The greatest people in this world are but fractions of a whole person. No one is given all gifts by God. Every person has his or her own particular abilities. The lowest and the humblest is just as important as the more fully endowed. The great life, in God’s sight, is not the conspicuous one, but the life that fills the place which it was made to fill, and does the work which it was given to do. God simply asks that a person quietly do what he gives them to do.
Often our faith is called upon to interpret scripture, to seek an understanding of what God, and Our Lord, meant. Respected and well reasoned minds argue over the meaning of words and the intent of the teachings. The point which both sides lay forth is that no single answer is “the truth.”
But this does not mean that there is no correct answer. There are clear and eternal principles set forth in the Holy Scriptures of our faith, and the laws of our faith are not a matter of personal opinion. God’s law contains within certain principles and disciplines, which show correct and incorrect thinking. As Christian’s, we must read the scriptures as God’s words — not as ours to be thought of as we choose.
“God loves you,” is a popular saying, while that is true, it is an incomplete thought. Unless a person can see in our acts and hear in our words the truth of it, then it is useless. So the complete sentence should be: “God loves you, and so do I”
How else can we win and hold people in Christ unless our personal interest is shown? When our heart aches and our mind labors for others, God’s love becomes born in human acts. Unless we show love, our words are empty, and the very people whom we are hoping to reach with the word of God remain untouched.
Many persons spend their lives struggling against God, and in so doing they believe that this is the supreme conflict which a Christian must wage. But this is not a conflict which God wants. God’s desire is that we overcome adversaries which prevent us from entering into a relationship with Him.
Only through faith can this be accomplished. God has already come to us, and His power is at work in those who believe. So when we hold fast to God, and to His Christ through our faith, evil does not deal with us, but with God.
“…taking up the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16
The laws of God limit the Christian, and it is exactly at this point where people of faith have their biggest problems. We do not like following rules which are not of our own making. We are kingdom builders, and the rules which we follow are the ones which we make to structure our own kingdoms. We want rules which are specific so that they effect those causes and people which we think are important. But God does not pay attention to our rules, and the interpretation which we give them. God’s laws are broad, thereby being impartial as to how they affect specific people.
We might do well to pay more mind to the Judge of all creation.
People can lose their health, their friends, even their social standing and their wealth, often through no fault of their own. But when the lose the best within themselves — truth, honor, integrity, and principles, then they have lost the best of themselves. These virtues are never taken away, but always surrendered. Where then is self-respect when this happens?
The great cog of nature does not run in reverse. Everything in existence continues toward eternity. From the birth of time, a spontaneous, impulsive flow has borne all humanity toward the ceaseless abyss. Everything that through grace has been created and made beautiful will become nothing. Therefore, as Christians, make sure that we are attracted to heaven by enriching ourselves in what is permanent and divine.
Many persons turn to God because of self-discontent. A realization is come to that God alone holds the life which is sought after and the strength to live that life.
There is at the same time something very humbling in this knowledge, because it involves the wisdom that we do not hold any power over our own life except the right to turn from God and make our self powerless.
Pain and suffering can be very excellent teachers. Many souls which cannot be touched through a human voice will listen to the wordless message brought by pain. So what if it is brought by God? Then the Christian is to take heart and know that God intends no harm, and does not desire to hurt. All God does is designed for good, and a faithful response is one of trust. The will of God is what drives the course of the world, so whatever He should please to do is within His providence. He has given the world Christ, so what is there to complain about?
Part of the mystery of the faith is the blessed mercy contained in the simple fact that God would even take notice of us at all.
“Thou dost beset me behind and before, and layest thy hand upon me” —Psalm 139:5
The Christian life is, by nature, one of quenchless thirst and insatiable appetite. There exists a constant discontent that drives the heart and soul on a never-ending quest. Yet, too many Christians become satisfied with both who they are and what they know.
Though it may sound like a contradiction, pray for discontent. With all the infinite possibilities of spiritual life that lie spread out before us, we must not be satisfied with who we are at any given time in life.