2003-03-26 - Of the World
As most of you may have noticed, we are humans, and we live in the world. That giant ball of dirt, you know, the one traveling millions of miles an hour through that big empty void called space. Do you know the one? Well, that big ball of dirt is where we all live. But you have to remember that, as Christians, we are simply of the world, we are not of the world. We are of God. He created us, and we must live as his Son, Jesus Christ, lived.
Because we live in the world, we are constantly faced with things of this world. We are faced with temptations every day; whether we choose to overcome it or not is up to us. So we are also faced with the question of how to have fun and live in this world, but at the same time honor God and live as He wants us to live. In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, it talks about how we should live in the aspect of our sexual purity. It says that a man should "learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable."
In Luke 14:25-35, in this passage, Jesus tells us, "If anyone come to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes, even his own life - he cannot be my disciple." When I first read that, I was a little bit confused, as you probably are now. But guess what, I am going to explain it to you --aren't you lucky? Jesus often used dramatic, overstated examples to grab people's attention and make his point. The word "hate" is used here, but Jesus does not use it here as you probably think it is usually used. He uses the word to tell us that we must love Jesus with even a greater love than that which comes naturally for family. We have to be willing to give up everything we have, to do what God has for us to do. We need to be able to live our lives in such a way that everything we do is for Christ, whether in this world or the "Christian world".
The Word of God, For the Children of God, "Thanks be to God"
Love you all,
2 Timothy 2:22