Those Who Run the Race of Grace
Those who run the Race of Grace
Will not run the Christmas rat-race
They will maintain their focus
Rather than give gifts, they give Jesus.
Those who run the race of Grace
In All they do Always seek His face
They ensure they within the Word
Even though they are in the world.
They know full well they are not of this world
They know that His word is His will and His will is His word
They know God’s good, acceptable and perfect will
That is their joy, pleasure, craving and even their fill.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Rom12:2
14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. John17:14,16
Do Not Love the World
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Whereas I am all for using the reason for the reason to point people to Jesus and the cross and lead them to salvation, following the world to indulge in a season of greed, drunkenness, indebtedness is surely not our calling.
This is a time when people claim to celebrate the birth of Jesus and yet many would not want the ‘Birthday Boy’ into His party. Mention Jesus in most of the razzmatazz and you will be considered a party pooper.
I recall the story of Moody who was invited to a party and he asked them, ‘Can I bring my friend? And they asked him what is his name? He told them, Jesus.
The reply was, ‘I don’t think He would enjoy it.’
Moody politely told them,’ then I wouldn’t enjoy it either.’
What would Jesus do in this season? What is the priority on God’s agenda. If all we do is wine and dine then we have missed the mark, in my opinion.
Offer to take Jesus to most of the worldly celebrations and you would see the curious looks on most faces. That says it all. We are in this world but not of this world. We are called to be different. ‘Come out from among them.’ ‘You are in this world but not of the world.’