2014

12 Jan 2014

The giving principle

Everyone needs God's warm for living. Bible says: "Come near to God and he will come near to you" (James 4:8). It sounds easy, but is it really so? Practically there is far severe and incredibly difficult condition: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble", which means having a humble heart towards God (1 Peter 5:5). This is what pastor Vladimir Batalov preached about at Sunday's sermon on January, 12, in "Philadelphia" Church, Izhevsk.

At first, the server noticed, humbleness has nothing in common with your image. Humbleness means to be obedient to God, to confess God's right for your life. Coming from inside, humbleness affects our outside - our deeds, our life style and even clothes. Inside is first, outside is second and not the reverse.

The statement "God opposes the proud" says that you will oppose your own destination until you confess the Creator as the rightful owner of your life. But it is not that we always oppose God on purpose, usually our obstinacy goes unwittingly because we got used to it or it is considered to be education standard. How can one learn to see "beam in his own eye"? A writer Clive Lewis gives a piece of advice to ask ourselves: "How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?" Do you recognize yourself? Give the right for your life back to God.

The senior pastor of the church Pavel Zhelnovakov preached about the principle of output. On the eve of the Calvary Christ said: "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds" (John 12:23-24). Christ talked about very important life rule: if you live not for yourself, you lose nothing, because you were meant to live like this. Another time Christ says in prayer: "For them I sanctify myself" (John 17:19). Christ has been going to the Cross clearly understanding what He was going to do, giving Himself to people and sanctifying Himself - it was His ministry and He did not call it useless, because He believed in His destination. If Christ devoted Himself, shouldn't we do the same? If we should, all valuable things that we have - our abilities, time, ideas, sense of humor, sociability and so on - we should not hide it. Is there any profit of hidden wisdom or hidden knowledge? When your kernel of wheat - your lifework - falls to the ground, will it die?

 



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