Earlier this evening I went to service
in the chapel.
The minister who visited us from the outside surprised me by calling me up to the pulpit. He then told me to give the sermon. I
joked with him
and said, "Thanks for the warning."
But it so happened that I did have a message to share
with the congregation. So I spoke for about 20-25 minutes on what I had been reading from the Bible
I read to everyone most of Second Corinthians chapter
four. My emphasis, however, was on the seventh verse.
That the Lord has chosen to
place His treasure, the Holy Spirit, in each of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ.
I spoke too about our "light afflictions" and how they
work for us a far better and eternal reward in glory. That the rewards for our
faithful service to Christ, and for having to endure many trials and persecutions which come our way in this life,
will have tremendous reward
I then explained in depth how God wants us, as Christians,
to have the salt and light of Jesus while we're in this earth. I said that non-Christians are watching
our lives, and they want to see how we handle life's trials and difficultiles. For
how we endure our daily struggles helps to prove the reality of our faith.
When non-Christians see us living lives of peace, joy
and inner tranquility, this lets them know there is hope in Jesus.
Yet, on the other hand, if they see us falling apart
emotionally when we're going through tough times, and they see us becoming
discouraged and even bitter, they will in turn make their personal judgement that there's really nothing to Christianity
If there is a God, some of them may reason within themselves,
then He is not a loving being who cares about His children.
I also reminded the congregation that God has chosen
to place our lives on display.
I said that, in a sense, all that people wll ever see
of Jesus, will be what they see of Him in us.
They will either see deep faith mingled with love and
joy, or they will see doubt, fear and unbelief. If they see the former, God may use
our steadfastness to draw others to Him forsalvation But when they see
the latter, these observers may draw the incorrect conclusion that we Christians serve a weak God, if there is actually
any God at all.
However, Jesus is genuine, and He wants us to be victorious
because He will get the glory when we triumph over our trials.
We can indeed be used by the Lord to demostrate to
a society of people who are seeking meaning and purpose in life, that the divine power of Jesus Christ is real; it is living in us.
I then concluded the message by assuring the brethren
that in spite of our feeble flesh, God has chosen to place His treasure in us because
it's not really about us, it's all about Him.
April 19, 2004
(c) 2004 David Berkowitz