Friday, June 29, 2012

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

My mayor's brother had a Baptist girlfriend in high school and  spent hours studying his Bible.  After they graduated, he and his girlfriend had an argument and ended their relationship.  Then, he went off to college.  After a while, he came back home for a few days.  He walked into the living room where his dad was reading the newspaper: "Dad," he said, "I've decided to become an atheist."  Dad looked up from his newspaper and said, "Whatever you are, son, be a good one!"  The son went back to college, and it wasn't long before he met a beautiful Catholic girl, and they decided to marry.  "Dad," the young man announced, "I've decided to become a Catholic."  "Well son," his dad replied, "I hope you make a better Catholic than you did an atheist."  Thirty years later, the mayor's brother still hasn't finished his confirmation classes.

Whatever you are, are you a good one?  If you are a student, are you a good student?  If you're a computer programmer or a welder, are you a good one?  If you're a blogger, are you a good blogger who posts promptly? (I'm feeling a bit of conviction ;) )  Colossians 3:23-25 says, "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ."  We need to do all our work as if we were doing it for Jesus.  We need to do our work with our whole hearts, so that our work glorifies God.

 If you are a Christian, are you a good one? Is God ashamed to be your God?  Or is He proud to call you His child?  Hebrews 11 says that "These...were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city."
  • Our eyes must be focused on desiring a better, heavenly country.  In this world, we will never see perfection.  Our country may continue to go down hill until it is destroys itself, but eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man what good things God is preparing for those who love Him.  Lay up your treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust (nor inflation) doth corrupt, and where thieves cannot break in and steal (also, heavenly treasures cannot be taxed!), for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  There is no greater purpose in life than living for Christ.  He has prepared for us a city in glory (no evil, corrupt governments!); the New Jerusalem that will never pass away.  
 We must, as Hebrews 12 says, "Lay aside every weight and the sin that doth so easily beset us and run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of God."
  • Do not let anything distract you from your high calling, this race set before us.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Jesus kept His eye on the goal and did not pay attention to the shame and pain (and he went through much more suffering than we can imagine).  He did this because He loves us and wants to save us from sin and this evil world, and today He sits on the right hand of God.  Jesus died a painful death on the cross for you; you have no excuses for not giving your all for Him.
  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."
  • Athletes train vigorously for their races; they watch their diet carefully, and they give their all to receive the satisfaction of winning a race and the fleeting praise of men.  We are striving for an eternal reward, and the satisfaction of saying "I please God" and hearing God say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"  If athletes can be good athletes, let's be good Christians!
                                         

If you want to be successful at anything in life, you must give your all.  If you want to please God and inherit an inheritance incorruptible, eternal in the heavens, that fadeth not away, you must give your all.  God does not want lukewarm, wishy-washy Christians.

Whatever you are, be a good one!

6 comments:

  1. Good article! Could you run for president?

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  2. That's just beautiful-- all for Jesus I surrender.
    Thanks,
    MC

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  3. Good advise. Unfortunately, the scoundrels in government practice this too! ;)

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  4. Spice: "Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority.
    It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made
    to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.
    There are men in all ages who mean to govern well,
    but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters
    . . . . . but they mean to be masters."- Noah Webster (1758–1843)

    Thanks, MC, Amen!

    And thanks anyway...but I can't say I'd want to be president. ;)

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  5. Bethany, we need people like you, all
    arround the world.

    Planet would be saved Soon !

    Ok, you can not say you you'll run for President...

    Only create the Bethany's fan Club. The first, is the first.
    LOL.


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