What Are You Doing with Your Faith?
Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. (2Peter 1:13-15)
PETER WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHAT TO DO WITH OUR FAITH, right up to the end of our lives. ‘Till his last breath, his focus was to stir up other people to live for God and to serve Him faithfully. We never get too old to urge people to be saved and to encourage Christians to live for God. Many people do it from a hospital bed, even if it’s their death bed. It’s good to live for God ourselves. But beyond living for God ourselves, there’s the great need to urge other Christians to live for God.
THE WRITER OF HEBREWS KNEW THIS: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25) At church they worshipped God but also at church, they provoked one another to love and good works. Church is not just a God thing. Church is also a people thing.
WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH OUR FAITH? Two things: live for God and urge others to know God and live for Him. That’s it! We are looking for Jesus to return any day now and snatch us away before the wrath of God descends upon the earth in the Great Tribulation judgment. We call that sudden departure: the rapture. (Rapture is not a Bible word. It’s a Latin word that means to transport a person from one place to another)
ALTHOUGH CHRISTIANS began looking for the return of Christ (the Rapture) from the earliest days of Christianity, Peter was not looking for the Rapture. Jesus had told him he was going to die, just like God told Moses he was going to die. (Deuteronomy 32:49-50)
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. (John 21:18-19a) By his own request, Peter was crucified upside down. But.as long as he was in his body, he was going to stir up his readers by causing them to remember.
We can do that. All of us can do that. That’s what we can do with our faith. Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
MAY 9, 2018 – WEDNESDAY
A.M. 1Kings 19-20 P.M. John 2
(Bible Gateway will read this to you if you like. Look for the speaker icon.)
(A lady told me they go to Morning Minute and let the man read to them while they eat breakfast.)
Good Memory Verse:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)
Song for Today:
How Long Has it Been? (3:01) – (Gaither Group)
Note: You may need to turn off the song when finished to avoid something else you do not want to hear.