Important for Christ

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There is a natural human need for acceptance and recognition.

From birth we crave attention, acceptance and reward for accomplishments.

Our parents give us hugs and praise for deeds well done.

Our teachers give us good report cards.

This is how we grow in self-esteem, and self-confidence.

Growing up, how many young teens stand in front of the mirror fixing their hair, or trying on new clothes they think make them look nice?

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One day, our world is upside down when we hear a teaching about how we are supposed to die to our selves, and live for Christ.

The self image we have nurtured and needed to be accepted in the world is suddenly seen as a hindrance to holiness.

To be successful, be like a child, not an adult.

In the world, this is not possible, but it is possible,  for the kingdom of God.

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To be rich is to be poor.

To be poor is to be rich.

How do we resolve this inner conflict?

To be whole to ourselves, yet broken for Christ?

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How do we suddenly handle rejection and hatred because of our faith?

We once were so loved, and happy?

Can we still be happy?

Can we still be blessed?

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Look at these descriptions of a born again bible believer:

1 Cor 1:

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

**Notes:

We see God does NOT choose the noble or rich, or the wise, or strong, or the honorable.

He chooses the foolish, humble, weak, foolish (at least in the opinion of the world), and despised.

There is no pride here.

There is no glory in the flesh here.

The glory belongs to God.

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1 Cor 4:

10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

13 Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

***Notes:

Here we again see how our faith makes us foolish in the eyes of the world.

We may suffer hunger and thirst, and have no place to live.

We work but are reviled for our good work, and we suffer.

We are even slandered, and treated like filth.

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Understanding God’s filter system

A filter is a device constructed to remove certain items, and let others go through.

Some filters are based on electric charge, others size, others chemicals.

Our life on earth is a filter system.

Life contains various elements that remove certain contaminants from our lives, so that only the best traits will come forward.

Each of these elements involves a person or thing, which is critical to us, or contains a tragic experience.

Below is an example of life filtering out bad traits in us to produce holiness:

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Application

While the complete wisdom of God in how he deals with each of us is mostly a mystery to me, I trust that the negative experiences I have are filtering out something unpleasant or unwanted by God.

This means I may not be rich, if I tend to be greedy.

It means I may have people constantly impose on me, if I tend to be greedy or self oriented in getting needs met.

I may be talked, or lied about, about if I tend to gossip, or lie, to break me of that.

I may have many experiences trying my patience, if I have none.

If I have anger against someone, I may find myself in situations where I need forgiveness myself.

If I want to be a famous star, and get all the glory, I will most likely get experiences that humble me.

This is why we should thank God for all the negative experiences we have.

While the devil may be involved in our afflictions, and we rebuke him for that, we should also look for the hand of God in trials we have.

For even if the enemy means our suffering for evil, God will use it for our good, and purification, so that we may be holy before Him.

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Final note

We are not too seek to be important in life.

Who is important to the WORLD is not necessarily important to God.

Each of us has a gift, and we should ask God how to use it for His glory.

Some are gifted to be silver vessels, some are gold, and some may be clay pots.

There should be no jealousy or envy in the Body of Christ.

We rejoice in each other’s gifts, seeing God at work, and we diligently apply our own gifts to serve God.

If we are just a clay pot on this earth, we may have a gold crown in heaven.

What matters most is eternity…!

So can we be happy, and can we be blessed?

The answer is yes, if we can see God working in our lives, and learn to thank Him for this.

While it may not make sense to the world, and we may suffer in our trials, what we GAIN is so much greater.

We have the peace of God in our lives, despite the enemy, and we have the precious hope of eternal life, and joy in heaven for eternity.


18 Responses to “Important for Christ”

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  2. This certainly applies to trials / tribulation for all true believers, I relate / experience this. The scripture comes to mind:
    So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. MATT 20:16

    • Many have received “self esteem love” from their parent’s as youngsters;

      some are [now learning] what true love really is from Our Heavenly Father~

    • I think many strive to be important or demand love because they missed it as a child…so they go overboard as adults.

      so I agree they need the FATHER God’s love

      • They have to learn, no person can replace what was never given as

        children by their parents’ ;essential for healthy human development and fairly common.

        We all need to know(those that want it,) Our Heavenly Fathers’ love,

        a totally different realm from human love.

        • Years of personal relationships with those who had

          more than their share of attention and self esteem love have the

          biggest egos & expect the same arrogant attention from others.

          People that never had this self esteemed love, usually on survival

          mode become fighters; demanding others’ fix what was broken.

          Both represent our sin full nature.

          Jesus died for the broken hearted, and yes the ego maniacs too.

          Both need salvation from their sinful human condition.

    • Someone once told me – regarding God’s soldiers:
      The few, the humbled, the chosen.

  3. I agree with all that you are saying but some people do not believe Jesus is there for them when they have so much that is wrong going on in their lives. I believe but sometimes i do not feel worthy.

    • Rosa

      I feel like that too sometimes…life is not a bed of roses….it is hard for many people….

      but when we feel god is far away from us, that is when he is closest to us.

      jesus died for us, he knows what suffering is….he said to take up our cross and follow him.

      we cannot give up and think he is not there….eventually, after awhile, we will look back and see that he was there the whole time.

      I just want to encourage you…do not give up…god will take all your pain and give you a crown of glory for it someday.

      and we still have the promises of god that he will deliver us, but many times we do not ask for help…..so ask for help if you need it.

    • Rosa, this I understand, we are not alone. We need to keep Trusting,

      knowing HE is perfecting agape love in us~ PHIL:1:6

      Unworthiness we rebuke; lies from the enemy of our souls’.

      Jesus paid it all!

      Bless you~

    • “…when we feel god is far away from us, that is when he is closest to us.”

      Marianne, that statement is so true! It reminds me of the poem, “Footprints in the Sand” by Mary Stevenson from the 1930’s:

      “One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
      Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
      In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
      Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
      other times there were one set of footprints.

      This bothered me because I noticed
      that during the low periods of my life,
      when I was suffering from
      anguish, sorrow or defeat,
      I could see only one set of footprints.

      So I said to the Lord,
      “You promised me Lord,
      that if I followed you,
      you would walk with me always.
      But I have noticed that during
      the most trying periods of my life
      there have only been one
      set of footprints in the sand.
      Why, when I needed you most,
      you have not been there for me?”

      The Lord replied,
      ‘The times when you have
      seen only one set of footprints,
      is when I carried you.”
      Mary Stevenson

      Copyright © 1984 Mary Stevenson, from original 1936 text,
      All rights reserved
      http://www.footprints-inthe-sand.com/index.php?page=Poem/Poem.php

  4. Well said, Marianne, well said!

  5. AMEN !

  6. Self is hard to crucify lets face it. But when suffering comes it makes you perfect Peter said. Suffering makes you humble, and more sincere. It gives a lot more than when we are not suffering. While suffering you tend to lean on God’s Mercy a whole lot more.

    Palisade

    • Tom – I would agree with you. Just look at the sincerity, humility, love, compassion, selflessness, etc., that comes out after a major tragedy, such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, that took lives and left others homeless. It has often baffled me why it takes such a huge loss, such darkness, to bring out the best, the light, in mankind. And, it strips away our smallness, our small self is crucified in the event, even from a distance. But it takes such a tragedy at times for the best of who we are to step forward. For us to forget about our smallness for awhile and tend to others.

    • agreed..although I try hard to avoid suffering…. it finds me anyhow

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