Christians Need to Stop Quitting and Start Working

Ezekiel 22.30 records, I looked for a man from among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one.

God is watching us. God is watching us to see who is working for Him and with Him to see His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In the case of Israel, God looked for a man who was praying for mercy on behalf of the people and warning the people about the consequences of their disobedience in order to move increasingly more people toward obedience to God.

This work, God said, would have delayed or even thwarted His plan for punishing Jerusalem but alas, no one was found to be working on this project resulting in Jerusalem’s destruction.

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What Do People Expect From Christians?

2 Corinthians 4.2 encourages, by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God.

What do non Christians expect from Christians? Certainly a virtue or morality that is different from everyone else. This would include honesty, compassion, love, hard work, and thoughtfulness. While no one lives perfectly, thus each of us demonstrates our need for God’s forgiveness, those who claim to follow Jesus are expected and even commanded, to live like He lived.

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God’s Goodness is Worth Sharing

Psalm 40.3 records, He gave me reason to sing a new song, praising our God. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to Him and trust in the LORD!

I have been a part of the ministry of CBMC for nearly 30 years. I have worked vocationally for the organization for the past 21 years. The reason I love the ministry so much is because it’s process for making God known is so simple and so effective.

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Who is Your King?

Judges 21.25 records, in those days Israel had no king. Each man did what he considered to be right.

Not much has changed in 4000 years or so. People are people with the same propensities from generation to generation and from nation to nation.

It is because our origin is from God through His creation of one man and one woman from whom all the peoples of the world have their beginning. This ideology is unique to Christianity and explains why in precept, not always in practice, Christianity stands alone in its teaching that all people are created equal regardless of gender, race, income or intelligence.

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The Natural Progression of our Religion

Acts 22.14-15 describes, the God of our ancestors has already chosen you to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear a command from His mouth, because you will be His witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.

Paul’s description of how he came to know the one true God summarizes how all of us come to know the one true God. We enter the world estranged from God. It is not inherent to the human species at birth to recognize or serve God. From infancy, we humans are self preserving and self seeking.

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Christian Holy War is Still Necessary

Judges 3.2 describes, God left those nations simply because He wanted to teach the subsequent generations of Israelites, who had not experienced the earlier battles, how to conduct holy war.

The idea of holy war is not a very positive one today. While it’s quite an old concept the Muslims have made the idea immensely unpalatable. The Muslim version of holy war involves using women, children and the handicapped, in addition to men without other options for gaining heaven, through the means of suicide, for accomplishing their objectives. Their holy war is the destruction of the infidel or the conversion of the infidel through terror and fear. The god they serve is abusive, terrible and unattractive in every way. Yet holy war predates Islam.

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Who Is Willing to Suffer for Jesus?

Acts 5.41 records, they left the council rejoicing because they had been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.

The Church was able to grow from a handful of believers in Jesus into a world wide religion because it has been willing to suffer dishonor for the proclamation of Jesus as the only God and Savior of the world. When the Church has lost influence it has been the result of those who profess Jesus as Savior privately being afraid to do so publicly lest they suffer for proclaiming His ways.

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Are We Focused on God’s Interests?

Matthew 16.23 observes, He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.”

What are God’s interests? Do we really believe God has interests? Do we think those interests are simply that we be good?

The size of our god will determine the belief we have in that god’s interest in our life and in the world. If our god is small, distant and aloof, then that god will have only a minor interest in the world and what is going on. If our god is small then he will only be concerned with our moral behavior, setting the standard at our doing our best to be good.

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God’s Marketing Department

Deuteronomy 18.18 promises, I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command.

This promise has already been literally fulfilled. It is one of more than 300 promises Jesus fulfilled making Him the unequivocal option for Messiah the Jews have always longed for. However, what this promise communicates and what Jesus communicated, is that God is committed to using people for marketing His Personal reality and His ultimate destiny for humanity.

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The Purpose of Our Faith

John 20.21 observes, just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.

Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples has Him restating His purpose for not taking them with Him immediately into heaven. This purpose is lost to most of the Church. Every Christian should ask themselves why they are not immediately transferred to heaven upon their adoption as children of God. After all, parents adopting children don’t really feel they have adopted the child until that child is officially delivered into their arms as their own.

So too, God Whom we call Father, is in heaven while we remain on earth awaiting either His return or our death. Why? The answer is because the children of God are the means of God through whom He adopts the estranged from God to Himself.

Christians are left on earth for one purpose: to share with people God’s love for them through Jesus the Savior and announce their opportunity to become children of God through repentance and faith in God, the Lord Jesus, Who is the Christ. Failure to give our best and most effort to this mission is to fail at obeying God’s will for our lives. This work is the vocation of some but is to be the occupation of all who claim to be children of God.

When we live self-absorbed, self-seeking, self-promoting lives we demonstrate our disobedience to God and our apparent similar need to repent and have faith in Jesus the Savior because He is sending His people to do His work as He was sent from His throne in heaven. How did Jesus do His work?

First, it was the Father’s will not His. Jesus did not come to do His own will but the will of Him Who sent Him. Absolute adherence to the will of God was the way in which Jesus accomplished His work. The will of God, the salvation of the world, must be our primary work as well.

Second, Jesus came to save sinners. Jesus was a friend of sinners. Most Christians separate themselves from sinners failing to realize they are sinning when they do this. Christians see so little fruit among sinners because they place no seed in the midst of sinners. Christians must stop seeking isolation and begin to develop real relationships with people so that they can start winning people into God’s Kingdom.

Finally, the way Jesus became a friend of sinners was through serving people’s needs. Jesus came not to be served, though He is God, but to serve culminating in the surrender of His own life. Christians are to be the servants of all. The greatest Christian is the greatest servant. As we serve people we demonstrate love for people thus drawing people to the love of God.

Christians are to serve at their own expense and inconvenience so that people experience genuine love from God. This is how Jesus served and so we must do the same.

The Christian mission is clear, the example has been set, who will obey?

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