I will bet that no one has ever asked you that question. Unless you have studied theology, you probably never heard that term. Gnostics were a group of people who lived during the time of Jesus Christ. They believed that the flesh (body) was evil and the spirit was good. Since the body was evil, then it was not possible for Jesus Christ to have a physical body. That would make Him evil. They thought He was some kind of spirit being. The main reason for the Apostle John to write the Epistles of John was refute this heresy. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched… The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it,…[ 1 John 1:1-2] They could (according to them) live a very sinful lifestyle but it would not affect them spiritually. They had conveniently separated the body and the spirit.
But what has that to do with you 2,000 years later? There are multitudes that attend church every time the doors are open. They read their Bibles, volunteer to do things in the church and testify that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. But the remainder of the week they live like they want. Like the Gnostics, they separate their church life and their life outside the church. But the Bible clearly teaches you cannot separate secular (outward) and spiritual (inward.) “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Unchurched people are quick to notice how we act on the job and what we profess at church. Your outward life is a natural expression of the inner experience. Nothing hinders the Gospel more than a Christian that does not ‘walk the talk.’
Tomorrow we will celebrate our Grandson’s high school graduation. What makes this
so special is that Trenton was not supposed to live. Before he was born, an
ultrasound revealed that he did not have a diaphragm in his chest. All his lower
organs were crowded in his chest and because of this, he would be born with one lung
and his heart out-of-position.
The doctors recommended that the pregnancy be terminated. They said he would
only live a few hours after birth. But God had other plans for him Jeremiah 29:11. Through much
prayer, skilled surgeons, and of course the grace of God, Trenton has become a fine
young man who loves Jesus.
This morning I had to do a task that I hate: weeding our flower garden! Though I dread pulling weeds, I know that it is necessary to have a beautiful flower bed. Over the years I have learned one important lesson: If you do not pull out the root of the weed; the weeds will return! It takes more time and effort to make sure you have the “root of the problem.”
If you pull just the top of the weed, everything looks good but the problem has not been dealt with. I find that true in many people’s lives. They have been hurt deeply in the past and their spirit has been “damaged.” But instead of truly dealing with the real problem, they try to ignore it or convince themselves there is no problem. Matthew 18:15. This is often the reason churches have interpersonal conflicts.
“…Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time….” Hebrews 12:15 The Message.
The one thing that I dreaded in elementary school was recess. Our school was located in the country so we had plenty of room to play. We often choose to play softball, which meant picking teams and that is what I dreaded.Usually the captains of the teams (the most popular kids) would choose kids with the most athletic ability, which left me out. Only those of have experienced being chosen last know the embarrassment.
God however chooses people for His team (The Kingdom) much differently. We do not need to be talented, gifted, highly educated or good-looking to be chosen. And He does not choose someone over another.
- “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (2 Peter 2:9)
- “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” (1 Cor. 1:27)
We are chosen by Him and for Him.