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“Your happiness begins when you stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about others”
I’m so surprised, and sometimes disgusted, at how selfish we, ‘the church’, have become in the world we live in today. I remember over the years the countless people we have taken into our home: at times when it was not convenient, or when we could not afford it financially, or when we were considering our own safety, or that our children were too small, or that our children would have to give up their rooms to accommodate someone else that needed refuge for a period of time until they got back on their feet, or those that just needed a place to sleep for the night.
One of these encounters we were convinced was angelic, call it naïveté, call it what you will. I call it being Christ to the people in my world.
We have become a society so consumed with our own needs, wants and desires that we have even used our faith for these things and these things alone.
Have you ever thought of using your faith to meet a need that God has?
“God has a need?” you may ask…
1 Timothy 2:4
(God) Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth.
Ever thought of using your faith beyond yourself and “us four and no more”; to use it for the salvation of souls and fulfilling the great commission?
Mark 16:15 “And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole [e]human race].”
The church has read this instruction incorrectly; it clearly commands us to “GO” and we have concentrated on “COME” to us here at our church, and don’t come dirty or with issues or with a mess in your life; don’t come as you are, come in an acceptable form that we are comfortable with…
Preaching the gospel is messy; it requires getting your hands dirty, it requires actually having to talk to people you don’t know, praying for someone you have never seen before in a place that is public and without the band playing gently in the background in the safety of the four walls of the church.
And here is what I’ve learnt: that God takes a mess in someone’s life and turns it into a message, just like He did in my life and possibly your life too.
The instruction is to “GO”, and what makes me think that this instruction needs and requires great faith to fulfill, is because so few are actually doing it… and the scripture continues…
Mark 16:16 “He who believes…”
WHO? “He who believes”, do you believe? And you were probably very quick to say: “YES, of course I believe” and I’m so glad you did, because here is the deal, if you believe then this is what should be following you:
“…[who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.”
LEAD ANYONE TO THE LORD LATELY? OR BAPTISED ANYONE LATELY?
17 “And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;”
DRIVEN OUT ANY DEMONS LATELY?
18 “They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.”
LAND HANDS ON THE SICK LATELY?
19 “So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [it]. Amen (so be it).”
PREACHED TO ANYONE LATELY AND HAD GOD WORKING WITH YOU, WITH ACCOMPANYING SIGNS AND CONFIRMING THE WORD YOU PREACHED?
“NO!” Then what am I to assume from that? That you do not believe? Or that you simply use your faith and God for what YOU can get out of Him and have never given much thought to how you can use your faith to meeting a need that God has; the need that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth?
‘THE TRUTH’ is not religion; the truth is that Jesus died on a cross, paid a price for your sin, once and for all. You are saved by grace through faith, but it does not end there.
There is therefore now, no condemnation for those who believe (Rom 8:1) and you are free to “GO INTO THE WORLD AND BE CHRIST” to a lost and dying world who has very little hope and who are not coping with sin, stress and the hopelessness they face without Christ.
While we the church use our faith on a new car, a better house and that designer label pair of sunglasses…
FICKLE to say the least, isn’t it?
Here at Light of the Nations Church we are endeavoring to change the way people view God, through the message of grace.
As people begin to believe right, they start to live right; becoming the love and light in the darkest of situations or circumstances.
Not through fear of consequences or manipulated by law, but through understanding who they are through the message of God’s love for them, His acceptance of them and their unique ability and anointing to be “Christ” to whoever they come in contact with, wherever they come in contact with them.
This is the gospel, the “good news” to the world; God is not angry with you, He loves you with an everlasting, trustworthy, immeasurable love.
He is not out to get you, judge you, reject you or neglect you.
Whoever comes to Him, He will in no way cast out.
He is standing with His nail scared hands wide open and ready to accept you “just as you are”, and the good work He begins in you, He will complete.
Find out about a God that the majority of the church does not preach about:
A GOD WHO LOVES YOU FOR YOU!
Ps Belinda Linley