Have you ever thought about the fact that YOU might be the “angel” to another person? God has made all of us ambassadors, and given to all of us the ministry of reconciliation. He uses all of us as messengers – the Greek word for angel is messenger.
While cleaning the home office to make room for working from home due to Covid, I was forced to sort my library into three piles – those to keep, those to hand off to others, those to trash. Some were meaningful to me for who gave it, others for the content. It challenged me to think about why I had each book, and what would be the best place for it to be in the future. It made me think about my treasures, what I value.
The world teaches to be proud of ourselves, to boast about our accomplishments. The truth is that before a holy God no one has anything to boast about. However, if you are in Christ you do have something to glory in, someone rather. In spite of our wretchedness Jesus was willing to die on a cross for our sins. That my friend, is something to tell the world about.
I need to be reminded of the brevity of my life and how frail I really am. I need to live for the glory of God and eternity.
God warns me that just as physical food nourishes the body, God’s Word gives me strength for life. My body can not function properly without physical food, and I cannot function properly without reading God’s Word.
Today, people are paralyzed with fear. People are afraid of the future, disease, and death. God tells us not to be afraid of anything that can kill the body, but to only fear God who can destroy the body and soul.
Breaking News….…Stock Market drops 1234 points, millions wiped out…I’ve just received the news from the doctor….it’s cancer and it’s terminal…….I’ve been meaning to tell you, I want a divorce…….Sir, your son was in an accident today……..Mom, I can’t talk very loud, there’s an active shooter in our school…….Honey, I just backed the car into our neighbors car. And so it goes! Life is fraught with bad news and if it isn’t bad news then it’s fake! What we need is a hefty dose of Good News!
God knows our hearts. Our words and actions come from our hearts. A person who has a wicked heart will not prosper before God or man.
As Christians, when we have been offended, God has commanded us to go to the offending person alone, and tell him or her how he or she has offended us. We sin when we talk to others about how we have been hurt instead of going to the person that hurt us. When we tell others how we have been hurt, instead of going to the offending person, we are not seeking reconciliation but revenge.
I believe this verse would describes the danger of most secular college campuses in America when it comes to spiritual matters. I remember spending an hour in my college philosophy class discussing “How do you know a tree is a tree?” What a waste of time; and money for that matter.