The Storm, Part 2
Posted by Rod Neufeld on December 24, 2015
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her 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 loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:34-37 KJV
In in the past I used to say that spirituality is ok, God is ok, saints and such we can live with. But in my mind, Jesus was not ok, not even close. Why was that? Because God has a name, a face and a big giant book to back up what He has told us. If we wish to continue in our ways we can’t accept the reality and truth of Christ.
Now I have to look at myself, my sin and my life. That means I need to get real because to accept Christ means that, contrary to what some smiling dude on tv says, I need to repent and desire to turn from my sin. That, my friends, is what turns people off. They want a (little ‘g’) god that is not only ok with their sin but encourages them to continue in that lifestyle. This “god” wants us to be happy through cheating, stealing, lying, sex, drugs, etc.
His word is pure, true and right. It cuts through the lies and deceit. It presents a clear truth. Sadly most people don’t want to hear it. Once you recognize this truth you must change.
I heard it once said accepting Christ is like being hit by a semi; you will never be the same. I ask all of you, if nothing in your life has changed after you accepted Christ as your personal saviour, then please check with Him and make sure that you actually had!
The word of God (Holy Bible) is true but it can sting and even hurt. It doesn’t have to be bad, though. When we deal with things in our life we will talk to someone about them. sometimes it hurts to deal with tragedy and loss and things of that nature. When you work through that pain you come out stronger and healthier. God wants you to be healthy; spiritually healthy. That is why Jesus died on the cross for you and me. We can lay those sins, burdens and struggles at His feet. We can be free from them because He will take them from us through Christ.
Christ doesn’t break up homes. He makes them stronger. He has to be first, though. I know what you’re saying in your mind already, “If God really is love then He would want me to love my family first.”
WRONG! If you love the one that loved you first, the one that teaches us to love, then we would love our families, wives, husbands, children and parents better than we could without Him. The bonds we can create with our family through Christ would be unbreakable. It is only when we look for an excuse to put Him last that our families fall apart. John the Baptist
said something very true that can apply to this situation. “He must increase, but I must decrease. “John 3:30 KJV.
If we make “our stuff” the priority in our lives, we lose out on what God wants for us. As odd as it may sound, if you put your family first you are really putting them last. Think about it. We want to do what we want first. Then make room for God. I don’t know how I could possibly love my grandkids the way I do if it were not for the love of Christ that lives in me. So when you put Christ at the front, He will steer you to a better life, not the way tv preachers and such say. Rather, a complete life with all the ups, downs, highs and lows. You will have peace and hope even at times where you can’t believe can. We should be almost invisible and hidden by the shadow of Christ.
I have some family that doesn’t want much to do with me. Accepting Christ as my saviour and bowing down willingly before the throne of almighty God did not help that. To win them back I would have to become like the world in my heart and my life. I cannot do that and I struggle every day with that. I don’t want to be at odds with family but if they loved me they would not hate what God has done and is doing in me
As for me, Christ must come first. Without Him my faith is worthless, empty and built on a god of my own creation. I just can’t do that in my life He must increase and I must decrease!
Does this cause storms in my life? It sure does. But it is better than the alternative: life without Christ. For the record, we all fail. I would be lying if I said otherwise. That is totally ok. We walk in the flesh, after all. It is bound to happen.
What we do with the sin is what matters. If we just walk away from doing something stupid and go “that’s ok, God forgave me already.” There is some truth in that. If you have been “adopted by God” He has made some alterations in you. So when you do something stupid, though you know you are forgiven, your attitude is still one of repentance and humility. You will seek to make things right with whom you have wronged and you will still ask for the forgiveness that has is freely given. That is the attitude on one that loves Christ more than himself and no longer walks “after the flesh”.
This was what was said about Jesus’ ultimate purpose in our lives and world:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 KJV
Does that sound like someone that destroys? I think not!