The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you today.
Sinclair Ferguson answers what is actually a rather complicated question.
Jacob says that “while I pray for God to send out laborers into His harvest, I think a lot of people need someone to tell them, ‘Don’t be a missionary…’ There is so much good and godly zeal that is expressed in a desire to go to the mission field, and yet, ‘desire without knowledge is not good’ (Prov 19:2).” In other words, not everyone who feels called to be a missionary should actually be a missionary!
Ever wondered why the sky is blue at midday but tends to be red at dawn and dusk? CMI offers an explanation.
“He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” —2 Samuel 2:23 (Sponsored Link)
“We should cast our minds to the Old Testament Prophets who were called by God to preach that Israel and Judah repent so that they would not be taken into exile. Were they successful? I suspect they didn’t feel it at times, but of course they were. Why were they successful? Because they were obedient.”
Daniel Doriani considers some of the joys and sorrows that come with Father’s Day.
John Piper has written a long article about the relationship between church and government. “The thesis of this essay is that Jesus Christ, the absolutely supreme Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe, intends to accomplish his saving purposes in the world without reliance on the powers of civil government to teach, defend, or spread the Christian religion as such. Followers of Christ should not use the sword of civil government to enact, enforce, or spread any idea or behavior as explicitly Christian — as part of the Christian religion as such.”
The Spirit does not cause us to bear fruit so we can look spiritually beautiful while keeping all the good of it to ourselves. He causes us to bear fruit so we have something to give to others, some way to bless them, some way to nourish them as they walk the weary road of life.
The minute I begin seeing God’s people as problems to be solved (or avoided) is the minute I’ve denied the heart of Christ.—Jared C. Wilson