Father God, I come before your throne of grace, the only way I know how; with my head bowed and heart humbled to say thank you. Father I thank you for life and health this morning. I thank you for the covering while my family and I slumbered. I thank you for being a God that allows us to come to you not how we pretend to be, but as we are. I thank you for your mercy and grace toward an undeserving people, and I thank you for your Son Jesus. I pray oh God that these blessings that you have bestowed upon us continue Father, throughout the day. I pray Father that the readers of this message are in the right mind to receive it, and that you will instill a spirit of change for those who needs it. And Father if we can pray for one more thing, we pray oh God for forgiveness of sins that were performed by way of thoughts or deeds. We give you all honor and glory, and we pray this prayer in the matchless name of your Son Jesus. Amen
I was speaking with one of my co-workers today. He has been tasked to improve how tickets are handled so that the level of our customer service increases. The team that I am on is sort of unique and he was inquiring on what exactly we do. After sharing the information with him, he was a bit confused. He understood our support model, and understood what it entails, but he did not understand the other support that we provide. My team has a basic support model, however other items fall under our support that should not. It’s what we call a “grandfather clause.” It is an exception that allows an old rule to continue to apply to some existing situations, when a new rule will apply to all future situations. So there is support that was carried over when we were promoted that should have been left behind. This can be misleading at times when dealing with other teams, and also frustrating because at times we have to offer explanations why our team are involved in certain situations when majority of other teams are clearly defined.
This sort of confusion happens all the time between children of the world, and supposed children of the light. Children of the world are unable to make out the children of the light because both behave similarly. The bible states “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Eph 5:1-11) The bible is clear regarding what God instructs Christians to do. We are to be holy, but sometimes people do not know what holy means. There are key words and phrases used in these verses that need to be considered, and I believe because they are not considered, is why you have what I call non-believing believers.
We are instructed to be imitators of God. This of course is impossible, so we have to put on our metaphorical hat. I think “imitators of God” is self explanatory, but for those who are not clear, one way can be forgiving those who trespass against us. It speaks about things that should not even be named among us. You have those who are caught up in a rumor mill because of their behavior and the company they keep. The list is clear and precise and the charge is that we are not to be partakers with them. The Greek word for “partakers” is “summetochos” which means a participant. We are not to participate in any activities that the children of this world participates in. This does not mean watching a football game or eating at a restaurant. This implies to going to night clubs or a bars. Children of light have no reason to be in those places. Here is where the left behind comes in. It stated “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Some of us at one time or another was once in darkness. All of the things we were told to stay away from in the above verses, we were partakers of them. Now that we are in Christ, we are a new creation. Those things of old are exactly that; old and have passed away, now we look forward to a new way of daily living. (2Co 5:17)
Unfortunately, you have those who want to apply the grandfather clause. They were smokers before Christ, and they want be smokers in Christ. They used to hit up the clubs, but they find ways to still dance and show their bodies off, just absent of the building, while claiming to be saved. They used to listen to filth in their music, and still listen to the filth. They were attracted to the same sex before, and still are now. They hide behind love and commitment. Please!!!! All that garbage should have been left at the altar, and virtually burned once you became a new creature. It should have been left in the tub, pool, or river when you were baptized. When you came up out of that water you were washed free of it. Some believe that it is ok to be this way. They believe as long as they believe in Christ, and ask for forgiveness, they are good. News flash! Hebrews 10:26-31 addresses that error superbly.
There was a time when someone heard you were a Christian, they would ask you to pray for them. They would want to be in your company because they knew God is covering you. Now, we are ignored. We are not taken seriously. You can walk in some churches and can’t tell the difference between those who claim to be children of light and those who are in the dark. They look alike because they did not leave their past in the past. It is time for men and women to stop talking about it, but being about it. Amen.