The Christian life consists of 3 components: vertical (with God), horizontal (with one another) and external (to the world); however, the external component is often overlooked. Jesus did not just come to save people from their sins – He came to save people in order that they would then go on to reach others who are not yet saved. Jesus gave us the ultimate example to show us who to reach out to and how to reach them.
Happy Father’s Day!
Growing up, Joseph was his father Jacob’s favorite son. This did not sit well with his brothers and they sold him to become a slave in Egypt. Through a series of events (God’s sovereignty), Joseph became an extremely powerful ruler over all the land -second to Pharaoh. In a time of great famine, Joseph has mercy on his brothers and reconciles with them through the power of faith and forgiveness from God.
In the parable of the prodigal son, the son’s greed leads him to squander his inheritance. Yet, his biggest sin, even more than his greediness, was his rebellion against his father. Like the prodigal son, we believe that we can live independently of our Father, specifically our Heavenly Father. However, that rebellion only leads us down a path of destruction. But, because of His mercy, we as sinners can be restored one day to become co-heirs with Christ.
Self-sufficiency always directs us to apathy toward Christ. The church in Laodicea was materially rich but spiritually bankrupt. Yet Jesus graciously called them to return and to restore intimacy with them.
The church in Philadelphia appeared weak in the eyes of the world. But in the eyes of Jesus, they were strong as they held fast to the name of Jesus. Strength comes through the person of Christ and the Word of Christ.