This is what God gave me today in his word:
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; (1 Timothy 2:5-8)
I find it interesting how Paul seems to put all three things he talked about here, into one category. Jesus’ Death and Resurrection; his own preaching; “lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling”. All lumped in with each-other. But why? How can something like the Gospel of Jesus, be connected with something like “lifting holy hands without anger…”?
As the picture states: the Gospel changes everything. It has the power to change a person from wanting to raise their hands into a fist; to a person who wants to praise God so much their hands end up joining in. But an obvious question comes up, “how?”. How could such a thing change a life?
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)
Take Paul: Originally he was a terrorist. Then he was an apostle, then after Jesus’ death and Resurrection he was an Apostle, preacher, and teacher. Why? Because Jesus had saved him and now God was working in his life. The same happens with us. Though possibly we didn’t start out physically killing Christians… Accepting Jesus as Lord causes a dramatic change in a life. This is because you go from Spiritually dead to alive and growing in(/into) Jesus.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:14)
But now, looking at the situation practically, it’s not as if God could change a rapper, right? Surely he couldn’t change either a murder or an all-out-terrorist. Not true. Something everyone should be glad for, as everyone is a cold-blooded-serial killer. Which for your information, doesn’t just mean we’ve killed captain crunch. The bible equates murder with hate, thus when we hate, we kill (they become dead to us to some aspect). God can and did save me, thus it can happen.
The point being this: Because Christ died for us, our lives should be changed or changing (if it’s not, we should check our relationship with God).
You are Loved!