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  • Writer's picturePastor Curtis A. May

The World Around us

Article for June 9, 2024

Mark 3:28–30 28“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

All sins are forgiven the children of men.  But not all children of men repent of their sins.  Because not all children of men believe in Jesus Christ as their savior and their God.  It is easier not to believe in God and His word than it is to believe.  We are generations who use the times of the world to justify our ever-evolving sins.  The world wants you to think that this ever-evolving sin is an ever-evolving truth.

If I don’t believe in something, then it must not be real for me, maybe for you.  The world no longer believes there is truth, and everything should be based on either your desires or the desires of the majority.  The world keeps changing the meaning of words.  If we keep changing the meanings of words, will we eventually not know what we are saying?  Is it the cool people, or is it the people who are bad, or is it the people who are just sick, or has there been another negative oxymoron that people will use for the word good?

How many little steps have we taken now that puts us further and further from God’s ways?  Again, every time we say its not so bad we take another step away from God.  How many steps might it take to get back in step with God’s ways?  Sorry Jack, I’m asking questions, but these are questions we need to ask ourselves.  Do we continue to be lead away from God little by little as the ever evolving and ever revolving world leads us?

2 Corinthians 4:14–15 14knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

When we can start to feel the gravity of our depravity, we might be more thankful for our levity given to us by Jesus Christ.  There is a world around us who thinks everything should work to their wants whether their wants are legal or not.  This world around us is taking advantage of what it considers minor rulings and when they get caught, they blame it on others, whine and cry, or crucify  others to create a smokescreen to hide themselves. 

If you are not willing to serve the time, then do not commit the crime.  We do not fear God enough, I know, I, myself should fear God more.  Yes, there is and will be forgiveness, but trying to take advantage of that forgiveness will not end well.  One takes advantage of forgiveness by not repenting and thinking they will wait and plead their case at the pearly gates.  God forgives the repentant sinner, the one who fearfully pleads for forgiveness each time, the one sincere in their redemption.  However, there is another threat to all sinners, sooner or later the other worlds around us will close in and not be so forgiving.  You must pay to play.

With God, with Jesus Christ, there is forgiveness, and our thankfulness should grow in the form of sincere repentance.  Jesus Christ does not offer you death, but He has offered you life.  So yes, we can thank God through admittance, repenting, and much thankfulness. 

Unfortunately, we do not understand the difference between life and death.  Life is joyful, death is painful.  Life is hopeful, death has much despair.  Follow Jesus and live, worship the world and die.

2 Corinthians 4:16–18 16So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

The best thing about being a “sinner saint” is that we are being renewed daily through Jesus Christ, God’s word, and the Holy Spirit.  Paul speaks of our time in this world to be momentary.  And so, our afflictions, our suffering, our struggle, and our good fight is also momentary.  But our salvation is eternal.

First look at your struggle, and the pains you have suffered.  Now look at your salvation paid for through Jesus Christ who gives us life and joy.  The comparison is truly unfathomable, and eternal life with our Lord is worth many praises and thanks to Jesus Christ who took our punishment away.  So, we worship to see the things God does for us each day of our worldly life so we can be grateful knowing we have a God of grace and mercy who promises us an eternal life of joy.

    2 Corinthians 5:1 1For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 

The world may destroy us, and in fact the world tries to destroy us every day.  No, I am not a pessimist, but a realist maybe.  More to the point I am trying to get everyone to open their eyes and heart to God.  That we might see God with eyes wide open and see the love He has for us. 

The world bites like a mosquito, it hurts just a tiny bit so that it seems like it’s not so bad.  We scratch until we bleed like Jesus so we can heal.  Jesus is our healing power, our very life with the joy of no mosquitoes, no pain or sorrow, just everlasting joy. Amen.

Written by Pastor Curtis A. May.


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