Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20 – Scripture Of The Day (January 2, 2014)
The mission of the church. Christians are God’s chosen people for one reason…to tell others about God (1 Pet. 2:9). Our own salvation from hell is but a perk given out of God’s grace (Tit. 2:11; Rom. 6:23). While we may have initially obeyed the gospel out of a desire to be saved from condemnation (Acts 2:36-41), we must grow to care about the spiritual well-being of others more than ourselves (Phil. 2:3-4; cf. Ex. 32:31-33). We will come to take our mission seriously only when we realize that we are surrounded by lost souls who need the gospel just like we do. At that point, we will be unable to be silent (Jer. 20:9). Praise God that he is with us in this endeavor, helping us and giving us the increase! (Phil. 2:13; 1 Cor. 3:5-9; 2 Cor. 9:8-11) With God at our side, we cannot fail! Have you fulfilled your mission today, Christian?
Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:37-38 – Scripture Of The Day (Jan 1, 2014 – one day late…sorry)
Contextually, this is Luke’s parallel of Matthew’s famous “Judge not lest ye be judged” passage (Matt. 7:1-5). A careful reading of that passage, along with other passages such as John 7:24 and 1 Corinthians 5:12-13, shows that Christ is not condemning judging per se (a command which would be impossible to obey; if you tell me I’m wrong to judge you, you yourself just judged me). Rather, he wants us to examine the WAY we judge others. Hypocritical, unmerciful judgment by us will lead to God and others judging us the same way, and rightly so. Righteous, merciful judgment which is quick to forgiven when repentance is shown (Luke 17:3-4), given by humble Christians who are not only aware of their own faults but are actively working to overcome them, is pleasing to God.