Character

Character that Changes things…

Jesus calls us to live the impossible. The true Christian life cannot be lived outside of relationship with Jesus Christ. It is one lived in obedience to the word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. The outcome in living this way is a life of peace, love, and joy. It is a life that revolves around loving God and loving people. It is a life that is lived in contrast to the values of the world.

 

Big Picture: Live your life in such a way that it affects the world around you.

As a Christian:

  • Embrace your uniqueness!
  • Reflect the light and love of the Savior!

It’s easy to live life in the shadows, but that is not where Christ calls us to live.

1 Peter 2:9–10 (ESV)

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Look at these verses and think about it: a chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation, a people for His own possession… What do those images speak to you?  Here is the awesome thing about God… He takes a people who are marred and stained by sin and through faith in Jesus Christ, He redeems, restores and sets them apart. His grace, mercy and love extends to us. His righteousness, holiness and love are planted in our hearts. He even gives the Holy Spirit as a promise and commitment to that change. We are talking about an internal change that brings about outward change. This is really about becoming who God intended us to be in order to bring about the change that He desires in the world. It’s something I referred to a couple weeks ago: the plan of God’s redemption for the world. It’s the plan to change and affect the world from the inside through His people on the ground.

Many times today Christians are either failing to embrace totally who God desires them to be and/or are concerned with standing in the middle of the river that is our culture today. My hope and desire for us as a church is that we would fully embrace our uniqueness as believers and reflect the light and love of our Savior Jesus Christ to our community and world.

Scripture for the week – Matthew 5:13–16 (ESV)

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

We are in this together!

Pastor Mike


3 Responses to “Character”

  1. Deborah Glasscock says:

    Excellent word! We certainly cannot afford to hide our lamps under bushels in this day and time. We also must count the cost. Thanks for posting!

  2. Patty Huddleston says:

    So true! There are so many people all around us who are hurting and need direction towards Christ. Share Christ with them.

  3. delores hakala says:

    Beautiful word for God’s children. Our Father God with his power redeems us from sin and death and this is what this world needs to hear. They need hope in the midst of the storms of life on planet Earth today. We as God’s family need to follow Jesus all ways and forevermore. Thank you for sharing this good word. Blessings in Jesus Christ name amen.

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