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Predestined For Glory
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye shouldgo and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15
I believe in calling an apple an apple, but while the world is so wrapped up in the demonic Twilight Saga at the theatres, and in the private lives of so-called celebrities, God continues to send warnings to which most of us continue to ignore. As I write this, Hurricane Alex is wreaking havoc in the coastal south, further impacting lives already affected by the oil spill. Not only that, but the jobless rate continues to rise, wars continue to rage, the economic situation still looms large like an immense dark cloud over-shadowing not only the poor, but the rich as well. The Government seems to be letting down the common person at every turn, lately refusing to extend unemployment benefits which I heard will affect over a million people.
But against the backdrop of all this calamity, The Lord Jesus is still extending His hands to the world. He’s still throwing out the lifeline to a drowning society, saying to us “Grab hold, and I’ll pull you in.” He’s still saying “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” John 14:6. He’s still reminding us that He came to give us the Abundant Life, while the devil, idolized in films, music and literature comes to kill, steal and destroy. John 10:10. However we, as mankind would rather believe in man’s empty promises, and feeble attempts to rectify the world’s ills, than God’s truth. The answer for the world’s problems lie not in politicians, but in the Son of the Living God. In the words to the song of the great gospel singer Andrae Crouch, Jesus is the Answer for the world today.
.Now to the subject at hand:
There is a line from a song, “I have decided to make Jesus my choice,” also, I have seen bumper stickers with the words “Try Jesus.” This contradicts the above passage from the Book of John. The fact is, we do not choose Jesus, and you don’t try on the Lord like some suit and if it doesn’t fit, put it back on the rack, or test-drive a car, but instead he chooses us. He calls us out of the world and places us in God’s Kingdom. This brings up the subject of predestination.
The truth is that God had us in mind before we were born. Refer to this passage from the Book of Jeremiah:
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1.
Since man was created for God, The Father had plan for each of us a destiny. We don’t know it, but by submitting ourselves to His care, He will guide us on it. This is not to say that our lives would not be without pitfalls and obstacles, however, He will lead us safely through life’s mine fields.
There is also a danger of taking God’s salvation lightly -- even for us Christians.Much blood had been shed, beginning with Christ, and with the martyrs of history to bring us where we are today. God has chosen us to be a strange and unique people to the world at large. Not in the way Hollywood depict Christians, with services led by slick-haired, gap-tooth preachers, dumpy, ill-dressed deacons, and acrobatics during praise and worship, blurring the line between what a true Christian is verses the worldly, fictitious version. Our lives are to be a reflection of Christ --of his love to the sick and dying, and his unselfish service and sacrifice, not only to the.
Family of God, but to the world, just as Jesus’ life while on earth reflected the Father’s. But more and more as the time of the Lord’s arrival draws closer, some churches have taken on the persona of the world in intermingling worldly practices with Christian living, and in some instances, the world could teach some Christians about charity. In Jesus’ words:
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5.
Jesus gave everything he had within himself to promote the Father. He has chosen us out of the world to do the same through him, for he lives in us. Let us continue to submit ourselves to the Father’s will, and let Him guide us through our destiny, toward the glory we will share with him.
See you in the air.