One small step for a man/woman; one giant leap for God

It is leap year and I wondered what I could write about the word “leap” and the very famous line of Neil Armstrong, that was spoken on July 20, 1969, 10:56 p.m. EDT, came to mind. Neil Armstrong uttered the following words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”, when he became the first human to step onto the moon.
But then it got me thinking, a far greater and gigantic step was taken by the maker of mankind and the moon itself; by the creator God, himself, Jesus Christ, when he left the riches of heaven and the glory of God to be born of a virgin, in a manger, making himself of no reputation, so that he could reconcile man to God by his life, death and resurrection.

Points to ponder:
Christmas that we celebrate is indeed, “One giant leap for God” which mandates “one small step for each man/woman” to take and that is to believe in Jesus Christ. Have you taken that small step. Remember, God took a giant leap for you.

Philippians 2:5-11 (KJV)
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The two fold calling of God – Salvation & Servanthood

When God calls, he calls with intent. He calls you unto Salvation and to Servanthood. In other words, he calls us to be believe in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, which brings about Salvation (2 Corinthians 5:20), but he also calls us so that once you have Jesus, the Light of the World in our life, we would not hide Christ under a bushel but serve God by showcasing this glorious Light that brings Salvation to the people around us. We are Saved to Serve.

Points to ponder:
Some of us have not yet responded to the call of Salvation, meaning we have not believed in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Some of us have responded to the call of Salvation, but not responded to God’s call of servanthood. We have believed in Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but our lives don’t transmit Him to those around us.
Some of us have responded to both the call of Salvation and to Servanthood and are eagerly looking forward to the day, when Christ Jesus shall meet us face to to face and we would be given the highest accolade – “Well done, my good and faithful servant
Which one are you/I?
If you are in the first category, I beseech you as God did beseech (call) you by us, to believe in Jesus Christ and be reconciled to God.
If you are in the second category, I pray that you would act on the words of God for wise is the man who hears the word of God and puts it into action.
If you are in the third category, be strong and stand firm and endure till the end, for great will be your reward.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (KJV)
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Hebrews 9:14 (KJV)
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God

High to Low so Low to High

In a world where one aspires to reach the highest echelons, the following one liner is a sobering reminder of where our position is and where it ought to have been.
The God Most High (Psalm 83:18) became God most low (Philippains 2:7) so that man most low (made from dust; Genesis 3:19) can become man most high (as heirs with Christ Jesus; Romans 8:17)

Why? Love; God’s love. Behold what manner of love the Father (God) has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God (1 John 3:1). Think about it.

Psalm 83:18 (KJV)
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

Philippians 2:7 (KJV)
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Genesis 3:19 (KJV)
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Romans 8:14-17 (KJV)
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Guilty until proven innocent

According to the law of the United States of America, an accused is afforded the position of being “innocent until proven guilty” and the burden of proof is on the side of the prosecutor to prove one’s guilt. Interestingly, however, this is diametrically opposite to how God’s law operates. According to the law (letter) of God (2 Corinthians 3:6), we are all “guilty until proven innocent” because we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), but the burden of proof to prove our innocence lies on whether we take a very crucial step or not and that step is to believe in Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “whoever” (no matter how guilty) believes in Jesus Christ (John 3:16), is imputed the sinless righteousness of Jesus Christ (Romans 4:11) and declared innocent (faultless) before the just and only true God and judge (Jude 1:24) . There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit (Romans 8:1).

Points to ponder:
Have you believed in Jesus Christ? In other words, are you still guilty or have you been proven innocent?

Romans 8:1-4 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Making God sick

Do you know that you can make God sick, sick to his stomach, so much so that you can make him throw up? The Bible counsels us to not be lukewarm (neither hot nor cold for God), for in being lukewarm, we are ditasteful to him and he will vomit us out of his mouth. In other words, we make God sick by being lukewarm.

Points to ponder:
O taste and see that the Lord is good and blessed in the man/woman that trust in God (Psalm 34:8). But once you have tasted the goodness of God, be not lukewarm, so that he can taste our lives and see that we are good. Imagine for a moment, as to how you would taste in the mouth of God.

Revelation 3:16 (KJV)
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 

A Christian’s address:: www.christianlife.heaven

As we watch for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, while we are on our journey to be with him in heaven (.heaven), the three W’s (www) of our Christian life (.christianlife) should be to:
Walk in the light as he is in the light (1 John 1:7)
Work for him as Ambassadors on a mission (2 Corinthians 5:9, 20)
Worship God and none other (Revelation 19:10)

Points to ponder:
If we have fellowship with Jesus Christ on earth, which comes by walking in the light, working for him and worshipping Him alone, we will have fellowship with him, when Jesus returns to reign, at which time we will continue to walk in Him (The LIGHT), work for him (serve him) and worship him.

1 John 1:6-7 (KJV)
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

2 Corinthians 5:9, 20 (KJV)
Wherefore we labour (work), that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 

Revelation 19:10b (KJV)
10 worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 

God – the Mindreader

If I was to ask you, tell me what I am thinking, the chances that you are going to guess what I am thinking is not only infinitesmally small but in most cases impossible. Even if you did get it correct, it is most likely because you made an educated guess and somehow got lucky. We take solace in the fact, that others around us, cannot read our minds, because the filth that they may find in our minds may make them completely change their opinions about us. Even our righteousness are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and personally I thank God, others around me, cannot read my mind. However, I dare not challenge God to tell me what I am thinking, for there is not one (no not one) thought that is hidden from him.

The Bible says that God knows the things that come into our mind, every one of them (Ezekiel 11:5). There is nothing that we can hide from God for God is a mindreader. Let us not be carnally minded, but be spiritually minded, for to be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6). God will keep in perfect peace, whose minds are stayed on him (Isaiah 26:3).

Points to ponder:
Is you mind stayed on Christ Jesus? If God was to read your mind now, what would he find? Remember, there is nothing hidden from God, not even our thoughts, for he knows every thing that comes into our mind, every single one of them.  God can read your minds, he is a mindereader!

Ezekiel 11:5 (KJV)
And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.

Romans 8:5-6 (KJV)
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.