Posts Tagged ‘Romans’

Reflections on Faith (4)

Written on February 7th, 2010 by adminno shouts

Hebrews ch.11 v.4 tells us that by faith – Abel still speaks, even though long dead. Faith brings immortality in ways that are not immediately apparent. For a long time I wondered what Romans ch.2 v.7 was talking about – it did not make sense when considering that Paul wrote so much about faith being diametrically opposed to salvation by works. But when seen in the light of this statement from Hebrews, it takes on a new shade of meaning. Allow me to explain.

What will you leave as a legacy to those who come after you? A  small pot of money, a house, some antique nick-nacks? Abel, and those who come after him, saw by faith that future generations would build upon their experience of God. Their legacy – demonstrating that it is possible to live a life pleasing to God though faith – still has value today.

To that extent, by seeking to be people of a pioneering faith,  we too can speak in a voice that will survive the span of many generations. Our words and actions become immortal – continuing to bear fruit amongst our spiritual descendants.

God’s Purpose for You!

Written on January 22nd, 2010 by adminno shouts

Given that God is all-powerful, all-loving and has an unstoppable plan of redemption for the universe He has created; it is not an unreasonable assumption to believe that He has a purpose for each person who comes to develop a faith in Him.

In the letter to the Romans ch.12 v.2 we are told that His will is good, pleasing and perfect.

Good: we find we have an aptitude for the work we believe we are set aside to do, opportunities arise for us to exercise our gifts in an uncompromising way.

Pleasing: we enjoy what we do, and would rather do this than anything else.

Perfect: we look back and we see His plan unfolded in our lives, even though we did not recognise it at the time; we see how events that we could not understand fit together in a process that prepared us for what happened next.

It is therefore time to take stock of your life in order to determine God’s ultimate purpose for you. What are you good at? There will be something. No matter how insignificant and small you feel your talents are, you have not been blessed with them for no reason. An ability to sing, make models or act is not merely an ornamental distraction from the ‘real’ stuff of Kingdom building. Your mix of talents is unique and has real purpose.

What do you enjoy? What gives you pleasure? It is not a sin to enjoy exercising the gifts that God has given you. This is the scandal of grace. God, the Creator of the universe has set you apart to derive pleasure from doing what you have been equipped to do.

How do you see God shaping your experiences? What Biblical principles can you see at work in your life? What do you believe God is saying to you through your circumstances?

Knowing God personally enables you to find answers and encouragement through patterns of events that show you who you truly are and give you an insight into your destiny. By putting your faith in Jesus Christ you open yourself up to an adventure of self discovery through selfless service.

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