“Those unwilling to work will not get to eat. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn a living.” (2 Thes, 3:10,12)
Mentioned 27 times in the New Testament, highly prized by Jesus and typical of the Early Church, has “HUMILITY” gotten overlooked in our zeal, enthusiasm and passion for the Gospel? The Greek for this word is simply defined in general as “lowly in spirit”, “lowly in mind” and sometimes “orderly” and “courteous”. Our English dictionary defines it as, a modest sense of one’s own merit, and free from pride or vanity, modest, meek, unassuming, unpretentious and respectful. Try to remember the last time you heard a teaching or Bible lesson on this subject..
This sounds like a contradiction to all evangelical and loving principles, yet the Lord thru Paul states that “believers” should avoid those people who exhibit these traits. Love of money or self; are boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; and holding to a form of religion, although denying it’s power. (2 Tim 3:1-5) It seems the Lord has made His point rather emphatically. Perhaps He’s referring to the instruction that “bad company always corrupts good company”.
The description used for Christians in the Bible is one we often equate with the word “disciple”. Which word is based on root words meaning learner or one who has learned. However, “disciple” is never used again in the New Testament after Acts 21:6. Instead Christians are most often referred to as “believers” , which word derives from trust and faith. Selah
O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?
1 Cor. 15:55
Politics is as American as apple pie and is a right of first importance to our citizenship. However without some correct understanding that the Christian’s citizenship is in heaven, we tend to make government into an idol by attributing to it more importance and power than it deserves. Government is not our source, God is. However what could be called “gospeltics” has become the art of combining our own political beliefs with Gospel truths in order to have the appearance that God approves, thus giving our opinions more importance and authority than they deserve. To keep the proper balance we should heed the Word in 2Tim.:3,4, “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs, he wants to please his commanding officer.”
Narcissism is defined as “excessive admiration for or fascination with ones self”. Some have assumed that “loving ones neighbor as your self” implies a justifiable self love attitude and self gratification with the expectation of receiving everything the Lord has for me in the way of material blessings, success and prosperity. This despite what the Bible says in Phil. 2:13 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves”, and Col. 3:12, “therefore as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And in another place “you have not because you ask to spent it on your own selfish interests”.