© by Joyce C. Lock
If we truly believe knowledge will pass away; why spend lives competing to know about God, think our training is omnipotent truth, and war over doctrinal differences, causing separation of company from those not like us. Brother against brother, a testimony lost people notice.
When standing before God, He won't be asking what we believe, how much we know, or even where we studied. Though, we are accountable for 'who' we believe ... gods or God.
With humorous intentions, a young teen expressed interest in having a t-shirt designed to read, "I only do what the voices tell me to do. The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Jesus said, "My sheep HEAR my voice ... and they follow me." ... be more ready to HEAR, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Wisdom begins once we stop telling God what He believes, ask Him, then listen for His answer. The Spirit will guide us into all truth.
Perhaps then, churches could unite in love - One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Paul's vision for the church included that we all grow into a unity of the faith.
For there is (only) one God, and (only) one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Out of the mouth of babes ...listen for their voices.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.