“For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.” “We are, therefore, Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.” II Corinthians 4:11, 5:20
I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the media. This is not the age of information but the age of misinformation. When asked what I thought of a certain politician, my response was, “I don’t know him.” The inquirer proceeded to tell me exactly what he was like. I asked, “How do you know all that?” “Well, it was on television!” Amazing! But most of us have done the same thing ourselves.
There is the constant promoting of an agenda in the media. Why is all the bad news shown on TV? The news is calculated to stir our flesh to resentment, fear, frustration, anxiety, bigotry, and divisions. Once the bad news is received and our focus is on it, we will surrender our peace to it.
There is always something the world offers to stir pride, to encourage self-righteousness or unrighteousness, and to make us think the world and its “elite” must do something. It is all piffle (pure nonsense). We can’t believe any of it. One can go months without watching the news and nothing will have changed the next time they see it. It would be interesting to look at what was reported as absolute truth last year and see where the facts lie today.
This brings me to my point. Christians are not of this world. The things of the world belong to the world. The world is creating the mess; let them report it and stew over it. Sure, it can be very upsetting, but the Holy Spirit reminds me of the big picture. His Word tells us to “be not afraid; and to be about our Father’s business.”
Lay it all aside and follow Him. Jesus said, “Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead.” (Matthew 8:22 NLT) We are alive in Christ Jesus, and we have a kingdom above. Like the scuba diver, the things that bother the fish ultimately don’t bother the scuba diver, for his world exists above. What happens in the world, even if it is true, does not change our job description.
Our job description is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Remember, we are ambassadors in this world but not of this world…our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ!
The U.S.A. is still the greatest nation that the world has to offer. We are blessed and should be grateful that we live here. But here’s the big question…where will all the people be living one thousand years from now. That’s what I’m talking about, being ambassadors for our kingdom above.
LIFE LESSON: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit….and be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19, 20, the great commission).
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Growing in His Grace,
Len Baker, Director