Luke 17 gives an account of 10 people with leprosy who asked Christ for healing. They were told to present themselves to the priest and they were cleansed. However, only 1 of the 10 returned to give glory and praise to God. We are told that the one individual who did return to give thanks was a foreigner and because of his faith was saved. The other 9 received healing but scripture does not state they received salvation. The man who came back bowed down to Christ and recognized he owed his restoration to Christ. He accepted Christ as the source of his salvation. While the others were cleansed and witnessed the power of Christ firsthand their hearts remained hardened. Today, things are not so different. People are confronted by Jesus Christ, and they witness his power firsthand. Unfortunately, they leave their encounter with Christ to never return to him, they will never hear the words, your faith has saved you.
In Luke 14 we are given a warning, following Christ comes with a cost. A person must be willing to place Christ first in their life, even above their own family and above themselves. A person who wants to follow Christ should be willing to pick up their cross and follow Jesus. To pick up their cross is a symbolic statement that to follow Christ is a life of sacrifice. We sacrifice our own self interest for the cause of the Kingdom.The person who wants to follow Christ should look inward and decide if they are willing to truly commit themselves fully to the cause of Christ. The cost is not cheap.
In Luke chapter 9 we find speculation as to who Jesus Christ really is. Some people think John the Baptist, maybe Elijah, others think possibly an older prophet. Peter when questioned directly by Jesus answers “messiah”. This question as to whom Jesus Christ really is, is the most important question each of us will ever have to answer. Today,people are still trying to answer this question and have developed theories that Christ was a political revolutionary, or Christ was a great moral teacher. These people present various arguments as to why they think this to be the case. However, the question still stands, who is Jesus Christ? Was he just a prophet or teacher, or was he who he said he was, is he God incarnate, is he the messiah, this question can only be answered by you.
“keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.” Jude 1:21 CSB
Christians can rest in the knowledge that they are secure in the Love of Christ who has prepared the way for them. This knowledge provides peace and comfort as we wait with excitement the promises that are to come.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7 CSB
The Christian walk can be difficult. As long as we are in a fallen world the temptations of sin will remain. However, we have a God that equips us spiritually and protects our hearts and minds when we journey with him. Spending time in prayer and scripture study is paramount for all believers to build a better understanding of how to walk with God.
He has told you men what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: Only to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God
To walk with God is to live your life in accordance to His will. We are to love and show others the love of Christ. This can be difficult at times after all we are still in a fallen world and subject to sinful actions. However, we only fail when we do not learn from our actions and grow in our faith. Scripture is clear about how we are to interact with the world around us, we are to act justly and love faithfulness, and be humble in our walking with God.
The current climate of western culture is obsessed with the idea of leadership. An individual can walk into any bookstore and find countless resources on the subject of leadership. Additionally, there are numerous internet blogs, videos, and podcasts concerning leadership. Essentially, the options for leadership development is endless.
As a Christian leader I encourage everyone to develop their leadership abilities. Many of the resources available are written by qualified individuals with a successful record in their particular industry. That stated I do recommend learning to value your time which is the most precious resource available to anyone. Therefore, it is wise to spend sometime researching potential books by reading reviews of the work before diving into a potential resource. Additionally give yourself permission to discard any resource you feel is not assisting your development after giving the author time to state their case. However, there is one source that must be continuously studied.
The Christian filters the world through the lens of scripture. This of course includes the Christian view of leadership. The Christian who wants to lead effectively must spend time in scripture. Outlined in scripture are the characteristics that all Christians should strive for. These characteristics of godly living when applied earnestly results in all Christians becoming effective witnesses for their communities. I will be writing some future post on these individual characteristics.