Unfortunately our world is being shaped more by a progressive, liberal mindset than that of the kingdom of God and the citizens of that kingdom. At least in regard to what’s being reported in the media and manifesting in our conversations. I think Christ followers have some innovating to do in regard to shaping culture and the world around us. I know it should be based on love. Love to the degree that it draws
There’s a story that John tells in chapter 6 of his gospel about Jesus feeding thousands of people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. After everyone ate, there were 12 baskets of food collected. Take a moment to imagine that, enough food to fit on a large plate fed thousands of people and then turned into 12 baskets. That’s our God! His idea of meeting your need is exceedingly, abundantly above what you can
Do believers still have a sin nature? Do we have a partially righteous nature and a partially sinful nature? You may have heard the “white dog, black dog” theory. This idea says that believers still have a root of sin or “sin nature” after being born again. The dogs come in as an illustration, meaning you have two natures (dogs) in you and whichever one you feed will grow. You will always struggle with sin
Jesus is a gardener or vinedresser. And like any good vinedresser, when he sees a branch not growing properly he stakes it up and supports it. He does the same with you. Jesus is not looking for a reason to throw you away. In John when Jesus teaches about being engrafted into himself, he promises to lift us up and carry us when we are not producing the kind of fruit that a believer should.
How would you answer that question for an unbeliever? You would tell him to believe on Jesus to receive forgiveness and eternal life. Why then does seeking the kingdom become about performance rather than believing for believers? Seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness is something we do in our hearts to ensure that we are in confident faith toward God based on what Jesus having already made us righteous when we put faith in him.
When we talk about love it sounds more like a concept than an actual thing. Love may be a force, like gravity. Gravity can’t be seen but it’s constant and measurable. Gravity is measured by the amount of attraction between anything with mass and energy. Gravity pulls things together. If love were tangible what would it do? Titus 3 NIV 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.
No one knows your failures better than you. I bet there are places where you have disappointed yourself more than anyone else. You know your track record. You know your secrets. You know how you’ve wasted time and given up more than you care to admit. You are your own worst critic. Everyone faces the enemy in the mirror at times when it comes to where we are in life, but it doesn’t have to