Well friends, I must confess … I’ve never been much of a “reader”. I admire folks who have challenged themselves, their thoughts, ideals, and their education by becoming “well read”. I typically have a hard enough time being disciplined enough to read and study God’s Word, the Bible …. in my opinion, the most important book on the planet.
At any case, of the books I have read, there is one small, easy-to-read book that never fails to challenge me. It’s called “Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God” by Francis Frangipaine. I try to read this little book once a year, and it always inspires me in my devotion to Christ.
Lately, I’ve been really “in the dumps” about things that I see happening in “religion and faith”. It’s so easy to get discouraged, and even worse … critical. Usually, I find that when I arrive at that point of reference, it’s time to do some serious soul searching and examine myself.
Thus, I picked up this old book, dusted it off .. and began reading. As usual, I was already “nailed”, and want to quote one passage from Chapter 1:
Jesus Christ did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Anyone can pass judgment, but can they save? Can they lay down their lives in love, intercession and faith for the one judged? Can they target an area of need, and rather than criticizing, fast and pray, asking God to supply the very virtue they feel is lacking? And then, can they persevere in love-motivated prayer until that fallen area blooms in godliness? Such is the life Christ commands we follow!
Phew – man … this rocked my world. I sit back and realize just how quick I am to point the finger. So, three pages into this book, and I’m challenged all over again.
I’m reminded of Ephesians 4:29, where (paraphrased), the Word says that we shouldn’t say anything unless it’s profitable and edifying for others. Strike three, I’m out.
So, my prayer today is that I would walk in the Spirit of God in this area, and the burden that He’s given me recently (more on that in another post, I’m sure) will bring me to prayer and intercession, not criticism and complaints.
Back to work … be blessed.
For the Kingdom,