From glory to glory

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Friday, August 19, 2011

I was driving my car behind this guy today, when all of a sudden; he started blowing the hooter (Honking the horn), hand out of the window, cursing the guy who had just turned right without indicating (Putting his blinkers on). I just sat there and thought that his reaction was totally unnecessary. As we continued to drive, the same guy driving in front of me, drove through a stop sign, overtook on a solid white line twice and never indicated when he turned left at the traffic light in front of us. I immediately thought how arrogant the flesh is. One minute he is cursing someone back there for doing something wrong, but minute’s later proceeds to do something if not just as bad, totally worse and does not think twice about it.

Sad thing though, we see the same thing happening and play out in the Church as well. People are so quick to judge and criticize and don’t even think twice about doing it. We gossip amongst each other as if it does not matter and live our lives formulating opinions about our fellow brothers and sisters, without even giving them a chance to share their side of the story or even be given an opportunity to set the record straight. We condemn one another without even giving it a second thought and wonder why our lives do not always line up with God’s word. And the reason is found in Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

We point fingers at one another and think that God does not see it. We gossip amongst those who God calls righteous and entertain stories about each other in the company of angels and don’t even give it a second thought.

This is what the Bible says about these things. Proverbs 17:4 Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.

Thank God He is a gracious God and that He has set His people free to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24-25). His grace has removed past, present and future sins (Romans 5:15) and through His Son, Jesus Christ; we have been reconciled with the Father (Rom 5:10), a pure and spotless people (Phil 2:15), whom He now calls, His royal priesthood, His holy nation (1 Pet 2:9).

The time has come for us to be honest with ourselves and to ask God to heal our hearts for in many instances we have allowed the deception to take hold of our minds and if we do not deal with it, our hearts will become corrupt. Church, let the purity of God’s word set a standard in our hearts, a standard that will show the world who the resident King is. Let us continue to bring glory and honor to the One True Living God that we worship through the very vessels of grace that we have become in the hands of the living and loving God.

I urge you, the Church, to go and make right with one another, to go and apologize and or repent to those you have spoken against, to speak life into every situation and seek restoration so that Jesus is glorified in us, this my friends, is worship in action; it is here where our actions speak louder than our words. It is here where we become doers of the word and in so doing, bring glory to our heavenly Father.

Jude 1:17-25 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.



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