HERE – NOW – OUR DESTINY! Part 2 – What?
1Corinthians: 3: 8-10: “The one who plants and the one who waters have the same purpose, and each will be rewarded for their own work. We are God’s workers, working together…Using the gifts God gave me, I laid the foundation of that house…Others are building on it, but everyone should be careful how they build on it.”
So, what does God have planned for us? When dealing with this question I’ll say it up front: I AM NOT trying to out-think GOD…repeat: I AM NOT trying to out-think God! That would be the height of presumption, arrogance and blasphemy. What I’m hoping to do is just to provide focus for all of us as to why we’re here…and here NOW.
Hopefully, what I can provide is some comfort in the security of knowing that GOD IS IN CONTROL—and beyond any doubt–HE IS!
We know our starting point (see Part 1) is to humbly serve others any way we can.
Romans:13:8-11: “…always owe love to each other, because the person who loves others has obeyed all the law….All these commands are really one rule: Love thy neighbor as thyself…Do this because we live in an important time…” .
Once we’ve progressed past our starting point God begins to let us know our direction.
Romans: 12:2: “Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you…”
Once we get a feeling of what God wants us to do (keep in mind we can each receive more than one gift) we can move to the “now” part of our destiny.
But what is there about “now” that makes it so special? That’s easy to answer if we start with a macro-view of civilization. The development of Western Civilization has been highlighted by several clusters of years marked by a certain predominance of thought and achievement such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, Age of Reason, Age of Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and that’s to name a few. It’s also interesting to note that the one period of time where nothing happened to advance mankind is also given its own distinction: the Dark Ages.
The “dark Ages” also given its own distinction.
Currently, we are in the Information Age- particularly: the Digital Age. With the refinements to computers & their ability to transmit data, we’ve gone from incredibly fast transmission to immediate transmission! With the development of social media–we can communicate with ANYONE in the world–immediately! Add to this the video capabilities of smart-phones and you have something truly remarkable–everyone can be their own media outlet–sending on the spot coverage of ANY event EVERYWHERE in the world–IMMEDIATELY!
Communication, anywhere, anytime, in this high tech digital age.
I’m sure we can think of recent examples of how these capabilities sent images of important events worldwide. But now a new question surfaces: can this new communicative capability help expand the event it’s covering ? In his fascinating book, “Egypt Unsch@ckled”. Denis Campbell (@ UKProgressive) asks that very question: “The debate that still rages is whether or not this revolution was a continuation of that same spirit( extreme Nationalism?) or a technological marvel driven by Twitter, Face- book & other social media tools. The answer is…‘yes’ to both.”
Social media can effect change quickly, as demonstrated by Denis Campbell’s book, “Egypt Unshackled”
The power of the social media has been evidenced recently when PIPA and SOPA legislation was stopped in literally a few days! It seems as if the true power of social media is in its infancy. No one can doubt the fact that they have become a force for change that must be reckoned with? Recently, Twitter announced that its user list had grown to 500-million . Just think of that–500-MILLION people across the world are linked to communicate at any time–IMMEDIATELY!
So where does that leave us? I think it’s safe to say that God has us here…NOW…to COMMUNICATE! This brings us to the next question–communicate WHAT? Again, let’s go to the book that answers every question. Romans:16:17-19: “…I ask you to look out for those who cause people to be against each other and who upset other people’s faith. They are against the true teaching you learned, so stay away from them. Such people are not serving our lord Jesus Christ but are only doing what pleases themselves. They use fancy talk and fine words to fool the minds of those who do not know about evil….But I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.”
Also, in Mark:8:38: “The people who live now are living in a sinful and evil time. If people are ashamed of me and my teaching, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes with his father’s glory and with the Holy Angels.”
So, among our tasks, we MUST communicate the teachings–the GOOD NEWS– of Jesus Christ! The following passage should clarify what we OPPOSE:
Matthew:23:3-14;27: ”the teachers tell you to do things–but they don’t do them. They are unwilling to help those who struggle under the weight of their rules. They do good things so that others will see them. They love to have the most important seats at the feasts. They love to be greeted with respect in public. They are hypocrites! They take away widows’ houses…then say long prayers so that people will notice them…They give to God 1/10th of all they earn, but they don’t obey the really important teachings of the law–justice, mercy & loyalty!….People see them and think they’re good–but on the inside, they are full of hypocrisy and evil!”.
“….they don’t see the really important teachings…like justice, mercy & loyalty…”
Where does this leave us politically? Well, all I can say is that the Bible can be used for all sides of Congressional, and Presidential, debates. You’ve heard ultra Right-wingers quote the Bible for their ends. Naturally, the Progressives also have some very good arguments. But instead of clarifying issues, quoting the Bible has only added to intolerance and anger. So, maybe the best thing to do is forget our “labels” and concentrate on the message.
“We must try to forget labels…”
Before I continue, I want to clarify that I am NOT saying that we are here because God wants us to buy a smart-phone and go on Face-book and Twitter. What I‘m emphasizing is the confluence of our presence and our abilities- PLUS the type of TOOLS God has helped mankind to develop. Given current events, in this country & others, these tools must be utilized totally! The reason: We must spread the “Good News” of the only candidate that matters–Jesus. Plus, we must also spread the message of God’s love and of his many gifts to all people!
The way I see it, our job isn’t to do the “converting” – – just the “convincing”. Let’s just do what we can to get people to try reading the Bible, or attending service, or praying…something that puts them in a position where God (Jesus) does the converting. After all, who can do that job better than Him? What I’m attempting to do NOW(see my “Homepage”), is not converting–but hopefully convincing you (& others) to take at least one avenue–the Bible.
If there has ever been a challenge to Christ’s Gospels and teachings–it’s here–NOW. Well…we are also HERE–NOW- so…as a popular TV commentator says each time he begins his show, “Let’s Get To Work!”
Vote smart—vote for Jesus!
Let’s fulfill our destiny! But remember, before you get too tense–RELAX–GOD IS IN CONTROL! As long as we do everything we can using the gifts and abilities he has given to us–trust in the fact–HE WILL PROVIDE!
“ I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of your righteousness–of yours only!” Psalm:71:16