God revealed

Recently someone asked me the question, “What is God like?” My first thought was gee that is a nice and easy question to answer…hmmm perhaps not!

As I thought about it for a while two Bible verses came to mind – Colossians 1:15 and John 10:30. They are as follows…

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.” (Colossians 1:15 NLT)

“I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 NLT)

If you are wondering what God is like today, then look at the life of Jesus Christ. Take a note of His teachings, His compassion, His love and His commitment to you and I.

If you have a Bible I would encourage you to have a read through the New Testament book of Luke. If you don’t have one, one is available here at Bible Gateway.

Removing my planks

Earlier today I had an interesting conversation with a friend via email. We were talking about how it is hard at times not to be judgemental. We agreed that we both fell into the habit sometimes and had to pull ourselves up on it.

After mulling it over for a bit, I realised the times when I tended to be judgemental was when I was looking at someones perceived weakness from my own perceived position of strength.

For example, if I am good with money and a generous person and someone I know is not so good and money just seems to slip through their fingers, I could judge them from my position of strength and they would fall short. The same goes for someone who might struggle with pornography or alcohol. It would be easy to look down on them if I was ok in those areas.

The Bible says in Mathew chapter 7 verses 1-3, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

Ouch! There are two things in this verse that are a bit prickly for me. One is that I will be judged with the same measure I use for others. The second is that I might be looking at someones elses small faults when I might have my own much bigger ones that I am blind too. Double ouch!

Maybe the next time I am tempted to look down on someone and be judgemental, I would be better off praying and asking God if I have things I need to work on. Then we He answers me I will have to repent and get my crowbar out to remove my own plank.

Written in the Book

Having your name recorded in a book can make a huge difference to your life. Just think about it for a moment. Having your name on the book at the Department of Transport means you are allowed to drive a car and having your name on the election roles means you can vote.

No matter what we do in life it is important to be recorded in a book somewhere as it means you can get an education, receive health care when needed and even enables us to purchase a home for our families.

In the Bible it talks about an important book. It is called the Lamb’s Book of Life. The Bible tells us that this Book records all the names of the people who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

In Revelations chapter 21 it talks about this Book being vital if you want to enter heaven. It says, “Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelations 21:27).

The Bible also says that those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will miss out on heaven. Revelations 20:15 makes it pretty clear – “And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire”.

Today I want to ask you some questions. Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? My hope is that you will be able to say yes to these questions.

If you are not sure or you would like to make sure your name is written in this Book and you want to be assured you will enter heaven one day. Please visit this page