August 30, 2012
Categories: Felicity, My Faith
Waiting for the World to Change?
Waiting for the World to Change?
We made it back to church this past weekend. Although we weren’t able to get the full “big church” experience since we took Felicity to Family Chapel, it felt good to worship. I was also able to take notes during the message…which of course means that I’ll be writing “My Faith” posts once again. This past weekend, our minister continued a series called “Mission Possible – Adventures in Changing the World.” If you are interested in this series or this past weekend’s message titled “How to Save the World,” click HERE.

Long ago, we were given the power…the power not only to build community in the “Holy Land,” but the power to spread the message of Jesus Christ…his love and forgiveness, to the ends of the earth. Most of us buy into building community and sharing the message, but the agreement often ends there. Granted, I haven’t personally done mission work over seas but many people will ask why we go to so much trouble to bring Christianity to other cultures or countries when they have their own religion? Or rather, don’t we have enough problems at home?

Before you agree or disagree with me, hold that thought. Paul writes to Titus (in the book of Titus) on this very subject. As a result, we have three compelling reasons why we should share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

1) Titus 2:11 – The Grace of God is a gift to ALL men (and women).

Christianity is not a localized religion. If that were the case, it’d still be locked up tight in Israel. In fact, Christianity was designed for everyone. We sometimes need to be reminded that just because we don’t worship the same way, doesn’t mean that we don’t worship the same God. By stepping out of our little box, we gain perspective.

2. Titus 2:12 – The Grace of God contains the power and truth to set all people free.

This truth teaches us to say “‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” While the bible may have been written many years ago, it was written in a way that it applies to our present lives…not then…not one day in the future when we go to heaven…now.

Colossians 3:11 “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”

Take for example this message from Paul to the Colossians (above). It didn’t matter their nationality, race, color, educational level, or income. They were all worshiping together. If those people were able to love and support one another through the gospel, then what prevents us from doing the same. Unfortunately, I continue to see a message of hate in the cross hairs of Christianity. I really don’t get it.

Felicity, Doesn't Know Hate, Baby

We can raise all the money we want…send it overseas to build homes, drill wells, etc., but it won’t change how anyone lives their lives unless we also share the message of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, if Jesus was all about love, then we’ve got to stop hating one another locally.

3. Titus 2:11-15 – The Grace of God includes the promise of an eternity with God.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He has given us an incredible life and the promise of an eternity with him in heaven. We just have to ask ourselves if we’re holding up our end of the promise. Could you be doing more? Are you trusting God with your time and resources? Are you sharing the love (not hate) of Jesus Christ?