Bad habits master us. Good habits don’t

Bad habits master us. Good habits don’t

Paul writes this statements to the church at Corinth,

1 Corinthians 6:12
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

Background
Paul is writing these words in the context of sexual immorality. Some of the believers at the church in Corinth took the liberty of indulging themselves in sexual pleasures that were against God’s design for mankind.

What we can learn
The simple message we can learn is this. “Right habits don’t master you. Only bad habits will master you.”

It’s time to check our habits.
It’s time to check whether we have become slaves to our habits.

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I have started a new blog for Media & Tech teams at Churches

I have started a new blog for Media & Tech teams at Churches

Hello there,

I have started a new blog.

I started this blog to write help manuals, guides, tech reviews and media and tech updates for churches. So this is going to be a blog exclusively for media and tech teams working at churches.

If you are interested in learning more about media and tech for churches. You can follow me there. I’ll be writing twice a week.

Here’s the blog.

https://churchproductiontools.wordpress.com/

See you there.

Joshua Paul

Bearing with the Weak

Bearing with the Weak

Romans 15:1-2;

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

Met any weak people?
Have you got frustrated?
Have you lost patience?
Have you lost your relationship?

Perhaps it could have been a good relationship if you had maintained but you didn’t maintain the relationship because they had too many weaknesses to deal with.

So, in my blog today. I’m going to write about How to bear with weak people.

 

It’s easy to hang out with a strong person because they seem to be more mentally stable and less prone to starting an argument. But it is not easy to stick around the weak because they complain, find faults in almost everything, gossip, fight, argue, think high of themselves and do many more things…

Paul writes an important advice to the Church to asking them to bear with failings of the weak.

I am going to write about two common characteristics of weak person and how you can deal with them

Two common characteristics

  1. Pride
  2. Gossiping

Pride
You can find a weak person by just noticing how they like to show themselves.

Almost everyone does show off but some do it to a greater extent. And those who try to show off many times do so to find praise and approval from other people. Such people survive on other words of praise and appreciation.

They also tend to put down, talk low or negative about others. Sometimes they can even put down their own friends for the sake of personal gain.

The worse thing is that they think they are the strongest and the coolest but in reality, they are the ones that need help.

Gossip
Gossiping is a sign of weakness. If you want to know how weak a person. Measure their level of gossip. Notice how much time they spend gossiping. (I wish there was a gossip measuring apparatus. 😀 )

Some are occasional gossipers, some are habitual ones, but some have to gossip to live.!

As wonderful as they may seem on the outside, they are actually the ones who suffer from the problem of double standards, telling lies and trying to live up other people’s standards. In other words, they are trying to live based on people’s opinions on how to live.

So, these people need help. Don’t pray that a miracle will happen in their life that they will stop being proud or stop gossiping. No.! That won’t happen. But you go and show them how to live a normal life; a life without pride and gossip.

 

How do we bear with such people

  1. Understand their weakness
  2. Help them understand the reality
  3. Please them

 

  1. Understand their weakness

People who are weak fail to come out of their weakness because they themselves haven’t identified their weakness. But you have to help them identify their weakness. They may not agree in one day but eventually they will. Help them understand in a way where you carefully explain and tell them where they are wrong. Never point them out in Public but always talk to them in private and help them.

 

  1. Help them understand the reality

Lecrae, a Christian artist said, “If you live for people’s acceptance, you will die of their rejection.”

People who are proud and gossip live in a false reality that this is all there is to life. Show off. Have some swag and live up to people’s standards. But those human standards change. They are never the same. Today you will be accepted and tomorrow you will be thrown out the window.

They have to be taught in being self-sufficient in who God created them to be.

Sadly, our world today is influenced by celebrities and celebrities kids. Anything they do becomes a big thing or anything they speak becomes the norm of the society.

There are millions of girls and boys who suffer from anorexia. They dream of becoming a size zero model that the world will vouch for.

We have to help them understand that we are made in the image of our creator and we have to live only up to his standards of life. That is to have the fruits of the spirit prevalent and working in our life.

 

  1. Please them

You may wonder what kind of an advice is this. Please them ? Seriously ?
Yes, Please them. That is what the Bible teaches us to do.

Rom 15:2 says, Each of us should please their neighbor for their good, to build them up.

Please them. In other words be nice to them. Be nice to them in such a way that they will be delighted to see you. If you were to go on correcting them every time they speak or do something, they won’t like it. But rather please them by being nice to them. Know when to speak, understand when and how to treat them. Keep them closer to you.

The goal of pleasing them is to build them up. It is for their good. Sometimes you may feel it’s better not to maintain a relationship with such people. But stick to them. Do it sacrificially so that their attitude may be changed into the way God wants it to be. That is why it says in the next verse.

Rom 5:4 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”

The bible teaches us clearly to bear with the failings of the weak. Honestly, it’s hard to stick around such people but at the end, it’s worth the effort when they finally realize their weakness and work towards becoming stronger. When you do that you will reflect Jesus to the weak ones around you.

Let us show Jesus through our lives.

Better is one day in your courts

Better is one day in your courts

Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house
of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalm 84:10

The Psalmist expresses his love for the temple of the Lord by saying it is better to live in the courts of the Lord than in the be in the tents of the wicked.

Jerusalem was an important city to the Jews. For David, it was the City of God. The City where God dwelt. For the kind of person, David was, it was important for him to be in the tabernacle of God.

The Psalmist, David, was undoubtedly a man of Praise. If I had to describe him, I would describe him as a man of Praise and worship more than a king or a warrior. He delighted in the presence of God. He delighted in the house of God He was a man who built his life on Praise, worship, and adoration to God.

v.10 of Psalm 84 begins with saying.
Better is one day in your courts,
     than a thousand elsewhere

The First part of the saying explicitly expresses the Psalmist desires to be in the courts of the Lord. Historically at this time the temple wasn’t built. The place of worship was still a tabernacle, it was a temporary place of worship.

The Psalmist describes his longing by making a strong comparison. That is, one day in Lord’s courts and thousand days in another place. The kind of fulfillment, satisfaction, joy and peace that you get by going to the house of Lord is something you won’t get when you go anywhere else.

There can always be things that can please us. Things we can do that delight us. We can meet friends and family or people whom we love. That can delight us. But those things can never be fulfilling or make our hearts be satisfied.

Psalmist continues to say,
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house
     of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

The psalmist goes on to show the desperateness of being in the presence of God. He shows how much he values the house of God. All he has to do is just be there to receive the fulfillment and satisfaction that comes out being in the house of God. He continues to make his clear distinctions by saying he can never find that fulfillment in the tents of the wicked. Let me put it this way, there might be merry in the tent of the wicked but never a fulfilled or satisfied life.

I believe, we have to make this Psalm the anthem of our life. We have to find our fulfillment and satisfaction in being in the house of the Lord than try to find it anywhere else. Nothing can give us more fulfillment and satisfaction like the house of God where is presence dwells.

So, Let us find our fulfillment and satisfaction in the house of God.

The power of forgiveness

The power of forgiveness

There is a power in saying, “I forgive you”

In the Hebrew language the sentence “I forgive” meant, “I will not talk about it again.”

So when God says, I forgive you, He means that “I will not talk about your sin anymore.” Satan will remind you of your past sins but God will never remind nor remember them anymore.

Jesus while he was on this earth. He delivered one of the greatest sermons of all times. The Sermon on the mount. Those sermons are recorded in Matthew chapter 5 through 7.

David Guzik, in his commentary on the sermon on the mount writes like this,

It has been said if you took all the good advice for how to live ever uttered by any philosopher or psychiatrist or counsellor, took out the foolishness and boiled it all down to the real essentials, you would be left with a poor imitation of this great message by Jesus.

That statement is true. Many philosophies in the world today imitate the sermon on the mount. Many non-Christians follow it too. But quiet sadly, many Christians including me have failed to follow teachings of the sermon on the Mount.

I am going to write on single principle from the sermon on the mount.

Matthew 5:43-48 KJV

Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Historical Context
Jesus is dealing here with the age old problem of people hating their enemy. The Jewish teachers of those times started twisting the laws and the commands to their own benefit. In Leviticus 19:18, a command is given to “Love thy neighbour as thyself.”

The Pharisees and the teachers of the law had interpreted the word “neighbour” according to their own interests. They limited the word “neighbour” to people whom they loved and they showed enmity to people whom they hated. In other words, they chose who their neighbour should be.

The word neighbour in Hebrew is “ray’-ah” which means, an associate either close or not so close to you: a brother, companion, fellow, friend, husband, lover, neighbour or any other.

 

In simple terms, the word “neighbour” covers a span of all relationship that you and I will build throughout our life on this earth.

Jesus is now speaking to such a audience who were influenced by this misapplied teaching. He beings with saying, “You have heard that it was said,” and begins his discourse of loving your neighbour

Applications/Implications
There are several applications that can be understood from this passage. Now, based on the title that I am writing i.e. The power of forgiveness. I will be limiting the applications to the title.

Although we’ve lived the Christian life. We haven’t experienced the power of forgiveness. Why? Because we always find it difficult to forgive people who wronged us, hurt us or used us for their personal benefit. It is a struggle to say, “I forgive you” and quite easy to hold a grudge against such people.

But Jesus commands us to forgive. it’s not a request or a something to consider but a command.

On reading these verses there are three applications that can be drawn from this passage.

  1. Forgive so that you will receive your reward. v.44 – 45a
  2. Do not hold a grudge after you’ve forgiven them. v.45b – 47
  3. Set your eyes on being perfect. v.48

 

  1. Forgive so that you will receive you reward. v.44 – 45a

Jesus gives this stern command saying “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:”

Jesus here is dealing with a few issues.

  • Love people who are your enemies.
  • Bless people that curse you
  • Do good to those that hate you.
  • Pray for them that despitefully use you.
  • Pray for them that persecute you.

 

The moment you read this, you may be like… No! How can I forgive that person.! He/she might be one of those terrible people on this earth and they might be your greatest enemy. When you pass by them your blood pressure shoots up, you don’t spare a chance to mock them, gossip about them and turn your face away when you see them coming opposite to you.

But, this is what Jesus said.!

Love people who are your enemies
When Jesus said love your enemies…it goes more than just saying, “I forgive you.” When you show love to people who have become enemies to you. You begin to set a new standard of loving people. It is easy to love people who love you but hard to love people who hate you.

Here’s something important to understand. People who generally hurt others…are the people who are deeply hurt. Because of their hurt or wounds in their own life… it is easier for them to hurt others with their words. All the positivity, happiness, and joyfulness in their life is clouded by all the hurt that they have been through.

So when you show love to them despite their enmity towards you…they will be surprised to see the unconditional love that you show to them. When you do. Their hearts will be transformed. They will be interested to know how you can love them in spite of their enmity towards you. And by doing so you will show the unconditional love of God to them. You will show that you are the citizens of the kingdom of God.

Bless those who curse you
Bless those who pronounce curse on you. People will hate you and can misunderstand you easily which can lead them to cursing you for no reason. You do the opposite. Bless them. Do not return curse for a curse but bless them. Do the opposite. By doing that you will reveal the unconditional blessings of God in their life. Because, Romans 6:23 says, our sins deserved death. We deserved to be cursed but Jesus did the opposite. He came down to die for our sins. At a point when we deserved to be cursed we were given blessings beyond measure. Now it is our responsibility to speak blessings into lives of people who curse us.

By doing this you will prove yourself to be the citizens of the kingdom of God.

Do good to those who hate you
Those who hate you are going to do the worst things to you. They will work against your promotion in office. Inform lies about you to your superiors. They will tell all people who come to your office about how bad person you are. But you, you, treat them well.

There was man who would give a box of sweets to anyone who would talk bad or gossip about him. The secret behind this, I believe is this, the moment you do good when they show bad behaviour to you. They will stop doing bad to you. They will begin to wonder. I did wrong to them but they returned me with a good thing and how can I even now do anything bad against them.

Proverbs states this well on how to treat your enemy.
Pro 25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
Pro 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

Pray for them that despitefully use you
Oh well, we’ve all been there. We’ve been through times when people have used us for their personal benefits. We know we are being used but we feel powerless and weak to get out of such situation. We are trapped. But Jesus said, Pray for them that use you…not just use.. “despitefully use” the word despiteful means, contemptuous treatment. Imagine that!. Jesus is saying, pray for those who contemptuously treat you and use you for their personal benefit. In other words, they hate you…so they use you even more ruthlessly with hatred in their heart.!

Pray for such people. Why does Jesus say Pray instead of Love or bless them?
Yes, if you notice the previous points, Loving and blessing is already part of the whole package but Jesus adds one more to the list.. saying “Pray for them”. For such people the only transforming power can be the work of God.

What does prayer mean at this point? Why did Jesus use the word pray instead of love or blessing?
When Jesus said “Pray”. He said, don’t take the matters into your own hands but pray and allow God to work.
By praying you will show that you have father in heaven that listens to your prayers and petitions. You belong to the kingdom of heaven.

Pray for them that Persecute you
Ever been through persecution? Then you may know how difficult it is to pray for them at that point? Like a Prayer of blessing?

Perhaps if we were asked to pray so that the fire would come consume them alive…we may gladly pray…

And If we were asked them to sue them in court we would find the best Christian lawyer to get the punishment they deserve for persecuting you.

Persecution is not just limited to being tortured for the name of Christ. It can also mean a physical abuse or harm caused to you.

Matthew 5:38-42 talks on these lines about a persecution, i.e., someone who slaps you or abuses you. Jesus said, if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Generally, when someone slaps you on one cheek they will slap with the palm of their hand but when Jesus said show the other cheek also…that means when they slap you again they will use the other part of your hand to slap you – which is actually considered disgraceful in Israel.

Jesus says it clearly. Don’t return evil for evil but good for an evil act. The easiest way to do good for an evil act is pray for them. Don’t take matters into your own hands but pray and allow God to work in their lives.

The Reward
The point of forgiveness is this… that you may be called the children of God. Forgiveness is a virtue we have to master. Jesus forgave people who brought him to trial and hung him on the cross saying.. “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34) We ought to say the same thing. People who commit acts of evil against us, actually are not fully aware of what they do. Because sin blinds their eyes.. So we have to ask God to forgive them. When we do. We will be called the children of God. Because we imitate what God does. We forgive others just as He forgave our sins.

 

  1. Do not Hold a grudge after you’ve forgiven them.

We’ve heard people say. I forgive you but I don’t want to see your face again.! That’s not forgiveness at all…! That is only partial forgiveness. Partial forgiveness causes partiality or favouritism to creep into our life

If there were two people standing before you. One who is loving towards you and another who caused problems but you’ve forgiven…more like partial forgiveness!

Who will you be favourable to? To one who loves you or the one whom you’ve forgiven but still hold a grudge?

Usually, you will be favourable to the one who loves you and not so favourable to the one you forgave. Because past memories can haunt you and so you have not forgiven completely. So now, partiality creeps in. No matter what that person tries to do to.! You will always look on them with a bit of dislike. You will favour the one who loves you and treats you well.

The Bible clearly says in James 2:1, to not show partiality
Even in our passage, Mat 5:45, it goes on to say God causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain both on the righteous and the unrighteousness

If we call ourselves the children of God but practice partiality, then we are deceiving ourselves. The verses goes on to say, If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even tax collectors doing that?

Returning love for love gets you nowhere. You get no reward for such a action. Tax collectors, during those times, were considered as people who cheat people of their money. The repentance of Zacchaeus speaks for itself. How he repented and paid back all money he had charged double. Tax collectors were filthy rich and made money out of charging double or triple the amount of money that was required to be collected. Jewish people regarded them as the highest of sinners. They also practiced the same, Loving people who loved them. So Jesus said, if you love only those who love you… then you are practicing what the tax collectors practice. He gives them stern call for repentance from a life of double standards.

The verse continues, “And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even the pagans do that?”

In a fellowship, in a church setting we like to greet people whom we like to greet. We like to talk to people whom we like to talk to. We keep the rest away, ignore them or don’t even go to a place where they are. Jesus gives them a stern call saying… By doing so, aren’t you practicing what the pagans do? To the Jewish community, they considered pagans as someone outside their own Jewish community. They wouldn’t associate with such people easily but Jesus points out saying, Hey, You are practicing what they pagans are doing although you claim to be God’s chosen one.

 

  1. Set your eyes on being perfect

Here’s the cream of the whole passage. Jesus ends this portion of the command to love and forgive by saying this. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

The greek work for “perfect” actually means “Complete”. Jesus is actually saying, “Be complete.”

Forgiving people who hurt you makes you a complete person.

James 1:2 Count it all joy my brethren when you fall into various temptations. Knowing this, that the trying of faith produces patience. But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

In other translations it says, so that you may be complete.!

God desires for us to complete, to be perfect. He wants us to grow to a point where our self is dead and he begins to live in our life. Even if anybody hurt us. We will be ready to forgive more than argue. When we reach that point of self-death and Christ living is us. We will be perfect, in other words complete, just as the heavenly father is complete.

That’s the power of forgiveness. It makes you a complete person. Lacking nothing. The beautiful thing is, when you are complete. It is hard for the enemy to shake you. The sorrows of the world will not put you down. No work of the enemy can harm you.

In Mat 5:20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (NKJV)

Do you know which righteousness exceeded the righteousness of the Pharisee? The righteousness of loving people who hate you. Forgiving people that worked against you. That is a righteous act.

Pharisees were undoubtedly the most righteous people. They were evangelistic in nature. They were good at winning souls. But what they lacked was that they never forgave people so easily.

Maimonides one of their writers said, (Source: John Gill exposition of the Bible)

“A disciple of a wise man, or a scholar, whom a man despises and reproaches publicly, it is forbidden him to forgive him, because of his honour; and if he forgives him, he is to be punished, for this is a contempt of the law; but “he must revenge, and keep the thing as a serpent”, until the other asks pardon of him, and then he may forgive him.”

They were too self-righteous to see the forgiveness of God and understand what it means to love their enemy.!

The power of forgiveness is this…
You will only reach a Perfection in your life only when love your enemies and forgive those who hurt you.

Jesus said, be perfect just as your heavenly father is perfect. That is our goal. Be perfect just as your father is perfect.

Let’s us strive towards to attain that perfection so that we may become people who lack nothing.

Why do we exist ?

Why do we exist ?

Psalm 8 makes one statement clear that is, “We were made to worship our Creator”

If someone were to ask you a question. Why do you exist?

You might say because God in his foreknowledge knew me and that I had a purpose so I exist.

Someone who does not believe in God might say, that they were just a formation of chemicals or something that would have collided to form the humans that are alive today.

All of us have different opinions, whether a Christian or an Atheist, we have opinions or reasons for why we exist.

So, there is an important thing to know about How God created and made everything that is alive and functional on this earth today.

God created the galaxies, stars, heavenly bodies, the animals; the crawling, creeping, and swimming animals.

But God made man.! Genesis 1:26, God says, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… Notice the use of word make instead of the word create. The word MAKE has a different meaning from the word CREATE.

God created the world with the word of his mouth but when it came to Man, He made him out of the dust of the ground. In other words, God handcrafted you and me. He took mud just as a porter would take clay and make something useful out of it.

The psalmist begins with the declaration saying, O God our Lord, How majestic is your name in all the earth. and talks about the creation in v.3 and finally talks about the worth of man in verse 4.

There are two things that the Psalmist points out for our everyday life.

  • Never stop declaring the name of God
  • Understand your worth. — Understand who you are made to be.

So First,

Never stop declaring the name of God. 

In other words, never stop declaring the name of God. Philippians chapter 2, Christological chapter of the bible, talks about the power of the name of God. There is power in that name. In any situation of our life, we have to declare the name of God because it has the power to change our life.

Second,

Understand your worth

Psalmist brings in a revelation that God is mindful of man. God who created the heavens and the earth has now made man also. And if there’s one thing that we need to do, that is, we have to Worship our God.

The word Worship speaks for itself. It’s clear enough.

Coming back to the central question. Why do we exist?

It’s because we are called to worship

If we do not worship, we cease to exist.

In other words, our bodies will live and keep on surviving but our inner man will cease to live.

So then, Let us remember to begin our day with worship and live a lifestyle of worship.

 

Do not be ashamed

Do not be ashamed

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the truth.

I read this passage at a time when I was questioning myself about all the things I was doing and the decision that I had made. That moment of confusion, doubt, and uncertainty.

The sentence that spoke to me powerfully was this. “…. a worker who does not need to be ashamed”

We face moments when we are ashamed of the decisions we make. I was going through a time of discouragement…where I said, God, I know what I am doing…but time to time I feel ashamed of the decisions that I have made.

The word ashamed is defined as, “embarrassed or guilty because of one’s actions, characteristics or associations.” 

Here’s a story of what happened and what led me to have the feeling of being ashamed. 

Few weeks ago, I came out of an association after I felt clearly in my heart, that this was not the place for me to be. So, I made up my mind, spoke to people that I should and left the place (it was smooth exit but a bit drastic in someways). After leaving those memories kept haunting my mind…telling me.. that I am not consistent enough with my decisions. I had to also face some flak for it. At the end of it…I started to be ashamed of myself for the decisions that I had made. I struggled this for about 3 weeks till until I read this verse.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the truth.

Although, in this context, Paul talks about preaching the truth of God’s word to people without being ashamed but there is something we can take away from this verse and apply it to our other areas of life.

Paul outlines two important principles that anyone in the ministry should follow.

  1. Present yourself to God as one approved.

If Paul had written, present yourself to MAN as one approved, probably we would know how to present ourselves as one approved. But it says, Present yourself to God as one approved. 

Romans 12:1 says, ”Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Presenting our self as living sacrifices also means, that we present our self as one blameless, and upright. In the Old Testament times any sacrifice that is offered on the altar should be one without blemish

God prescribes a practice for sacrifice.

Exodus 12:5 says, 

The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.

Coming back the context of my blog.

This is what I would say, when we present our self to God every day — we have to present ourselves without any doubt of our calling, without any fear of our actions and without any uncertainty of the decisions we make.

Blemish in a goat meant it was not approved for sacrifice. Likewise, if we have doubt, fear and uncertainty we are not presenting our self as an approved sacrifice before God.

We have heard the story of Cain and Abel. God favored Abel’s offering while he didn’t favor Cain’s. (Genesis 4). There are many interpretations that are drawn from this verse. Either Cain didn’t present the best of his fruits to the Lord or he did not have the right motive. One thing is clear, that is Cain did not present his sacrifices in an approved manner.

We, now living in the New Testament period, we should offer ourselves as living sacrifices. That is, offer our self without any blemish or defect. In other words, we have to offer ourselves without any doubt, fear or uncertainty and with faith that God is in control.

The Second thing Paul writes is this,

“a worker that does not need to be ashamed”

As a worker of Christ. The enemy loves making us feel ashamed of ourselves. He wants us to feel low and down all times. One of his easiest way to put us down is by making us feel ashamed. We can easily stand false accusations, talks or any such arguments. We can prove ourselves right and get out of such situations easily. But the moment we feel ashamed of our self we will lose our sense of self-worth. It can take a long time to recover.

We have to make decisions in life that are clearly guided by God but may not be appreciated by people.

As a result, people will talk negatively about your decisions, character, and attitude. That can make us feel ashamed or even if they don’t talk about…the enemy will feed lies into your mind saying…this is what people think of you…!

We have to run away from all that and remind ourselves that, “I need to be a worker who does not have to be ashamed…”

In Conclusion,

Do what God has called you to do. God will guide you and you listen to that. Be obedient to his will. He will lead you. Although you may become a topic of talk for many people but do not be ashamed. Continue to do the Good work that you are doing.

Always remember to present yourself as one approved — Bringing the right sacrifice in the Old Testament was mainly the responsibility of the offeror himself and now in the New Testament, when we present our self as a living sacrifice…it is our responsibility to present ourselves to God without doubt of our calling, fear of our actions, and uncertainty of the decisions we make and never be ashamed of anything because, at the end of the day, God is leading us.

Leave a comment below, if you have faced any such situation and how you overcame. Would love to hear from you.!