The Meaning of Receiving Jesus

Many who have been baptized into Christ and have come to know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, often live and talk as though they are total strangers to a personal relationship with our Lord.
It is unfortunate to see those who have claimed the Lordship of Jesus to be consumed with such unwholesome traits as, envy, jealousy, anger, grudge holding, bitterness, pride of religion and racism. Such expressions indicate the lack of a growing relationship with the Lord.
The issue is “What does being saved or receiving Jesus mean for us as we live on earth?” While many would argue for the necessity of the Act of Baptism. How many of us would also contend for the Result of Baptism—”Walking in a new life?” (Romans 6:4) or “Living in Him.” (Colossians 2:6)
Being saved is submitting to Jesus’ leadership. It means more than being baptized and becoming a church member. It means walking your life before Him everyday.
Is there an attitude, a perception toward others, a feeling about others, a superior biblical view that tells God to “keep out”? “I can handle this!”
Being saved or receiving Jesus as Lord means you allow God to influence every facet of your life, including how you think.
Lets not rely only on baptism and being members of jesus’ body. But lets trust jesus to indeed be the lord and saviour of our lives.

Belligerence or Love?

Every Christian should have a burning desire to zealously share and teach biblical truth. It is possible, however, that this zeal may cause us to remove our focus from the real enemy and to place barriers between us and other Christians. While preaching and teaching biblical truth are important, we must also nurture and protect our relationships with each other. According to our Lord’s prayer, only when Christians show that they are “one” (united) can we be effective in sharing our Lord’s gospel with the world. (John 17:20 & 21).
 One key issue facing our Lord’s disciples is this: Does “love” or “belligerence” come closest to describing relations between Christian and Christian, preacher and preacher, congregation and congregation?
The word “belligerent” means hostile or warlike in attitude or intent. It connotes the idea of being opposed to somebody or in this context using words and attitudes to fight against someone.
When Christians (in spite of our differences) began to reject and judge and condemn one another, we do not represent the church for which Jesus died. Strife, bitterness, and division result when Christians are belligerent toward each other.
Unfortunately, some Christians and congregations have become comfortable with “declaring war” on those whose biblical  emphasis or styles of preaching or patterns of worship may be different from theirs. Such belligerent attitudes are more of a hindrance than a help to sharing the principals of Jesus.
If our Lord’s death can heal the breach between a righteous God and sinful people, certainly it should be able to heal any conflict among Christians.

God, Give us men! A time like this demands
Strong men, great hearts,    
rue faith and ready hands;  
men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men who possess opinions and a will; 
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
-------------------------------Josiah G. Holland
Men whose hands will do HIS work today
Men whose tongues will share HIS story
Men whose footsteps for HIM will be followed by others
Men whose Christian examples for HIM are too strong to ignore
Men whose family attitudes will gain HIS approval
Men whose service for HIM will encourage people to serve
Men whose faithfulness to HIS Church will motivate believers to love and good deeds
Men who will “Let your good deeds shine for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16)
Dr. Taylor A. McKenzie