A Generation Chosen

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Today I was reading a book,  A Generation Chosen, by Ben Courson, and a part of it really got to me - the fact that faith without works is dead. If you merely believe in God, but keep living the sinful, worldly life you lived before, your faith isn't just getting worse..it's dead. Revelation 3:15-16 says:

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

We cannot serve both God and the world. We've gotta choose. The worst possible thing I can imagine is going before God in all His glory on Judgement Day and having Him say to me, "Away from me, I never knew you." That is the WORST thing I can imagine! The best thing I can imagine is when I am face-to-face with Jesus, hearing Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." I need to realize that my sin (and sin in general) is what murdered Jesus. Like Ben says in his book, when I gossip, I am hammering the nail into his flesh. When I lose my temper, I am putting the crown of thorns on Jesus' head. When I disrespect my parents, I am the one who spit on Him. And that is terrifying and saddening...It is so sad to think that I wrong Jesus every day. I sin against Him, like Gollum in Lord of the Rings. He gives into sin, turns against friends, and does anything and everything he can to obtain the stupid ring - sin. And in the end, he is destroyed with the very thing that pulled him down so deep. Let us not be a generation pulled by sin into an eternity of fire in hell. Let us be a generation who stands up for what they believe in, who shines their faith, who reaches out to others...we are a generation chosen. Let us show the world the love that we have been shown, the love of Jesus.

lexi  – (June 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM)  

Wow, I've never thought of it that way. When I sin each and every day, I'm really doing much more than I can imagine. Thanks for pointing that out!

Talia  – (June 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM)  

Thank you, Lexi! It's really convicting to think about...but a good convicting. It hurts, but it's great for us.

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