Month: April 2014

Being a child of God is about relationship, not “relation”

Some in the religious world strongly insist that one cannot “lose” his or her eternal salvation: once a child of God, always a child of God, for one cannot stop being someone’s child any more than one can stop being someone’s parent they say.

But the point is spiritually moot because salvation is about relationship, not relation.

If you’re familiar with Jesus’ story of the “far country son” you can see the distinction. The boy who left home was still the father’s son, but to the father, the son was “dead” because there was no relationship: “for this my son
was dead
and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
” (Luke 15:24)

When the child came home it was the relationship that was restored because it was never the birth certificate that went missing – it was the son!

And so it is with an erring child of God. Unless the relationship is restored the “relation” counts for nothing (Matthew 3:9-10). EA 

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” (Genesis 2:15-17; Luke 3:38)

How will you sleep?

You have probably been asked, “How did you sleep?” But what about, “How will you sleep?” when it comes to death.

We have two choices:

  • One, we can sleep peacefully in Jesus – “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
  • Or two, we can sleep miserably in our own bed of spiritual failures outside of Christ only to wake up unprepared on the wrong side of eternity – “[The return of Jesus] is like a manRIP going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:34-37)

The living must be prepared to choose which bed we’re going to sleep in because not all sleep is equal, once the bed is made we’re going to lie in it (Ecclesiastes 11:3), and the alarm clock that will awaken us all will ensure that quality will out-measure quantity. EA

Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” (John 5:28-29)

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Piece of Mind or Peace of Mind?

Similar in only the way they sound, giving someone a piece of our mind and allowing Jesus to give us peace of mind are two completely different things. One comes from being fed up and the other comes from being filled up. And both are determined by our appetite (Galatians 6:7-8).

Focusing on one will keep us from focusing on the other regardless of which one we’re talking about. So…

Someone does us wrong – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Matthew 5:43-46)

Our spouse says the wrong thing at the wrong moment – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Ephesians 5:33)

Our boss talks down to us – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:22-25)

Our brother or sister in Christ lets us down – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Ephesians 4:29-32)

Our child does something that completely destroys our trust – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:21)

Our parent does something that completely destroys or trust – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:20)

Our finances, our health and our sense of belonging are getting the better of us – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Job 13:15)

While it may not always be wrong to get fed up (Matthew 23:13-35), being fed up and acting out with the wrong motivation can keep us from being filled up with the peace that comes from having the mind of Jesus (James 1:19-22, Philippians 2:3-5).

So are we more interested in giving others a piece of our mind, or sharing our peace of mind in Christ with them? EA

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Good Mourning?

Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2)

Did we hear that right? There’s such a thing as good mourning? Most would say good ridden to an idea like that, but Solomon says nothing reminds us of our destination likeGraveyard the visible departure of others. The sight of mortality often demands an examination of our own morality, and its effects can be downright sobering to a heart drunk with carnal fun and frivolity! So yes, there is such a thing as good mourning, because the mourning helps prepare us for the night to come, for the way we end our day determines how we will begin the next. EA

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)