Archive for April 2008

Afraid Of What?

April 30, 2008

This is a story from a book called “Jesus Freaks” That I have loved since I have read it: Jack Vinson: 1931

The bandit told the missionary “I am going to kill you. Aren’t you afraid?”

Jack Vinson Replyed simply “Kill me, if you wish. I will go straight to God.”

Jacks courage inspired his friend, E. H. Hamilton to write this poem:

Afraid? Of what?

To feel the spirits glad release? To pass from pain to perfect peace? To strife and strain of life to cease?

Afraid of — that? Afraid Of What?

Afraid to see the saviors Face, to hear his welcome, and to trace? The glory gleam from wounds of grace?

Afraid of—that? Afraid of what?

A flash, A crash, a pierced heart; Darkness, light, O heavens art! A wound of his a counter part!

Afraid—of that? Afraid of What?

To do by death what life could not. Baptize with blood a stony plot, Till souls shall blossom from the spot?

Afraid— of that?

Called? Run For It!

April 29, 2008

When I was young and my parents asked me to do something and I did not listen, what do you think they would do? They would count, 1, 2, 3 and then if I did not listen in time then I would get disciplined. But what happens when Christ asks us to do something? Do we do it, or do we wait, or do we run away from it? In this situation its not the same as 123. We should run immediately without doubt. Just to let you know, in some cases I am not the type to make a decision. If you asked me to pick from Ice cream or pie I would not answer immediately, decisions are my weak spot as far as I know.

Lets say that Christ called you to become a missionary in some country that might be Muslim or some other place that is unwelcome to Christians. What might be your first thought? Would it be that you might get killed or imprisoned? Or would it be a cheerful yes! I am Willing to do all that you command. Search your heart… What would you think or say? If God calls you to do something, run towards it! Run with cheerfulness and promptness not with sadness and weariness! This is important, obeying God might be difficult but it will increase your relationship with Christ and in the case of being a missionary, help bring people to Christ.

So if you are called by Christ to do something, run towards it and don’t let anything stop you. This reminds me of Eric Liddell who was called by Christ to be a missionary in a certain country. In that time he was a Olympic Runner in Scotland and he quit so he could become a missionary. He showed that he loved Christ so much he gave up his life as a very experienced athlete to serve Christ. As a result, he led many people to Christ in his career in the process. We should have a heart such as his, we should be able to give up everything for the sake of Christ.

So lets hope that, in the times that he asks us to do something that we do it with a cheerful and prompt Spirit.

 

To See The Name Of Jesus

April 29, 2008

At our care group we sang High Above All Things which has become one of my favorite songs now. Do we have a passion to see Christ’s name lifted high above all things,  and a heart that worships him alone, of course. We hear so many times in the Bible praise God or to lift his name up. We have so much to be grateful for so we should lift him high up.

You have many opportunity’s everywhere. It could be telling others who don’t know the Lord of you experience with him or becoming a missionary. Use your gifts, God gives us gifts that we can use to glorify him. You might play a certain instrument or you might have social skills. It says in 1 Corinthians  10:31 this:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

So in whatever you do to for the glory of God. It is impossible unless we have Christ. If you have a gift that is beneficial for his name to be lifted up then use it, and Christ will be glorified by it. The world is not seeking God, it is seeking worldly things. But what would the future be like if it was, it would be great and don’t think that it is impossible because it also says in Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

So lets have a great desire to have Gods name lifted high above all things. Consider how you can use your gifts to glorify Christ and to help others have a desire to see the name of Jesus Lifted High Above All Things. If you would like to hear High Above All Things click HERE.

May Christ be praised throughout the earth!