Become a True Glory Bearer

A young teen scores 20 points in the final four minutes of a basketball game. That may not seem too extraordinary but consider the circumstances first. Not known for his prowess on the court, Jason McElwain actually failed to make the High School team.  Unable to crack the line up, he gladly became their team manager.  This was to be the last season game so the coach told him to suit up he would probably play a few minutes, likely rewarding him for his personal dedication to the team. Unknown to any that day, this would be his shining moment of glory. With four minutes remaining in the game and the opposition well ahead 59-31, Jason was put into the game. From the sidelines, his teammates yelled for him to shoot the ball, and he did  —  often!  He hit six three pointers in a row, a school record before the final buzzer sounded. The place went crazy with shouts and applause. Jason’s four minutes of buzzsaw play earned him national recognition as “the best moment in sports for 2004”, even beating out major professional athletes for that year.  Nothing could match that excitement and joy he felt that day. When at game’s end bedlam erupted and he took on legendary status.

I am not sure how many of you have ever experienced an emotional charge like the one Jason did. Probably not ever. That is not to say that we never had great times in our lives, a fond feeling that remains with us to this day. Oddly enough it may not have been anything extraordinary, but from all likelihood something unremarkable like what happened a few weeks ago.

Our youth group meet every week.  This time we formed at the nearby community pool for two hours of splashing and bustle. They jump, swim, dart up and down, submerge themselves like tiny submarines, pile themselves onto a make-shift raft hastily put together from long styrofoam noodles and toss toy buckets of water at each other, all of this while at arms length of us. The atmosphere is electric with surround sound of laughter and shouts making for a happy time. As you watch the revel and excitement, a certain feeling of exuberance comes over you. You know these same youths will face the challenges of life in later years and their youthful vigour will be redirected but for now that prospect seems far far away.

The whistle blows and we exit the pool to pile into my home for food and a Bible message. Another scene for the senses to enjoy as they crowd around to hear about God’s Glory. They listen to the lesson and are taught about the cross of Christ, the climactic point for God’s Glory. They are told that the cross is where God’s love, justice and wisdom were aptly demonstrated through the Savior’s suffering and death (Christ resurrection was taught too). The final part of the lesson is about experiencing that glory for ourselves.   They are told that to be a disciple of Jesus means for personal trust in Jesus to be pardoned and to repent of our own sins. Afterwards our life’s mission is to demonstrate the character and ethic of Christ to others from our personal behavior and speech. “Glory bearing” is never easy but required if our profession of faith is to be proven true.

Do you realize that God’s Glory is our reason for our stay on earth.  We are told that whatever we do and say to do so for the Glory of God! The work of living for God can never be achieved without first becoming a Christian. Follow the Biblical reasoning below and you will see that God’s Glory is what we should be striving for in this life.

“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43:7)

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31)

No greater purpose can be found in this life than to reflect Divine Glory to one another and to the world.   Do not seek greatness for yourself or that of another.  If you do, than God’s character and moral beauty will be obscured by another image you have replaced Him with. If that is what you have chosen to do consequences follow, you will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.  (2 Thes 1:9).

God put His perfections on public display through Christ.  He rescued sinners from certain punishment and prepared them for the glory to come; heaven is made glorious because of God’s presence.  Will you respond to the message of the cross? Repent and trust in Christ today and know for yourself what a glorious life this can be and experience the peace and joy of Christ that can be yours.  Become a “glory bearer.”

Take the Only Way Out!

Recent demonstrations against the shelving of sex education under the previous premier is another sign of a world gone made with sin. The political leaders are concerned about setting the province back twenty or so years if it is discontinued in schools. So what is so bad to going back to a time when better morals were in our schools? Long before this society actually had a better sense of what is good for children but now things have gotten so bizarre. Every year homosexuals and lesbians parade themselves in front of thousands perverting the thinking of children and infants not to mention young teens in our cities. A few weeks back a transgender, an old man dressed like a woman with obvious surgical procedures, was in a store of which I had to steer a young lady away from for risk of scaring and disgusting her. On the flip side, a man with a Bible in hand is posted on a billboard in California to advertise Christian meetings was taken down later because a complaint was made and to think that the only thing that can restore values for a healthy spiritual life is taken away because it upsets some who wish to shade out sin with their own version of what is good in this world and it usually starts with insisting on doing whatever they wish as long as no one are hurt by it. Of course all of the nation pays for the sins of its people much like we are today with the ever increasing agenda of lesbians and  homosexuals, abortionists, pot campaigners, anarchists, and medical assisted suicide advocates to name a few make this country ripe for judgment. No doubt if it is not happening already through a steady stream of defiant behavior against our Maker. None of us can re-write the Ten Commandments so why is man trying so hard to set himself against the good, proper and right ways of God? The answer why that is happening should be no secret to any who are willing to consider the dark side of sin.

The Bible tells us that men love darkness rather than light. In fact they hide from it. That is why mounting opposition against Biblical values and truths are witnessed every day. God has His people everywhere and their voices are heard, though. Christians pray for this world, and testify to the saving grace of God to those who will listen. You may have received a gospel tract or been told the gospel. While the world and its occupants thinking they are free from condemnation attempt to silence the Church with newer and more outlandish laws against them, Christians continue to promote the gospel. A recent ruling against a Christian law university were found in contravention of people’s rights for having a code of morality in its constitution. It ruled that people’s rights would be offended if their standard of Biblical ethics which states that it does not accept adultery were allowed to stand. The idea that society wants its lawyers to be comfortable with cheating and double-dealings on your mate as something not to be frowned upon is in itself disgraceful, that is, if you have morals to even start with. If you wish to see how much more our society can slide into the abyss of sin just go back to the archives of man from Genesis where we read about the Sodomites from two ancient cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. Early in that segment of man’s history homosexuals came knocking at Lot’s door to gang rape his two male visitors. But they never had the chance since the would be assailants were struck down with blindness first. Not long after God destroyed the people of those cities. Righteous judgment was rendered. Today’s courts and politicians rule and decide legislation often according to their own agendas and human based values.  The Judaeo-Christian system we long enjoyed is no longer dominant. Recent hate laws may have some justification but have been jettisoned from its original design to silence opponents who only wish to maintain their Christian standards and identity. Well that is where we find ourselves as a society so far and the future does not look much better. The best thing to do now would be to consider a voice from the past who spoke out against rampant and deepening wickedness in the nation he was sent to and make it our own message, since our world continues in rebellion against its Maker. Isaiah says:

 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness (Isa. 16:5)

You are encouraged to seek the Lord while He may be found.  Pray to Christ today for forgiveness of your sins. Trust Him to lead you and repent of your sins while time remains.