This Series was inspired directly from a blog post of a missionary, albeit modified just a tad, to gain a perspective of focus. This day and time seems have the Christian bouncing all over the place as to how we are to be “doing the Lord’s Work”, or as the Bible says of Jesus:
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?Luke 2:49 | King James Version
His Father’s Business is GREATLY contested in our day, with a myriad of Works Salvation, Name-It-And-Claim-It Salvation, the Prosperity Gospel and the Health & Wealth crowd to just name a few. As is often said from the pulpit of our home church, the Bible NEVER says that we are going to have a “yellow brick road” Christian life once we are Saved and living for the Lord. With that said, what are we supposed to be doing? Who are we to be conforming to if we are not to be like the world?
Conforming to the Image
We indeed are supposed to be what we are Justified to be – to be seen as God sees His Son Jesus, a reflection of Him in us – a direct result of the Holy Spirit taking residence in us. The following verse is the launching point Scripture that sets the stage for each of the seven (7) prints made:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”Romans 8:28-30 | King James Version
Notice that it was not said “an” image, but rather “the” image – He gave us all that we need, it is NOT necessary to make up things for us to do – they are spelled out for us by His own Word. We’ve gotten so tied up in what “program” or “theme” we must have in order to be the “testimony” sharing Christian’s we are supposed to already be – even at the EXACT moment of Salvation. Our own experience with our Saviour and listening to Him – He did Speak those Words we should realize.
Those “red letters” are Christ’s Word, spoken not only to be heard by his Disciples and those within earshot, they have been preserved for EACH of us as a Child of God. They are those things which were SO important that they were written down for all the ages – that MEANS our age, our time, our instruction and for us to EMPHASIZE to everyone we have the opportunity… These embody Who He Is (notice it is not stated “was”), both then and now, as well as will forever be. In order for those to be a forever, they must be shared first today, so that others will gain access by them for Eternity.
There are seven (7) items in this Series which should be recognized with special importance and prominence from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – because He spoke them and gave us the example of them being proven in real situations, changing real lives for all of Eternity.
Jesus Did Emphasize…
Emphasize | repentance, denying yourself, forgiveness toward enemies, caring for the poorEmphasize | loving God, loving others, discipling others
The end result of this Series has more than surprised me, it has reminded me of the things that I am doing right and has pointed out a thing or two that I need to work on for His Sake. Absolutely rewarding to walk out the verses, read them in context and field a few of them for other Series ideas – that means there has been study that caused personal growth. We often speak of wanting to grow in our personal walk with Christ as Christians, but how many times do we find His instruction in the growing? As we look, investigate and follow through – have we considered RIGHT where we are? As we grow, are we taking anyone else along with us? As Christ went place to place, He was the Witness, He was the Teacher, He was the Example… The Instructions are made clear to us… The Direction has been pointed out to us… We need to walk the Path given us… Jesus paid for all of it, leaving Scarlet letters to show us the way.
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