Monday, May 2, 2016

"Owner's Manual"

When that red light flashes on my car’s instrument panel, I know to go back to the dealership or to consult the Owner’s Manual. In life, when warning lights flash – how about turning to the Owner’s Manual – the Word of God?

1 Peter in Chapter 2 says, “You are a chosen people.  You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”

Faith in Christ is not something we produce but a gift of God.  The quantity of our faith does not induce, prompt or seduce God to act.  Faith is our response to the love of God, the Light of Christ and the goodness of the gospel.  Grace is God’s unconditional love for those who don’t deserve it.

I don’t need more faith to get more from God.  I want my faith to be a catalyst in making me more Christ-like.  It is no surprise that the Christian faith is not a retreat to safety.  To be faithful to Christ is to risk alienation in a culture that embraces the pleasure game, the money game and the status game.

Jesus Christ took the broken pieces of our lives and put them back together.


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