Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. Matthew 12:25
My heart breaks again and again when I see or hear of Christians at odds with each other. If we are believers in Christ, we cannot ignore the “Great Commission”
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We are called to go out into the nations and share the good news of Christ…
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
Because of our sin… because of the things we do that miss the mark of perfection.. whether we live a continual life of habitual sin or if it was just one little lie we told or one negative thought towards something or one wrong deed… we have missed the mark… and because of that sin, there are consequences. According to the Bible, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. What does that mean?
Jesus took our punishment. He took the death that should have been ours when he died on the cross. He endured suffering beyond comprehension… physical, spiritual, emotional… all so that we wouldn’t have to.
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:9- 10
There is nothing we can do… no good deed… no amount of service… no number of church services or mission trips or volunteer days a the soup kitchen that can erase the debt of sin that we are in. NOTHING. That is why it is the gift of God.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast
This is the good news that we are called to share- that despite the suffering and awful things we see around us, there is hope. There is a chance fore redemption. Despite the sickness and atrocities that occur daily, there is hope… there is a promise of better things.
Are we all in agreement so far?
My heart breaks that though we, as Christians, have all received the same good news and have supposedly all surrendered our lives to Jesus… there can still be such division amongst us.
I remember hearing Beth Moore talk about rib issues and spine issues in one of her Bible studies. Spine issues… like the foundation of our faith. Like all the stuff I listed above… the very support system of the church… those are the issues that are most important. Rib issues, on the other hand, are the things that people within the church seem to get hung up on… predestination vs. free will, adoption, which version of the Bible is best, when is Jesus coming back, tithing, baptism, how you should school your children, how you should give birth and so on. Some of those are hot buttons among different denominations.
How sad it is when the very church itself is divided. How are we supposed to fulfill the Great Commission if we cannot agree amongst ourselves. How can we love our brothers within the church if we are stuck on our high horse over an issue that in the end, won’t really matter? I have been saddened lately over the current state of the church. I could list statistics for you about how divorce, alcoholism, child abuse, etc. don’t look much different among “Christians” as the rest of the world.
I have come to the conclusion that it absolutely HAS to be God that draws people unto himself… because seriously, the church in America today is hurting.