Ozark Christian Living

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Soldiers of Sacredness

October 29

                       “... that we may present every man perfect in CHRIST JESUS"  Colossians 1:28

"... the rule is ... is that the obvious is the reality."

 

How we view our Christian leaders says a lot about who we are, and just as importantly, who we'll develop into as a person of faith in CHRIST.  Those in authentic spiritual authority in the Church have been charged with the most awesome responsibility, namely the evangelizing of the lost, and equipping those of us who are saved into useful tools in HIS hands, that we too might do HIS work.  "And HE gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of CHRIST"  Look if you will, for nowhere in all the world, is so great a task placed on such an unlikely group of men.  These men are the sacred soldiers who make up the royal guard of HIS kingdom, and must be regarded as such.  Think about it, the charge is: that every living man, woman, and child hear the gospel, and that each who subsequently receives it, and is born again, then be brought to perfection in their Christian lives.  "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one HUSBAND, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to CHRIST."  Is it any wonder that those genuinely about this labor of love for the SAVIOR, will turn down finance in lieu of prayer, if circumstances dictate a choice.  "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the SON OF GOD, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of CHRIST"  The goal of the real man of GOD is not to indoctrinate us, or fashion us religious; but to pore over HIS Blueprint of what makes up a living sacrifice, and then exhort us to conform.  "... HE also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his SON"  That is a tall order by any definition!

"Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of GOD: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation."  But how do I tell the true from the false ... how do I know who to follow, and who to shun?  We find JESUS leaving clear instruction, regarding this very important matter, in the closing comments to HIS Sermon on the Mount.  "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves ... A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit ... Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."  When it comes to submitting to ecclesiastical rule, the rule is ... is that the obvious is the reality.  Look and listen, says the LORD; the fruit of one's life will soon betray its root ... is the moral taught here.  "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."  And when the real deal is at rule, make that ruler as joyous as you possibly can.  Remember, they are out to:

"Make you perfect in every good work to do HIS will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in HIS sight ..."


For Love of Country
Calvin Coolidge  (1872-1933)
(30th President of the United States)
"America seeks no empires built on blood and force.  No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominion.  The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the Cross.  The higher state to which she seeks the allegiance of all mankind is not human, but of DIVINE origin.  She cherishes no purpose, save to merit the favor of ALMIGHTY GOD."

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