I think Judge Judy is one of the funniest shows on TV. Two people who went to court to sue each other agree to go on TV and have a tiny little lady in a black robe tell them they are stupid. It’s great entertainment, but why do people agree to do it? They know how it is going to turn out. As Christian, we don’t need to go to court to get justice. God will grant you justice when you petition Him.
“Will not God grant justice to his elect who cry out to him day and night? Will He delay helping them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily.
In the parable of the Persistent Widow Jesus illustrates the point that if a worldly judge, who doesn’t care about anyone, can give a widow who bugs him justice, how much more will a loving God give you justice? The widow was persistent in her petitions with the judge. Are we persistent in our prayers to God when we need Him to do the same? Jesus tells us that because God is so loving that He will bring justice speedily.
The danger we run into when we need justice is to get angry and desire revenge. Revenge is getting back at the person. Justice is having the right judgment rendered. When anger and desire for retribution take over, our prayers change from God’s will being done to our will being granted. When we have been wronged, we need to seek the right judge to preside over the dilemma.
If you have been wronged, go and petition the Lord. Seek justice in the way it is supposed to be sought. Don’t take things into your own hands but go to the Lord daily with your prayers. Don’t give up after the first or second try but continue until you get an answer. Remember that God is at work, and He has your best interests in mind.
Were you ever picked last for a playground game? Ever been left out of an activity your friends were doing? We all know the pain of not being chosen or wanted. It can be a wound that takes a while to heal. That is not the case with Jesus. God chose you before the foundation of the world. He chose to pour out His love on you, and all he asks is that we strive to live a holy life.
For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him.”
Created with You in Mind
God created the world and all of its inhabitants so that He could have an outlet to show His immense love. As He was going through the six days of creation, He did it with the thought of having a perfect relationship between Him and us. We are the receptacles of all that God has because he created everything with us in mind. Unfortunately, sin ruined that perfect union, and we live with less than what was intended.
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What does God require of us? He wants us to live holy and blameless in love. Holiness doesn’t mean perfection. It means living in obedience to God in a way that gives Him glory. There is also an aspect where we desire to live that way so to please Him, part of that includes being blameless. No one should be able to bring a charge of wrongdoing against us. Finally, we need to do all of this in an attitude of love.
Maybe you are reading this, and it doesn’t overcome your feeling of loneliness. I am not trying to diminish what you are struggling with, but until you are content with God choosing you and the love that comes with that, you will never be happy with the love of others. He understands what you are going through, and more than anything else wants to help. Let Him be everything you need.
Have you ever doubted yourself? Did you have to make a decision that you didn’t know the answer or perform a task you have never done before? It is easy to lose faith in your abilities when it is something new. That is the way the disciples felt being around Jesus. He was going around performing miracles, and it had to make them feel inadequate. They asked Him to increase their faith, and you can increase your faith.
“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
Faith is the primary substance of following Jesus. It takes faith to believe in a God you can’t see. It takes faith to step out and do something new for the Lord. This faith isn’t in yourself but Jesus himself. When we put our trust in Him, we are expressing our faith. When we send up a prayer expecting an answer, our faith is in action. You can’t manufacture your own faith. It is something that has to be given.
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Many of the trials and tribulations you go through are there to increase your faith. God is trying to remove those crutches we lean on when times get hard. He wants us leaning on him instead. Faith is also something that grows over time. It starts as a seed and then expands into all areas of our life. Since it is also one of the fruits of the Spirit, He is the one who brings it about. Give it time to build and ask Jesus to increase your faith.
Why do you need to increase your faith? As you mature as a believer, the challenges will be more significant. Satan expends a lot more time and resources on those with more abundant faith because they are more of a threat. The trials will get harder, but the opportunities will be more prominent as well. If you don’t have the faith to step out and trust the Lord when he opens the door to be used by Him, you will live to regret it. When you trust Him to do a work through you, there is no feeling to explain it. Ask the Lord to increase your faith.
Did your mother tell you that if you couldn’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all? It’s obvious that our culture has forgotten that. Another lesson that is slowly being forgotten is doing good things for others simply to do it instead of doing it so you could post it on social media. Everything has to be broadcast because if it isn’t, did it really happen? Paul tells us not to get tired of doing good because it will pay off in the end.
“Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.”
Working Towards Something
Galatia was an interesting church. It was off by itself in the middle of the country we know as Turkey. It wasn’t near the churches of Ephesus and Laodecia which were more near the coast of Greece. Because of its isolation, they had some unique problems. First among them was the temptation to fuse Judaism and the Old Testament Law with the grace of Jesus’s salvation. What was resulting was a works based faith that was wearing the people out. Paul wanted them to continue doing good and not give up because, at the right time, they would reap the blessings from it.
One of the golden rules of being a Christian is to do good works. We don’t do them to earn our salvation or make God like us more but out the overflow of what Jesus Christ has done for us. If we do good works for the wrong motives, we will soon grow tired of doing them. We don’t do the good works to get the blessings, but we need to understand that God is watching what we are doing and as he sees us doing good works he will bless us when we need it.
I’ve talked multiple times about sowing and reaping. The basic fact is that we are always sowing and reaping, its just a question of what we are sowing if we sow good works that is what we will reap. If we are sowing destructive behaviors like criticisms and judgment of others, that is what will come back on us. Make a decision today to sow the good things in life. In will pay off in the end.
Having worked in the church for twenty-five years, I’ve seen a lot of scams that they to prey upon the benevolence of the church. It is difficult to discern who is legit and who is trying to get something for free. In the end, we leave it up to God. As a believer, you are to carry your own load. Be diligent in your work and provide for those under roof and trust the Lord for the rest.
“Let each person examine his own work, and then he can take pride in himself alone, and not compare himself with someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load.”
Relying on Charity
There seemed to be some people in the church of Galatia who wanted to coast and rely on the charity of others in the church. They thought the rapture was coming, so it wasn’t worth building a career or keeping employment. That sad part of it was that these guys had families who were suffering because of this laziness. Paul is having none of it in the church. From a guy who traveled the whole Mediterranean preaching the Gospel while supporting himself making tents, there was no excuse.
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We need to examine our own work. That means we need to make sure that the work we are doing is exemplary. Shoddy work that is halfway done is not only a reflection of you but of Jesus Christ as well. We need to do the best job we can. Don’t try to rationalize what you are doing by comparing to someone else. Do work that will set you apart from the pack.
Carry your own load. You shouldn’t expect someone else to provide for you. Take your responsibility seriously and do work worthy of your employment. Too many Christians rely on the church or the government to facilitate their slothful life. True there are cases where people need help, but if you can provide for yourself, then it is up to you.
Most people don’t want to start at the bottom. They want all the benefits and perks that someone with more experience. As a believer in Jesus Christ, we shouldn’t have the entitled mentality. We should be willing to earn the trust of anyone we work for. Can you be trusted by your employer or coworkers? That trust starts by being faithful in the little things.
Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.
Start in the Little Things
The person who can be trusted with the little task will soon be trusted with the larger ones. The employee who is willing to start at the bottom and work hard will eventually be promoted into management. The couple who is responsible with their finances when they are first married will have ample resources later on. If God can trust you to serve Him in the simple things will be challenged to bigger leaps of faith. This is a biblical principle that all of us need to implement.
Jesus, who is God, lowered himself down to earth and took the role of a bondservant. The bondservant was the lowest of all slaves. He had the worst jobs, like washing feet, and had a lot of people above him. Jesus could’ve come as a prince and had the world worship Him, but He chose to model serving us. Serving always starts with the little obscure tasks that no one wants to do. They don’t draw attention or bring praise, and that is on purpose. God has us do those tasks to see if we can be trusted.
Can you be trusted? Starting at the bottom takes integrity. The temptation to cut corners at this stage is great. We have to resist those urges and determine in our heart that we will do a good job. While no one else may notice God is watching and He is the one who matters. You may have bosses who are keeping you down, and you think that it will never change, but God can work in the most challenging situations. Trust Him and build the trust of those around you.