Never Alone: Standing Alone with The Alone -October 20

Every once in a while, a television show or segment highlights “What would you do?” where a scene is set up seeing how the “average” person would react. Depending on the situation, and severity, people respond differently than they SAY they would. Our world has become increasingly hostile and standing up for rights or another’s safety can be fatal. Even if we don’t suffer physically for our actions, we may suffer other repercussions because of our convictions. One of my primary motivations was printed on a poster on my door as I struggled to know God’s path for me as a Christian and minister. “Stand up for what you believe, even if it means standing alone.”

Paul’s final words to his young protégé in the Second Letter to Timothy (Every once in a while, a television show or segment highlights “What would you do?” where a scene is set up seeing how the “average” person would react. Depending on the situation, and severity, people respond differently than they SAY they would. Our world has become increasingly hostile and standing up for rights or another’s safety can be fatal. Even if we don’t suffer physically for our actions, we may suffer other repercussions because of our convictions. One of my primary motivations was printed on a poster on my door as I struggled to know God’s path for me as a Christian and minister. “Stand up for what you believe, even if it means standing alone.”

Paul’s final words to his young protégé in the Second Letter to Timothy (3:10-17) are of encouragement for him to stick to what he knows of Paul and Christ, instruct the Church to remain steadfast, expecting to be persecuted, and to retain the knowledge of God’s Word being “God-breathed” and useful for all aspects to cultivate righteousness. Paul is telling Timothy that he should remain committed to the task regardless of how the World or the other followers act. He is being instructed to know that what he has been taught is true and to not bow to the winds of change. Powerful words to live by and lead by.

When we are truly “in the Word”, “in Christ”, or “in God’s Will”, we find that even when we are standing out, we are not alone in doing so. One of the greatest benefits to standing upon God’s Word for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training”, is that we stand with all of the other saints that stood for God’s people, God’s standards, God’s righteousness, despite what the world thought or did. Every one of Jesus’ disciples, except for John, were put to death. Other disciples, like Stephen, died for the Gospel message to reach the ears and hearts of people who were outcasts, lost, alone, and abused by the world, and that “world” once included Paul. It is only in our acceptance in knowing that the Truth is costly, that Grace is costly, and that Love will cost us everything that we will find the joy in suffering and abandon everything of comfort to suffer for Christ by suffering for those Christ came to save.

We must stop puffing ourselves up in “self-righteousness” and seek a selfless righteousness. Selfless righteousness touches the life while calling them out of sin into freedom. It is desiring their spiritual freedom at the expense of our physical freedoms. It is praying for their lives, seeking wisdom and grace to speak life into theirs so that the Gospel may be received with great joy instead of rejected because it is delivered by stones thrown at them. In the end, I pray we seek wisdom necessary for salvation so that we all “may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Do I stand on God’s truths or upon my own understanding of them?) are of encouragement for him to stick to what he knows of Paul and Christ, instruct the Church to remain steadfast, expecting to be persecuted, and to retain the knowledge of God’s Word being “God-breathed” and useful for all aspects to cultivate righteousness. Paul is telling Timothy that he should remain committed to the task regardless of how the World or the other followers act. He is being instructed to know that what he has been taught is true and to not bow to the winds of change. Powerful words to live by and lead by.

When we are truly “in the Word”, “in Christ”, or “in God’s Will”, we find that even when we are standing out, we are not alone in doing so. One of the greatest benefits to standing upon God’s Word for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training”, is that we stand with all of the other saints that stood for God’s people, God’s standards, God’s righteousness, despite what the world thought or did. Every one of Jesus’ disciples, except for John, were put to death. Other disciples, like Stephen, died for the Gospel message to reach the ears and hearts of people who were outcasts, lost, alone, and abused by the world, and that “world” once included Paul. It is only in our acceptance in knowing that the Truth is costly, that Grace is costly, and that Love will cost us everything that we will find the joy in suffering and abandon everything of comfort to suffer for Christ by suffering for those Christ came to save.

We must stop puffing ourselves up in “self-righteousness” and seek a selfless righteousness. Selfless righteousness touches the life while calling them out of sin into freedom. It is desiring their spiritual freedom at the expense of our physical freedoms. It is praying for their lives, seeking wisdom and grace to speak life into theirs so that the Gospel may be received with great joy instead of rejected because it is delivered by stones thrown at them. In the end, I pray we seek wisdom necessary for salvation so that we all “may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Do I stand on God’s truths or upon my own understanding of them?

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