Short & Sweet
Our daughter sent us the encouraging words below from a brief on-point message her pastor wrote on January 21st.
Although he was speaking to remind Christians of who we are, and whose we are, there is much wisdom for believers and unbelievers alike to take away from his message.
For believers in Jesus Christ’s virgin birth, death and resurrection, his words below should bring a great sense of peace and joy to our hearts, minds, and souls.
To unbelievers, my prayer is that as you read the words below, God’s Holy Spirit will nudge your hearts and minds to want to know more about how to receive His free gift of eternal life through a personal relationship with His Son.
Yesterday’s presidential inauguration brought at least the possibility of a new chapter for America, though deep divisions remain. But for followers of Jesus, it was also a reminder that whichever party is in control of government, we have a better Leader, a more stable Kingdom, a greater future.
That’s what Colossians 1:12-14 means when it says, “Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in which we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
The three words that form the backbone of that passage remind us that a relationship with Jesus isn’t just a personal experience but also a dual citizenship in America and the Kingdom of God:
- We’ve been QUALIFIED … To share in the inheritance of the saints
- We’ve been DELIVERED… From the domain of darkness
- We’ve been TRANSFERRED… to the Kingdom of the Son
Being a citizen of this great nation is a blessing. But being a citizen of the Kingdom, well, that’s a blessing of an altogether different order.
Following Jesus doesn’t mean sticking your head in the sand, withdrawing from public life and waiting for the Lord to come back to fix everything. Elections matter and the consequences that flow from them make a real difference in people’s lives.
But if faith means anything, it means we put more trust in God than in politics. It also means that we believe in God’s final authority over all earthly governments and one day every one of us…Republican, Democrat, and everyone in between, will give an account to Him.
All I can say is, THANK YOU JESUS, AMEN!!!
See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!