What does it look like to serve in God’s Kingdom? Where can we get involved and serve others? To me it seems: The only true control we have in life; is the power to give it up in service to others. Christ said, “No one takes my life from me. I give my life of my own free will.” A Kingdom servant doesn’t have to contemplate his life’s purpose, meaning, value or worth. He need only look to the Cross of Christ to find that truth, and when the mind of a Kingdom servant fully identifies with the costly service of the “Suffering Servant” (Jesus Christ – Isaiah 53) serving others isn’t something that is laborious; it is a joy unparallel of anything we have ever known. –Have a blessed day my friends.
Monthly Archives: April 2014
As I carefully read Matthew 10:34-39 the Spirit spoke to me and gave me this revelation:
Peace on earth was not the mission of Christ. Spreading the gospel of Himself, as fulfillment of God’s will was His mission. Christ calls (us) his disciples to spread His gospel at all costs. Why? Because it is only Christ’s gospel that brings those that are lost unto Him; for only he can save. Christ never let anything or anyone get in the way of spreading the gospel of himself; which was, to do his father’s will. Christ never placed His love for Joseph, Mary, or his siblings above his love for God (His True Father). One of the biggest show stoppers to a person fully accepting Christ’s commission is familial fear. Familial fear is the fear of familial rejection as one chooses to follow Christ at all costs. Christ implores us to love our families; however, he doesn’t expect us to sacrifice Him or His gospel to do so. If our love for Christ remains supreme, then familial love must be submissive to our love for Christ. Does this mean we leave or stop loving our family if they disagree with us? No, it means we love them that much more by committing to stay put. It is our steadfastness in family disagreement that brings our family into God’s will. Should we think we are exempt from offering our family as we serve Him? God and Abraham presented us with an answer to this question. How? Through Abraham’s example when he offered Isaac and by God Himself when he gave Jesus for our disobedience. God did not spare Jesus for himself, and Abraham did not spare Isaac for himself. Out of faith and love for God Abraham unconditionally offered Isaac. As far as true belief in God goes, I believe, this is where the rubber meets the road of our faith. Abraham was willing to risk the loss of Sarah’s love, and all the love of his entire family to do one primary thing; obey God at any cost. As we follow Christ we will never be people pleasers and that is just fine. For our mission is not to please others, but to introduce them to Him who saves.
If let fester, shame, can become malignant and counterproductive to one’s reception of Grace. Oh, but hope is not lost, the Grace of God has the power to excise the tumor of shame, backfilling shame’s chasm with our creator’s flood of acceptance. Remember, God’s Grace appeared not because we deserved or earned it, but “because He (God) loved us first.” Dr. Smedes says, “”Shame is heavy; grace is light. Shame and grace are the two counterforces in the human spirit: shame depresses; grace lifts. Shame is like gravity, a psychic force that pulls us down. Grace is like levitation, a spiritual force that defies gravity. If our spiritual experience does not lighten our life, we are not experiencing grace. . . .”
I find it unnerving how I can become a surrendered and saintly person in my own mind, while my heart has yet to confirm such a condition. As a Christian man, I often come upon the word “surrender” as it pertains to yielding my will to God’s will. I even recall saying many times, “I surrender myself to you God.” However, my bent to retain self-control on many occasions proves the aforementioned statement may have been lip service or the perceived right thing to say and not entirely indicative of personal authentic “surrender.” I have recently found something that has allowed me a moment of introspection and clarity pertaining to my self-perceived state. So, I thought I would share it.
I have come to this conclusion: “My personal and spiritual growth will increase exponentially, when I have come to the end of myself.” In other words; the only thing standing in the way of personal growth is me, myself, and I!
Recently, I was watching a television program that outlined the exploits of a serial killer known as “The Green River Killer.” It seems this man brutalized and murdered several women over a long period of time. Even as a Christian, as I watched the program I became pulled into a frenzy of hate and anger towards this individual. My hate and anger seemed to be justified due to the level of heinousness I felt compelled to assign him. Then rather quickly after doing this I heard the Holy Spirit say “James, how can you judge and hate this man for his behavior. Has yours been exemplary? Have you found a way to meter sin? Does one sin weigh more than another? Did you earn forgiveness?” I will tell you, after the Spirit’s questioning I felt quite convicted. Why? Well it seemed so easy, I suspect, because of the heinousness in this case, to appoint myself this man’s judge, jury, and executioner. But, is that what Christ would have me do? With the Spirit’s help I realized that my personal appointment as judge, jury, and executioner elevated me above God; not a place I wanted or needed to be. However, I still struggled to see where God’s hand or better yet where God’s Grace could be found in this situation. As the television program was nearing its end I spotted the example Christ needed me to see. You can see what I observed as you click on the clip below:
In my opinion, the weight of sin can only be measured by the sacrifice of Christ. And in that context all sin weighs the same. The man who forgave Mr. Ridgeway knew that. How? Because that man truly knows his Savior – Christ Jesus!