We Meet No Ordinary People In Our Lives

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to today is on the road to either sainthood or perdition.  All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.

It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, in the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another. All friendships. All loves. All play. All politics. There are no ordinary people. C.S. Lewis [Paraphrased]

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The Great Commission: Evangelism. Conversion. Discipleship.

The Word: Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NLT

The Application: The sole purpose of our conversion is not the salvation of our own souls, but also that we might become co-workers with our Lord and Master in the conversion of the world. Lottie Moon [Paraphrased]

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For Such A Time As This (1)

The Context: Many of us don’t think about it often or at all, but we are living in a post-Christian world. As little as a hundred years ago, a Judeo-Christian Worldview was the predominant marker in (Western) personal and public life. It has been replaced by various Eastern, Atheist, secular, laissez-faire belief systems. Man’s desire to be his own God (unwillingness to surrender) has resulted in a loss of objective (and hence Biblical) truth. This has been accompanied by a complete loss of intellectual cursority (the willing suspension of disbelief) and moral integrity.

So what now 2 do?

As it turns out (see the Providence of God), this may just be one of the greatest times to be alive and a Christian. The delineation between Truth and relativism will become clearer and clearer to both believers and non-believers. And, with it, the opportunity to witness for The Kingdom will become greater and greater (2).

The Word: Now all glory to God who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to do exceedingly abundantly [infinitely] more than we would ever dare to ask, hope or dream for. (Ephesians 3:20-21) [Paraphrased]

The Application: Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials. Smith Wigglesworth.

Let the race begin.

  1. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion? (Esther 4:14b AMPC)
  2. See: The Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19-20)

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Obedience, The Sabbath Version

God is not interested in your offerings or superficial piousness. He is interested in your obedience. That includes observing the Sabbath (Shabbat).

We are commanded not only to remember the Sabbath but to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8). Shabbat is not merely a day of rest. The ritual of observing the Sabbath is God honoring worship.

Observing the Sabbath not only has an impact in your own spirtual formation, it can impact others, both through the witness of our obedience, and also through inviting others to share in our Sabbath worship. Listen to Dennis Prager on the importance of Shabbat:

We affirm the Creator by not working on the Seventh Day. For that reason alone, our increasingly godless world needs people who will observe the Sabbath – and [who will] invite others to celebrate it with them.” (1)

So let us be a holy remnant, both as witnesses and through inviting others to share in our Sabbath. We can have no idea of the impact of our witness multiplied in the Providence of God.

  1. The Rational Bible: Exodus
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Tolerance and Liberty: First They Came For The Communists

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing (1). To wit (2):

When they came for the communists,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I did not speak out;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me,
And there was no one left to speak for me.

Niemöller’s poem comes from another time. Who would be on the list today? The unborn? Christians? Conservatives? Jews? You?

(1) Uncertain attribution.

(2) Martin Niemöller (1892 – 1984). There are several versions of this poem as Niemöller said it different ways at different times (1946 – 1984).  He described this version as his favorite. 

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The Joy Barometer

Faith, surrender, and joy are inextricably linked. The deeper one’s walk with Christ, the deeper the joy. Let joy be the barometer of your faithfulness in Christ. When joy ebbs, look for an area of your life that is not wholly set apart for Him.

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Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 118:24, 29

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Endings

There is no such thing as an ending, just a place where you leave the story. See The Providence Of God.

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Idolatry And Madness

The Word Of God on idolatry: The practice of idolatry ensnares those who participate in it by deceiving them so well that they are no longer able to ask, is there not a lie in my right hand?” (Isaiah 44:20, The Moody Bible Commentary)

Anthony The Great (251 – 356 AD) on madness: “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us’.”

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Martin Luther King Jr., Disciple

Jesus On Love:
And one of them, a teacher of the Law, tried to trap him with a question. “Rabboni,” he asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself..’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matthew 22:35-40 (GNT / MSG)

The Application:
Martin Luther King Jr. (“MLK”) gives us the application of the ‘second greatest commandment.’ Speaking on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), MLK said: “I imagine that the first question the priest and Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ The good Samaritan asked a different question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'” [Paraphrased]

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