Thursday, January 28, 2010

Why Another Blog?

Why another blog? I’ll answer that question by asking another from the Shorter Westminster Catechism. “What is the chief end of man?” ANSWER: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”

It’s true! My highest purpose (and yours) as a Christian is to be totally absorbed by the Person and work of GOD the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. No matter what I set my hand to do, it is my desire that GOD remain central and receive all the honor, praise and adoration for who He is, what He's doing, and what He has done. He alone is my greatest treasure and joy – He alone is worthy.

It is impossible that anything I could say here would add anything to GOD’s glory. All glory already belongs to Him because of Who He is. But with that being said, it is altogether possible (and it is my motive) to blog in such a way that He is pleased and that He alone is honored, receiving all the credit for any and all good fruit. I say with the Reformers' that in all things “Soli Deo Gloria!” Soli Deo Gloria - Latin meaning Glory to God alone. SDG!

By the grace of GOD, my, although imperfect (heart, mind, soul, strength) love for the glory of GOD is the taproot for my love of mankind.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:10-11, 19

Out of the love that GOD has, “poured out” in my heart by the Holy Spirit, I will attempt to blog in such a way that expresses my love for GOD’s people – my Brothers and Sisters in Christ and for lost people. Remember - concerning the command to love GOD and man, Jesus said, “there is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12).

In First Thessalonians chapter four, the Apostle Paul instructs the Church concerning GOD’s command to brotherly love. In verse nine he urges the Church to, “do this more and more.” He then provides the Church with more practical instruction and exhortation about how to live (vv.10-12). Then he turns his attention to encouraging them about the glories of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and provides them (us) with a detailed teaching about what happens to Christians who die (vv.13-17). In verse eighteen he says, “Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

I want to make the Apostle Paul’s aim in writing these words to the Church my own aim in this blog. In everything I blog about here, I pray it will be with an eye on loving you my Brother and Sister in Christ. I’ll do my best, by the grace of GOD, to encourage you of this simple truth - Time is short! Our Lord will soon return! Love GOD and glorify Him by obeying His command to love man. How? “Go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

In the weeks, months, (years Lord willing) to come, I’ll be posting my experiences in evangelism. I pray it honors Christ Jesus our Lord and encourages you Christian. In addition to text, you’ll see/hear audio, video, and photos of my evangelism endeavors.

"Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you…" 2 Thessalonians 3:1

The title of the Blog “Cross Bearing Servant”??? I’ll explain it in my next post.