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Revolution – The Call To Holy War

June 6, 2013

I went to bed last night thinking about a life dedicated to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What does that mean to me? The title to this piece is a title borrowed from a book by Dr. Michael L. Brown. The interesting thing that I learned when I was publishing my first book was that while you can copyright a book, you can’t copyright the title. I am borrowing it because I am going to refer to Dr. Brown’s work and because it dramatizes the need to work intently to serve our God.

For those of you that don’t know of Michael Brown and his amazing story I encourage you to hit this link and read or listen to his testimony it is inspiring http://askdrbrown.org/about/personal-testimony/. It is one that illustrates when we reach the bottom of our lives and turn to see if anyone is there, you will find God waiting for you to welcome you back to Him.

Living for Christ does not appear to be easy when you view from the outside looking at what it represents in theory. You can see a bunch of rules that you have to follow. For the uninitiated the requirements are severe. It also appears that those that are living the Christian way are not too different then anyone else. In fact that can be a real problem when a person thinks that a follower of Christ is merely someone that feels superior in someway to the others. Is there a feeling of superiority? There should not be but neither should there be a feeling of inferiority, something that some confusion with humility.

We have a very large mission field here in this country. It is very apparent that we run the risk of becoming Europeanized – thinking that we are “all of that”, and that man is the culmination of a process that began a long time ago. The Founding Fathers were extremely sensitive to the need to have God as part of their way of life. When Thomas Jefferson, in an obscure statement emphasized the need for a separation of church and state he was not speaking of a spiritual and secular separation, he was speaking about the need to not have a state religion such as the Holy Roman Empire. Man must be allowed to find his relationship with God in the way that he is constructed to receive it. God has made it that way. God does not have to be part of man’s government, He is man’s Governor.

Jesus when He met with Nicodemus for the first time did not speak to him as He spoke to Nathaniel who He met after he had been sitting under a fig tree. He did communicate His message to both and touched them in such a way that they were changed forever. Paul was for the Gentiles, as Peter was for the church as whole, who was as James was for the Jews. Because each of us serving our purpose according to God’s design. In 1 Corinthians we find this:

 ” 4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.8For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;9to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,10and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

    12For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

    14For the body is not one member, but many.15If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.16And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?18But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.19If they were all one member, where would the body be?20But now there are many members, but one body.21And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”22On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;23and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable,24whereas our more presentable members have no needof it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked,25so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

    27Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.28And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.29All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they?”

(Holy Bible – New International Version 2011)

I titled the message as a call to Holy war. It is not a call to violence it is call to piety and to the foot of the cross. We are challenged each and every day by the world around us. The people that we meet are drifting farther and farther away from God. If you were to read Michael Brown’s book and here about the dangers of handing our Tracks on the streets of Calcutta and that there are Christians through out the world that put their lives on the line for Him and His glory every day and yet we can not stop and give a lonely soul the cool cup of water that we are challenged to do?

Knowing Christ does not make us better than others. Living through Him makes us complete. I want to share the Good News with those that are thirsting for something to show them that the hole inside of them is too large for the “things” with which they are attempting to fill it. It’s infinite in size and requires something that is infinite in scope and majesty, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To God give the glory!

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