A news bite I overheard on TV claimed 16.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the season premier of the new series “Walking Dead”
Our post-Jesus, post-church, post-love-one-another culture continues to glorify sin and death in the most extreme and ungodly ways.Of the 16.2 million people who tuned in to watch that gore, I wonder how many of them were really walking dead, separated from God and without a personal relationship with Jesus.
As authentic followers of Christ we were walking dead once as well.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. Ephesians 2: 1-3.
But then, praise be to God,
God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavens in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-6
Those folks walking around out there who are dead are sinners (Romans 5:8,19); enemies of God (Romans 5:10); condemned (Romans 5:18). Do we, as the Church, draw them to Jesus or drive them away? Does the Church reach them, or repel them? Is your life appealing to those who don’t know Jesus? Do the folks walking around dead want what you have? Do they see something in you that attracts them, or keeps them at a distance?
Our answers to those questions could literally make an eternal difference in someone’s life. Is your faith alive so others can see life in you?
Second In A Series
Love God More Than The World
By Amanda Beth
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series by my good blogging friend, Amanda Beth.
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. —2 Timothy 2:20
This is the second message in my series on preparing for your calling. This week we will focus on the first step in discipleship, learning to love God more than the world. Continue reading
I love to watch butterflies. So fragile, so beautiful, so colorful. So free. I remember warm summer days passing patches of flowers and witnessing kaleidoscope of Continue reading
I overheard a lady on a commuter van talk about one of her friends who was helping a needy family from her church. The Lady claimed, “She was just trying to be a good Christian.”
Many well-intentioned Christians spend lots of time, energy and resources trying to be good Christians.
The truth of the matter is, however that good Christians just don’t exist. The Bible doesn’t teach that at all. Believing that Christians are somehow good is a lie straight from satan. Evil people with no conscience can do good things and help little old ladies across the street and buy Girl Scout Cookies, give money to the poor and donate to charities. Doing good things for others doesn’t make anyone a good Christian.