Easter - 2018

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Living like recepients of something great!

The aim of all human life in God’s eyes is that Christ would be made to look as valuable as he is. Worship means using our minds and hearts and bodies to express the worth of God and all he is for us in Jesus. There is a way to live — a way to love — that does that. There is a way to do your job that expresses the true value of God. Paul is taking all the theology of His Roman letter and prayerfully transforming your life into Doxology…to praise God. That is your life looks like doxology, smells like doxology, taste like doxology, feels like doxology then you know and have experienced what it is to be the Object of God’s Mercy.

Paul’s answer to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is to be transformed. We must be transformed. Not just our external behavior, but also the way we feel and think — our minds. Those who believe in Christ Jesus are already blood-bought new creatures in Christ. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). But now we must become what we are. “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened” (1 Corinthians 5:7).

“You have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Colossians 3:10). You have been made new in Christ; and now you are being renewed day by day. That’s what we focused on last week…we are adopted as God’s children and he has lavished all his love, grace, and mercy on us.

The question becomes of His mystery… why aren’t his riches truly known to those that have received it?

Knowledge is exploding at such a rate--more than 2000 pages a minute - In fact, if you read 24 hours a day, from age 21 to 70, and retained all you read, you would be one and a half million years behind when you finished.

Yet, this one simple truth, “mankind is the recipient of the greatest knowledge possible” is obscure and hidden in mystery.  Why is that? Why is it, that in a world filled needy people, seeking to find that answers of truth and knowledge, wanting to know why bad things happen to good people, why we have empty seats in churches, and in a place where children hurt…Why?

It is because; we don’t live as if we are the objects of God’s mercy? 

You know I love ya, Don

Please join me in prayer for the Christ Followers suffering the evil of the ISIS / ISIL.

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