Wednesday, January 6, 2010

To Divide

One truth of being a Christian is this, you may find yourself, through no fault of your own, alienated from friends, family and coworkers. Taking a stand for the Lord is not popular nowadays. As Christians, we are commanded by Jesus to put Him first in all things. If we are to truly obey His Word, there is going to be division.

Jesus in Matthew 10: 34 through 38 explains this plainly.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

This is where some take it out of context to try and discredit the Master and Creator, but read on...

For I am to SET A MAN AT VARIANCE AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND THE DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND DAUGHTER IN LAW AGAINST THE MOTHER IN LAW.

And A MAN'S FOES SHALL BE THEY OF HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD.

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Jesus said it plainly. Being a Christian is about "taking up the cross" and following Him. It will mean all kinds of persecution, even in the relatively easy times we have in the United States, where free speech happens to work in our favor. We may miss out on friends, family, fame and fortune, but the rewards He gives us are far deeper and everlasting.

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loesth his life for my sake shall find it.

He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward: And he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

And whosoever shall give to drink onto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

So we will be rewarded, in time, for being a Christian in name and deed. Even though we feel obligated to our peers, once we acknowledge that we are a creation of the Lord and are redeemed by Him, we belong to Him and must do His will for His glory. Maranatha!

2 comments:

Tess said...

Love your blog...

It's not "politically correct" to follow the unadulterated Truth, so it's quite refreshing to find those who do speak the Word unashamedly.

Walter Grace said...

Thanks Tess,

We are in the age of being offended by truth and sadly, it's more acceptable to disrespect or otherwise minimize Jesus to fairytale status than to obey His word.

The good news is that His word will not return void, even in this dark time. Jesus is not slack concerning His promises, but patient and longsuffering in that all should come to repentance.

Because of this is there is no shame. We can't call foul fair and fair foul; so the shame is not on those for proclaiming Him. After all, we have eternity to be with Him if we accept Him as our saviour. This is a message we must give in love and for the glory of the Lord.

What little pain and discomfort we feel now will be more than worth it when we stand before Jesus someday. All praise, power and glory to the Lord.

Walter Grace