Us 4 and No More
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.
“If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.”
John 12:24-26, THE MESSAGE)
Want to know the difference between a Christian and one who calls themselves a Christian?
Easy answer. It is the one who does what Jesus says to do. It is to follow Him. Doing what He said to be doing.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-26, NASU)
Lest I lose you before I finish writing the last line, knowing being told what to do doesn’t normally sit right with many people, I’ll put it this way. If you say you are a Christian, and the outside world looking on can’t tell a difference between you and your neighbor, then are you really?
I’m “just saying”, as ones like to say way down here in the South where I currently live.
|Photo by Steve Martin, Israel
Let me ask you this question? Does your prayer life consist of “Bless us four and no more” as you
run out the door, after getting dressed of course (with or without the makeup), having already checked your Facebook, emails, morning news on TV, and making sure the hot coffee doesn’t spill in your Starbuck’s travel mug (which still amazes me seeing the long line-ups at each drive-up window, ready to put out another $3-$4 for the specialty coffee each day.)
Now before you think I am being judgmental, which I am not, is this your normal routine, or have you really given the Lord, whom you call “Lord”, more than a quick “Remember me and my three” today, as you rush on with all the other stuff yet to do, before the sun rises?
Do we really think we can have “the mind of Christ” if we have already filled it with the opinions, judgments, lies and fake news that are thrown at us daily, without having an opposite point of view, the Lord’s, to rightly judge what we are hearing and seeing? Without communicating with Him already in prayer, for discernment, understanding, and increasing in the knowledge of Him and His ways, can we really sling off all that is thrown at us?
“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:13-16, NKJV)
For example, when it comes to just two of the basic Christian disciplines – to pray and read God’s Word on a regular basis – even as Jesus (Yeshua) did, and taught His disciples to do – do we?
Recently I have given myself more in obeying the words of the Bible, which the Apostle Paul wrote to his disciple, Timothy, to specifically pray in regards to our government, and spiritual, leaders.
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2, THE MESSAGE)
IF you are an American, or living in this country one way or another, as Christians who actually read the Instruction Book (also commonly known as the Bible), we are given the command to pray for our leaders. Personally, I didn’t obey that commandment regarding the previous president. I should have. But I sure do pray for our president now. And I pray that those who oppose him, as he continues to do great things, will themselves be removed from office, or at least silenced in what spews out of their mouths. (I am thankful for DVRs – we fast-forward whenever the opposing party speaks. It is just too many lies.)
I won’t be a “sweet and quiet” Christian anymore as if the gentle ones get the job done. Jesus is our example. He spoke the truth. He lived truth. He called for the hurt to come, and those needing a Savior, to come and follow Him. The others He rightly told where to go.
He is doing the same today.
You call yourself a Christian? Then along with me, live as if you mean it. Joshua did, and he did what he proclaimed. “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15, NKJV)
The Lord is looking for those few good men, women, and children who will hear and obey. Be one. More so then just praying, “us four and no more.”
Be sure to pray for Israel too. They are utmost on the Lord’s heart, and we are called to stand with them.
Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).
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Now Think On This #380 – in the year of our Lord 01.11.19 – “Us 4 and No More” – Friday, 4:30 pm