Tuesday, October 21, 2014

~ "The cost of not caring..."

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." (Gal 6:10)

Household of faith...family of believers.  We see here that "charity begins at home" whether that home is our individual family unit, our extended family or our church family.  Some people seem to think it should be everyone else first then your individual family unit.

It's commendable to want to give to those who have less than you.  However, giving to others while those in your immediate circle have nothing, go without and are starved is not!  This includes your time and your attention.  You cannot save the world if you can't even spend time with your family...it won't work.  If you are a parent who is never at home, but always out doing volunteer work, what does that say about you?  What does that say about your character?  It does, in fact, speak volumes about what you are NOT doing.

With all things, there must be balance.  There must be time with your spouse, with your children, with your aging parents, with your other family members - in that order.  Those at home should come before those outside of it.  Even the richest members of society who are in the business of serving the people in their community begin at home.

Far too many families are broken today because of selfishness and self-serving behavior.  Our Heavenly Father wants us to care for the world, yes, but not at the expense of those we have a "prior" commitment to.  We don't need to make a showing of our good deeds - which is what many do.  Flashing the cash and generously giving to others while those at home are barely getting by is NOT what God asks of us.  He asks us to give what we can AFTER we have met all of our other obligations.  That doesn't just mean money - it means time, love and comfort as well!

How a person interacts with their family says a lot about the type of Christian he or she truly is.  Don't let it be said that you let the opportunity to share your love with those around you be lost in your efforts to show the world how much you love yourself.

Monday, October 20, 2014

~ "Open sesame..."

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."  (Acts 4:12)

We can only be saved through Jesus.  It's that simple.  Praying to Mary, or dead saints will not get us in the door.  Church leaders who insist otherwise have not read the Word of God, nor do they have the power to decree it to be so.  Jesus, and only Jesus, is our way to heaven.

I was never one for liking the chain of command.  Yes, I bucked the system every chance I got, mainly because I didn't trust anyone but the boss.  There were a few in all my years that I could go to, but they all had selfish reasons for listening and did nothing to alleviate the problem.  I learned early (and outside of what I was taught) to go straight to the top.  I talk to God, and I pray through Jesus.  Yes, they are one in the same.  Yes, they are all-powerful.  When it comes my time, however, there is only one who will stand beside me and vouch for my salvation - Jesus.

Don't look for answered prayers from a body that cannot answer your prayers!  Don't spend your time in a litany of repeated, incompletely constructed "prayers" that do not convey all the needed components of a prayer.  Pray from your heart, pray through Jesus.  Pray for courage and strength, for his will and his blessing.  Remember to thank him for dying and saving your soul.  Remember to be earnest.  Remember that it is he, and he alone you need to go to.

There is only one name given to open the door, or the gate of heaven - that name is Jesus!