Sunday, September 30, 2018

Faith



It’s for Christians to persevere in faithfulness.  With the free flow of information capturing our minds we mustn’t be swayed by the enticements of the world.  Instead, we ought to insist on learning the truth and communicating it to others.  Neither must we allow authentic evangelism to take a back seat in our lives.  Take the initiate by stepping up to the plate as spiritual leaders to lift people up.  This calls for embracing scriptural guidelines and treating them accordingly.  It’s necessary to have one’s finger on the pulse of a group we wish to persuade by doing what’s right.  John Quincy Adams (17671848), president of the United States stated, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  Such leaders are prominent in organizations and the ones recognized as guiding their flocks.

Being Set Free

People seeking freedom promote joy.  Our greatest evangelist is Jesus Christ.  He’s our Evangelist-in-Chief, who we imitate when campaigning against spiritual worldliness.  In doing God’s will we become “fishers of men” while we pursue our goals.  We rally others in persuading them to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Inevitably we have to be careful not to be enticed by the desires of the world.  Virgil (70 BC19 BC), an ancient Roman poet exhorted, “Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.”  Christians are warned to prepare themselves to face setbacks.  Life isn’t necessary going to be easy, but we should persevere.

Louis Farrakhan (b. 1933), a leader of the Nation of Islam said, “We are all gifted, but we have to discover the gift, uncover the gift, nurture and develop the gift and use it for the Glory of God and for the liberation struggle of our people.”  It’s uncertain what Farrakhan really means by “our people,” but it can well be all ordinary and unassuming individuals.  This is how we should free ourselves from the pulls and tugs of earthly desires, in discovering, and using our gifts the right way. 

Generate Hope

Buddha (563/480 BC 483/400 BC), the founder of Buddhism explained, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”  Spreading joy takes pure hearts to discover liberty.  We’ll surely find comfort in evangelizing when simplicity becomes the mantra.  This concept transforms, and generates hope in others.

Christians won’t have any hope weren’t it for the resurrection of Christ.  His after-life is self-generating and divine.  As we journey let’s do so in faith.  Let our walk become expressions of joy, for we’re blessed with remembrances of how great our Lord really is.  He has modeled for us the highest ethical standards.  Such blessings we must embrace because it’s only through his gifts we’re able to  motivate others.  Martin Luther (14831546), a German priest and professor of theology said, “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”  In mysterious ways our future is inextricably linked to the resurrection which is found in God’s creation.  

                     

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