Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Moving and Being Ready (Mike White)

Tonight's entry is by my long time friend and co-worker, Mike White. Mike is our current WCS interim Head of School and his lovely wife, Jennifer, is our Elementary Administrator. Please keep praying for me in Vietnam!


Jennifer and I sold the only house in which my kids have lived. During the packing process I realized that in almost 13 years we lived there, we accumulated a bunch of stuff. It’s amazing that we went through things we haven’t touched in years. Even after donating items and throwing things away that were no good, we still had a bunch of stuff. On the day of the move, we were able to get most of our belongings on the U-Haul in one load. This was due to the careful planning of my Westbury Christian School colleagues, Josh Bailey and Mark Krimm. I would be in error if I did not mention that Westbury Christian School is blessed to have these men and students like Gino and Marcos who helped. We even had a parent from Westbury Christian School, John Swasey help us. We are blessed beyond measure!


After we unloaded all that we fit on the truck, I had to return to our previous home in order to pick up a load of little things. It was during this time that I had a great realization. You are never fully prepared to move. Jennifer spent countless hours packing things into boxes. Yet, there were still little things that we were throwing in to boxes. At the last minute, I had to complete a few little tasks that I had forgotten.


In Matthew 25, Jesus shared a parable with his disciples concerning His return.  We call it the Parable of the Ten Virgins. You may know the story. There were 10 virgins who were awaiting the bridegroom’s arrival. Out of the 10, only 5 had enough oil for their lamps. The remaining 5 missed their opportunity to enter the wedding banquet because they had to go buy more oil. Just like the wise virgins who brought enough oil, we have to be ready for Jesus. Our lives could be taken or Jesus could return at any moment. Thankfully, our readiness is much less complicated than moving. I do not need to have all of my possessions in boxes. I very simply need to be living in Christ. I need to have been baptized and have my sins washed away and to be living my life according to the Holy Spirit which lives in me. I am thankful to know that my eternal salvation has nothing to do with my ability to pack a moving truck. I only need to let my God take over my life. If you haven’t, I hope you will not delay. The bridegroom is ready for you! 

God bless,
Steve
Luke 18:1

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1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

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There are no unborn Christians.

John 3:4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"(NKJV)

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John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

In order to enter the kingdom of God men must be born of water and the Spirit. Jesus was not saying you must be born of the water of natural birth to become born again. BEING BORN OF A WOMAN IS NOT BEING BORN AGAIN. Again always means again. Again never means the first time.

There are no unborn Christians. After Jesus was resurrected from the grave He told us all how to become born again, Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV)

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1. FAITH John 3:16
2. REPENTANCE Acts 3:19
3. CONFESSION Romans 10:9-10
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