So often, the longer we travel this journey with God, the more complicated we try to make it. Discussion over denominational differences, theology or community supersede the main message–Christ crucified. If the church would remain focused upon that main message and on our main focus of becoming like him–the amount of unrest and discourse among those in the faith would drop dramatically.
This was also true in Timothy’s church at Ephesus. The Jewish believers argued with the Gentile. The Greek with Hebrew. Rich argued with the poor, Slave with free. The issues were always present and the driving reason for arguing was and is focus. Paul, now imprisoned encouraged Timothy to focus upon Christ and his impact–and the other petty rivalries would soon loose their impact.
We too should focus on the message and on our Lord. As we do, then we are able to push past our differences and grow and become a part of the movement that will ultimately change the world. It is our choice, and if we choose to follow his lead it will give us freedom and power unmatched anywhere.
God Bless You
Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. 9 And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 10 So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.
11 This is a trustworthy saying:
If we die with him,
we will also live with him.
12If we endure hardship,
we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
he will deny us.
13If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.
14 Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.
It is great to distinguish yourself. One need only open You tube to find countless examples of people working to set themselves apart and establish their place in this world. We are also called to be set apart. And God, being the father that he is simply wants us to be set apart from a world gone bad. So How do we set ourselves apart?
In this passage we see three factors that make us unique. 1) Believing Jesus is the Christ (Messiah). 2) Loving God and Loving his kids. 3) Keeping his Commands–By faith. It is mostly a matter of trust–trusting God to be God, trusting Christ to be the risen Savior and trusting God’s plan to be designed to make us like him and to prepare us for Eternity. If we do that, we will be SET APART.
God Bless You
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.