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Ambassadors

Matthew 7:12–In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

2nd Corinthians 5:20–We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

The famous Hindu leader Gandhi once considered converting to Christianity. After reading New Testament several times, he began to believe that Jesus’ wisdom and sacrificial lifestyle reflected the true nature of the Divine.

During this spiritual quest, he visited the United States, a country which at the time claimed to be a Christian Nation. But while traversing the Deep South, Gandhi was treated in a very un-Christlike manner. Some restaurants forbade him entry because of his skin color. A number of white churches turned him away from their racially-segregated sanctuaries. By the time the famous leader’s American tour was finished, he’d made up his mind: There was no way he could justify converting to a religion that tolerated such hatred and injustice.

It’s tragic that this history-transforming man was alienated from Jesus by a few narrow-minded, hard-hearted believers. But facts are facts, and that’s the way it happened.  

St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel everywhere, and if necessary, use words.” A child once prayed, “God, please make all the bad people good, and all the good people nice.”

Be nice. Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We are called to be Heaven’s ambassadors, and you never know who your behavior might be influencing. 

Today’s Prayer: All humans are created in your image, Lord. Help me others as I would treat Jesus today and every day.

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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

God’s Original

Got to thinking about our individuality today. Snowflakes, leaves, human voices. It started when a friend of mine–a very intelligent, artistic, and multi-talented friend of mine–texted me about passing her GED. She’d never been able to graduate from high school due to extenuating family challenges. (And yet you’d never know this, since she’s so well-read, self-educated, and accomplished.)

Our texts went like this:

Her: I passed my GED with flying colors!

Me: Of course you did. You’re smart.

Her: I am an overachiever with low self esteem. So I surprised myself! Lol

Me: You have no reason, on any level, for having low self esteem. You’re gifted and exceptional. But it’s often the people like that who have low self-esteem, simply because they’re different. Normal people don’t do special things.

Me: Dang. That was good. I should blog it.

Her: Thank you :)!

Her: Blog it!

So here I am, blogging it. ‘Cause face it: you’re abnormal, right? Don’t look at me in that tone of voice. Of course you are, because you’re an original creation of God.

Snowflakes. Leaves. Human voices…

You were born with your own unique face, personality, and set of talents. But you feel inadequate when you compare your own unique characteristics with others’. “She’s taller than me, more petite; better at math, better at English, skinnier, more shapely,” whatever.

…but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise–2 Corinthians 10:12

It’s impossible to compare the quality of two original paintings by the same artist. Monet created both Water Lilies and Sunrise, and yet they can never be measured against each other for superlatives. One’s not better than the other; they’re just different. Like you and me.

God, the master Artist, created each of us, individually.

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written; the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.–Psalm 139: 13-16.

But God not only created us individually, he also created us as individuals. So you’re not normal, and neither am I. There is no normal, there’s only you, me, and all those other weirdos, each of us with his or her own special beauty, significance and purpose. So be yourself and be proud of it. You’re God’s original.

David

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

God is Just

1st Thessalonians 1:6–God is just…

We’ve all been treated unfairly, but some of us have experienced more than our fair share of injustice. Have you been cheated out of opportunity by prejudiced people? Have you been hindered by a poor upbringing, or suffered an overabundance of hard knocks?

A friend of mine sings a song that goes, “Life’s not fair, but God is good.” Let me add to that that He’s not only good, He’s just.

God loves justice and hates inequality (Ps. 61:18). In fact, righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne (Ps. 89:14). In Hebrews 10:30 (Amplified Bible), He tells us that He will repay us the exact compensation owed to us; that He is the one to settle and solve the cases of His people. He promises in Isaiah to pay you back double for every unfair thing that’s been done to you (Is. 61:7).

It’s easy to get angry when you’ve been mistreated. It’s harder to suck it in and trust God to make things right. But it works better. It’s always best to forgive others and trust in the Lord, the Judge of all flesh, to settle your affairs. Believe me, He’ll do it, and He’ll get it right, because if God is anything, God is just.

Today’s Prayer: Father, I forgive those who’ve done me wrong. They may have done these things innocently, or with their eyes wide open. Doesn’t matter. I’m letting them go in faith that you will pay me back for the wrongs I’ve suffered. I trust in you because you are just.

David

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*The message above is an excerpt from my new devotional More Encouraging Words, which is also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine online retailers.

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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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