Think About Perfection 03-15-09

Think About It.

   J. Dwight Pentecost once wrote, “Would you prove before the world you are a child of God? Our Lord says prove it by your care and concern for one with whom there are no emotional ties. Take one outside the family circle or your circle of friends or perhaps even your circle of acquaintances. Love your enemies. To respond to the needs of those who are in your family is to show natural affection. The natural man loves his wife and his children, seeks their welfare, provides for their needs. Such is natural affection. To love those who are in the family of God is only to display a natural affection. To go beyond the bounds of those with whom we are one, and have concern for those who are outside of the family is display a supernatural affection. Our Lord calls for this in Matthew 5:46-48. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  
   Anyone can call themselves Christian, in fact the majority of people in America consider themselves Christian, but brother Pentecost challenges us to rethink our standing before God. The key element found in true Christian is love for those whom we do not consider to be in our circle of family and friends. How can we love someone whom we hardly know? It can only be achieved through a supernatural affection that is given as a gift from heaven. We can not conquer it up, talk ourselves into believing it, or learn how to love by attending more programs or seminars. But we can ask God to gift us with more love for our fellowman. Won’t you do it today?                            

Pastor Jim