030802 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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1 Thessalonians 59 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
I often think of Paul trying very hard to communicate this glorious gospel as he moved about the Eastern Mediterranean and shared the amazing story of Jesus with anyone who would listen. Here, in a nutshell is the crux of Christian behavior and relationships. In His own good time Jesus will take us all home to be with Him forever. For now we are to realize that he is with us and we must listen to His instructions by engaging Hies word in Scripture, allowing His Spirit to write His commands on our hearts and to bear whatever burdens come with joy and hope. That is what makes the difference in the world and sets the Christian apart from those who are lost.
Like Paul, it falls to us to lead the lost sheep of the world back into the sheep pen and help them find safety and joy. (John 10:6 et al) That our Churches by and large seem to have forgotten this mandate, to “Go and make disciples. (Actually, a better translation is “and as you are going [into all the world] make disciples Matthew 28:19). So, what do you think. How may we best recover this forgotten zeal and purpose?