Friday, July 15, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Holy Ordination: A Fragrance to Christ

2 Corinthians 6:11-18


Philip Thomas (Reggie)
St. John’s MTC, NY
16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you,

As a young child, our parents advise us to be within good company of friends and they pray that we do not learn any bad habits or get in trouble. They also warn us regarding the consequences if we do anything wrong. In the same way, God warns us not to let this world rule over us but prepare to face the challenges and temptations that the world has to offer. Romans 12:2 states, “Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will”.  With God’s guidance in our lives, He will save us from inevitable sin. Without God’s guidance, we will reap the consequences that will arise. In this passage, we can see that Paul tells the Corinthians to keep God close in their hearts. Paul instructs us do  not be mismatched with nonbelievers and not to worship idols. As Christians, it is our rightful duty to bring people closer to God and spread His word.

            Many people throughout the ages have placed their trust in people but the Bible warns us that people can disappoint us. Psalm 118:8 tells us that it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in people. Place your trust not in kings or the government but in God. Live according to His principles and commit our lives to please God. No matter what other people might do or say, take your needs to Jesus. God loves us and longs to take away our troubles. He is happy to fill our lives with joy and peace. Romans 12:1 states that we need to present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice acceptable to God. We can be a window through which God can shine His light.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to spread Your light in our day to day lives. We humbly ask that You give us the knowledge and understanding to continually place our trust in You. Lord, direct and guide us by Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed” Proverbs 16:3