What type of effort is God interested in? First we need to keep in mind that God is not interested in three things, luke warm efforts, half-hearted efforts or things done from impure motivation! His gift demands that in everything we do, everything we say, we do it remembering that his gift requires that we lay it on the alter for […]
Vindicate Me O God By Erik Retallick Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people,from the deceitful and unjust mandeliver me! Psalm 43:1-5 A short while ago I wrote an article about Psalm 42 and mentioned that Psalm 43 follows on very closely with its thoughts and tone. […]
Christianity has gotten lazy and sloppy in it’s vernacular. We tend to adopt words, sayings and statements that are common to normal,every day language. Yet, those meanings fly in the face of what we may understand as truth from the Word of God.
Can you think of any that come to mind? How about this word? Servant! What does that word mean to you?
Does it have the same meaning as the word slave to you? Did you know that only in English translations of the Bible will you find the word servant? It is actually taken from the Greek word doulos which the proper interpretation of that word is Slave!
Are We Slaves?
There are two very distinct sets of values, involving earthly treasures and wealth and heavenly treasures. During our life time on earth, which is short, we have to make a choice about which we are going to set our hearts on, because, as Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (ESV).
So the choice we have to make in our life is to follow Jesus who took on Himself the form of a servant and owned nothing or to hanker after the things that are for this life only. We have been taught a salutary lesson about earthly investment in the last few years, and many of our bankers, financiers and wise investors are looking for alternative investments.
Those of us who follow Jesus as our Saviour and Lord have effectively chosen an alternative investment, one that involves laying up treasures in Heaven.
He explores eight aspects of Christian discipleship which are too often neglected and yet deserve to be taken seriously. Here, including the last public sermon he ever preached, Stott offers wisdom gained from a lifetime of consistent Christian commitment. In addition, he poignantly reflects on his last years of life and ministry.