Wednesday, 7/5/2017

Good Morning, Believer,

Last week my computer’s ability to connect with the Internet on a consistent basis without losing did not happen. After working for about 10 hours on Thursday, I then worked for one hour trying to get the devotional on the website. I tried to get last Friday’s e-devotions online but the Internet connection would quit on me over and over again. I was so tired, weary, and just needed a lot of rest. I went to bed and got up at 4 a.m. to have my time with God. By that time my devotions were completed with my Savior, it was 6 a.m. I went to the church to get the devotional out to all of you. I just continued to work the rest of the day on the Kitchen Project, have a date with my wife, and finished by working on doing some painting on the kitchen. Last week, looking back, was grueling, but God gave the strength to continue to go forward. It is not in our strength that we are able to do what sometimes looks impossible, but it all because of HIM that we can accomplish what we do to glorify HIM. I do not mind pushing out for my Savior…I remember the time that Jesus was in the boat with the disciples and a storm came up. Jesus was sleeping and was not awakened by the storm. Now that is being tired and weary. I have been like that a lot of times in my lifetime for Jesus’ sake. I do not mind, but it feels so good when I do get to rest and be refreshed. As I say often, “maybe this week?” As I write on Sunday, along with my computer problems at home…maybe this week??? We shall see…it is all in the Lord’s hands!

1 Corinthians 6:1-3When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! (ESV)

Subject: The Saints will Judge

What happens in a church situation when one church member has a grievance (lawsuit, case, legal action) against another church member? I am sure that most would go to get a lawyer and then to court. But, this is not what Paul (God) says should happen in a church setting. It is not the unsaved world that we should as Christians leave the decision in their hands for our disputes.

Why does a situation in a church setting get so bad that even a thought out going to court with a dispute against another Christian be an option? Jesus spoke about such matters in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. In Matt. 5:38-42 He spoke a person who slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If a person forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Jesus knew all about being used and abused.

Paul says, “When there is a grievance between two Christians, is he so bold to go to the worldly courts of law to decide right or wrong?” Should that kind of grievance be decided by the leader-ship of the church? In our church, it would be the “board of elders”.

Then Paul poses a couple of interesting questions. The first one is, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?” When it is speaking about “judging”, it is talking about authority to rule and make decisions in leadership positions. One day there will be hierarchy in this universe and people will be given authority to judge, rule, and make decisions for all eternity. I believe this is the reward of being faithful upon earth during our Christian lives.

The second one is, “If the world will be judged by you, are you not worthy to try insignificant cases?” To this question one can be very logical. If indeed this is the way it will be in the future eternal state, why can it not begin now with these small, insignificant issues between believers? Most of the disagreements are trivial and unimportant in comparison with the many issues that will come up in the courts of law.

And the final one, “Do you not know that we are to judge angels?” Again, put the word “to lead or have authority over” in place of the word “judge”. It seems that we shall be over the angels in leadership positions. How God arranges all of that for eternity, I am sure He has already figured out. We can just sit back and see if our name is called to lead or follow. It will depend upon what we do upon this earth for Jesus Christ.

Let us be wise, let us be discerning and careful in our evaluation of issues like this in life. We need to be careful about every word or every piece of advice that we give to others. It is important that we be Spirit-filled as we walk and talk. Let us be wise counselors for those that need our insights and guidance as they make decisions for Christ.

Learning to lead,

Pastor Les

Scripture is from the ESV® Bible  (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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