2 C0r. 6.1
Evangelicalism, a word coined by Lewis Johnson, to describe a large portion of the churches in America today. He defined it as, “being entertained rather than coming to know the truth of God by being built up in the things of God that really count.” I tend to agree, not that I am the foremost expert on Christian doctrine, and have my finger on the pulse of all things Christian. I can’t even get my finger on the right button on the computer about half the time, if you knew how many times I have tried to respond to blogs on this site and instead of posting merely deleted it all you would laugh.
A question, on the radio the other day asked, where does your mind go during the day when you have a moment of down time. Do you think about your finances, your favorite sports, family, pressing health issues, sailing, repairs needed on the house, etc., or do you think about God. Perhaps you think about how God is going to resolve some of the more pressing issues we face, like health, finance, relationships. We need to be aware of the presence of God in our lives, and ever conscience of His word, and what our relationship Him is.
An acronym for the word grace is, God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. In 2 Corinthians 6.1 we are urged to”not to receive the grace of God in vain,” that is don’t not use it. The varied concept of what grace is and it’s usefulness is amazing. Grace is Gods word, the bible, Romans 3.1 says that a great advantage for the Jew over the gentiles was they were entrusted with the oracles of God. We in this day have even more, for we have the entire second chapter of the word of God, as a Jewish friend of mine once called the new testament. Grace isn’t fairness or justice it’s forgiveness, it’s strength in times of trouble, it’s hope, it brings salvation, it brings calm, understanding, grace reveals God’s word to us, and gives us utterance when we don’t know what to say or even pray.
We need to have our minds tuned to the word and worship of God, so that in down times our minds turn to Him. As Randolph stated in his blog the other day, and scripture confirms there is a cost for discipleship, Luke 9. 57-62 records Jesus parables of the dens, the dead, and the dirt. When asked by his followers Jesus responded ” the foxes have there dens but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” “I need to go take care of my father until he dies, I retire and settle my affairs then I will follow,” says the next one, Jesus replied” let the dead bury the dead.” Finally the third responded in similar fashion “I need to settle affairs, and get family permission to follow,” To which Jesus says ” no man after pitting his hand to the plow and looks back, like Lot’s wife, is fit for the kingdom of God.” All quotes are my paraphrase.
Let’s be diligent to study God’s word, build each other up, focus our lives on God and rely on His grace.