25 Jul 2010

Favorite child

Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Of course, as believers we answer “yes” to this question. But imagine yourself being asked this: “Do streams of living water flow from you?” Here we will think twice before answering. It is a challenging question. This was the thing Aleхandre Razuvaj’s sermon made everybody think about at the Sunday meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 25 July.

Many years may have passed since we became Christians, and we start noticing that everything is dry and we are on the same level. There is no fire. Still God waits for us as the groom waits for his bride. We think: “I’m not good enough”. But God is ready to accept us dirty with all our stinky baggage. Recall the parable about the prodigal son. This son was unlikely to have washed, shaved and dressed up before the meeting with the father. But the father welcomes and hugged him as he was. “Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:20). The Lord says this about the tribe of Ephraim, but we can relate these words to our time to inspire ourselves. God waits for us and loves us so much!

Pastor Dmitry Vladykin talked about those miracles that we didn’t witness. We didn’t see the division of the Red Sea, didn’t see the things God did for His people in the desert. Though this word is real, then the message about the end of this world is real too.

As Peter wrote: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare” (2 Peter 3:10).

The whole third chapter is a good reminder about the Second coming of Christ. He will come unexpectedly, and our task is to keep ourselves from wrong believes and heresies, being faithful to God.


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