26 August 2011

Jesus Values Faith Over Peace 2

"I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!  From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

The goal of the Christian is not to please everyone.  The goal of the Christian is to follow Christ.


24 August 2011

Jesus Values Faith Over Peace

Luke 12:49-53

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

John summarises the problem very well in his first chapter.

He created the world.  He created everything.  He created people.  And people rejected Him.  He is not enough.  He was not trusted.  He was not loved.  He must either be used or ignored in order to get what we really want.

14 August 2011

Jesus Wants Us To Live As Though Today Is Our Last

Luke 12:35-40

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

Why is it so important to love God with everything we are and have?  Why is it so important to love our neighbour as ourselves?  Because it is all His.  And, the King is coming to claim his Kingdom.

Followers of Jesus are to constantly live by faith.  In other words, we are to be sure of what we hope for and to be certain of what we do not see.  This is how the Christian is to live.  Jesus put it another way, "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit."