“Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you are so wise! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are well thought of, but we are laughed at. To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, without enough clothes to keep us warm. We have endured many beatings, and we have no homes of our own. We have worked wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. We respond gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash-right up to the present moment.” (1 Corinthians 4:10-14)
As I read these words, what I am going through, or have journeyed in, is nothing compared to what the apostles endured in these early days in spreading the gospel.
This scripture passage is written for encouragement and the furthering of the gospel for Christ name, that in all things, we become thankful for the Grace of God at work in our lives.
In our lives, we are faced with choices. As Christians, we need to monitor our internal environment and conduct an inventory, viewing our spiritual progress by asking ourselves the following questions.
- Are we living true to God’s Word?
- Is God Preeminent in our lives?
- Are we setting a daily time alone to commune in God?
- Are we living in Obedience to God’s voice, His Will, His Truth?
- Are we desiring to be continually filled with God’s Spirit?
- Do we long to do the things God directs us to do?
- What or who is the main focus of our lives?
- Who do we surround ourselves with?
- Are we giving ourselves over to the Holy Spirit allowing Him to do the changes necessary in order to transform our human hearts into God Hearts?
- Are we aligning ourselves with the Truth in the Scriptures?
- Are we desiring to be Godly men and women, clothing ourselves in His Holiness?
- Are we pursuing the paths of Christ Righteousness?
- Are we allowing the Holy Spirit access to All areas in our lives?
- Do we consider praying before making decisions?
- Are we taking time alone to spend with God?
- Are we reading and meditating on the Holy Scriptures?
- Are we worshipping God daily?
- Do we include God in our daily walk?
- Do we treat others as we would want to be treated?
- Are we living to exemplify Christ?
- Are we living in Obedience in fulfilling our God-given Destiny and walking in our authenticity in Christ?
All in all, no one is perfect, there is not one who has not made a mistake. There is not one who has not thrown the first stone. There is not one that has forgiven all easily. There is not one who has not had to apologize. There is not one who is perfect.
We come to understand we are always on the path in arriving but never having arrived until our final passage from this earth when we are ushered into His Heavenly Realm and we are welcomed home from our long journey walking as spiritual beings in our human frame. Let us this day, make it our choice to choose to follow the narrow way, Christ Righteousness. Let us steer ourselves towards the truth found in God and adhere to the entire teaching of the gospels, not just the convenient parts.
The gospel is not a Western, white American gospel, it is an inclusionary gospel for All people groups, including those Christians ostracize. We also are to minister to ALL people groups and not be selective based on our own judgmental attitudes. Christ came to offer salvation to everyone, and we should do so also.
Let us desire to be the Holy and consecrated people that have set ourselves apart from this world, that our inner hearts take on the character traits of a Holy nature. Let us continue in this goal by renewing our minds in bathing ourselves in His Word.
If we call ourselves Christians, God becomes a necessary person in our everyday life. We seek to commune with him, praying, praising, and welcoming him into the deepest regions of our inner being.
Our desire is that we pursue God in fully becoming the men and women He has chosen and called us to be in all manners. We find ourselves desiring to invite the Holy Spirit to continue transforming us into spiritual beings clothing ourselves in all manners with Godly attributes.
It is in our best interest to fellowship with believers of kindred hearts and learn to walk in Love with each another in all our ways.
Most of all, we have a holy pining, desiring that God becomes everything to us, in every area of our lives, as we realize our spiritual walk is to daily give of ourselves to Him, holding nothing back from His ever consuming Love for us.
We learn to allow Him room in our hearts and remain open to His leading, learning to listen, responding in Obedience to His voice.
We realize our daily need for Christ in our journey to be great. We realize we cannot do Kingdom work without Him moving in and through us to accomplish those acts He has purposed for us to do in this life.
It is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit, we live and move and have our being.
We come to an understanding that it is He that is perfecting us on every level and in every area of our lives.
We become the people of God, who humbly submit our lives, before our Father, and before our fellow man, to live as authentically as possible, in and by His Spirit,
desiring to strive towards the highest calling on our lives, to please Him above all other entities, all other persons, and all other things.
We come to the place in our lives where Christ becomes Everything to us, taking His Royal Place in our lives, as Preeminent King!
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister
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