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GOD TRACKING IS DARING TO BE DIFFERENT
by Dudley Anderson
11/23/2018 / Devotionals
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
I recently watched a documentary series on television that discussed the origins and future of Christianity. It portrayed “the Church” as a religious institution intent on taking over the world at all costs. It showed how, after Constantine had declared Christianity to be the state religion of the Roman Empire in about 313 AD, crusades and campaigns were launched to force the world to convert to Christianity. Sadly, what they said about this period of the history of the Church was true. However, what the documentary failed to reveal was the true origins of Christianity, as seen on the Day of Pentecost around 33 AD, when God poured his spirit out on the early believers. Reading Acts and the gospels shows a very different picture of the origins and motives of true Christianity.
After Peter had identified Jesus as the Christ, Jesus said to him, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” The use of the word church here comes from the Greek word ekklesia which means called out ones. Jesus explained to Peter that he would be the founder of a body of believers who would be called out to be different from the world. In other words, the true Church would be made up of true followers of the Messiah, living by his words and principles. And Jesus taught things like: love your enemies, if someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to him the other also, give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and if anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last and the servant of all. The “Church” portrayed in that television documentary was nowhere near the true Church that Jesus built upon the early disciples.
Dear friend if you call yourself a GodTracker and have truly committed yourself to following Christ then you have decided to live by all that Christ taught. If you call yourself a born again Christian and if you have repented of sin, then you have come out from the world and have been grafted into Jesus, the true vine. All else is false religion. Unfortunately, institutionalised Christianity became nothing more than a pride filled humanistic attempt to conquer the world. During the period of history discussed in the documentary I was watching, the Church had lost its true calling, because it failed to humbly come out from the world and be different.
Do you call yourself a Christian simply because you were born in a Christian country or raised under Christian values? Do you call yourself a Christian simply because you occasionally attend church or say grace before you eat a meal? Or are you prepared to call yourself a Christian because you have denied your ego and have taken up your cross to follow Jesus? God is calling us out of the world to be separate from its values – to be holy as he is holy. Jesus is building his ekklesia that will stand strong against the gates of hell, but God is not calling us to defend the faith or forcefully convert the world. In fact, Jesus said that the way they will know that we are his disciples is by our love. God does not want us to conform to the humanist ways of the world’s standards, but to transform our thinking; to know his will. You see, through Christ, God has called you to be different!
God-tracking is daring to be different.
DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
I choose now to live a life that is different to the ways of the world I see around me
O sovereign Lord, I realise that I have lived a life less than separate from the ways of the world. I know now that I have been looking at Christianity as a religion and not a relationship. I’m sorry Lord. I’m sorry for anything that I have said, done or thought that has grieved you in any way, and I want you to renew my mind so that I will walk according to your perfect plan for my life. I choose now to walk by faith and humility before you. I choose now to live a life that is different to the ways of the world I see around me. I want to conform to your holy image and live in love for you and my fellow man. Help me to renew my thinking by your words, Jesus. Amen.”
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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith.
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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