October 27 ‘16 Seeing What Really Is Part 19 ~Paul Gray
Think about your “ministry”…what God might be “calling” you to do or be. Many times people long to have a “large” ministry and to “do important things” for God and His Kingdom.
However, consider what ministry could ever be more important than a full time Mom, a Full time Dad, a full time spouse, a full time friend?
Ephesians 4:29 KJV Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
I love the above translation of this verse because it accurately (in my opinion) contrasts “corrupt communication” with grace. Corrupt communication would include the Lie of Separation and any teaching that God is angry at humanity, there is separation between us and God, separation between “the elect and the damned,” any hierarchy in the Kingdom, that God is vindictive, punitive, has to be appeased, is full of “wrath” towards us, that we can gain and maintain a right relationship with God by our own efforts, etc. That is all corrupt and directly opposed to God’s Grace!
Because of religion’s pervasive teaching and influence, most of its adherents believe lies. So where are people…especially children…to learn the truth about God’s unconditional love, unconditional forgiveness, passion for community with us, amazing grace, acceptance and inclusion…and the effects of Jesus’s finished work at the cross?
The Holy Spirit of Christ seems to most often reveal these mysterious truths to us from another person whom we are in relationship with and whom we trust. Many times these truths are “caught” as much as “taught.” Many people who have never (fortunately) been a part of organized religion have a wonderful understanding of unconditional love, unconditional forgiveness, grace, acceptance and inclusion because they have seen that in a parent, grandparent, spouse and/or friend!
We can impact the world in great ways for the Kingdom of God simply by believing, teaching, and modeling what the Trinity is really like to those in our little sphere of influence! That’s what happened in the first church and it thrived for about 300 years before religion began to corrupt it as the official state-required religion of Rome.
We have the great privilege and the very high calling of ministering grace to those in our lives who are in a position to see and hear just by watching and listening to us!