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THE MIND OF THE PASTOR

 

This is the inaugural post for what I hope to be a fruitful endeavor for myself and readers. This post was begun because of a need to engage church members with relevant content, both biblical and cultural, and also to provide devotional material which the average individual can grasp and chew on. I also began this blog because of a professor of mine, Dr. Joe Sherrer, told me it was one of the best ways to connect with the fast-paced culture. With this in mind, I would like to mention a few words on Christ in the World.

I will not dare to reach the depths of Bonhoeffer, Spurgeon, or Piper, but I would like to offer a few thoughts on Christ in us in the world.

John 1:1-4 is known as a passage which discusses the preeminence of Jesus Christ. Christ was with God before the world, Christ is God, and Christ created the world. He has all the rights, privileges, power, and glory due him because he is God. This passage unequivocally lets us know that we can know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Jesus we worship, the Jesus we serve is God and as such, he is worthy of our praise, honor, and obedience.

A few down from verse 4, John lets us know that Jesus (the Word) became flesh and lived among men (John 1:14). The God of creation, the literal “light of the world” came down to earth to live in the pitiful world with unrepentant, vile, and spiteful people, (people like you and me). Paul refers to this in Phil. 2:5-8 as he reminds us how Christ humbled himself, came into the world, lived for the glory of God, and paid the price with his life.

Why then, if we have this example of Christ coming into the world, a world he created, living in the world, serving the world, living for God, and dying for the truth, are we so hesitant to live for Christ, share our testimony, share the gospel, or even share the fact that we belong to Christ? Let us not fold to the demands or the temptations of the world. We will do good to remember that while the world needed Christ, it did not want him. The same will be for us-the world may not want Christ, but it is in desperate need of him.

Let us follow the example of our Savior. Let us take the light which is in us (Christ himself), being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and take this light into the darkness. Let us boldly shine the light of Christ into the darkness, no matter the culture, no matter the cost, no matter to collateral.

Remember beloved, we are his and he is ours.

-BD

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