Is There A Grey Area? [UPDATED]

How We Find Our Way To Jesus

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Ever wonder about the process of becoming a Christian?  If asked, many Christians would say, “By repeating the ‘sinner’s prayer.'1” They may even quote Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” With a simple conclusion of confessing and believing through a prayer to God.

Question: Is this process of finding Jesus the same for everyone or perhaps unique to each individual? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


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Loving God or His Creation?

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RESPONSE: Do I even love God?

This is a response to a very humble and honorable question: Do I even I love God? Many ask similar questions, but are afraid to journey through an answer because of the possible outcomes. This is part of my answer…

As a Christian, I often ask myself: “am I busy being involved in ministry OR in my relationship with God?” Sometimes I think of this in terms of being in a relationship with THE CREATOR or CREATION.  I find this useful because it voices the concern in terms of God’s activity.  God himself is THE CREATOR, while everything in this world (including every system and science) is a product of God’s CREATION.  We should always focus on our relationship with THE CREATOR; however, by being involved in what God has CREATED, we support and join in God’s activity which in turn, strengthens our relationship with Him.

God, The Creator
God is our personal Creator.  When Adam and Eve were in the garden, it was clear their first priority was to obey and serve God, which is our primal definition of worship.  We were created in God’s image and likeness, and in return, we were called to obey.[i]  Our relationship with God was, and continues to be, our first priority.

God’s Creation
Adam also understood his second role ? to take care of God’s creation.  God told Adam to name the animals, have leadership among the rest of creation and to work and keep the garden.[ii]  Part of our responsibility is to take part in what God has created.

Our Journey With God in His Creation
If we continue to read scripture, we see that God created the system of ministry we serve in today.  Jesus talked about building His church,[iii] and sent the Spirit to empower the early Church for service.[iv]  Paul understood God’s creation in terms of God’s ultimate authority.  When discussing government, Paul told us to subject ourselves to their authority because God himself has appointed them.[v]  If we continue in this logic, the Church and our system of ministry has been appointed by God himself and he expects us to join in his special activity.   Furthermore, our lack of participation would symbolize our lack of involvement in Christ, since we, the Church, are in fact Christ’s body.[vi]

While God, the Creator, should always be first in our lives, being active in what God has created should be one of the ways we participate in that relationship.  That said, participating doesn’t necessarily mean you love God; rather, loving God means participating in His creation.  In order to love God, we must live lives of WORSHIP, LOVE His creation, and SERVE others as they GROW to do the same.

My prayer: May God allow you to continue to develop your understanding of your journey with Him.


[i] Genesis 1:26; 2:16-17.

[ii] Genesis 1:26, 28-30; 2:15, 20.

[iii] Matthew 16:18.

[iv] Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4.

[v] Romans 13:1.

[vi] Ephesians 4:1-16.

New Year Resolutions (Part 3)

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As we look forward to another wonderful year, many of us make new year resolutions.  Maybe this year we can set goals that help us grow spirituality over the next twelve months.  As Christians, we should be growing together in terms of three concepts: worshiping God, loving others, and serving.  Perhaps this year we can challenge ourselves with building stronger relationships within these three areas.

In part one, we looked at our relationship with God.  In part two, we looked at our relationship with others.  In this post, we’ll look at our relationship within the Body of Christ.

Our relationship within the Body of Christ

The body of Christ is the Church.  If you’re a Christian, you’re a part of the body.   As the body, we work together to serve those around us as Christ has instructed us to do.  Within Paul’s discussion on spiritual gifts and unity, Paul explained it this way:

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  For the body does not consist of one member but of many.[i]

All of us have something unique to offer.  When we all serve together, we become the hands and feet of Christ and are able to fulfill His purposes.  We can look at it like this:

1)      There is one overall purpose – God’s will

2)      There is one body – the Church

3)      There are many parts – there is a place for everyone to serve

4)      There are many functions – everyone serves and contributes in their own way

5)      A hand cannot be a foot – one person cannot do every job and no one can replace someone else

6)      The body working together – God’s will accomplished

There are many different ways we can serve within the body.  The key is finding how God has gifted you, realize you’ve been gifted in that area to serve God, and go for it!  One area is not better than the other, they are just different.  For example, a musical gifting is no better than someone who serves as an usher.

We all need to find a way to serve.  In fact, in order to truly be a part of the Church, we all need to find a place to serve.  If the body of Christ is the Church, and the body needs active members serving in their unique way in order to fulfill God’s will, then the entire Church needs to be a part of body in order for success.  That said, the will of God will be accomplished either way.  The question is: will we choose be a part of it or will we allow the few to do their job and ours?  Unfortunately, the latter eventually leads to burnout and ineffectiveness.

Where will you serve this year?  Will you try something new?  Will you continue to serve?  Will you continue to be a part of the body of Christ?  Be a part of the body of Christ and grow this year!


From our home to yours, have a blessed and wonderful year!

Check out part one and two of “New Year Resolutions”


[i] 1 Cor 12:12-14, NIV.