In this overwhelming season of gratitude, it is hard to not meditate on the gratefulness I have towards my Savior. Although I say it is hard not to, then again, in the cultural transformation of the season, sometimes I find the opposite much easier. I often get wrapped up in the dressings of the holidays, that I forsake to meditate on the only thing worth celebrating. Beyond the turkey, the gifts, the shopping, the football, and even the family time, a greater gift is to be recognized. There is nothing I have received that is more honorable or worthy of recognition than the gift of knowing Jesus Christ.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them s rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.
I am not trying to pull a “Jesus Juke” on the good tidings of the season, but only speaking from personal conviction, in that I often trade the meditation of rubbish for the meditation on Christ. Yes, wealth, prosperity, comfort, and joy are all great things, but Christ is so much greater! He is so much more worthy, in fact, that Paul calls all these great things rubbish in comparison to the God of all.
I wonder what this truth looks like in our lives. What if we lived as though Christ is far greater than every other temporal comfort we elevate? Would we start to see a new kind of Christian, or better yet, an Acts-like Christian in our generation? Maybe that half an hour of sleep isn’t worth putting off your quiet time yet again. Maybe that football game on Sunday isn’t as important as your fellowship with other believers. Maybe, just maybe, we can spare the few extra bucks in our pocket to support a child in Peru who doesn’t even have a guaranteed meal everyday. Our priorities start shifting; our hearts start transforming.
Lord lead me to elevate You in my life, to see my worship as a worthy depiction of You as Lord and King of all that is and will ever be.
I have reached a goal I never thought I would achieve. God has blessed me despite my frailty and failures, and His favor upon me should be held like a mirror. God is greater, and anything I have posted has been something He has already spoken and merely used me as another one of His vessels. Praise be to Him alone.
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Catholicism has always had a “bad wrap” among the Protestant circles of conversation. I understand their disposition given some alarming history of the church, but there must be a line drawn. I know several professing Catholics that are as, if not more so, Biblically literate than some of my professing Protestant friends. We must be hesitant to overgeneralize people of other denominations. I know I have been guilty of this on several occasions, and am speaking of personal conviction in regards to this area. We think all Presbyterians are hyper-calvinist, all Southern Baptists are hyper-arminainst, all methodist’s are alcoholic female preachers, etc. We have to stop this nonsense!
The enemy uses many things to cause dissension within the body of Christ, and stereotyping denominations is one of them. First off, we tend to focus on the negative things that segregate denominations. The trailing thought applied to the word association of any denomination is always their outlying theological stances. For example, when I hear the word “Catholic”, I think of their errors in view of Mary the mother of Jesus, heightened positioning of the saints and Pope, etc. This is a defect in thinking. Many of these people are my brothers and sisters in Christ, I ought to love them as such. Secondly, the issues I allot to Catholicism are only the same issues I deal with in different vessels. I fall into the trap of idolizing pastors, church leaders, and notable christian authors so often! Is this not the same error in the Catholic’s glorified view of the Pope or the saints? I see just as many “cultural Catholics” as I do “cultural Protestants”. I have no grounds to overgeneralize and judge Catholicism, because Protestantism faces the same failures only in a different light.
We all have our screw ups. It is just how religion “organizations” work; you have sinful men describing and following a holy God. But the unity of Christ can not suffer from our elevation of those things which separate us. I am not striving to belittle sin amongst the brethren, but I am referencing matters of different interpretation and execution. The beauty of the body of Christ is that it a balanced group of imbalanced people. The potency of our testimony to the world as disciples of Christ is continent upon our love for one another.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Let us not fixate ourselves on the things that divide as a body of believers, but celebrate what unifies us: the grace of God; and do this by expressing utter love for each other. This is not an easy task, and it is one I know I have to work on, but if executed, it will make all the difference.
Just yesterday, I read Chapter 8 of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis, in which Lewis addresses what he calls “The Great Sin”. He is, of course, referring to pride. In it, he writes, “Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind” (103). To be biblically thorough, we…
“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic ‘progress’ leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.”—J.R.R. Tolkien
Perry Noble’s response is “You are only as deep as the last person you served. Deep? Most Christians are educated way beyond their level of obedience anyway. What you’re really saying is you want me to stand on this stage and confuse the helk out of you so you don’t have to apply what I teach on Sundays.”