I’m sitting in the bay of a C-130 aircraft, the heat of the exhaust and smell of fuel constantly blows in your face. Suddenly, the side doors open and the heat is changed into crisp, cold air while the morning sun awakens my fellow jumpers from a quick snooze. The Jumpmaster walks us through a series of commands involving standing, hooking up our static lines, and checking each others parachutes. 64 men and women wait in anticipation staring at a light near the door. The light turns green and the Jumpmaster yells “Go, Go, Go!” We each walk towards the door as each of my fellow jumpers disappear. When you get to the door, you feel the rush of the wind from the speed of the aircraft, you look down and see the landscape – vehicles, hills, and trees look miniature. At that moment, your conscious brain and logic screams “What I Am Doing!” It is against all your human nature to jump from a moving aircraft in flight. In that split second, there is no time for hesitation or second guessing, you trust your training and your chute and simply walk out the door. Sometimes being obedient to God can feel the exact same way.
Jesus’ final command to his disciples was “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20. Regardless of what we may think, the command “Go” does not apply only to vocational pastors, laypersons, and missionaries but to all believers and followers of Christ. Furthermore, the command “Go” in the original Hebrew really translates to as you go meaning as you go about your daily lives.
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Romans 8:18-37New International Version (NIV)
Present Suffering and Future Glory
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[b] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
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Galatians 6:1-2English Standard Version (ESV)
Bear One Another’s Burdens
6 Brothers,[a] if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
James 5:19-20English Standard Version (ESV)
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Jonah 4New International Version (NIV)
Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion
4 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now,Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”
10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh,in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
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Philippians 3:20New International Version (NIV)
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Some questions for us to ponder:
- How important is God’s word to us?
- How important is God’s truth to us?
- How important is our sanctification to God?
- What’s holding you back from taking your citizenship seriously?
Philippians 2:12-13New Living Translation (NLT)
Shine Brightly for Christ
12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Which word describes your life and your church to others:
Which word describes your witness to others….?
When we write on Legacy Dad I have one rule, no politics. I figure we are already talking about faith, God, and Christianity so we need to leave the politics aside. However, with this being an election year and me having two teenagers under my roof, I wanted to share with you how I have taught politics to my children and the discussions we’ve had on the 2016 Presidential Elections.
First, understand that I do not try to endorse a specific candidate but rather explain a Christian worldview and then an American political and government view to my teens. I ultimately allow them to come to their own conclusions as to which candidates meet or do not meet those views. Especially in an election year like this one, it is possible that none of the candidates meet those requirements.
I take this approach because teens often resist blatant attempts to push our opinions or views on them and this way is much more subtle. I also try to reinforce principles that even many adults forget when they get emotional and heated in political debates.
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