Hidden Treasures

The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Minding our Own Business

   As Christians, we ought to be model citizens and an asset to our nation. We ought to live a quiet and peaceable life doing our own work, minding our own business, being a good neighbor, helping the weak, being involved in our own communities as we are able and paying our taxes. I Thess. 4:11-12  II Thess. 3:11-12   Romans 13:1-8

Don’t be a disturber of the peace!  Because of our clean, holy living, we ought never to be an unnecessary  tax liability or burden to our society.   We are never to be agitators and disturbers of the peace. We ought not be a danger to our streets and highways by drunken or reckless driving.  We ought not be a burden to our neighborhood with loud, drunken parties, or  by allowing our trash to litter the streets.  We ought not blight the appearance of our neighborhood by allowing our house and yard to become sloppy and run-down.  

Don’t get in their face!

 By our lives and through our prayers we ought to be quietly influencing our nation for good in our homes, in our neighborhoods and in our work place. Jesus described our influence as light and as salt. Matthew 5:13-16  The purpose of light is not to glare, but to give light to those who walk in darkness. The purpose of salt is not to call attention to its presence, but to make food more palatable.  So a Christian is not to live his life in the faces of those he desires to reach with the Gospel,  but as a quiet, helpful friend always ready to give an answer for the hope that lies in us.  Colossians 4:4-6  I Peter 3:15  

Pray for our leaders!

 We, Christ’s Church,  ought to be blessing our neighborhoods and our nation by praying for those around us that they might come to the saving knowledge of Christ.  I Timothy 2:1-4  Pray for our President.  Pray for the members of Congress, including those you detest.  Pray for our state and local officials; that those without Christ may come to know Him as Saviour and Lord.  

Pray for our peace-keepers,

 both our military and our local and state police as they daily risk their lives for our safety and protection.  Romans 13 teaches us that they are servants of God for our good.  Give them your support and appreciation. Next time you get a traffic ticket, thank the cop for doing his job.  

Pray for the garbage collector,

 the meter reader,  the mail man or woman, the school teachers who influence your children.  Thank God especially for every Christian teacher who has a godly influence on his or her students.  

Are you able to volunteer?

 Thank God for Christian doctors and nurses in hospitals and for nursing home workers, and hospice workers who as they do their work,  patiently and tenderly bringing God’s love to fearful, despondent, suffering patients. Are you available for God to use as a  volunteer? 

Smile when you answer your door!

 Thank God for the person who disturbs your privacy by knocking on your front door to sell you something or try to convince you of his beliefs.  Treat him kindly and offer him a Gospel tract or introduce him to this web site. 

Our Fulltime Business is to be an Ambassador of Christ

 Paul tells us that in II Corinthians 5:20-21.  Every moment we are in the presence of others: whether shopping, working, walking, standing in an elevator with others, in public transportation, on vacation, visiting in a hospital, at school, or wherever we are; we ought to be aware of the fact that if we are Christians, we are Ambassadors for Christ. That’s why the way we live our lives is so vital.  We must reflect Christ to others.  We must be looking for ways to introduce Christ to others.  It is our responsibility, it is our business of taking the message of reconciliation to those who do not know Christ.  Read it again and master the message of II Corinthians 5:20-21. Use your computer to evangelize the lost and to encourage and strengthen Christians in the Word.  One simple way to do this is to forward this web site to others.  Ezekiel 3:18-21 was a sober challenge to the Children of Israel.  It is also a sober challenge to every Christian of the responsibility we have towards those around us. 

Remember, your primary business as a Christian is to live for Christ’s glory twenty-four hours a day. If others respect and admire your kindness and genuineness, they are going to be more open to know the Christ you reflect. 

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April 2, 2006 - Posted by | America

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