"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness…so they say

Posted by Emma on March 19, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought

So, I’ve been cleaning house recently and this set me to thinking. If you came into our house it would probably not take you long to see that we were religious, and you could probably label that religion as Christianity. On a shelf in the living room are several Bibles, there is a hymnal on the piano, pictures with verses on them hang on the walls, and many christian books are on the bookshelves in various rooms. But how does the rest of the house align with those items?

Undoubtably, for most of you, someone could walk into your room and say that you are a Christian. At least if your room is anything like mine. A Bible is sitting on my desk, actually more than one; scripture verses are scattered throughout the room; Christian books are on the selves. My room reflects my interests, the biggest of which is God. That is how it should be.

Our rooms should reflect who we are, and we should reflect who God is. Which naturally begs the question how does my room reflect God? Does a few Bibles, some scripture verses, and a couple of Christian books reflect God? They can. They can say that the person who lives here is a “christian”. They can say that the person who lives here cares about God, even loves God. But what happens when my room is a disaster? When I have been so busy that I have not taken time to put things away or when I am lazy and scatter things all over the room? (Yes, this does happen at times.) How about when I have too much stuff so it does not fit neatly in my room?

Those were the questions that came into my head while I was cleaning and I came to the conclusion that it leaves a bad testimony on God. It says “here lives a lazy, irresponsible, uncaring person who has the outward trappings of a Christian”. Pretty harsh, I know, but that is the truth.

1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is not a God of confusion, or disorder as one translation puts it. If God is not disorderly, He must be orderly. We are suppose to reflect Christ, who is God, so we should be people of order. Not hard logic. This should translate into every area of our lives including where we live.

As Christians we should be the most organized people on earth. Far to often, I find that Christians are average, if that. Young people are the worst for being organized. Most people recognize that. But what would happen, if Christian young people stood up and said, “I’m going to reflect God. I’m going to be organized.” I think parents, peers, and other people would stop and stare. Think of the testimony it could be! And think of the testimony you are giving when your room is in disorder.

So, next time you take a piece of clothing off and are tempting to just throw it on the floor, think again and reflect God. Next time you have a stack of stuff you do not know what to do with, don’t just leave it in a pile, reflect God. Next time you are in a hurry and want to just toss that book, or paper, or whatever on your desk, don’t do it, reflect God. Make sure your Christianity is not tainted by mess and disorder and make sure your testimony is not marred by the state of your room. Reflect God. 

Thoughts From Years Ago

Posted by Emma on March 15, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought

It is interesting how things change or stay the same over the years. I was looking through a journal and found something I wrote six years ago. I still think the same thing today.

“We should never get ourselves tied down in one place, but we should always be ready to move no matter how old we are. Abraham was 75 before God told him to travel . Just think what would have happened if he had said, ‘I’m too old. I have a nice home, which I’ve worked all my life for. I can’t leave it.’ That would have been disastrous. We should always be ready to do whatever God tells us no matter what the cost.”

Leap Off a Cliff

Posted by Emma on February 29, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Faith,Holidays

Today is special because it is a leap day, a day that happens only once every four years. So, why not take a leap of faith on this day?

This is a concept I have been pondering for about a week. If you are a Christian most likely you want to grow closer to the Lord. I know I do. Faith is necessary to draw near to Him. In my experience the best way to develop faith is to leap out and start doing something. It is like a little child jumping off a wall into their father’s arms. The child jumps out in faith, believing that their father will catch them. And he does. We also need to jump out of our comfort zones into our heavenly Father’s arms. Sometimes it may seem like you are jumping off the edge of the Grand Canyon, but God will catch you and hold you. The more often you leap, the more sure of His presences you will be and the more faith you will have.

It can be a challenge to decided how to jump out in faith. Here are some options that you could consider. They will not be right for everyone but perhaps they can get you thinking.

  • Give all your money away. What better way to trust God than have to rely on Him for all of your needs. If you seek Him, He promises to provide. (Matt 6:31-33)
  • Share the Gospel with someone. For some of us talking to a stranger, or even someone we know, is scary. Step past that and speak God’s words.
  • Get involved in a new ministry. Maybe a ministry at your church, a rescue mission, a crisis pregnancy center, an after school program, or something else. There are many places you can minister, find one.
  • Be friendly to someone who is different than you. We are all made in God’s image and inside we are similar. You never know the good you can do or the blessing you will receive when you be friend someone who is different than you are. This could be someone at your church, school, work, or grocery store. Maybe it is a homeless person, someone of another nationality, a drug addict, or just an average American who wears a different style than you do. Jesus was friends with Pharisees and tax collectors. He knew no bonds of society and in Him there are no lines of divisions.
  • Go deeper with God. Your leap of faith maybe taking a step God has shown you to take or just taking time to seek Him. If you know you need to spend more time focusing on Him why not start doing that today. You could fast from food for a day to several days or give something up for a while. The amount of time we can free to spend with the Lord if we just give up social media, books, the TV, movies, entertainment, the internet or our downtime is amazing. Give something up and spend the time with God.

Again, these are just suggestions. You may have something you know God is telling you to do but you are not quite ready to do it yet. What better day to start? One of these may be something you want to do. Good, do it! Or you may have another idea for a leap of faith. Go for it!

So what leap are you going to take today?

Being Okay

Posted by Emma on January 28, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Random

“we are perplexed, but not in despair;” 2 Corinthians 4:8

This is the wonderful thing about belonging to God. He is in control and you do not have to be in despair. This is a fact that I have to hold fast to some days. God is good and God is sovereign. And those are two very comforting thoughts.

It Is Indeed

Posted by Emma on November 27, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Holidays

Hark the glad sound! The Savior comes,
The Savior promised long;
Let every heart prepare a throne
And every voice a song.

He comes the prisoners to release,
In Satan’s bondage held.
The gates of brass before Him burst,
The iron fetters yield.

He comes from thickest films of vice
To clear the mental ray
And on the eyeballs of the blind
To pour celestial day.

He comes the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His grace
To enrich the humble poor.

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim
And heaven’s eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved name.

by Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751

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