A small boy painted a dog on a sheet of paper and gave it to his mother. Mother looked at it, complimented him and, having noticed a dog has no tale, asked son: where is a tale? A boy laughed at his forgetfulness and answered: "I left it in the bottle with paint".

Our life is full of possibilities that we didn't put into life and never will - the time and place are no longer right and suitable to chase our past. And it is good, if these mistakes are mistakes of our childhood - otherwise we wouldn't talk about making up of personality from being a child until teen age. Childhood is a time of mistakes, lessons, skill development. But when it comes to mistakes of adults and unimplemented possibilities - it is unlikely to be corrected. Pastor of Philadelphia church, Izhevsk, Aleksei Korepanov spoke about such mistakes on Sunday's sermon.

Pastor reminded to conjugation Christians had a purpose, announced by Christ Himself: «Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect» (Matthew 5:48). Christ told us to go and share the Gospel - remind people of love, which He has shown, through word and action. And Christ warned us there would be obstacles on our way - some situations, pulling us out from the process of reaching the goal. Server reminded about Devora's song, who was Hebrew's judge; she sang: "Why do you seat near sheep shed and listen to bleating of flocks?" If you want to reach God's goal, you have to work hard for it and be zealous.

Ilyas Mukhametdinov also held a word about predetermination of our destiny. «And those he predestined, he also called» - Paul the Apostle writes to Romans (Romans 8:29-30). Basing on it and some extra scriptures some people say destiny can't be changed: whatever we do - life is predetermined and nothing can be changed. Thinking in this way, you unconsciously come to the idea that labor of soul, trying and changes are no more than outer display of inner-predetermined process. The same idea pushes us to the conclusion: God is angry that He doesn't let people coming to Him. But it is absolutely wrong to rely on the context of the epistle to Rome, because there are definitely more than one book in the Bible, it actually has 66 ones. That's why if we read the Gospel of John, we can say the earlier conclusion is not right - Jesus Himself says «For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life»(John 3:16).

Thinking this way Ilyas leaded us to familiar idea and its logical effects: God has no beginning and no end, He is under the time, He doesn't live in our space. What do we mean when saying God has predetermined our destinies? Did He plan it or did He know it and looked at it? Paul the Apostle says, He has "divined" us - actually, this is absolutely natural for Him - He knows us in every moment of our being. If it's true, the meaning of the calling is to encourage us, to cheer us up and to remind us God has seen who we are now in Jesus Christ from the very beginning - because He saw our beginning and our earthly end. 

 



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