How Big A Part Is Your Faith In Your Life

Which of these describes your life? Is your faith just a part of your life? Or is your life part of your faith?

Breaking it down further, how many hours in the 168 hours of the week do you devote to God? Two hours on Sunday? The rest of the week is all yours?

Welcome to the left circle.

You know you don’t have to be a monk or nun to make that right circle work. There isn’t a sacred/secular divide for the Christian. It’s all sacred.

Living A 24/7 Faith

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Matthew 22:37-40

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…
Colossians 3:23

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people…
Ephesians 6:7

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
1 Peter 3:15

As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
1 Peter 4:2

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.
Philippians 3:8

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7:1

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:1-2

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:16-26

What Can We Learn From This?

Look at the overarching principles in those verses. We are to look different from the world. We’re not of this world but chosen out of it (John 15:19). We’re to look different, to be as obvious as a light on a hill with our love and Christ-likeness and a preserver of all things good wherever we are. People should see us and want to know more about this Jesus we follow.

Is that what’s happening in your life?

 

The Parable of the Sower; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.

Later, we noticed Jesus hadn’t come back. We set off in search for him, weaving through the city streets. After a while, we got to the lake and noticed a familiar figure sitting on the shore.

By then we had a crowd with us, also wondering where he was. Jesus looked up at us and smiled. He stood and walked to a nearby boat, climbing in. He took a seat.

Peter asked if he wanted to go out on the lake. Jesus shook his head, looked at the crowd, and began to teach in parables.

Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed,” Jesus swept his arm across his body as if he was tossing seed. “As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

Jesus pointed up, saying, “But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.”

Then, opening his hands wide, “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.

He pauses. Then scanning the crowd, meeting individuals’ eyes, says, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.

Matthew 13:1-9; Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-8

Who Is My Family; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy!

I overheard what the messenger said. “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

Looking around, I noted the large crowd. There was no way through. I see Jesus half-smile, ““Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?

He points at us, saying, “Here are my mother and my brothers.

Shock registered on the faces of those around us that heard him. The family is extremely important in our culture.

Jesus sweeps his arm over the crowd as he continues. “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.

His point made, he turns and goes to see his family. If God is the Father, then that does make us family.

Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21