Editor’s Note: Our weekly guest spot is our effort to help our reading community connect with each other. “Being Isaac” is in response to our growing number of male readers. We think it’s important that there’s a male reply to our female’s call to live in passionate pursuit of Christ. Thanks Joshua T for submitting this great, original post that challenges us all to shine for Him!
When I was little at church, we sang a particular song. You might remember hearing it when you were a child. It is called ‘This Little Light of Mine.’ Although it’s a children song, it still contains things to teach adults. Mark 4:21-22 says, ‘And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.’
If you won the lottery, would you walk around and not tell anyone? Would you keep it to yourself or would you tell everyone about it? The same principle applies to Christianity. If you were saved from eternal death by Jesus’ blood, would you act like nothing is different and never share His free gift with anyone? Or would you leap with joy and proclaim to the world what God has done for you?
Many people are afraid to spread the Gospel. They are afraid of what people will think of them or of what their friends will say. I always recall this verse when I think of people that are afraid of being called a Christian. Mark 8:38 says, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
We have no reason to care what other people think of us. Just look at Jesus’ life. When He came to earth to pay for our sins, He was beaten, spit upon, and called many names but He still loved them all.
Even on the cross, Jesus says, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” (Luke 23:34)
Jesus loves us so much that He would die the most painful way imaginable for people that have sinned against Him. Think about that for a second. God, the creator of the universe, cared enough about you and wanted you to spend eternity in heaven with Him that He sent His ONLY son to die on the cross with your sins on His back.
Could you imagine having to give up your only child to save someone else? I can’t imagine the love that God must feel for us to have Jesus pay the ultimate price in my place. Jesus paid our debt.
We were bought with a price: Jesus’ blood. Therefore we are not our own. Romans 14:8 says, ‘For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.’
Nothing can make God hate you enough to not accept you into His family as a Child of God. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. (John 1:12)
We owe all we are to God, yet we act as if we can do what ever we want because it is our life. It is not. If you asked American, they would tell you to do what ever you wanted. Forget about the consequences. Who do you have to answer to? The answer to that is God. James 4:12 reads, “There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?”
We must remember that God is our Judge and He will judge us. He will bring everything to light. Our lies, our sins, our mess-ups will all be judged, but there is the good news. Because Jesus died for our sins, we can be pardoned. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
Many think that their sins are too bad or severe that they can not be saved. But the Bible says differently. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’ It is important to remember that even though you have sinned, as long as you have received Christ into your heart, your sins are gone. They are not there anymore. Psalms 103:12 confirms this, “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
Will you be the light in the darkness?
Joshua T is a graphic designer in training who is seeking to glorify God in everything he does. He enjoys listening to music, such as Thousand Foot Krutch, KJ-52, and Relient K. Joshua also appreciates hanging out with his friends, and writing sermons for his blog, http://flameministries.wordpress.com/.
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Thanks Rebekah for posting my sermon. For all of you who like this sermon, be sure to check out some other ones that I have written over the years. http://flameministries.wordpress.com/
Thanks for letting us publish this post of yours!!! All three of the Rebekahs loved it! 🙂 I love the end where you talk about how many think their sins are too bad or too severe… I was in a place recently where I was incredibly sorrowful about my recent mess ups… weeping at the alter over my doubt that my promises would ever come true… so close to acting on those doubts and then God turned it all around with His amazing ways and even had a pastor prophecy over me using exact phrases others had used to prophecy over me years ago… mind blowing but I just couldn’t help but keep weeping over the fact that I had almost given up! Jesus who was SO faithful to me and I almost gave up on Him… the pastor’s wife said something SO profound to me while I was still weeping, she said “[Rebekah M.] if you allow your shame and guilt to stay with you, you will never change. You will fall right back into those things because you are letting them hold you there.” So even for people who are saved, it’s important to realize that with God- it’s one and done! He died for us so that our sins (even doubt!!) could be washed away… not so that we can go out and sin more, but so that our guilt of our past sins don’t keep us in our past! They have no power over us when we allow God’s full grace and mercy to sweep into our souls and cleanse us of even the guilt!!! What a wonderful, might God we serve!!!!!
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Jesus came to seek and save the lost – thank God for Jesus and thank God for all who love him enough to spread his words without shame.