I don’t expect lost folks to act like Christians.  I do, however, expect Christians to act like Christians.  So, if you are spending your time, expecting people that don’t know Jesus Christ, to act like me or you, than you are just wasting your time.

They aren’t.  They simply aren’t.  Listen to what it says in 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

We see here that the god of this age (Satan) has blinded the unbelievers to the truth of God.  So then, what is our move?  What are we to do?  What are our options?

Pray.  Build relationships.  Take Christ with you.  Shine the light.  Take it with you.

In your words. In your actions.  In all that you do.  Shine His.  The light will shine in the darkness. And the darkness will not overcome it.  Take the light of Jesus with you.

But first, and foremost.  Pray.  Pray for those that you know that don’t love Jesus.  Pray for those that you know that need to love Him better.  Pray.

Pray for His word to spread.  Pray for the church.  Pray for yourself.

Yes, they are blinded.  Don’t get frustrated.  Don’t get angry.  Love.  Trust.  Pray.

And let God take care of the rest.

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