As the grandchild of a preacher who was no compromiser and who lived by the Word of God I think that I have been more heavily condemned by my sins than someone who is not from a ‘pk’ family. May not be true, but it has always felt that way to me. The Bible says that no matter what we have done we can still come to Jesus and be saved. We do not have to remain in the pigpen with the heathen unless we ‘choose’ to do so, but in order to turn ourselves around we do have to repent. Repenting involves making amends where possible and stop committing the sin that put us in the pigpen in the first place. The emergent churches never teach about sin or repentance and I see so many people asking the question of salvation. People often think they can never be forgiven. Others think that God will never send ‘them’ to Hell. Both ideas are wrong.
Do not all of us when we are born want to feel like we are alive for a reason? That we get up every morning and get dressed to go about our day to make some kind of difference in the world? I mean, who wants to be physically alive but spiritually dead? Who wants to live in a world where no one hears them or sees them, where no one even notices if they are alive or dead? No one wants that.
I am reminded of the story of Joseph when his brothers threw him into a well and thought they were rid of him, but God had a plan for Joseph. Joseph survived many years of hell until finally those who harmed him were then serving him.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 10:39
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25
There are several scriptures in the Bible about “losing” our lives in order to gain it. Fame or lots of attention never interested me. God is not looking for famous and well liked or accepted people in society. He is looking for people He can trust and who will not compromise HIS MESSAGE. God has a plan even for the person who is all alone with no family or friends. A person could live for 80 years before they meet the one individual that the Lord wanted that person to meet so they could share the gospel message with them. I believe that we will not fully know the impact we have made in this world until we leave this world.
It is far more important to be concerned about what the Lord thinks of our conduct than what others say or think. Man changes what is considered honorable and worthy, but the Lord changes not. -Admin-
Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:12 (NKJV)
A great deception of our media-saturated age is that a person has to be prominent or visible to be influential. Jesus taught quite the contrary. Standing on a rural hillside with a few thousand farmers, fishermen, carpenters, and other men and women of humble background, He pronounced them as the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”
Jesus brings the same message to you. You are valuable and worthy in His eyes, created as His workmanship for a lifetime of good works that will demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God to a blind and captive world.
Realize your worth in Christ. You were not created or saved by accident but by His design, to be used for His purposes, which will have eternal consequences.
Whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you are, Christ can use you today. Accept your worth to Him and your value to others. Your life is a fragrance of the indwelling Christ.