Posts Tagged ‘ Orthodoxy ’

VerseD: Genesis 15:6

And he believed the Lord , and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:6, ESV

The most important thing the Lord requires of us is faith and obedience. Without faith, we cannot be fully obedient. Without obedience, we show our lack of faith.

VerseD: Matthew 18:6

but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:6, ESV

We must be careful how we live and teach, for we are just as culpable in others’ salvation as our own. If we push people away from God through our actions and teachings (that do not conform with Scripture), we are guilty.

(He still shows grace, if we turn and repent!)

Be careful how you live.

VerseD: 1 John 3:18

Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
1 John 3:18, NASB

It is not enough to point out sin and correction.

It is not enough to offer platitudes and comments.

We must be WITH people, helping, soothing, and encouraging, without neglecting the sin, the gospel, and nice words.

VerseD: Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Colossians 3:2, ESV

It is impossible to rightly serve God if we are not focused on Him. Loving others will fall apart if we are not rightly loving Him, even if we are trying to help others but stay focused solely on physical needs and worldly issues.

VerseD: Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Psalm 32:8, ESV

God desires to teach us in how to live, and He has given us to primary sources:

  1. His Word (the Bible, but also Jesus),
  2. His Church.

Listen to both to live rightly.

VerseD: 1 Peter 3:12

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
1 Peter 3:12, ESV

What you do matters.

What you think matters.

If you are consistently thinking impure and evil thoughts, if you are doing what you know God does not approve of, do not expect Him to answer your prayers nor rescue you from challenges.

Odds are, you created those challenges.

Running Around in Circles with Everywhere To Go

Get yourself over to Proverbial Thought for some wise exposition!

I will keep this short, and hopefully you get the point!

I used to regularly update an online journal called DanDantheGodman, which was a nickname given to me during my year working for McDonald’s. My tagline for this journal was “Running around in circles with everywhere to go.” I eventually used it on my MySpace page, as well (another thing I rarely ever think about let alone visit or update).

As a Christian, it occurred to me that it might not be the best tagline.

At the same time, it occurred to me that might be the best tagline to describe much of Western Christianity (though by no means all!)

Think about it for a moment:

The Church is supposed to fulfill the two-fold mission issued by our Lord.

  • Go into the world making disciples and teaching them all the things He taught (Matthew 28:18-20).
  • Promote justice and help those in need (Matthew 25:31-46, and Isaiah 58 is the most beautiful expression of this).

Yet, we see so many churches, congregations, and ministries that seem to promote taking care of ourselves more than taking care of others. Promoting this means they are teaching self-preservation and gratification rather than the things that Jesus taught.

In other words, many Christians in our culture are “running around in circles with everywhere to go.”

Put another way, many Christians are not putting their faith into action. They attend their churches, give donations and tithes, and attend small groups, but they rarely if ever teach the Word of God or reach out to non-Christians.

Are you running around in circles or stepping outside of your circle?

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
James 2:20-24, NIV