Rest In the Cross of Christ
Our basic human needs are very important to have from day to day, needs such as food, something to drink, and clothing. They are so important that we try to build bank accounts and retirement funds to ensure that our needs are met later in life. Basic human needs are so important that there are many social welfare programs, food pantries, clothing banks, and soup kitchens to help one another to have those necessities. Things can also get very ugly when people steal from others, kill others, and destroy the lives of others to have those things. If we worry more about having our basic necessities than we do about the sin problem, then our society becomes very ugly. A beautiful society is not one based on how many welfare programs, or treasures in retirement accounts that a society has. Real social beauty is in the Spirit where God’s love exist to meet our needs by addressing the consequences of sin.
At the Cross of Christ, we decide to either accept the redemption that God has for us, or to serve money and things that can never resolve the nature of sin. We cannot say that we live for God through His Son Jesus Christ if we try to fix society with our own efforts. Attempting to claim money and welfare programs as the solution to social unrest is to reject the source of the remission of sin. It’s important for people to eat, drink, and have clothing, but it doesn’t eliminate blaspheme of God. It’s tragic that programs that provide human services are made to be more important than God and what Christ has done for us at the Cross. In fact, it seems that people learn to curse God and a beautiful Spirit while they bless social programs while wallowing in the ugliness of sin. It’s important to die to the flesh to give resurrection to Life in the Spirit. When we rest in what Christ has done for us on the Cross, resting from our own earthly efforts, then a beautiful Spirit arises in ourselves and through society. We should separate ourselves from the worries and concerns of the world in order to let the Light of the World shine through us.
Satan wants to fill us, the Temple of God, with faith in everything except for what reconciles the House of God back to God. Satan disguises himself as an angel of light to champion causes for humanity but rejects God and what Christ did for us on the Cross. God’s Son, Jesus, reconciles the house of God back to God. Through Christ, there is remission of sin, and the Holy Spirit works in us to purge sin from the Temple, while giving us a passion for the redemption of souls and a concern for the welfare of humanity.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”