Thursday, September 3, 2009

What if...

At one point or another, everyone has thought of a "what if" in life. In fact, every single thought, motive, action, inaction, decision, and indecision has led you to where you are now.

There was a point in my life where I was consumed with fascination at the "what ifs" in life. For example, if I was driving and came to a yellow light, I would have a decision...either speed up or slow down to a complete stop. That one decision would change the rest of my life. Why? Because had I taken the light, I may have been in a car accident a few blocks away because of someone else's decision and so on and so forth.

This was even more of a driving force after watching the movie "Sliding Doors" with Gwyneth Paltrow. Her life carries on in two different ways because of missing one train. One train, that's all....and the turn of events that follow are very interesting.

This train of thought could drive someone crazy. Instead, I was immersed in it. So much so, that I would contemplate everything I did and try to see where it may or may not result.

The problem with that is the don't know.

No one knows where they'll be tomorrow or even an hour from now. You can plan and organize your life, but things happen that are out of our control. Life is not guaranteed. No one has a date of life termination stamped anywhere. That is up to God and God alone. James 4:14 puts it bluntly, "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."

So honestly, the only important "what if" in life is about salvation. What if you deny Christ and the gift of salvation? At the end of the day, that's the only one worth thinking about.

To dwell on the "what ifs" in life can be interesting, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is to live a life worthy of the calling of Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11) Then, the "what ifs" don't matter so much because you're walking with the Creator of ALL things, including time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Real Church

When people think of the word "church" a building immediately comes to mind. But in all reality, the Bible states the Church is the body of believers. The Church is not limited to one's ALL believers.

This week, Acts 2:44-47 came to mind. It reads: "All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

I saw this in action this week, well...indirectly that is. My Church family at the Franklin Vineyard has been such an inspiration to me. They enact this verse constantly without question. Every time someone is in the hospital, just gave birth, is ill, moves, needs help, or is in a condition that disables one from doing every day chores, they are always there to lend a helping hand. They "give to anyone as he had need".

It warms my heart to see people excited to sign up to prepare a meal for a sister in Christ who has been in the hospital for a few weeks due to a serious surgery; taking care of her baby so her husband can continue working. That is the what the body of Christ is all about. That is the Church!

I know many believers do this very thing, but to see it firsthand from people I know and love is a blessing beyond words. They don't expect thanks and don't even realize it's out of the norm in this society, but their true reward is not on this earth....