Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Keep it Real - March 9, 2011

Romans 12:3 (New International Reader's Version)
3 God's grace has been given to me. So here is what I say to every one of you. Don't think of yourself more highly than you should. Be reasonable when you think about yourself. Keep in mind the amount of faith God has given you.

Unfortunately, many well meaning Christians have given our faith a bum rap. Many churches tried to drum into their congregants the "do's and don'ts" of the faith, without providing the "heart" of the message, which is the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. For many young people over the past few decades, church became a boring place that you had to attend, filled with hypocrates that were in churh on Sunday's, but lived like the rest of the world every other day. To top it all off, those same people arrogantly professed the degree of their faith, and excluded those that didn't measure up to their image of a Christian.

Paul gives us warning that just because we have been saved through the mercy and grace of God, doesn't mean that we are any better than anyone else. The great thing about our faith is that God want you to "come as you are". He sets no pre-conditions, and asks only that you accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. He has provided the means of redemption for everyone, in every area of society and in every corner of the world. No one is any better than another, or excluded from the gift that He has given.

On the surface this might seem like an easy concept to accept, but if you really search your heart, do you accept every one as capable of receiving Jesus Christ, regardless of condition? How about those who hate you and do evil against you? How about people from other faiths, that are determined to bring down yours? Is their anyone in your life that you just can't forgive enough to see them saved by God? If God can save you, then everyone is open to His forgiveness and plan of redemption.

We can thank God that He has given us the degree of faith that we have. Some have more and some have less; we are all in different places when it comes to where we are with Him. But one thing is for sure, God loves all of His creation and wants all people to come to Him. It is our humble duty to realize where we are, and to use whatever measure of faith we have in His service helping others come to Jesus.

Photo "Tux" by firehawk77, 4-14-2006, from stock.xchng

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