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Live like God Is Your Co Pilot

By Henry Nelson



  Ephesians 1.1 “I, a prisoner in the Lord, encourage you to live  the kind of life which proves that God has called you.”   One of my friends who is blind has a talking computer he uses to study the Bible. He has had few chuckles over some of the pronunciations. “For a long time,” his computer pronounced Holy Bible as ’holly bible’ until someone figured out how to modify it.” But there was one thing he could not change. The computer uses the Spanish pronunciation for Jesus Christ–HEYsus Krist. “The programmer is Hispanic,” My friend said with a smile, “and he made sure that HEYsus Krist cannot be altered.” I like that. It reminds me that among the things in life that can be changed to suit my taste, one remains tamper-resistant. I cannot change Jesus. When life is unsettled, I gain great comfort from the Bible’s affirmation that is in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” But the statement is also a stern rebuke to my tendency to try to modify the words and character of Christ when I do not like what He says. How easy it is to forget that I came to Christ longing for Him to transform me, not the other way around! Praise God that His Word and His love are perfect and unchanging and praise Him too that in His love He is working to change me. Amen!{{more}} One of my goals is to move from the way I think to the way I act. I have written in the past that your identity will determine your activity. Let your identity in Christ determine your activity. In other words live like you mean it. Live like Christ is your savior and your Lord. He is not only your maker, but also your master. I urge you to prove it in your day to day life and relationships with others. Live in a way that proves you belong to God. Your lifestyle should be in balance with what you believe. Your identity should be balanced by your activity. You are called to a rich life in relationship to God through Jesus Christ. It is not only a call to salvation, but a call to service. A call to something is bigger than us.If God is a supplier of all your needs do you live as a steward putting Him first in your finances, your time, and your abilities? If He is all sufficient do you depend on Him for your every need? If God is Holy and calls us to be Holy do you live in the world, but you not of the world? If He is all knowing do you seek His guidance first? If he came not to serve, but to be a servant is your first thought for others? If He came to seek and save that which was lost does the lostness of your friends and family grip your heart and move you to pray and share what Christ did in your life? Ephesians 4:2-6 says, “Live in a way that promotes unity. Part of living a life that is in balance is living to promote unity. Ephesians 4:2 gives character traits that are part of our activity as Christians. These traits or qualities have to do with our relationship to others. This is highly appropriate for us as you represent Christ and build relationships. Amen!You have to be humble and gentle. Greek and Roman cultures considered humility and gentleness to be weakness showing lack of self-respect. Even in the Old Testament God desired a different character for His children. Isaiah 57:15 says, “The High and Lofty One lives forever, and his name is holy.” This is what he says: I live in a high and holy place. But I am with those who are crushed and humble. I will renew the spirit of those who are humble and the courage of those who are crushed. Jesus expected his disciples then and now to be humble toward each other and serve one another. Amen!Humility is part of our attitude, character or identity. Gentleness is part of our activity. Gentle people do not have to force their priority or personality on others. This is controlled strength. Gentle people do not have to get their way, but instead pave the way to unity. As long as truth and love are not compromised gentleness is the principle. Amen!You have to be patient and loving. Patience or longsuffering is the ability to accept each other’s faults and failures and not taking any vengeance for yourselves. Short tempers are fuses that lead to a lot of blow ups and break ups. Bearing with one another carries the idea of empathizing and having a willingness to forgive our fellow Christ followers. The guiding principle to these character traits is love. It carries the idea that sometimes loving others or seeking their best is not easy. I once read that “Satan separates, God unites; and love binds us together. If you identify with Jesus then you operate on love. Love binds us together and promotes unity in your diversity of thought, gifts and dreams. If what you are doing in or for the church is not promoting unity then stop it! There are huge differences among us. However there is a huge God who unites us! Ephesians 4:4-6 says, “There is one body and one Spirit just as you were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Amen! Unity is not automatic. Ephesians 4:3 says “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The Spirit unites us in the bonds of peace if we will allow Him to lead us there. Amen!Here is a story I read in a magazine. A man called a pastor’s office at a church one day to inquire into membership in the church. He stated that he would not be able to get involved or anything, but he felt it was important to have some religious affiliation. The pastor advised this man that the church he pastored might not be the best fit for him, but he knew of a place where he would fit in quite nicely. The man asked about a phone number, but the pastor only gave him an address. On Sunday morning, the gentlemen followed the directions and pulled up into the yard of a dilapidated building. The roof was falling in, the doors were locked, and vines were growing into the windows. This gentleman called the pastor and told him that he had given him the wrong directions. “Oh no,” the pastor replied. “Not at all.” That is the place. That church has a membership roll filled with people who did not want to get involved or committed. That is what will always happen to a church whose members are interested in religion not relationship.” Amen! Use your resources and skills for the building up of a church body. Have you found a place of service? There is a place for all of you to serve. That is the purpose of teaching that the truth will be planted in your heart and that love will work it out in your life. When you attend church you are not there to be entertained, but to experience the rich life of Christ and be transformed in order to serve. Pastors are not called to be your professional Christian. They are called to equip you with the tools to live a life that is growing. Now you know why you should live like God is your co-pilot. Amen!

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