We all give God the blues.

26 04 2012

Thanks to Brian D. McLaren for sharing!
The following are my thoughts/Scripture:
Nehemiah 8:9-11
“9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

How often are we rejoicing for this is the day that God has made? How often have we let human wisdom, tradition, and doctrine rob us of what joy God has for us?! Go live in peace in the presence of God and enjoy the life he has for you as proclaimed throughout creation and purposed for each day to glorify His name.

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Those of us who…

18 04 2012

Those of us who have known what scars of sin and pain feel like and who have been forgiven know the beauty of humility and love others while they go through sin and pain. Others who have known the bitterness of sin and choose to forgo a free forgiveness in the grace of Jesus for self righteousness seem to think themselves holier than others. Have a perspective of righteousness through a lens of humility and compassion for others. Jesus living in you is what makes you righteous before God and nothing else you can accomplish or attempt on your own.

Romans 3:23:

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[h] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus

The beauty of Jesus shines through you when you allow yourself to be less than “<” fill in blank here with someone or some people. 

His grace is enough.

Blessings,

Robert Gill

Campus Minister

Tigers for Christ

Clemson church of Christ

 





“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

8 02 2012

Matthew 11:28-30 (TNIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is east and my burden is light.”

The underlying point of this passage is that we can take and enjoy Jesus’ offer of grace and salvation in our lives today. The immediacy of this text, which follows previous passages which proclaim the “kingdom of heaven”, is more of an eschatological realization of that kingdom in Jesus’ call of discipleship. He has embodied the Law, he is the Law, and the promises found therein lie within him. For the listener, “rest” is finally attainable through Jesus beckoning an answer to his call of discipleship. No longer did the Jew have to toil over the law of the Pharisees, now they could have everlasting salvation and joy. No longer did the Jewish Christian community have to wonder whether or not they had to keep this Torah and the Pharisaical laws. Keep the law of Christ alive in you and you keep the fulfilled law of Christ; the fulfilled promise of love through the Torah and the NT.
This message is often forgotten in today’s Christianity. The tendency is to seek the works or pursue tradition, rather than call those to an immediate realized righteousness in Christ. We can enjoy the kingdom of heaven now because of our answering the call to follow Jesus through which we have received salvation and grace. We become the home of Christ’s Spirit and us in him. Jesus proclaiming authority in himself brings us peace in that because we are seen by God through Jesus, we have him mediating to God on our behalf. We no longer, like ancient Israel, bear the burden of the law with its inability to fully save. Likewise, under Christ’s fulfillment of the law, those who answer the call can then be free from condemnation (cf. Romans 8:1).
The truth of his “easy yoke” is found in the freedom it brings to the one who yokes themselves to Jesus. Jesus defines his “yoke” of discipleship as easy, yet this should not be confused with it being undemanding. I think it appropriate that Jesus uses the imagery of a yoke in that it implies a lifelong commitment and a life called to servitude and humility. Jesus’ yoke is most markedly different from the Pharisees yoke in that it comes in a new era of grace and mercy.





What is a Christian?

30 01 2012

Much of how we identify Christians derives from an outward expression or advertisement i.e. t-shirts, music, jewelry, etc. Bottom line is that being a Christian is not so much an outward idea as it is an inward reality. Being a Christian means following Jesus Christ. We must find ourselves in the same places in which he found/finds himself. We must love those whom he loved(s). We must touch those whom he healed and who were outcasts because of their condition or situation. We must feed the hungry, heal the sick, comfort those in need, love the unlovable, befriend the marginalized, and remember the forgotten. Christians are His hands and feet; therefore where His feet took him we shall find ourselves and who His hands healed we should be healing.

All creation bears the image of God for they were created by him; however, a Christian bears also His Spirit who counsels, empowers, guides, and sanctifies. Paul describes the Spirit to Timothy in his second letter to him as powerful, the embodiment of love, and source of discipline. This really compliments the “do not fear” passages in that we now have full access to God and His store house of blessing! If God is for me then who/what can be against me?! Everything you need to accomplish His will and mission for your life is already inside you. You are God’s temple and now have unprecedented all access to His presence.

In our family we like to assign a theme to each year as a new year begins. In 2010 the theme was “a year of no fear”. It was truly amazing how practicing this became an exercise in our faith and how we witnessed great blessing and peace come to fruition. We learned much about the power of the Spirit and His ability to create possibility our of impossible situations. I think this is the kind of life Jesus described in John 10:10, a life full of Him and fully for Him.

Blessings

-Robert





Hello world!

28 01 2012

Welcome to my blog! I am excited to see how God uses this medium to challenge my mind and heart and to affect my readers. Ok get ready!

 

-Robert