Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I've been thinking . . .

a lot recently about something I heard a preacher say at a pastor's conference earlier this year about God's passive wrath. I am paraphrasing him but what follows is pretty close. There are pastors everywhere who are struggling with sins which God will either confront here and now by dismantling ministries and disrupting lives in God's objective of saving the heart of the pastor for eternity OR God will simply allow pastors to continue in ministry and then they would become objects of God's passive wrath in judgment when they, like the people in Matthew 7, will say "Lord didn't we do this, this, this, and this?" to which Jesus will reply, "What does that have to do with me?"

I had never considered the second option and to be honest it caused me to sit up straight and take a more serious inventory of my life and how I conduct myself as a minister of the Gospel in EVERY area, son, husband, father, pastor, preacher, administrator, whatever . . . We would all do well to take serious these words and use them to check ourselves and strive to live lives of faithful service unto God in Christ. We must understand that there's nothing we can do to earn our salvation for the love of God as displayed in the life, death and resurrection of Christ has covered each one of us. But we are called to live Christlike lives in response to God's initiative and calling for each one of us.

That is my pursuit today. I pray that it is yours as well. Being a Christian is seriously joyful!!

peace -- Js

1 comment:

  1. James, I appreciate these words and pray that they will penetrate my heart in such a way that I remember at all times that I am a Christian proclaiming God's mercy and love and my actions should be just that in a loving and caring way.