Church Tolerance

The Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee are both at sea level. They both get water from the same source yet the Sea of Galilee is full of life. In fact, there are species of fish in the Sea of Galilee that are not found in any other body of water. The Dead Sea, however, contains no life, and it is toxic and bitter.

What makes the difference?

The Dead Sea does not have an outlet. It does not share the water it receives. But the Galilee has an outlet and shares the water that it receives.

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:37-39(NIV)

God expects His church to reach out to the community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can become so involved in gaining church membership that we fail to reach out to the people in the community with the love of Christ.

We have become so tolerate of world’s beliefs that we accept their beliefs as true but fail to tell them what the God teaches us in His word. Consequently, the church of today seems to be toxic and bitter to those who do not know the truth.

The Bible says that when we drink of the water that Jesus gives us, we will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14(NIV)

Are you a “spring of living water” or are you a camouflaged Christian? The Church needs to be built on the living water, not on tolerance of popular beliefs.

NOTE: All scripture used in the blog were downloaded from: www.biblegateway.com

The only free handout needed for life is most frequently neglected

Many people today are looking for a handout. We want free food, free education, free housing, free health, free transportation, etc. We have become a people proud of what we can get for free. We have decided that we should have everything for free. The person who can get the most from society is now being considered our hero. Our favorite political presidential candidate is the one who can give use the most “stuff” for free. In fact, we even think we should have “free love.”

To meet our selfish desires, we commit acts that we believe will bring us satisfaction. We get so involved in sexual impurity, and we begin to worship the created rather than the creator. We commit shameful acts, and expect the government to protect our actions. Even our minds become filled with “every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.” (Romans 1:29)

There is however, one gift that can bring love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In fact, it also includes an eternal home with the greatest family in the entire universe, yet we tend to ignore it. We are too busy enjoying our freebies that bring us only temporary satisfaction. We just want to live for the day… Eternity can take care of itself.

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:1-10(NIV)

The two most common reasons we most frequently neglect God’s gift of salvation are:

  1. We do not know who Jesus is. In John chapter 4, John is telling about a time in Jesus stopped by Samaria to rest while the disciples continued walking ahead to buy food. While Jesus was at the well in Samaria, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well where Jesus was resting. Jesus, being thirsty asks the woman to draw some water for him.

The problem was that Jews and Samaritans did not associate with each other. But Jesus, a Jew had asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water. The woman questioned Jesus about drawing him water.

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10(NIV)

You see, it was not politically correct for the woman to draw water for Jesus. But Jesus explained who he was and that He could provide the woman with living water. The reason we do not ask for the gift of salvation is because we do not know who Jesus is.

  1. We are only concerned about today. We just want to have a good time and enjoy life having our own way and doing our own thing. We are concerned about having money and the temporary pleasure that it brings. When we do not have enough we just try harder to find it even if we have to take what does not belong to us.

In Romans 1:18-32, Paul describes people who do not know God. The condition that he is referring to is much like the condition of our society today. The people in Rome were concerned about living for the day without God interfering with their temporary satisfaction. However, when we live for ourselves we will become spiritually dead. There is no future. There is no hope.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23(NIV)

The gift of salvation is not only for today, the gift on salvation is for eternity. We are so busy doing our daily activities that we fail to prepare for eternity. We cannot earn our salvation by working for it. There is only one way to salvation and that is through knowing who Jesus is and what he has done for us. We only need to accept the gift.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7(NIV)

Learn who Jesus is and accept the gift of salvation that he made available to you through the death and resurrection of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

 

NOTE: All scripture used in this blog was downloaded from https://www.biblegateway.com