Philippians 2:2-5 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Ambition is fine, as long as it is not driven by selfishness. Humility does not mean you have to have a low opinion of yourself, just don’t be conceited and drive others down. It is okay to look out for your own interests as long as you don’t do it at the expense of others.
My Advice – Watch yourself in your career that you do not become driven by selfish ambition. Do not let success make you vain and conceited. Don’t walk over others to advance yourself. Help others at work.
John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – If there is more than one way to God, Jesus is a liar. If there is more than one way to God, Jesus is not one of them.
My Advice – Never let anyone tell you that there are many paths to God. There is only one and His name is Jesus. Correct them firmly but gently and explain why it cannot be. There is no need to be argumentative or try to convince them. Your job (responsibility) is to proclaim the truth (in love). It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of the truth. It is the other person’s job to accept or reject the truth.
Matthew 11:29 – “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – It seems almost contradictory that the Creator of the universe, exhibiting the fullness of God, with everything under His power, would choose the role of a servant. Knowing that everything was under His power He could have exercised that power. Instead Continue reading “Is Christ-Like in Attitude”
John 18:37 – “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (NIV 1984)
My Musings – There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. ~ Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) British prime minister. In our day, I think we can add a fourth, the internet.
The truth seems to be such a rare commodity these days. We seem to want to devise what it is that we want to believe, what it is that we want to be the truth, and then craft the “lies, damned lies and statistics” to support it. Nothing seems more contradictory to me than the phrase “spin the truth.” The truth needs no spinning. It stands on its own and is never afraid of open and honest debate. Lies on the other hand fear openness and debate. Here are a few gems on telling the truth that I picked up, on the internet no less. A touch of irony there, don’t you think.
- A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. ~Edgar J. Mohn
- Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half. ~Author Unknown
- A half truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb
- Once you start telling lies, all your truths become questionable. ~Author Unknown
- The truth is more important than the facts. ~Frank Lloyd Wright
- If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain, 1894
- No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. ~Abraham Lincoln
- Truth fears no questions. ~Unknown
- The truth needs so little rehearsal. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
- It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. ~ Noel Coward
- In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell
My Advice – Honesty is, and always has been, the best policy. But it should be more than a policy, it should be who you are.
How can Christians be so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong? Isn’t that being exclusive or arrogant?
- Exclusive – Not shared: available to only one person or group.
- Arrogant – Having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.
What do people say?
Christianity is exclusive. If Christianity is true, then Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 – “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – Originally I had “dyer’s” block with respect to today’s musing. It is, after all, Easter morning and how does one do an amusing on such an important topic without seeming sacrilegious? Without participating in the diversion and dilution of the message of this Holy day that modern culture has been so successful in perpetuating?
I’ll start by recounting a memory from my early childhood. My first memory Continue reading “Hollow Promises?”
Matthew 12:38-41 – Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – The religious leaders were looking for a sign that would prove to them that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Of course, Jesus had already provided numerous signs and miracles that did just that. The final sign, the sign of Jonah, was a foreshadowing of the three days that Jesus spent in the grave, culminating in His resurrection from the dead – the ultimate validation from the Father that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was accepted and that He was indeed the promised Savior. As we know, the religious leaders by and large rejected the resurrection and Jesus’ claim.
Today we live in an increasingly “wicked and adulterous generation” as well, and the “sign of the prophet Jonah” needs to be heeded more than ever before. Will our generation repent, or will “the men of Nineveh” “stand up at the judgment with” it and “condemn it” as well?
My Advice – Today, on palm Sunday, let’s proclaim “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” and celebrate the “sign of the prophet Jonah” this Easter season. Believe the prophecies. Believe the signs. For no other signs “will be given.”