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Teachers! Teachers! Teachers! My, How God Loves Them!

Teachers! Teachers! Teachers! My, How God Loves Them!

by Andrew Connally, deceased
Topic(s): Children, Evangelism
Teachers mold the hearts of little children. Whenever little children study the Bible, wonderful women and men mold their hearts and lives. Such is a work of God, to teach and train little minds the grand and glorious truths of God, to prepare them for life’s great adventure. Concepts are formed and opinions strengthened for life.
Teachers uphold the truth of God always; at least they should, and when they do, wonderful things happen. Darkness is banished, light is brought to bear, the great things of life are illuminated, and error is exposed. Little minds and hearts are touched for good, and lives are changed for the better! Teachers deal with the great issues facing every generation. If not, then the practical application of these great truths is lacking and much is left undone. Without direction and application, people often go away untaught and are left to wonder what God expects of them. Teachers change our communities and lives. Their example and training often spill over from the classroom into our families, communities, and lives. God wills it so. This is an expression of our lights shining and our salt influencing those about us.
Some of our dearest memories are of teachers we have had in our lives. They have made a difference. They always will. Man is a teachable, learning being, and great and good teachers influence us. One of their rewards is found in seeing the change in their students’ lives, and just once in a while the student then becomes a teacher himself. What attribute and honor to those who taught them. This is a great reward.
So, dear teacher, please continue to forget the thankless hours of preparation and sacrifice, the pain and anguish of teaching. Just keep on doing your wonderful thing, for God loves you—and so do we!

Just Five More Minutes

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Snooze ButtonThe radio blaring startled me awake. Just five more minutes, I told myself, as I banged around on the head board and finally found the snooze button. Four times, I said, “just five more minutes” — only my snooze alarm is random — it goes off at intervals everywhere from five to nine minutes. Suddenly, it was 33 minutes later than I was supposed to get up and I was in a panic. The rest of the day was thrown off kilter because of just five more minutes. I haven’t decided if the snooze button is a great invention or a curse. I know it impacts me, because I’ll play mind games with it. I’ll set my alarm ten minutes early because I can “sneak” in a few extra minutes of sleep when it goes off. The quality of sleep isn’t very good, but it seems so much better because it is some sleep I’ve managed to “steal.” Truth be known, I would have slept better if I had set the alarm for the right time and simply got up with it.

I wondered this morning how often God had been calling me and I hit my internal snooze button instead. Just wait a little longer God, just a little longer, just a little longer. Suddenly, I’m running way behind and I missed out on the opportunity to listen or to serve. God puts someone on my heart and says, “Give them a call” or “Drop them a note.” I reply, “Okay God, just as soon as I ….”; and then it’s weeks later. I find out that in the interim, they had been going through a crisis time and really could have used some encouragement.

We all do it, don’t we? I think I do it less now than I used to earlier in my Christian walk, but I’m far from perfect. I’m so glad that He is a loving, patient and merciful God. He’s used to people putting other things ahead of time with Him or in obedience to Him.

Once when Jesus and His disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to He said. But Martha was distracted by all of the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42).

Martha would have made time with the Lord only after the house was perfect. The disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane would have prayed with Jesus after a little nap (Matthew 26:36-43).

When will you and I make time to listen and obey? Until next time, may we take the time with Him instead of playing games with life’s snooze alarm.

—Author Unknown; selected for the Montana Street bulletin

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The Muddy Waters of the Emerging Church

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Emerging Church Movement and Absolute Truth

In August of 1991 my wife and I visited Vicksburg, Mississippi on our honeymoon. One sight we could not miss was the Mississippi River. The United States Geological Service estimates that approximately 373 billion gallons of water flow by Vicksburg every day. That water comes from the thousands of lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks that flow into it creating the river’s distinctively muddy character.

Christians today live in a world that, not unlike the muddy Mississippi, is influenced by multiple streams of ideas, thoughts, and philosophies. This period has been characterized as postmodern because of its anti-rational thinking and its complete acceptance of any and all ideas regardless of how ridiculous they may seem. This is illustrated for us in the chorus of a Charlie Daniels’ song entitled, “Muddy Mississippi.” “Everybody is alright / Ain’t nobody uptight / Dancing in the moonlight / Muddy Mississippi roll on.”

It should not surprise us that some are placing a special emphasis upon taking the gospel to the postmodern world. This effort is known as the “Emerging Church.” It is a pan-denominational effort to engage the postmodern world around us with the gospel, but with a subtle twist. The “Emerging Church” wants to do this with the acceptance of postmodern presuppositions.

“Emerging Church” adherents do not believe that we ought to characterize the message of the gospel as either true or false. This, they claim, buys into a failed system of knowledge. Instead, they seek to engage the postmodern culture “non-confrontationally.” This entails that we simply sit down to have a “conversation” about things; no one is right or wrong; no one is exhorted to give up false doctrine and embrace truth. All ideas and philosophies are equally legitimized and somehow the postmodern culture is evangelized.

It reminds me of the 1990 movie “Pretty Woman,” in which a rich businessman hires a prostitute to act as his escort. During the course of their relationship, the businessman ends up realizing that there is more to life than money; the prostitute ends up leaving her life of sex for money. Both are somehow redeemed from their formerly wasted lives without condemning or being condemned.

In that regard, the “Emerging Church” movement is analogous to evangelizing a prostitute by fornicating with her. While that seems harsh, some in this movement would accept that analogy as an accurate characterization. The only “evils” in society are defined as things that cause human suffering and Christianity is simply equated with an effort to solve social problems such as hunger, homelessness, and racism.

Some Christians have even been caught up in this kind of thinking. They need to be reminded that Jesus didn’t die for the philosophies of men, but for man’s salvation from the philosophies of men (1 Corinthians 2:1-5). Jesus proclaimed His message as “truth” (John 8:32) and severely chastised those who did not believe it (John 8:44-45).

The disciples confessed Jesus as the one that they knew and believed to be the Holy One of God (John 6:69). They died willing to confront a similarly pluralistic culture with the absolute truth that Jesus was the way and the gospel was the truth. If we, as Christians, are unwilling to stand up for the absolute truth of the resurrection of Jesus, then we’ve been evangelized instead of evangelizing.

The muddy waters of the Mississippi are broad and deep, but it is impossible to see anything clearly when surrounded by them. If we surrender truth to engage the postmodern world with Christianity, we’ve surrendered the whole war. Let us not seek to be conformed to the world, but transformed out of it (Romans 12:1-2).

One Ought To Know

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  1. That God exists (Romans 1:19-21).
  2. That the universe and everything in it is God’s creation (Genesis 1-2).
  3. That the highest of God’s creation is mankind (Psalm 8).
  4. That God is love and that God loves mankind (1 John 4:16, John 3:16).
  5. That God is a holy and righteous God (1 Peter 1:16).
  6. That all men have sinned (offensive errors in our relationship with God) and fallen short of God’s holiness (Romans 3:23).
  7. That these sins separate man from God (Isaiah 59:2).
  8. That to die in sin means eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23).
  9. That without God, man is helpless to do anything for himself to redeem himself (buy himself back) from the penalty of his sins (Psalm 49:7).
  10. That God’s righteousness and holiness demands a penalty for sin (Revelation 14:10).
  11. That God has sent his Son to pay the penalty for man’s sins (2 Corinthians 4:21).
  12. That God’s Son has redeemed mankind from their sins (1 Peter 1:18).
  13. That God’s Son is Jesus of Nazareth who is also the Christ/Messiah/Anointed one (John 20:30,31).
  14. That Jesus lived on the earth as a man and was tempted like men but did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).
  15. That Jesus taught man and left man an example of what he must do to be pleasing to God (John 8:31,32, John 13:15, 1 Peter 2:21).
  16. That Jesus can be the perfect sacrifice for sins because he lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:28).
  17. That Jesus gave his blood a sacrifice for the sins of man (Matthew 26:28).
  18. That Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and then was raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).
  19. That Jesus gave His plan for man’s salvation to His servants the apostles (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15,16, Luke 24:46-49).
  20. That Jesus ascended into heaven to sit on the right hand of the throne of God and rule as King (Acts 2:30-36).
  21. That Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to further teach and instruct men concerning the kingdom and their need to be saved (Acts 2:14-21).
  22. That the Holy Spirit was to guide the apostles into ALL truth (John 16:13).
  23. That those who believed and obeyed the message of salvation would be saved and added to the church, Jesus’ kingdom (Acts 2:37-47).
  24. That to be saved one must hear the gospel message, believe that Jesus is God’s son, repent of sins, confess Jesus as Lord and be baptized for the remission of sins (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 11:6, Acts 17:30, Romans 10:10, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16).
  25. That when one does such he is added by the Lord to the church (Acts 2:47).
  26. That the church would be the place of the saved (Ephesians 5:23).
  27. That the individuals in the church are Christians (Acts 11:26).
  28. That the Christian is expected to live a life that is holy to God and not to corrupt it with the evil influences of the world (1 Peter 1:15,16, 1 John 2:15-17).
  29. That the Christian that sins willfully will no longer have forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 10:26) and that if he turns back to the world he will be lost (2 Peter 2:20-22).
  30. That Christians are the people of God (1 Peter 2:9).
  31. That the church belongs to Christ (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 5:23-25).
  32. That it is only through our belonging to Christ in the church that we can worship God acceptably (1 Peter 2:9).
  33. That we must allow God to tell us how to worship Him (John 4:24).
  34. That God has told us through the Holy Spirit inspired apostles how to worship Him (Acts 2:42).
  35. That the praise in worship that Christians offer consists of “fruit of lips” (Hebrews 13:15).
  36. That we worship God by remembering every Sunday the death of Jesus in partaking of the Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
  37. That we worship God by singing praises (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16).
  38. That we worship God by studying His word (Acts 2:42).
  39. That we worship God when we pray (1 Timothy 2:1).
  40. That we worship God when we give (2 Corinthians 8-9).
  41. That the church has a work to do, make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).
  42. That the church has been given instruction on how to do this work (Colossians 1:10).
  43. That the Bible contains all the information that the church needs to do this work (2 Peter 1:3, 2 Timothy 3:16,17).
  44. That we must study the Bible in order to do this work and be approved before God (2 Timothy 2:15).
  45. That the church has been organized by her head, Jesus (Ephesians 1:22), in an efficient way to accomplish this work.
  46. That there was a temporary organization to initially build the church and that there is a permanent organization for the ongoing activities of the church (Ephesians 4:7-16).
  47. That part of the temporary organization of the church were men directly inspired by God, apostles, prophets, and others inspired to do other things (Ephesians 4:11,12, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10)
  48. That they completed their work and left a perfect pattern (seed) for all additional churches to follow (2 Timothy 2:2).
  49. That when this pattern (seed) is followed, we will have what they intended for us to have (2 Timothy 1:13, Luke 8:11, 1 Peter 1:23).
  50. That the permanent organization for the church is left in this pattern (1 Timothy 3:15).
  51. That this permanent organization consists of elders and deacons in each congregation (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9).

Do You Know You Will Go To Heaven?

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Heaven or HellA Christian lady phoned to ask if it was right for her to tell others that she knew she was going to heaven. She had begun to doubt it was right for her to say this to others because they might think she was bragging.

What Can We Know?

Does the Bible teach that we can know we are going to heaven? If so, what passage can be quoted to prove we can know? We may not be able to know we are going to heaven, but we can know we have eternal life (1 John 5:13).

How Can We Know?

The purpose of what John wrote, was so we can “know” we have eternal life. Our knowledge that we have eternal life is not based on emotions, a special testimony of the Holy Spirit, or an inner feeling. We can “know” based on what is written, for John wrote so that we may “know” we have eternal life

Preceding verse 13, John stated, “And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He whow has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God, does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12). God gave testimony through the miracles He performed through Jesus (John 8:18; John 10:25; Acts 2:22), that through our believing in Him, based on what has been written concerning Jesus, we can “know” we have eternal life (John 20:30-31).

Eternal Life In Jesus

Our assurance of eternal life is because we can share the eternal life that is in Jesus. We can “know” we have eternal if we are “in Him”; the source of eternal life. Our entry into Jesus takes place through our faith and repentance when we are baptized “into Christ” (Romans 6:3; Gal. 3:27). Our having eternal life is dependent on our being “in Jesus” in whom is eternal life.

After we are baptized, we can “know” we are in Jesus if we keep His word (1 John 2:4-5). We can “know” we are in Jesus and have eternal life if we perfect our love for God by keeping His word and continuing in what was taught in the beginning years of Christianity (1 John 2:24-25).

Can We Lose Eternal Life?

As long as we are “in Jesus,” we will have the eternal life that is in Him. Our continuing to have eternal life, is dependent on our remaining “in Jesus.” Eternal life is not ours as a matter of a personal possession, but because of a relationship with Jesus. This can be compared with an electric current. As long as a cord is plugged into a live wall plug, the cord will have an electric current, but if it is unplugged, it will no longer have the live current available from the wall plug. After we are baptized into Jesus, as long as we remain in Jesus by keeping His word, we can “know” we are in Him and have the eternal life that is in Him.

If we fail to retain our relationship with Jesus, we will lose the eternal life that is in Him. Jesus taught this in His parable of the vine and branches. A branch will have life as long as it is in a vine, but if that relationship is severed, the branch will wither because it will no longer receive the life that is in the vine (John 15:6). As long as we are “in Jesus,” we will have the life that is “in Jesus.” Thus, we can “know” that we have eternal life.

What About Heaven?

If we could be sure we would remain “in Christ” until we die, we would “know” for certain we will go to heaven. Paul had to control the passions of his body to be sure he would not be cast away (1 Corinthians 9:27), and he wrote that those who think they stand, are to take heed lest they fall (1 Corinthians 10:12). Peter assures us that if we develop the Christian virtues, we will never fall but will enter the everlasting kingdom (2 Peter 1:5-11).

Conclusion:

Since no one can be sure he will always remain “in Christ” until death (Revelation 2:10), he cannot be absolutely certain he will go to heaven, but if we are “in Christ” as obedient followers, we can “know” that we have eternal life. As long as we continue to remain “in Jesus”, we are assured that heaven will be our eternal destiny.

If we, like Paul, fight the good fight, keep the faith, and finish the course, then we can say with the apostle in the hour of our departure from this world to a new and better world, “Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day” (2 Timothy 4:8 ESV).

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What About Halloween?

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In looking at the upcoming observance of Halloween, what should the mindset of Christians be toward this holiday?

The history behind the observance of Halloween (also see this article) indicates that it is pagan in nature, with its focus being on witchcraft [sorcery] and the occult, both of which are condemned in the Bible (Acts 8:9-11; Gal. 5:20; cf. Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6,27; Deuteronomy 17:2-5; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 1 Chronicles 10:11-14; 2 Chronicles 33:1-6).

Even though the term “Halloween” is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, there are several biblical principles that we must look at and adhere to as Christians, one of those principles being found in 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, which contrasts spiritual light from spiritual darkness. One of the key thoughts in this text is, “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.

Additionally, Christians must be examples toward believers (1 Timothy 4:12-13,15-16) as well as unbelievers (Philippians 2:5-16; 1 Peter 2:11-12). What example are we setting before them if we observe a known pagan holiday? What example are we setting before our children?

Paul tells us that we are to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV). The J.B. Phillips translation of this verse clearly states, “Steer clear of evil in any form.

Brethren, we need to educate our children and grandchildren as to the history behind this pagan holiday, and why we as followers of Christ should not observe such.

Let us remember that we are here upon this earth to glorify our heavenly Father (Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 5:16). Can we honestly say that our observance of Halloween glorifies our heavenly Father?

Let us seriously think about the above thoughts, and then be directed by the holy inspired Scriptures (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; cf. John 12:42-50).

An OPEN Approach

 by Chuck Northrop

In almost any task, its success or accomplishment is determined by one’s approach. If a person is

unwilling, then the task will probably not be completed, or if it is, it will likely be poorly done. If

a person has an “I can’t” attitude, the task will be prone to failure. And if a person has a closed

mind, then the task will cultivate stagnation. But, if approached properly, great accomplishments

can be made. It’s all in the approach. So, it is with Bible study. The proper results of Bible Study

can only be accomplished if there are some things that are opened.

OPEN BIBLE

First, there must be an OPEN BIBLE. For real Bible study to occur, the Bible must be opened

and studied. David wrote, “The entrance [opening, ASV] of thy words giveth light; it giveth

understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130). In Acts 8:26-40, we read of the conversion of

the eunuch of Ethiopia. God had sent Philip the evangelist to “the way that goeth down from

Jerusalem unto Gaza.” As the eunuch journeyed, he was reading Isaiah 53. At the Spirit’s urging,

Philip came up to the chariot and asked, “Understandest thou what thou readest?” And the

eunuch replied, “How can I, except some man should guide me?” He desired Philip to give him

spiritual instruction. So, “Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached

unto him Jesus.” Instruction was accomplished because the Bible was opened.

Notice also the nobility of the Bereans. Luke said, “These were more noble than those in

Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the

scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11). In part, they were noble because the

Book of books was opened. They searched the scriptures daily! They examined what they were

being taught by comparing it to the word of God. And when the teaching proved to be scriptural,

they readily accepted it.

Philip, the eunuch, and the Bereans illustrate the need of an open Bible. Paul’s admonition of 2

Timothy 2:15 helps us to make the application. Paul wrote, “Study to shew thyself approved unto

God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” The purpose

of handling accurately the word of truth is so that we can be approved of God and an unashamed

workman.

OPEN MIND

Not only must there be an OPEN BIBLE, we must also have an OPEN MIND. A person who

has closed their mind to honest evaluation and/or to the word of God are hopelessly lost.

Evaluation of one’s self and one’s beliefs is of absolute necessity. To Timothy, Paul wrote, “Take

heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save

thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Timothy 4:16).

Open mindedness is the opposite of prejudice. Prejudice comes in many forms. Prejudice can be

based upon race, economics, religion, and a host of other things. Prejudice means to pre-judge or

judge before full examination. Though the word “prejudice” is not used in Scripture, it is clearly

condemned. Peter wrote, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). A part of God’s holiness is

the fact that He “is no respecter of persons” (Acts 17:34). God is not prejudice. Thus, we should

not be prejudice whether we are speaking of individuals or otherwise. Rather than going to God’s

word to prove what we already believe, let us go to God’s word to see what God teaches and

accept the truth thereof.

Sometimes a person’s beliefs are based upon the conviction of others such as parents or

grandparents. This, too, is the opposite of an open mind. Though we must love and respect our

parents, we must have our own convictions. Judgment will be based upon what we have done in

our bodies (2 Corinthians 5:10). It will not be based upon our parent’s or any other person’s

conviction whether right or wrong.

Sadly, it is the case that some people base their beliefs upon their own desires. They desire an

adulterous union or some such like thing, and, thus, they decide such is not wrong. In this way,

they justify themselves. Honest people, however, will approach God’s word with an open mind

looking to God for His directions as revealed in His word. This was the attitude of the noble

Bereans, and it should be our attitude as well.

OPEN HEART

Not only must there be an OPEN BIBLE and an OPEN MIND, we must also have an OPEN

HEART. Jesus said, “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,

and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” (Mark 12:30). This passage shows that there is

some basic difference between the mind and heart. The mind is the seat of the intelligence

whereas the heart is the seat of the emotions. Acceptance and obedience of the gospel is more

than just intellectual. It is also a matter of emotions. One can intellectually understand and accept

a certain teaching, but not obey it because of some emotional conflict. Thus, holy scripture must

be approached with an open heart.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew

5:8). Pure means that the heart is without defilement or hypocrisy. Before one will accept God’s

truth on any given subject, the heart of that individual must be pure   desiring to do God’s will

rather than his or her own will. For this reason, David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O

God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). This does not mean that we are passive

in this, and that God somehow does something to change our hearts. We are responsible to make

heart changes. James says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands,

ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4:8).

“An evil heart of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:12) is the opposite of an open heart. It will lead us away

from the living God, and it is “hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13). Instead of

an evil heart of unbelief, let us open our hearts to God and His word, and let us be so pricked in

the heart that we obey the will of God. Appealing to the heart, the emotions, Peter “with many

other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation”

(Acts 2:40).

Copyritght  1998

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Are You Zealous for the Lord’s Work?

            We often tell ourselves that we are all about the Lord’s Work. We know we love God and are faithful on Sundays and sometimes on Wednesdays. We see the work that others are doing and know it is good and right but do we take an inventory and weigh the work we do for God against what worldly work we do.

In Titus 2:11-15 Paul tells us the goal we should aspire to.

“ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” (KJV)

Our Goal is not to do more works so we can be the best Christian we know, but to be “zealous of good works” the works that God has said are good. The whole reason we have that zealousness is because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. He came to this earth to redeem us, to purify us, and give us the desire to be zealous for His work. It say’s we are “His own possession”, this is not just a collection of people but a cherished possession he was willing to die for.

We were redeemed out of the world and into a relationship we must not take lightly.

1Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

We are a blood bought people we are owned by Jesus we have an unpayable debt that should make us zealous for His works. Our daily work at our jobs should be just a part of our lives not the focus of our lives. Jesus died so we could see the love and desire He has for us and to make us a holy people wanting to work for Him. Do you see yourself as a worker for God first or do you see yourself as a man or woman who works for himself? Can you say you are Zealous for the work of the church? There are many things we can do as workers for God, and often the work that is needed seems uncomfortable to us. Many times we don’t do the work because it is out of our “comfort zone”. We must look to the apostles words here and realize that Jesus was willing to go out of His “comfort zone” to redeem us and we should let that be our motivation to step outside of our worldly lives and get to the work of God. When we see a need in the church we should be of the mind to fill that need or at least help others fill the need.

When God returned the remnant to Jerusalem from Babylon the people saw what he had done and did what needed to be done.

Nehemiah 4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

They weren’t perfect and had many obstacles and distractions to hinder them but they “had a mind to work” to accomplish what God had asked them to do. They prayed to God so they could finish the wall. We need to have a mind set on the work of God and realize it is the most important work we could do. We need to pray and ask God to show us, and help us finish, the work we are expected to do for God. Are you zealous for the work of God?