Posted by: austend | Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Believers in Today’s World

Another thought from David Baron gleaned from Israel in the Plan of God {here} about believers who live in the present world:

…And finally,  to complete the parallel,  we too [believers] are His ‘anointed ones’ and His ‘prophets’ in the New Testament sense of the words, to whom is entrusted the Word of Life, that we may be witnesses for Him in the world.  ‘God’s people,’ to quote from an old writer, ‘have ever been but “men of number” (a little minority), often accounted as vile, but they are precious in His sight.  They are not distinguished by external dignity, numbers, and power, as Rome [Catholic church] sets forth the marks of her communion: they are in the midst of kingdoms, but not of them.  They form usually the humblest portions of most communities, and yet they receive honor from God.  Despised by the world, but unto God, kings and priests,  ordained and anointed to reign with Christ for ever.’

These words are a reminder that God’s people are rarely those whom the world considers “great.”  Believers are usually disdained by the world.  They are usually the minority.  But don’t forget that this life is not all that there is!  God will honor those who live for Him in this present life, especially if it is difficult.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.   But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Cor 1:26-29)

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