There is a lot we can learn from each other as we share our differing perspectives and understandings of Jesus. That is, if we can dare to be a little vulnerable and admit that maybe we don’t have God all figured out.
Source: How Denominations Destroy Faith
Before you start to measure your Christian growth, it’s important to understand that the Christian journey is like running a 10K marathon. It is gruelling, and you are likely to stumble many times. But that’s OK. Your goal is to conquer the journey. The Bible tells us that, “The one who conquers, I (Jesus) will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also have overcome and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Revelation 3:21).
But, unlike the temporal marathons, everybody starts with the same advantage, and there is no preparation time. The day you gave your heart to the Lord, that’s when your journey begins. And it is not an annual or four years event. It is continuous.
Still, despite the rough and tumble. There are cool things about running a Christian marathon. For example, everybody is allowed to bring all their baggage along with them. And the more ground you cover, the easier the race gets. Temporal marathons get harder as you run the course, and runners avoid excess weight.
Now, as you navigate your course, you will come upon different baggage stations with labels unique to the baggage you carry. God strategically marked each Baggage station according to His Commandments. And all the stations are mistake proof.
So, my friends, it is reasonable to agree that how much we grow as Christians are directly proportional to the baggage we shed permanently. Everyone has baggage, even if you do not want to admit it. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“You shall love your neighbour as yourself” is a command from God. But most Christians struggle to obey it, and rightly so. How can we give up our prejudices and love our neighbour as we love ourselves? Humans are naturally programmed to favour self, family and friends over everybody else. Even Jesus had a disciple who the Bible referred to as the disciple whom Jesus loved.
Still, despite our prejudices, and our history. Everyone can be compassionate and helpful to people of different race, culture or class. And I firmly believe that’s the message Jesus intended to get across when He told the parable of The Good Samaritan (Read Luke 10:25-37).
So, my friends, it is time for a new mindset and a new way of thinking.
Don’t wait until the ark door is close before you surrender. I am sure none of you wants to hear the following words when you appeared before Jesus:
41 “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes, and you did not clothe me, I was ill and in prison, and you did not look after me.”
44 ‘They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or ill or in prison, and did not help you?”
45 ‘He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
46 ‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46).
Are you on the right path?
Attention Christians! As you know, we live in a fast pace materialistic world with two paths. Whichever path you choose is up to you. But, before you decide on where to go, you must understand what those two paths mean. One is broad and colourful. It has all the glitz and glamour of the world. The other is narrow, bores you to death, and it does not appeal to many.
Humans are programmed to react to the impulses of the five senses. But every so often our reactions are premature, which cause us to make significant decisions without careful assessment.
Jesus does not want us to rely on impulse when we make important decisions. He wants us to do the right thing and choose the right path. Here is what He said: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
So, my friends do not fall for the promises of the enemy. He can only give you temporary satisfaction. Instead, “Let us hold fast to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
If you chose the narrow road, then you are on the right path.
Every Christian has at least one elusive thing on the bucket list that you hope God would help you check off. You spent hours in prayer asking God to bless you with this or that. But you never ask God to prepare you for the blessing your heart desire.
I am sure we have all heard of or know of a situation, secular and non-secular where at least one person got promoted to a position for which he or she was ready due to lack of preparation. And usual these situations never work out favourable for either side.
The parable of the lost son which Jesus told in Luke 15:11-20 is a good example of an individual who received a gift (blessing) he was not ready to handle. The young kid lived a sheltered life up to that point. Still yet he thought he could manage anything the world threw at him. But he was wrong. The Bible says the poor kid squandered his inheritance and ended up eating among swines.
So my friends, instead of spending lots of time asking God to bless you with whatever you need so badly. Spend some time and ask him to prepare you first. So that when the blessing comes you’ll know how to conduct yourself.