Are we worldly?

“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly – mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, ‘I follow Paul,’ and another, ‘I follow Apollos,’ are you not mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-4 NIV).

I visited a congregation in southwestern Bangladesh and on the way back out, near dark, the Banglas who were with me had me sit in the back seat, surrounded and mostly hidden, by them. After a few miles they stopped and I was able to get back in the front passenger seat where I usually ride. When I asked them why the “musical chairs” they replied, “That is an area notorious for robbers; we did not want them to see you and think we were a good target.” Continue reading “Are we worldly?”

Think important things

People learn to prioritize at a very early age.

Parents usually give their youngsters tasks around the house called, “chores.” Those little jobs help teach responsibility. Children are also expected to complete their homework each day. Both are important things for kids to remember.

In college, students learn to make reading and studying priorities for successful college life. When the students become adults, there are work and social priorities.

What is the most important priority of all? The Bible teaches the most important things are spiritual things. Continue reading “Think important things”

Spiritual eyes see far beyond right now

Most people live in the moment. They live by the tactile, not the timeless.

We face problems and struggles all of our lives, but when we only live moment to moment we miss so much.

To walk by the light of the Lord means that our vision improves (1 John 1:7). The mundane is replaced by the majestic when we see as God sees.  Continue reading “Spiritual eyes see far beyond right now”

Why blessings and boredom may not coexist

The Guardian newspaper ran a story about the rampant boredom people feel in our age. /1 We’ve changed as a result of technology and it isn’t for the better.

With the internet, games and smartphones at our fingertips, one would think boredom would be obsolete. Earlier generations would be mystified at being bored while on something as grand as the internet.

It’s certainly inconceivable to many of us who have books to fill our time. Bookworms are never bored.

Continue reading “Why blessings and boredom may not coexist”

In bed sick, physically

Several days in bed from sickness tests anyone’s patience. However, our bodies can’t be productive when they’re broken down. We need fluids, rest and medicine to get better.

When we become sick physically we exhibit various symptoms such as pain, discomfort, headache or nausea. Faced with a decision, we decide whether to fight or to ignore the problem. Continue reading “In bed sick, physically”

Born of the Spirit, walk in the Spirit

God sought “true worshipers [who would] worship the Father in spirit and truth” because “God is Spirit” (John 4:23-24, NKJV). The connection with God must be made in the spiritual domain. Accordingly, we must be born of the spirit (John 4:24).

The spiritual realm is our new environment and we must grow daily and learn an entirely new world. God’s Word is the only way we’ll learn what we need to know to live there (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Continue reading “Born of the Spirit, walk in the Spirit”

When the old bleeds through

The room was brightly lit with white walls. Yet, two spots were more vivid than anything else. Damage to the paint had allowed old blue wallpaper to shine through the paint. The old had overcome the new and was obscuring the beauty of the space.

As Christians, we’re supposed to be transformed by the gospel (Romans 12:1-2). Our thinking, behavior and perceptions must be trained by the Word of God, so we can glorify Christ (Ephesians 3:20-4:1). Continue reading “When the old bleeds through”