Saturday, April 9, 2011

Black Belt....Corvette....huh?

Hello Everyone!

I am excited to be “back in the saddle again”. I am fully recharged from my vacation.

Interestingly enough, I was not in Florida for more than 2 hours when I received a call from a friend of mine, who said,

“Cullman, you need to be more optimistic and positive in your emails”. (I email my blog posts to a group friends right before I post )

I said, “I just type what The Lord gives me.”

The funny thing is, I wrote what is below while I was on the plane to Florida, about 3 hours before his call. Once again today's read is straight to the point regarding salvation and obedience. I don't seek to focus on this reality every day, I am just reading The Word of God one chapter at a time and commenting on what it says and putting in additional verses that the reading of the day bring to mind. With that being said, isn't it interesting that The Word of God seems to do more warning than it does saying “Jesus has a wonderful plan for your life”? You wouldn't know it listening to most preachers today.

When I used to teach Karate there used to be kids in class that clearly had no interest in being there. How they ended up in karate classes is confusing to me since the cost was high. The only conclusion that could be made is that somebody wanted them to be in karate more than they did.  As such, they were not focused or interested in being trained. If somebody is unwilling to be trained, they will not be trained. Entering a karate dojo will not make you a black belt any more than sleeping in a garage will make you a corvette. The same is true for Christians. Being in church, Bible studies, or mens retreats won't make you a follower of Christ. They will help you in understanding and fellowship, but to be a follower of Jesus Christ we must be completely surrendered to Him, letting the Holy Spirit have His way in our life. We must be wiling and yielded to the training God's Grace provides.

When we receive Jesus Christ, and serve Him as our Lord and Savior, what kind of training is He doing in us? What is the Grace of God training us for?

Answer: The Grace of God is training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions. He is training us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives.
Titus 2:11-12
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

The question isn't will God train us, the question is, are we willing to be trained? Are we willing to first surrender?

It is important to note that this verse first says that the Grace of God brings salvation. It does not work the other way around. He does not expect you to clean yourself up first, and then "maybe" He will save you. He wants your surrender and then when you are surrendered and willing to be trained in righteousness and Godly wisdom, He does just that, He changes you from the inside out.

When we do it God's way we are transformed from the inside out. When we do it our way and/or the religious way, we become what the Word calls white washed tombs, clean on the outside but dead mans bones on the inside.

There is no effort required to be dead, we are dead by default. We are by nature objects of wrath. The work required to be made alive is to believe in The One God The Father sent, to believe in Jesus Christ. A belief that leads to repentance, surrender, and obedience,.

The Gospel is that simple. Man can try to justify their sin, they can try to earn their salvation and they can be deceived by the philosophies of man; but ...

"when it is all been said and done there is just one thing that matters. Did I do my best to live for Truth, did I live my life for You. Lord, Your mercy is so great that you look beyond our weakness and make purest gold from miry clay, making sinners in to saints" (Lyrics from Robin Mark, Revival in Belfast)
1 Peter 4:2
so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions-is not from the Father but is from the world.

1 comment:

  1. Rocking the house as usual brother, God bless ya