Take 5 (October 24-28, 2016)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor

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Just as one person plays many roles in life, e.g. child, parent, sibling, citizen, employee, etc., so our relationship with God has many facets. Let’s think about a few this week. To God we are: A Child, An Heir, A Debtor, A Servant, and An Ambassador.

MONDAY: A Child

Romans 8:16

We all start as children. We relate to childhood: We remember what it was like… the love, the dependence, the security. And if we didn’t experience those things, we longed for them. If your parents were loving and good you no doubt are grateful to this day. If your parents were something less, it probably still affects you to this day.

Our verse tells us that the Holy Spirit communicates with us to let us know that each of us is, indeed, a child of God. No worries here that our Father will be harmful or even neglectful. Parents understand there is no love like that of a parent for a child. Children don’t get it until they have children of their own. That special bond gives us a glimpse of God’s love for us. He is not just our heavenly Father, He is also our creator and Jesus is our savior. There are so many ways the love connection is made.

Be reminded: God is not just THE Father, He is YOUR Father.

TUESDAY: An Heir

Romans 8:17; James 2:5

Have you ever experienced or observed a family squabble over an inheritance? Not a pretty sight. Bad feelings can be generated over even items of little value. Sometimes it seems that long-ago hurts and offenses can impact the process allowing get-even and revenge motives to enter the scene.

Well, as children of God, as James puts it, though we may be poor in the world, we are “rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom.” And Paul says in Romans we are joint heirs with our spiritual sibling, Jesus Christ. No squabbling needed. This invaluable inheritance is ours by birth when we are “born again” into the family of God. I look forward to sharing it with you.

Be reminded: Someday your riches will be defined in an entirely different way.

WEDNESDAY: A Debtor

Romans 1:14

How is a debt created? If I borrow money from a bank or a friend and promise to pay it back, I have created a debt. If I don’t repay I am violating the law and stealing from the lender.

But the kind of debt Paul talks about in the first chapter of Romans is different. He acknowledges that he owes something to the people of Rome… not because he has ever borrowed from them, but because he has information they desperately need. And actually, they don’t even know he has it. But his debt is not diminished by their ignorance. This information is of such eternal importance that a moral obligation is created. Our neighbors may not know that we possess the knowledge of the good news from God–that Jesus Christ came to save sinners–but our indebtedness stands all the same. It is not repayment we owe, but initiative. We are in debt.

Be reminded: You have what the world needs.

THURSDAY: A Servant

Psalm 116:16, 2 Corinthians 4:5

In a world where slam dunks on the basketball court are followed by icy stares at the conquered defender; where fist pumps are more prevalent than praying hands; and even where children can selfishly, yet calmly hoard toys even as a deprived sibling sits crying nearby… is it any wonder that Jesus’ concept of servant-hood goes against the grain? “What do you mean, the first shall be last?”

Servant-hood is a major theme of the Bible and especially the New Testament. Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4:5 are a breath of fresh air. Says he, “I don’t want to talk about myself, but rather about my Lord. All I’ve got to say is that I am your servant for Christ’s sake.” May Paul’s attitude grip our lives and our church.

Be reminded: God calls you first of all, not to be a star, but a servant.

FRIDAY: An Ambassador

2 Corinthians 5:20

As adults we find Bible memorization a little more difficult than children. But if you are looking for a terrific passage to memorize, try 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. It builds from verse to verse and climaxes in verse 20 with these words: “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ…”

What an honor. The most important, eternally significant message for all of mankind God has entrusted to us. We are weak; sometimes we fail; sometimes we sin. But God has made us Ambassadors! May His trust and His call spur us to fulfillment in this divine appointment.

Be reminded: God trusts you.

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