No relationship is just a relationship; it’s a context for relating to Jesus. No job is merely work; it is a context for serving Jesus. What we do matters. The most important application of this word is the realization that we are slaves of Jesus. We belong to him and serve him. If we take seriously that he is the origin and recipient of every act that we undertake, all our work takes on greater meaning and our treatment of people changes. Work will be done with care, not just to get by. People will be nurtured, not used or ignored. Our call is to reflect His love and truth.
God calls parents to disciple their children. You can’t make your children Christians, but you can make it easy to love Jesus in your home.
You can endeavour to make your home ring with gospel joy.
You can endeavour to make your family not only a family of Christians, but a Christian family—sold out for Christ and his cause.
God has more for us than the hum-drum life of work, rest, and entertainment.
He has more for your children than extra-curricular activities and college scholarships and good jobs.
He has the storehouses of grace and glory for your family.
This submission to Christ’s leadership through His Holy Spirit is essential to a healthy relationship with God…whether you are a husband or wife…it’s the starting place.
What Peter and so many others in the Scriptures proclaim to us is this:
THE RESURRECTION IS NOT SIMPLY A DOCTRINE TO BE BELIEVED. IT IS AN ACHIEVEMENT TO BE EXPERIENCED AND PUT INTO PRACTICE!
We are like the moon … the night is dark. But every night the moon reflects the sun that is no longer visible. In darkness, when you can’t see the sun, you can know it is there by how it reflects off of the moon. When you chose to live following God’s example, you are being the light that is most often bringing wisdom in to the darkness around us.
Christian means “little Christ.” In everything we do, we want to emulate Jesus’s example. And as we move further on our journey, we want to look more like our Savior every day. In doing so, we need to show kindness and compassion. Remember, Judas ate too. Jesus washed his feet during the Last Supper, even though he knew how Judas had already betrayed him and how he would betray him later on.
If Christ can wash Judas’ feet, we can show kindness to everyone, even our enemies.
What Paul is about here is New life in Christ…following Jesus is the answer and vision for humankind far beyond any secular dream we might conjure up.
The promise of our faith is that whoever turns to Jesus Christ will never hunger for forgiveness and that which gives life to the world. That is a promise of joy and of peace of which we can be assured.
This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15
The mystery that Paul refers to is that now Gentiles can be, and are, members of the same body because of Jesus. Gentiles now have equal footing. All of us have equal footing before God. And if you think through Paul’s letter so far, this encompasses everything we have been talking about.