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What Excites Us?

1 Corinthians 7:12-14

If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.

What excites us? Did we get excited during the NBA or Hockey playoffs – even if our team didn’t go far? My favorite teams made it to the playoffs but didn’t go far. Did watching the NBA Finals excite us? Did watching the Stanley Cup Finals excite us?

If sports don’t excite us – what does? Did the elections last year excite us? Did our candidate win? Whenever we vote we should not take our party into the booth with us – but rather – after careful consideration and prayer – vote for the candidate(s) we think will do the best for the people. Which candidate has the Christian values we support? Who would support abortion or who is for the life of the unborn child for instance? Who is out to protect the environment that God gave us dominion over? There are so many issues that as Christians we should be concerned about and we should search for the candidate who thinks as we do. Were we excited about the elections just past? How excited are we about the outcome?

As Christians – yielding our lives to Christ brings about salvation – a free gift. Our daily walk after salvation is to reflect Jesus more and more. Do those around us see Jesus more and more in our life? They might be more aware of our support of certain sports teams or politicians than of Christ. What if our children’s salvation depended on how well they could see Jesus in our life? Would that excite us to be more and more like Jesus – to mature or grow up faster in Jesus? Have our parents seen Jesus in us? Has our spouse? Have our co-workers? What if our witness was what was needed for them to yield to Jesus?

The Bible tells a Christian spouse married to an unsaved spouse to remain married to them because their faith will save the unsaved spouse. We know that each person must yield their life to Christ themselves so what could this passage mean? Here it is; 1 Corinthians 7:12-14 – If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.

Since we know that each person must yield their will and their life to Christ this passage must be saying that a person is set aside and made holy (sanctified) through seeing Christ in the believer’s life. Does our spouse see Jesus in us? Could anyone come to know Christ after years of living with us and seeing our example or witness?

Paul was striving to follow Jesus and encouraged others to follow him as he followed Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. Could we be so bold or are we more about saying do as I say not as I do.

Every day we should be seeking ways to grow up more and more in Jesus. We should strive to reflect Jesus more and more so that others may see Jesus in us. We should clean the globes that hide the light of Jesus that is within us. Now that excites me and I pray it does you too.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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June 30, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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