Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
This is an interesting scripture and it can be interpreted many different ways. Being that I feel that I have a testimony of my own life, this post will show how I interpret it.
Church people say “Use me Lord” all the time but I often wonder if they know what they are really saying. To me, when you ask the Lord to use you, you are offering your life as a sacrifice to God and ALLOWING Him to use your life to have His will done. His will may be that you have to go through some very hard times and only depend on Him. Will you believe that struggling is in God’s will? Many people think all bad things come from the enemy. Many times though, God allows things to happen in your life and the reason is always different. But one thing we can be sure of is that whatever hard trial we go through, it will always come with a testimony.
One thing I’ve learned is that when you get your testimony you can’t be ashamed of it. Like I said in a prior blog, God won’t bring you through something you can’t share and that won’t have an impact on others. Just think, the testimony of Jesus Christ is that he was beaten and bruised for the iniquities of the world. He was spit on and mocked. Starting out, one would want to say that it is gruesome, however, there’s always an upside to the testimony like the fact that we are all saved by the blood that was shed by Christ. Its not all bad.
So whenever you get discouraged by the details of your trials, just know that the end will bring joy and God has a purpose for it all.
“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
The more I think about this verse it makes me feel like God doesn’t intend on anyone going to hell. I interpret this verse as saying that at some point everyone is going to believe in God. With that being said, many people have tried to predict when Jesus is coming back for His people. But the Bible also says that no man knows the day or the hour when Heaven and earth with pass away in Matthew 24:35-36. Being that no one knows when Jesus is coming back I pose this question:
Could it be that God Is waiting for the body of Christ to do their job which is to spread the gospel and do “the drawing”? Is it possible that he is giving us time to really do what he has called his people to do?
One may think it’s the Pastors’ jobs to bring people to Christ. But I believe that they are more of leaders to those who are already in the body. Plus they are mostly only in the pulpit on Sunday. Who is going to reach those who don’t come to church? Those who don’t even believe in our God. That is why I feel we as Christians are responsible for living a spiritual life because we are the ones people are looking at on a daily basis. It is expected for a Pastor to be living the model life but those of us who have regular jobs for instance, have to always carry ourselves in such a manner that is reflective of the fact that we proclaim that we believe in Jesus and we go to church. Once you say that, people will be watching your every move and could possibly be making inferences about Christianity without even cracking open the Bible or going to church. We really have to be mindful of those who have not been converted yet and make it our business to guide them toward a better life and eternal life as well. You don’t want to be the reason someone chooses a different lifestyle or religion because that may lead to them being one of the people slated for hell.
I will say that it is rough and we don’t see ourselves as role models but the reality is we may be the only source of religion a person sees and if that is the case we have to always conduct ourselves with the ways of Christ. That isn’t to say that we won’t mess up, because we all know this is a growing process and no one is perfect but our Savior. But even in our errors or shortcomings, the way we fix them will or should say something about the lifestyle we have chosen. My prayer is that we as Christians begin to take our walk more seriously and not be so selfish when it comes to the things we say and do. We need to always be sharers of the good news so that all men will be drawn unto our Lord as his word says.
It seems the definition of a friend has change so much. What used to be regarded as acts of kindness has gone unnoticed. Now simply living your life has began to affect the quality of a friend. That all sounds really deep but this is what I mean. It seems like the biggest thing that tears apart friendships is boyfriends. People are so quick to say that you’ve just changed and forgotten all about them just because you spend a lot of time with your boyfriend. What ever happened to being happy for your friend. It probably is a lack of confidence that would make someone say something like that. No doubt there are some girls that do completely stop dealing with their friends and spend all of their time with their boyfriend however I am not the type to do so. And to have been accused of such is offensive.
My idea of a friend has multiple parts. First is being supportive.
Support -Whether I need advice or just someone to listen to me I feel like you’re duty is to be there. Even in whatever it may be that I am discussing with you, although you may not agree with it, judgment definitely should not take place. Part of me considering you a friend is the fact that I feel I can confide in you knowing that you won’t pass judgment on my situation. The biggest thing about friendship is just having that person you can talk to who understands where you’re coming from. At the same time it’s the hardest thing to find these days. I’ve found that some people listen but only for their benefit. They just listen so that they can say they know you’re business but they don’t sincerely care about your feelings or the situation itself. Which brings me to another characteristic of a friend which its trust.
Trust- If there’s anything that can hinder any sort of relationship it is trust or lack there of. Adding on to the previous statement about telling people you’re issues, unfortunately it is very difficult to find someone who won’t tell someone else your business. For me, even if you feel like it is a person that I would tell anyway, I don’t feel like it’s your job to spread the news about anything I tell you. I actually had someone tell me that they didn’t care about what people told her because at the end of the day she didn’t care and she probably would tell someone else what they told her. I have to say that I was one of the people who would get the inside scoop on a lot of secrets her other friends told her, but in my mind I had to make a mental note that anything I tell her probably will be repeated to those same friends.
Be Understanding- B2K was definitely on to something when they released their song Understanding on their first album. Being understanding falls under a lot of different umbrellas as far as friendships and communication goes. First thing you have to understand is that I may have more than one good friend. Jealousy is a huge pet peeve in a friendship. It is such a turn off when someone feels like they have to be THE ONE. Let’s remember that we are friends not lovers. No one person will be able to satisfy my every desire and need. And I honestly hope you have enough going on your life that you aren’t able to be there every time I may need you. Although it would be wonderful if you were ALWAYS there but I understand and don’t expect you to be. Therefore if I have another good friend I definitely will be spending time with them. It would be great of both of you could be friends but if not, no hard feelings. Understand that I have not replaced nor forgotten about you.
Some of these things people may say is too much to expect of someone. I feel that some people don’t really value the title of a friend. We aren’t friends after hanging out once and having one conversation. Our friendship is built on the fact that we have things in common, that even though we may disagree we respect each other’s opinions. I have always had a really small circle of friends that I deal with on a consistent basis. But I can say no matter what, having those people around I have never felt alone and that no one understood me. One should build friendships for the qualities they have to offer and not the material things. People learn quickly that you can not buy a friendship and you sure can’t fix one like that either. It’s important to have people around you that are adding positively to your life. It does you no good to have someone around you that is going down a path of destruction if you plan to go in the opposite direction. And as a friend you should constantly ask yourself if you are help or hurting the person you consider to be your friend.