I’m going to share three stories with you from my pre-conversion high school days.
I was at a local punk rock show, throwing my fists aimlessly and thrashing in a blur of spiked bracelets and colored mohawks. It was circulating that someone I didn’t know wanted to fight me because they heard I had a black belt in karate. I found that to be enormously entertaining, so at the break I wandered outside to find this person. When someone pointed me her direction I approached her asking “So I hear you want to fight me?” I didn’t know that she was drunk. Within seconds her and her two friends were on me, dragging me around the parking lot by my hair and kicking me. There was nothing I could do, and I was laughing.
Imagine for one moment that everyone who knows you was going to judge whether or not you are a Christian. But instead of basing this on your profession of faith, church attendance, or theology, they are going to base their analysis on your deeds.
Not on how kind you are, and not by the sins you refrain from either. They are going to judge you based on outward actions of faith, motivated by love and mercy.
How would you do?
God is indeed “separated from sinners,” and not just by distance but by nature. What I mean is this: everything that God is the natural man hates, and all that comes out of the heart of man, God by nature must despise. The Word of God teaches that in our natural human state we are all “alienated and hostile in our mind (towards God), doing evil deeds (Colossians 1:21).” You might be thinking “but I love God,” and yet if you are not a Christian you do not yet love the true God and this I hope to prove to you in love and for your good.
Isaiah 45:5 “I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.”
I read Ezekiel 16 yesterday. This must be one of the most heart wrenching and stomach sickening books in the Bible, and yet its end produces such a sense of amazement in me. Its end makes me want to fall down and worship the God of Heaven and Earth with my face to the ground. It simply takes your breath away.
Here is the Lord. Here are His people Israel whom He has loved and chosen not because of anything worthy in them. Here is why they are chosen: “The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)…” Continue reading
This is my world, but it is not my home. As if constantly walking against the rushing tide, or a fearsome rage of wind, onward I press one step at a time. Dare I not look back at all the crowds of people, who bustle about laughing, easily carried by the wind as if it was a thrill to be tossed to and fro; They are enemies of the cross of Christ, with minds set on the things of my world, and little do they seem to know their perilous state.
But may my eyes be fixed, steadfastly on the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Yes though it may be blurry in the distance, the rain beating wildly and gray in front of it and the devils pushing and prodding at all who walk this path; Yes, though it lies beyond a narrow gate and a restrictive road, may I fix my eyes securely on that prize!
May I not look back, lest I be found not fit for the kingdom of God, and in so looking back prove that my desires are for this world and not for Heaven with my Lord! Continue reading
May the very words of Christ change us.
Luke 12:13-21 “Someone in the crowd said to him (Jesus), ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, ‘Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your gaurd against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’ And he told them a parable saying, ‘The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
I confess, I know next to nothing about blogging. But I do love to write. I love to journal, to write poetry, and to write varieties of exhortations with the hopes that any person reading these things would come to Christ. If they know Him, I desire that they would know Him even more, and if they do not know Him, I pray that they would be called into saving faith. Jesus is my life and the cross is my only boast and glory. Anything that is not done through Him and for Him is a waste. It is not worth my time, nor my thoughts, nor my efforts to waste away the precious seconds the Lord has given.
Ephesians 5:15-16 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”