We all have a past

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1 NKJV)

We all have a past.

If we are saved then we were saved from something.

If we are a member of God’s church then at one time we were a member of the world.

Don’t have a past you say? Then you don’t have a future with God!

The thought that Paul shares in Ephesians 2:1 keeps arrogance and haughtiness out of our lives. It reminds us about the importance of humility. It tells us that we were on track for Hell, but God’s grace changed our destination (Ephesians 2:4-9).

Forget this and we become like the Pharisee named Simon (Luke 7:36-50).

Our present is not meant to be our past; our past is not meant to control us. But that does not mean we should forget it to the extent that we lose the benefit of remembering it and allowing it guide our new life in Christ.

in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:2-3 NKJV)

#humility, #the-past, #thoughts-from-ephesians

August 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 3)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Beware of Dogs (Bill Burk)
  • Leaving the Past Behind (Cody Westbrook)
  • Paul’s Present (Neal Pollard)
  • The Only Way to Go is Up! (Andy Baker)
  • A Call to Maturity (Clay Bond)
  • A Call to Follow (D.J. Stucky)

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.

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An Unlikely Harvester

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”…The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.” (John 4:25-26, 28-30)

After meeting the man who gave her a drink from the fountain of life, the thirsty woman forgets her waterpot and gets to work spreading the word about Jesus. And what was that word? It was, “Come meet a man who told me about everything I’ve done – I think I’ve found who we as a people have been looking for.” When she said she believed that the coming Christ would be able to tell all that needed to be told, she meant what she said and she was willing to tell others about it!

This woman was ready for a change. She went from thirsty to quenched. She went from collecting water for others to collecting others for the water. And I don’t about you, but I bet that man she was living with (John 4:16-18) slept by himself that night.

Jesus didn’t only know what the woman at the well had done in her life, he knew what she could do, he knew what she was capable of and he knew what she could be all at the same time! Because of this the disciples were going watch one of the most unlikely harvesters that they had ever seen start bringing in the sheaves to Jesus.

We never know who might just bring more people to Jesus than we thought if we just focus on who they could be with Jesus instead of who they are without him!

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

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Daily Nudge: old items or habits

Name an item that people used to use or carry, or habits that people used to have, that one no longer sees today. Can be good, bad, or indifferent. Maybe it hasn’t died out completely, but is not as widespread as it was in the past.

Cultures change over time. The new crowds out the old, after the two coexist side by side for a time. Some rue the old, resent the new, while others embrace innovations readily.

Eventually, many features, practices, and objects become relics of the past. Your task today is to describe, in wistful tone or not, one or more of those relics.

#cultural-changes, #customs, #nudge, #the-past