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What Does the Bible Say About Judging Others?

Posted by undergroundchurch on December 21, 2010


It is never a good practice to read the Bible through the filter of your opinion.  More often than not, this habit will yield bad interpretations and won’t accomplish the real purpose of the Word of God, which is to change us.

If you look at the area of “judging” for example, many believers, along with most non-believers, think that Christians are not to judge.  After all, didn’t Jesus say, “Judge not” (Matthew 7:1)?

This argument is usually posed by those that don’t want to be judged because they are hiding something or sinning and don’t want to be found out or corrected.  Instead of the Scriptures telling us not to judge, it give us very solid guidelines around how to judge including – the accountability of the judge, when it’s appropriate, what should be the condition of the judge, how it is to be done, and what to do with the results.

The Accountability of the Judge

In that Matthew passage above, if you read on, you find that Jesus warns the judge that when they judge, they themselves will be judged. Not only will they be judged, but it will be by the same rules with which they are judging.

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Vs 1-2)

The law of sowing and reaping is in play, so it is essential that the judge be honest, true, pure, righteous and merciful.  The judge will also be judged by the Great Judge.

Jesus simply warns that if you judge, you are going to be held to a higher standard.

When is judging appropriate?

The whole point of judging is to bring identify the error and bring reconciliation (James 5:20). Most judging will around sin, but sometimes it involves questionable actions and words.

We are to judge correctly(Luke 12:57, c.f. John 7:24), judge only after resolving the same issue in our own life (Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:37-42), judge those in the church (1 Corinthians 5:12), judge believer’s actions (1 Corinthians 5:2-4), judge fruits (Matthew 7:15-20), test spirits (1 John 4:1), prove doctrine (1 Timothy 1:3-4), judge teaching (1 Corinthians 10:15) and most importantly, judge ourselves (Galatians 6:4) – Especially at communion time (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).

We are not to judge those outside the church (1 Corinthians 5:12), judge people’s relationships with God (1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Romans 14), play favorites (James 2:1-4), take our issues with other believers to secular courts (1 Corinthians 6) or judge a book by its cover (John 7:24 c.f. 1 Samuel 16:7).

What Should Be the Condition of the Judge?

First, the judge should be spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). We must remember that we are judging spiritual matters, so without the Spirit of God, we judge with human judgments.

Second, the judge must be free of the same issue that they are judging (Luke 6:37-42).  In order to see clearly to remove the speck from the brother’s eye, you have to have the log out of yours.  Only then, will you see clearly to remove the speck. Jesus still wants you to remove the speck, just do it in the right order.

Third, they should not be a lone wolf (Matthew 18:15-17).  You will see the times when Paul is making a judgment (1 Corinthians 5) or Jesus gives instruction, judgment occurs in the church and it may take others in the church, (e.g. mature believers, leaders and elders) to help judge fairly.  The goal is not just to point out sin but to bring about restoration whenever possible.

Finally, they must show maturity (Hebrews 5:14). Specifically, they need to know right from wrong, know how to judge with mercy and love and base sound judgment on the Word of God.

How do you judge?

When a situation arises where judging comes into play, a general process should be followed based on Matthew 18:15-17 and 1 Corinthians 5 and others already mentioned:

  1. Judge yourself – make sure you are in right standing with God, with the issue at hand, that you are in prayer, and that your motives are pure.
  2. Get support – This could be prayer support from mature believers (obtained without gossiping about the person), but may also include involving church leadership. They do not need to be in direct contact at this point, but it is a good thing to make them aware of what’s happening so that you have some protection.
  3. Confront them directly in love – Point out the “sin” or what you see going on.  This is the hardest step in the process and must be done in love and not with a tone of condemnation.  Tact is certainly in order because you will attract more bees with honey than vinegar and have a better chance of getting the right results. Remember, you are judging and not condemning. Condemnation is not your job. You are commanded to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). Many issues can be resolved in these simple one-on-one moments, but if not, you may need to move on to the next step.

Special Note on Divisive People: If you find that the person is being divisive, involve the leadership and then stay away. The leadership is directed by Paul to warned them twice then have nothing to do with them. (Titus 3:10-11)

  1. If there is no resolution, and you have reached a stalemate, you may need to involve one or two more mature believers.  The point here is to bring in extra eyes, ears and prayers so that a point of resolution and ultimately restoration can be achieved.  It is best not to ambush them with your “extra people”, and it will serve best if you warn the person ahead of time by letting them know that you’d like to bring in a person or two just to help work out the situation.
  2. If there is still no resolution, and it is a matter of sin, then the church leadership needs to get involved.
  3. If they are unwilling to repent from sin at this level, then it may be time to implement discipline such as releasing them from the local church community. Both Jesus and Paul say to do this. Paul explains that in doing so, they are being turned over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh so that restoration may take place.

What to do with the Results

Hopefully, reconciliation occurs somewhere along the line; but there are times when the person needs to be released.  The Church in America is quite soft on this subject, because, I suppose, they don’t want to “hurt someone’s feelings”, but we do them and the church more injustice by letting sin and error go on unchallenged and unresolved.

Here are some tips and directives on what do when reconciliation is not achieved:

  1. Stay away! (2 Thessalonians 3:6) This seems harsh, but it is for the protection of the church and young believers.  The only thing worse than an unrepentant sinner is an unrepentant believer. They are like a cancer in the church that will spread the sin, corrupt and destroy everything they can. Sin is at work and it needs to be purged from the congregation. Strong tone, but that’s not mine, it’s Jesus’. (c.f. Titus 3:10-11, Matthew 18:15-17)
  2. Watch out! (Romans 16:17) Specifically, Paul says, “for those that cause divisions or put obstacles in the way contrary to [truth]”.  We must stay vigilant for the work of the enemy, which would try to derail the church of God.
  3. Don’t even eat with them. When it comes to certain types of sin, “sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler” (1 Corinthians 5:11), Paul says, “Don’t even eat with them.”  Eating with someone is a form of identification, and when we associate with someone that calls themselves a “believer” and yet lives in sin, we identify the whole church with that sin.  This is a bad testimony to the world of the righteousness we have in Christ.

So if you do judge, do so rightly.

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Encountering Jesus

Posted by undergroundchurch on December 11, 2010


What does Jesus mean to you?

The way you answer that question directly correlates with your encounter with Jesus.  It’s the Christmas season, so I’d like to use a few examples from those that encountered Jesus as an infant and young child as an example of how we encounter him and what we get from that encounter – the shepherds, the magi, and Anna and Simeon.

The Shepherds

Let’s call this the Accidental encounter.  There was nothing in the shepherds actions that would lead you to believer that they were looking for Jesus or any real encounter with God.  In fact, their own words indicate quite the opposite.

“”Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” –  Luke 2:15

They didn’t know anything was about to happen until they were told.  They had an accidental (though orchestrated by God) encounter.  In other words, they weren’t looking for Jesus; Jesus found them.

Millions of Christians take this approach to their Christian walk every day.  They go about their duties and wait for the “Sunday” encounter or for God to do something first.  If he doesn’t, then they just keep on keeping on. They don’t really chase after God, they let God do all the chasing.

Not a very rewarding relationship, but like any relationship, you will get out of it what you put into it.

The Magi

The Magi encounter was unique in this one respect; they weren’t looking for the Messiah, just a king.  It was Herod that actually figured out that this king was the promised Messiah.  The Magi were just doing what they had done for years, seek out kings. Let’s call this the unintentional encounter.

A king had not been born in Judea for almost 500 years, now all of a sudden a king was to be born.

The Magi were looking for something real, they just didn’t understand completely what the were seeking.  They were at least chasing after truth, they discovered the truth of God because God honored their endeavor.

They were non-Jews, but because they were coming to Israel looking for a king, which they hadn’t had for 500 years, God let them find the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Many people in this world seek after truth.  Some find half-truths and deceptions, but those that seek God in the right context more often than not, find him.  God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him – Hebrews 11:6

Anna and Simeon

These are the only two in the story that really get it.  Simeon had been promised well in advance that he would not die before seeing the Messiah.  Anna spent her days and nights worshiping God for almost 60 years at the Temple.  Both of these dedicated people knew what they were looking for and chased God in pursuit of it, and God honored them in a special way.  Let’s call this the Intentional encounter.

These two didn’t just bump into Jesus, they actually blessed him.  Look at the words of Simeon:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” – Luke 2:29-32

And Anna:

Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. – Luke 2:38

Both of these were people that could testify to the truth of the savior with understanding from the truth of Scripture.

This is the most fulfilling encounter.  When you chase God and catch him, the reward is not only that you find Jesus, but you are also fulfilled because the investment you made in seeking him returns to you 100 fold.

Note: This is a revisited post from 2009, but the content is timeless.

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Lamps and Lights

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 17, 2010


“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”- Psalm 119:105

There are two principles at work here – lamps and lights.

The lamp in those days was not much more than a strong candle.  One candle-power isn’t much light and can only light a very small area – most notably, around your feet.

The light to the path is a whole different aspect of light.  This light is stronger and can illuminate much further ahead. It could have the power of several hundred lamps like a torch or bonfire.

So what does this mean?

The Lamp

The lamp aspect of the Word deals with your circumstances right now.  What are you going through? What challenges are you facing? What temptation besets you? What attack is the enemy using? How do you deal with the immediate situation?

The Word of God is a quick and powerful tool that the Spirit of God can use in your life for strength to face any and all situations that hit you. To access this tool you need to have it handy – e.g. hide it in your heart, memorize it in your head and/or keep it in your pocket.

Light

The Light to the Path aspect of the Word mean that the Word of God is laid out in a way to help you avoid pitfalls in the first place. God built into the Scriptures hundreds of life examples of how to and how not to walk.  If your path is well lit, then you can more confidently walk by the light. The more light, the more confident.

To light your path, you need to daily invest in the Word through reading and meditating on it.

Summary

So the Lamp of the Word is for right now, and the Light of the Word is to prepare you for what’s ahead giving you a chance to deal with it or avoid it all together.

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How Many Points can One Verse Contain?

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 13, 2010


“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.”- 1 Peter 2:15-16

Wow! How many points can you find in one verse?

  1. What is God’s will? To do good
  2. The power of Good over Evil
  3. How to silence critics- do good
  4. Don’t let ignorant talk and foolish people get you down
  5. Live as free people
  6. Don’t let your freedom trump other people’s freedom
  7. Don’t play church (using your freedom as a cover for evil)
  8. Be a slave for God
  9. If you want to be free, be a slave for God
  10. We don’t need to follow the rules of the world’s ways

Do you see anything else?

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The Source of Our Dilemma

Posted by undergroundchurch on October 22, 2010


“Original Sin”, some call it “Ancestral Sin“, is a more pervasive dilemma to our current state than we might even fathom.

Original Sin, as understood for this article, is the sin seed that is passed on to every human because of the original sin committed by Adam in the Garden.

Original Sin effects us today because there are multiple components to it…

Original Sin is about Love

The point of God planting a tree in the middle of the Garden then telling Adam not to eat from it was not to tempt Adam, but to see if Adam would choose to love God or love himself.  When Adam sinned, it separated him and us from the direct connection with God.  Remember that God walked with Adam in the garden, something God has not been able to do since Adam sinned.

The most powerful words God ever utters in the Bible are the ones He says right after he says the word, “Now” as in Revelation 21:3

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

This event takes place after everything is made new.  God is looking forward to the day when He can once again “walk with man in the garden” as it were.

It is all about Love because God reached out to us when we couldn’t reach out to him. (c.f. John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

Original Sin is about Penalty

We are still paying the price for the sin Adam committed that fateful day.

Penalty of Death

  • God told Adam, “In the day you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16,17)
  • All have sinned, and the wages of that sin is still death (Romans 3:23, 6:23)

Every time someone dies, we are reminded of Adam’s original sin. If Adam’s sin only applied to him, we wouldn’t have death, sickness and sin in the world today.

Penalty of Pain in Childbirth

Every time a woman gives birth naturally, she is paying a price for Eve because she listened to the serpent and not her husband. (See Accountability and Original Sin below)

Other creatures in God’s kingdom don’t go through the pain of birth that humans do; ever heard a dog or cat scream like a human?

Penalty of Snakes

Part of the curse is the form of the snake, which crawls on its belly.  Each time I see one, I am reminded of the curse. (Genesis 3)

Penalty of Thorns and Thistles

Ever been scratched by a thorn? Or have to pull a weed out of the garden? Thank Adam.

Penalty of Gardening

Yep, gardening is a result of the curse.  Makes you wonder how it was before Adam sinned. (Genesis 3) God was going to provide all our food.

Original Sin is about Accountability

Genesis 3 tells us what went down.

Eve ate of the tree first; Adam, who was with her, but didn’t speak up during the entire event, ate it once she gave it to him.

However, you have to go back a chapter to see the setup.  You see…

  1. Adam was created first
  2. God then planted the tree in the Garden.
  3. God tells Adam that if he eats from it, he will die.
  4. Later, God creates the woman from the man’s side.

In chapter 3, we see the man and woman at the tree, she is telling the talking serpent (which should have been a clue) that if they ate from it OR TOUCHED IT they would die.

How did she know about eating it, and where did she get the extra restriction?

We have here the first case of legalism in the Bible, which always adds to God’s word.  God said Adam would die if he ate it; Eve added (probably because Adam told her) that if they touched it, they would die. She ate it first (eyes were not open), and then Adam ate it (eyes were opened to their nakedness after this).

SPECIAL NOTE: The extra rule didn’t help them abide by the command God gave them. (Legalism doesn’t help you be a better Christian.)

The problem in the story is that God told Adam the rule, and Adam told his wife the rules, but Adam did not defend God’s word, nor his wife as she was talking to the serpent.

It was not her fault, it was Adam’s!

Had Eve eaten, and Adam not, there would be no sin today because she was not responsible to God. Adam should have been the one talking to the serpent and saying something like, “Get thee behind me Satan!” He was her covering, and he failed her.

Accountability and the Original Sin Seed

The Original Sin seed does not pass through the woman, it passes through the man because of accountability.  Adam was accountable to God, Eve was accountable to Adam (God never told Eve the rules, that was Adam’s job).

Jesus could only be born as a human, not because Mary was “immaculately conceived”, but because she was a woman and there was no man involved in conceiving Jesus.

The promise was to Eve that the savior would come…

And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your seed and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:15

Men and woman are equal in every way relationally with God except one, accountability. Eve was cursed because she was deceived, and did not listening to her husband, but we have sin in the world because the man of the house refused to be the man of the house. (c.f. 1 Timothy 2:14)

Original Sin is about Redemption

Paul states that through one man, Adam, sin and death entered the world (Romans 5:12-21). It is through one man with no Original Sin seed connection through man to Adam that sin is broken  and we can live. Our only hope is in the “Son of God” who became the “Son of Man” without losing his claim as “Son of God”.

His Father is God, born of a woman, which allows him to be fully man and fully God and gives us hope that the power of sin and death is broken for those that receive the gift of life. This only comes through the power of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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A Light Theory

Posted by undergroundchurch on August 12, 2010


Is it a coincidence that God creates light first in the new environment He set up Genesis 1:1-3.

In short, light is not just “visible” light, but it includes the entire electromagnetic spectrum from huge radio waves to tee-tiny gamma rays.

Chuck Missler has a very good study called “Beyond Time and Space“. In it he was talking about the velocity of light and the actual space matter takes up, etc., but what intrigued me most was an article I read in Popular Science (I know it’s not the definitive commentary on the Bible) where scientists are building the most powerful laser “that can be built“.

Here’s where it get’s interesting.  Theoretically speaking, there is only so much energy you can put into light before it begins to actually create matter.

Construction Worker in Laser Target Chamber at National Ignition FacilitySeems those nice little photons can move and impact electrons at such speeds and intensity that they can actually create matter, but making the laser less of a light, and more of a solid.  Essentially, you create new solid atoms out of pieces of atoms, or seemingly out of nothing.

The start of creation as recorded started with light.  The sun, moon and stars weren’t created for a couple more days.  So why start with light?  Maybe it’s cause it was the tool used to create things in our universe.

Hey, if scientists can start with theories based on mathematical calculations and hypothetical guesses, can’t I work on theories based on conversations from the actual creator.

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Time-space-matter-energy Quandary

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 11, 2010


Science is not truth in its own self; it is just a search for it. Unfortunately too often, it is looking in all the wrong places.

Take evolution for example. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (entropy) is a basic law acknowledged by every area of science but one… evolution. It essentially states that everything is going from order to disorder, but the evolutionary field tries to argue the opposite for its particular area because if they accept the entropy law, then they have to acknowledge that something outside our time/domain cause everything that exists in the universe and that it was at one time more ordered in the past than it is now.

You see, there are four components in our universe than cannot exist without one another. Each is a related property – Time, Space, Matter and Energy.

Time is a property of Matter according to verifiable proof of Einstein’s theories. Energy is a property of matter (once again, Einstein’s famous E=MC2.) And space must exists as a subset of the existence of matter.

The problem is that you cannot have matter appear one day and then energy appear the next or time or space. Each one would have to come into existence at the exact same moment.

Atoms do not have the energy to exist forever, nor have they always been. The problem is that because of the law of entropy, everything is cooling off. Eventually, all matter in the universe will lose all heat and reach 0 degrees kelvin. At that point, all heat in the universe is gone and even the atom ceases moving.

If atoms have always existed, then the point of completed entropy would have already been and we would never be, but if atoms were created at a fixed point in time with all of their potential energy, then all four – time, space, matter and energy could be set into motion. The entire universe could be set up in a day because until matter exists, time doesn’t exist.

The alternative argument is from the evolutionary “science”, ‘first there was nothing, then it exploded'”.

It is not coincidence that the first two Bible verses address these four elements being created on day one.

In the BEGINNING, God created the HEAVENS and the EARTH… and God said, let there be LIGHT. (Genesis 1:1-3)

Each piece of the puzzle was created in one moment. It was a force outside our time domain that created the space first to put the matter. He then energized the matter (light) and time began.

There are actual theories in the scientific community that say, “alien life seeded our planet”. That odd theory may ease their minds about our existence, but not the rest of the universe. For every cause in our universe, there has to be an effect. However, you can only go back so far until you reach the beginning, but what caused the beginning?

Science will not find that answer until they are willing to acknowledge that an intelligence beyond our time-space-matter-energy world set up a system so our universe to exist. That person has a name, and is very involved in the creation he so beautifully created.

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The Irritation that became a Pearl

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 5, 2010


For much of his life, Jim struggled with belief.  He grew up with talk of Jesus all over the place. It seemed that Jesus’name was a household word, but amoungst the people that “knew” of Jesus in his household, there was a divide… Mom and Dad were believers, but none of the kids could quite accept Jesus as the Messiah except that first-born kid, Joshua who had a different dad.

Joshua always seemed to be a thorn in the side of Jim and his siblings.  He was a very good kid growing up and liked to talk a lot about his real dad, even in front of his half brothers and sisters.  You can imagine the sibling rivalry that would occasionally come to a head.  Not only was the first-born from a different dad, but he was conceived out of wedlock, which used to be a more frowned upon situation than it is today.

When the Joshua grew up to become a minister of the Gospel, it just made the rest of the siblings that much more irritated with him and his “preaching of repentance”.  I’m sure that they felt that he was always preaching “down to them”.  He was an irritation, so you would think that when the day came that Joshua was killed while ministering, that the siblings of this half-blooded family member would have jumped for joy.

Sometimes though, it is through a tragedy that an irritation transforms in our own hearts and minds and we begin to realize what we really had.  Something happened shortly after Joshua’s death that caused Jim and his siblings to realize that their brother was telling the truth and that the message he preached was real, life changing and powerful.

Jim became a preacher shortly after the death of his older brother and came to realize that when your faith is tested, and your irritation level increases, it will either make you hard hearted or produce in you a pearl of great wisdom.

Jim wrote in one of his letters to his extended family:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Jim, James to those that knew him, became the leader of the church in Jerusalem in the first century A.D.  You might not know him except for a letter he wrote that ended up wedged in our Bible between Hebrews and 1 Peter, but you should know his half-brother Joshua. For Joshua was a translation of his Hebrew name, Yeshua.  You know him better from the Greek – German translation of that Hebrew name “Jesus”.  Yes, that’s right –  Jesus whose Father was God.

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In the Beginning…

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 28, 2010


I am excited that next week I get to start my Sunday school class on my favorite part of the Bible… Genesis.  I hope to make a series of quick posts that reflect little thoughts on the book as we move through it.

First thought… The first verse of the Bible is not in Genesis 1… it’s in John 1.

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:1 “In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God (literally: God was the Word).

So which beginning is first?

The really interesting thing is that the Bible never wastes time arguing the “existence of God”.  God is assumed to exist.  He is also assumed to have always existed.  In both passages, God existed.  In the John passage, we find three things that make it a predicessor to Genesis 1:1:

  • The Word was already in the beginning.  “In the beginning WAS the Word”.
  • The Word was God and thus eternal.  We know from the remainder of the chapter that the Word is Jesus.
  • Time doesn’t exist until matter exists (since time is a property of matter), and thus, Genesis 1:1 starts the clock once God created matter.

Just some things to think about.

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12 Days of Christmas Correction – Getting it Right

Posted by undergroundchurch on December 26, 2009


“Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”- Luke 2:28-32

In an old song by that great theologian Bob Dylan, he wrote:

You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody.
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody. – “Gotta Serve Somebody”

Our life is governed by who we follow.  Each one of us, even our “leader” are led in the end by the Lord or by the devil.  It not only determines our path but our destiny as well.

Simeon was a man led by the Lord, and it was evident in both the journey he took and the destination.

At some point in his life, God had made a promise to him that he would see God’s anointed one (that is Jesus the Messiah) before he died.  Simeon, followed God and to ensure that he would be available for God when that time came, he hung out at the temple.

The temple was the place of worship.  It was the place where the people of God could get as close to God on earth as possible.  Simeon exemplified a servant of God because he wanted to be in constant worship of God.

That path he chose was not just a weekly activity on a Saturday night (or Sunday morning), but it was a daily venture.  He sought God’s throne room every day of his life.  Life is the journey we all take; Simeon chose to chase after God and so was rewarded for his journey.

The passage above shows what happened the day he met the savior.  The years faithfulness were rewarded in this life and the journey reached its intended destination.  He was not ready to move on because God had revealed to him the promised Messiah.

Oh, that we would have  a heart like Simeon.  Oh, that our worship was driven by our destination like Simeon’s worship was.  Oh, that our heart for God was humble like the shepherds that saw him that night when Christ was born. Oh, that we would chose the right path, serve the right God and  journey to the right destination making ourselves available for God on a daily basis.

Jesus came into this world as a child that would grow up with one purpose – to die for the sin of the world.  Too many people missed him even when he was right under their nose.  Too many more miss him today.

We have one journey in this world and then it’s over.  We have one life in which to get it right, to serve the right one.  Chose this day who you will serve, make it the Lord and then never look back.

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