I love me

Wow, am I in love with myself or what? Every blog seems to revolve around me. What I think, where I’ve been, what I’ve done, who I am, egocentric much? And this one is no different, though I’m going to try to use it as a base to understanding why I’m so focused on myself.

Now idk if everyone feels the same about themselves, that they know better than everyone else, or their experiences or opinions are more valid than others, but I find myself thinking these thoughts, but at the same time chastising myself for feeling that way, because I know that is NOT the truth. However the battle remains within me. The questions continually bombard my thoughts:
How can people be so stupid?
Are people really that ignorant?
Why are people so greedy?
Don’t people see the obvious?
Why am I surrounded by morons?

Now I don’t feel this way about the people who are directly in my life, because I’m blessed that I have a wonderful family that includes blood, marital, church and friends, so I don’t include them in my frustration with the general populous.

Even so what gives me such an arrogant perspective? I am not highly educated, nor born of aristocracy or wealth, I haven’t traversed the planet with unending tales of experiences, yet I put myself on such a platform as a well-versed sage. To what end I ask myself? Is it really about me and my self-professed wisdom, or do I really think I can help and encourage others, or is it a way to weed through my thoughts and validate or dispel fact from fiction? Or maybe a combination of them all. So do I really think I am the most level-headed, intelligent, knowledgable, informed and experienced person on the planet? No, I do not. Nor do I even come close. So what compels me to feel like I am better than those people who I view as clueless? I’m searching my mind for an answer even as I write this. Ugh! I can not think of a valid reason other than I am some self-absorbed egocentric deluded fool. Yes a fool for thinking I’m better & smarter.

However as frustrating as I find ignorance and stupidity, there will always be someone who views me in the same light and rightfully so. Well then, I think I’ve found my answer. It’s not to judge, condemn or ridicule anyone for any reason. It’s to understand that the world is filled with billions of people each with their own limits; intellectually, socially, economically, physically, psychologically and so forth. And I am not called to be their judge or accuser but to be a beacon of hope, a path of light, an example of Christ’s love. So yes my blogs are filled with me for I can only call on my experiences as references for my life. And I hope that my blogs reflect the side of me that is Christian, as I continue to grow in Christ’s love. Hopefully I will continue to understand my faults and shortcomings, learn from them and adjust them to better serve God.

And I do love me, not because I am better than everyone else, but because God loves me just the way I am. He has given me hope and comfort. And at times when I feel alone, lost, confused, desperate, angry, that my faith is fleeting, there’s nothing to look forward to, the world is in turmoil, and I’m surrounded by people in need, there is God in all His glory to remind me that He is in control. Not me. He knows all. Not me. He loves me and I love Him.

It is in Him that we are made complete. God is love. My lesson is complete. Thank You Lord for teaching me once again.

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Body of God

1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual Gifts

There are different kinds of gifts… There are different kinds of service… There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (4-6)

Now to each… the Spirit is given for the common good. To one… a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge… to another faith… to another gifts of healing… to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. (7-11)

Unity and Diversity in the Body

Just as a body, though one, has many parts… so it is with Christ(the church)… baptized… to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. (12-14)

God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be… As it is, there are many parts, but one body… there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other… If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. God has placed in the church apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, gifts of healing, helping, guidance, and different kinds of tongues.

(Shorten for easier reading, but the point remains clear. Together as one we serve God for His glory)

As a Christian who has come a long way in learning and trying to live in accordance with the laws of God, found within His holy word, The Bible, I see the totality of this “body of Christ”. Now the body of Christ is not a local thing, or a denominational thing it’s an all encompassing church that includes everyone of every denomination that accepts Christ as their Savior. How do I know this? Can I prove this? Well truth is I do not know with concrete facts or information, the best I can do is provide some scripture to back my belief.

1 John 4:7-21 (shortened denoted by…)
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love…God showed his love… He sent his… Son into the world that we might live through him… his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Well if that passage doesn’t convince you that all Christians of every faith are part of the church than don’t bother to read on. But if you’re a little curious how this plays out continue on. Now back to my point the body of Christ.

The church and God is more than a bunch of rules to keep people in check. It’s about love, understanding, encouragement and support to name just a few. God is the entirety of what we as humans need. There is a spiritual component to our being that needs to be met and without God there will always be something missing. But convincing you of that is not the goal here, my goal is to provide an understanding of what the church is about and how we all are an integral part of the whole. Now being part of the church is attending church, that would be the obvious starting point. Next I would say open your heart for whatever God may have planned for you.(Jer29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.)
You will eventually realize that your talents, personality and experiences make you unique in how God will use you. God does not view man as we view each other with bias, where man looks to the external and obvious, God knows a mans heart. To put this plainly, a wealthy, educated, dapper businessman is not more important or useful than a migrant field worker when it comes to serving Christ. They are equal in Gods eyes, each one has gifts given by God to serve His church if they choose too. And service in the church ranges from the smallest detail to grand affairs, numerous outreach programs to visiting one house-bound person. The list is seriously nearly endless. If you truly want to know leave a comment and I’d be happy to list my churches many areas where it’s members participate daily to help in keeping to body of Christ up and running to continue to provide a place of worship and fellowship.

Now the “body of Christ” “church” “Christians” not only exists in the building we call church, but everywhere. We are called to look after one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. And if the situation presents itself to bring others to know the glorious freedom of salvation and forgiveness through Christ our savior. As part of this church I am amazed, overjoyed and thrilled that I get to both give and receive innumerable blessings as a servant of God.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.