1 Peter 2:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
Submission to Masters
18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.
Whoever said that living as a follower of Christ is easy must not have counted the cost. I accepted Christ in 1992. It has been 26 years. Life, as we know it, continues to throw lemons but the difference is that I have a Friend who either protects me from those lemons or sees me through the times when I try to make lemonade.
We want an easy life, free from suffering but we live in a fallen world with fallen people. But God is more interested in transforming us to be more like Christ.
One of the things I dislike most is coming across hurtful comments in the social media and name calling whichever side of the party people are in. So, don’t ask me about politics or whose side I’m on. I personally believe that God will have His way.
James 3:7-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
Lately I’ve been feeling like I have the short end of the stick. Just because I’m a follower of Christ, it doesn’t mean I’m free from negative emotions. Like everyone else, life is like a roller coaster. I’ve been telling God that I feel like life is so unfair while I look at others who seem to have it all. Sometimes, the only way I press on is to remind myself that He will know how to reward me in due time.
One day when I was pouring out my soul to the Lord, I believe He asked me a question. “Have you seen your ending yet?” Obviously not.
Indeed it’s God alone who has seen our beginning and ending. (Psalm 139:15-16)
I shouldn’t assume my ending when I wasn’t the one who created me. Surely He has good plans for me. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I have a few albums by Chris Tomlin and I have found that many of the songs he wrote minister to me. They’re also quite singable.
I think this is one of his latest and I absolutely love it.
John 15:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Many times we sing about how we love the Lord but if we do love the Lord, our actions should also show it. If we love the Lord, we will keep His commands.
James 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
They say that you become more and more like the the person you spend time with. So, if you spend more time communing with God, you too would be more like Him.
My goal is to be more like Him as I practise His presence in my daily life, thus involving Him in everything.
Are there things that you would not do, if you know He’s present? I know it’s challenging even driving home and having cars cut in when they’re not supposed to. I had to fight the urge to curse or swear.
But knowing that God is with me all the time, gives me peace and assurance that everything will be ok. Maybe not right now. But it will all work out in the end.
Ephesians 5:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Walk in Love
5 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.