“Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you are so wise! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are well thought of, but we are laughed at. To this very hour, we go hungry and thirsty, without enough clothes to keep us warm. We have endured many beatings, and we have no homes of our own. We have worked wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. We respond gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash – right up to the present moment.” 1 Corinthians 4:10-14
As I read these words, what I am going through, or have journeyed in, is nothing compared to what the apostles endured in these early days in spreading the gospel.
This scripture passage is written for encouragement and the furthering of the gospel for Christ name, that in all things, we become thankful for the Grace of God at work in our lives. It becomes our desire to worship the one True Christ who has come to set us free from any bondage we were part of before being in Him.
In our lives, we are faced with choices. As Christians, we need to monitor our spiritual progress and to do an internal inventory in checking ourselves to see whether we are aligning with the Truth of God’s Word. We need to measure whether our hearts are seeking Godly attributes. In so doing, we can ask ourselves the following questions.
Are we living true to God’s Word? Are we desiring to be continually filled with God’s Spirit? Do we consider praying before making decisions? Are we taking time alone to spend with God? Are we reading and meditating on the Holy Scriptures?
Do we include God in our daily walk? Do we treat others as we would want to be treated? Are we living to exemplify Christ? Are we living in Obedience in fulfilling our God-given Destiny and walking in our authenticity in Christ in being His love?
All in all, no one is perfect, there is not one who has not made a mistake. There is not one who has not thrown the first stone. There is not one that has forgiven all easily. There is not one who has not had to apologize. There is not one who is perfect.
We come to understand we are always on the path in arriving but never having arrived until our final passage from this earth when we are ushered into His Heavenly Realm and we are welcomed home from our long journey walking as spiritual beings in our human frame.
Let us this day, make it our choice to choose to follow the narrow way, Christ Righteousness. Let us steer ourselves towards the truth in God and adhere to the entire teaching of the gospel, not just the convenient parts.
The gospel is not a Western, White American Gospel, it is an inclusionary Gospel for All people groups, including those Christians ostracize or choose to exclude from the fellowship of believers. We also are to minister to ALL people groups and not be selective based on our own judgmental attitudes. Christ came to offer salvation to everyone, and we should do so also.
Let us desire to be the Holy and consecrated people that have set ourselves apart from this world, that our inner hearts take on the character traits of a Holy nature. Let us continue in this goal by renewing our minds in bathing ourselves in His Word and being in union with Christ as our Righteousness.
If we call ourselves Christians, Christ becomes a necessary person in our everyday life. We seek to commune with him, praying, praising, and welcoming His Holy Spirit into the deepest regions of our inner being in continually changing us to become more like Him, responding lovingly.
Our desire is to strive in fully becoming the men and women God has chosen and called us to be in all manners. We desire to invite the Holy Spirit to continue transforming us into spiritual beings clothing ourselves in Godly attributes of which the greatest is love.
We desire to fellowship with believers of kindred hearts to walk in Love with one another in all our ways.
Most of all, we desire that God becomes everything to us, in every area of our lives, as we realize our spiritual walk is to daily give of ourselves to Him. We allow Him room in our hearts and remain open to His leading and learn to listen and respond to His voice.
We realize our need for Christ in our daily journey to be great. We realize we cannot do Kingdom work without Him moving in and through us to accomplish those acts He has purposed for us to do in this life.
It is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit, we live and move and have our being.
We come to an understanding that it is He that is perfecting us on every level and in every area of our lives. We remain a humble people submitting our lives, before our Father God and before our fellow man.
We desire to live towards the highest calling on our lives, to daily communion in the Godhead in whose fellowship is love in the union with our Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and to live from the overflow of this love.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister to the Body of Christ
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