Saturday, August 22, 2015

What can be made great, or great.. again?

Lately been hearin' USA, USA, USA!!!!! 

I like that because it can be made great again. I live here.. in the middle of these states. What's been going on? Lots of excitement, great words.. hope and change! 

Should we put our trust in a mere man or politics at this point to bring about the changes needed? Yes, in the God-man--Jesus Christ. He can do it if we will simply cooperate. He can change anyone or any nation.  

Been hearing.. "Make America Great Again!"

And the use of this term "again" is very important because it means it once was ..and can be once again. What do you think of that? Are you living your life in a Land that needs to be made great ..again? Better yet.. are you in Christ experiencing life in a healthy Bible teaching Christian church?

Sometimes I tend to say things that might sound religious to some, but I'm not that way and don't mean to cuz God's not that way. I'll be careful, but I'm feelin' privileged and glad today that our Lord's Church ..flawed as it may be.. doesn't need to be made great again. And it can't be made great by mere men alone. 

God the head of it.. is working to make it great. I just feel blessed to be apart of it. 

"..upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it." ~ Jesus 

We all can have a part to play in the perfecting of His church. God can use us--He can use you. The Bible says, "For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." (Romans 12:4-5)

"For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ." (v. 12) 

"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions." ~ Paul (Colossians 1:24)

"Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.." (Romans 12:6-8)

"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."(Ephesians 4:11-13)

The great one is making it greater now. Christ is the One who gives it any greatness of course.. He is the One who makes it and Christians better as we yield to Him. Jesus is indeed Great with a capital 'G" today.. so much so that He is always worthy to be praised. 

He can make each one of us..if we'll come to Him on His terms..into what we need to be–great servants. 

He's no respecter of persons, He has no weird bias, He doesn't play favorites among his children.. except we're all His fave. 

What am I trying to say? 

Just this.. Be made great (by coming to Christ as you are), or be made great again (by returning to Him). 

Hey, I'm under construction in Him.. wasn't always. 

But you too can be a work in progress as well–a real Christian. And you can bring others to Jesus!

Jesus Christ as the bridegroom.. is the One who can make His Church.. His bride great. He can fashion us into exactly what He wants us to be. Spotless. Blessed. Clean. Effective. Fulfilled and Forgiven. 

Why don't you ask the Head of the Church for this and participate in His Gospel plan?

"He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything." (See Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5:23)

"And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church..'  (Ephesians 1:22)  

"For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body."  Ephesians 5:29-30

"In view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me." ~ Paul  Philippians 1:6 

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