From Daniel's Desk on 2/5/20
My Title: We Should be ONE Church Boasting In the Lord
My Verse: 10
"10 I appeal to you brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement."
Boast in the Lord! Forget the stuff that truly does not matter. Leave it alone and CLING to the rock. The WISDOM of GOD. Preach Christ and Him crucified. Understand and KNOW your calling from God BUT NEVER FORGET that GOD HAS ALWAYS CHOSEN THE WEAK AND LOW AND SIMPLE so that HE ALONE GETS ALL THE GLORY!!!
I wouldn't write it like this. None of us would. The story that God is telling always picks the one we would overlook or the one that we think cannot be redeemed. Read the linage to Christ in Matthew chapter 1. The screw ups. The mistakes. The ones that we would NEVER include if we wanted people to truly believe. God always stops in His tracks to pay attention to and heal the one that nobody will touch or even look at. He chooses the simple to profoundly humble the wise. If you think you're not enough... GOOD then you're about to watch Jesus fill in not just part but ALL of the work He's called you to do. Those of us that ARE the simple broken tools KNOW that God is doing all the work and are unable to take ANY credit for how God is writing His story.
So STAY FOCUSED. This life ISN'T God's opportunity to do something with YOUR plans YOUR dreams or YOUR passions... It's a chance for you to join God in HIS plans, HIS passion with all of the gifts He's given to you. Fix your eyes on Jesus. PREACH HIM and HIM CRUCIFIED... waste time on nothing else.
Paul was CALLED by the WILL of God.
We're ALL saints.
GIVE THANKS to God ALWAYS for your brothers... especially for those that you might not be so grateful for. lol.
It's God's grace through Jesus Christ that we can live not lacking in any gift as we wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is FAITHFUL. By whom we are called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
VS. 10 - I APPEAL TO YOU, BROTHERS, BY THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THAT ALL OF YOU AGREE, AND THAT THERE BE NO DIVISIONS AMONG YOU, BUT THAT YOU BE UNITED IN THE SAME MIND AND THE SAME JUDGEMENT.
STOP QUARRELING! (UGH)
Is Christ divided? Was anyone BUT Christ crucified for you? Were you baptized in any other name? NO - We ALL belong to Jesus.
I thank God that I baptized NONE of you!
Paul was SURE about HIS calling. How about you? - "17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power." - You don't HAVE TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST. It's actually better that God made you a fairly dim bulb Daniel. He will shine all the more.
We PREACH CHRIST crucified.
Christ is the POWER of God and the WISDOM of God. <-- Don't miss this!
BE HUMBLE never forget, God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even thing that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, so that NO human beings might boast in the presence of God.
Vs 30 - And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, SO THAT as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."