Posts Tagged ‘Outsiders’


1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Yesterday was a challenging day for me as I was asked permission to feature this blog on an upcoming christian website targeted at the Indian Diaspora living outside of India. Quite an honor I would think but it made me wonder what God wanted because this work is physically mine but the wisdom and direction has been from above and I cannot take credit or direct its path. As I sought God’s response, I received prayer support from my dear blogger friends and this morning’s passage spoke clearly to me. While all this was going on, I was asked a hard question about promoting the blog on Facebook and this passage spoke to me about that too.

One of the challenges we face as Christians is that we try to apply the great commission of sharing the gospel with the world in a human way. I wanted to carry the gospel to the world and decided to use my Facebook profile to do so. I realize now that it was like putting a square peg in a round hole. Christians who felt motivated to read it read but non-Christians avoided it. This was counter productive and God was not glorified. On the contrary, when God desired for this blog to go out to a larger audience, He created the opportunity and all I had to do was comply. Paul’s words to the Thessalonians reminds me that we should serve God with our all but under His guidance and not try to humanize God. I now want to live my life normally and in so doing if people are attracted to Christ, then to God be the glory. Hope you agree with me?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Colossians 4:5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity

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Colossians 4:2-6, 18
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone… I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

Back in ’77, my Granddad (Dad’s) passed away, then in April ’99, my father-in-law passed away (2 days after my son’s birth) and then in November 2003, I lost my Dad (The day before his 55th birthday) and in a couple months, my Mom’s Dad passed away too. This left me without a physical Dad to look up to and that was when my dependance on God the Father became total. This year, father’s day was the day I remembered each of my Dads and most importantly, the one Dad I will never lose who means the world to me and who loves me so much that He gave up what was most special to Him to bring me closer to Him. Today’s passage does not remind us of father’s day and you must wonder why I mentioned my Dads in this post?

In the life of Jesus and the apostles, the one thing that marked them was their reliance on God being their father. Everything they did was after praying to God the Father for His wisdom, leading, correction, anointing, or direction. Paul reminds us as followers of Christ that we are to be devoted to prayer and live a life evidencing the grace that saved us. The start and sustenance of our faith is God the Father who made all things possible so that we might be created and brought into communion with Him through the shedding of His son’s blood for our unrighteousness. Without our Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in our lives, we would not exist and our lives would be meaningless. I pray that today each of us will remember our Father in Heaven and celebrate Him as we celebrate the lives of our Dads. I pray for us Dads that we will pray for God’s leading in our lives to be Fathers like He is and that we will live to serve our families as Christ lived to serve His church, us.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him

 

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