The result of too much I, me and my in our eye

Thinking about I, me and my too much leads to an “I think” way of life.

The “rich man” of Luke 12:31-21 thought he could take it easy after taking care of himself.

He thought wrong!

His body was his, his choices were his, and his one life to live was his – but his soul paid the price of his myopic thinking.

The “I think” way of life often takes the “captain’s hat” off of truth and places it on our fickle head. The obvious problem with that course of thought is our ship will sink every time. That’s because the aforementioned hat belongs to Jesus. If we keep our eyes on him, we’ll find a lot less of I, me and my in our eye.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:9-10 NKJV)

#free-will, #judgment-of-god, #making-wise-choices, #responsibility

It’s my life, I’ll do what I want!

Every generation has its “Frank Sinatra’s.”

Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with singing talent and everything to do with the mindset which says, “It’s my life, I’ll live it my way!”

This mindset is right and wrong all at the same time.

The mindset is right in that your life is your life, your body is your body, your choice is your choice, and it’s all only going to happen once.

The mindset is wrong in that your soul is not your soul – it belongs to the one who gave it to us, and the choices we make are our responsibility:

  • Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NKJV)
  • For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV)
  • And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV)

You see, our life is our life, our body is our body, our choice is our choice, but because we don’t own ourselves will we have to answer for the way we used these one-time privileges.

At the end of the day, it is our life and we can do what we want – but don’t forget that eternal life belongs to God and he always gets the final word.

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 NKJV)

#free-will, #judgment-of-god, #making-wise-choices, #responsibility

Stopped Hearing (A Word to the Wise)

A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment (Proverbs 16:10, KJV). In the role of governing, it is sometimes forgotten that great responsibilities under-gird the position. As a judge implements the force of law in relation to the accused, those in government should exercise discretion in leading. In our current society, many wonder if a judge or an elected official is properly executing the responsibilities of the position. In the ancient society, the Lord took away these temptations when He gave man His law. With regard to a king who reigned over the nation of Israel, that which came from his lips (or should have) was that which came from the mouth of God. History, however, tells us that even with these things in place by God, determined people with corrupted ways of thinking would not be thwarted. Many of Israel’s kings were not stopped because the people who were subject to these kings had themselves already stopped hearing the Lord. Thus, no divine sentence came from the mouth of a king, only corrupted words.

 

#king, #law, #leader, #responsibility, #word-to-the-wise

August 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Elders)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The Value of a Strong Eldership (Rob Whitacre)
  • How the Church can Strengthen Her Elders (Cody Westbrook)
  • What Elders Need from Preachers (Bill Siebert)
  • The Courage to take on the Wolves (Russell Haffner)
  • The Encouragement of a Godly Wife (Ken Hope)
  • Training the Next Generation (Jim Laws)
  • The Shepherd’s Reward (Rick Popejoy)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #church-leadership, #eldership, #responsibility

One Big Pet Peeve – Pun Intended!

I do not support the agenda of PETA. I do not believe it’s morally wrong to eat meat. I believe animal sacrifice was actually a God-ordained command under the Bible’s previously given, but now replaced, laws. I do not believe that an animal’s life is of equal value to a person’s. I do not believe a pet is its owner’s child, nor do I believe that the owner is the pet’s parent. But I still have one big pet-peeve that irks me when it comes to people and pets and responsibility – that’s people who drop off animals, whether young or old, at other people’s houses because they are too irresponsible to take care of them.

I’m the former owner of one cat. I say former because now I have two cats.

The first cat is approximately 13 years old. We have her because someone picked her up as a kitten on the side of the road and brought her to worship services one night. Considering her age, the rest of the story should be somewhat obvious.

The new cat is approximately 2 to 3 months old. We have him because someone dropped him off along the road in front of our house. Considering his age (and the last sentence of the first paragraph), the attitude that led to his arrival should be somewhat obvious. Continue reading

#animals, #cruelty-to-animals, #pet-peeves, #pets, #responsibility

An illustration and a Scripture reference on Responsibility

I don’t know how true the story actually is but even it’s only used as a simple illustration it does help to get a point across:

When Queen Victoria was a child, she didn’t know she was in line for the throne of England. Her instructors, trying to prepare her for the future, were frustrated because they couldn’t motivate her. She just didn’t take her studies seriously. Finally, her teachers decided to tell her that one day she would become the queen of England. Upon hearing this, Victoria quietly said, “Then I will be good.” The realization that she had inherited this high calling gave her a sense of responsibility that profoundly affected her conduct from then on.

And lest one thinks that the story has no spiritual application:

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” (Philippians 3:12-16)

#responsibility, #spiritual-illustrations, #spiritual-maturity

We are responsible for our spiritual journey

Lukewarmness is the result of people failing to fulfill their responsibility. We all know the consequence of being lukewarm. (Revelation 3:14-22) Let us all become children of God (Galatians 3:26-27) and be ready for every good work. (Titus 3:1)

God bless you today and always. I love you. Charles Box

#lukewarmness #responsibility #Charles-Box