Philippians 4:21-22… “Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household” (KJV). The word “saint” is used more for people who have died, but really, a believer is a saint in this life too. A saint is a believer “in Christ Jesus.” Paul addressed most of his epistles “to the saints,” but our text says,“saints in Caesar’s household.” This was an unlikely place to find saints. Persecution was at its worst. Nero was Caesar at the time of Paul’s writing. The Roman civilization was known for its cruelty and corruption. It was a cesspool of iniquity. Nero was a murderer, a liar, a coward, a drunkard, and incestuous. He usurped the throne and poisoned the legitimate heir. He tortured Christians by the thousands. Even with all of this, Jesus had saints in Caesar’s household. These saints sent greetings to the Philippian church. God has living witnesses everywhere, in all walks of life. Most of them are unheard of, but they are faithful to their Lord. Wherever God has placed you, in the business world, in government, in factories, in the ministry, or wherever, you are a saint in Christ Jesus. The Lord wants you to be a witness where you are. Your “Caesar’s household” can be your own home.
The world today is a messed-up world. It’s like Nero’s household and it needs witnessing saints, saints who lift up the name of Jesus and tell of how He changes lives. You are needed. Let your light shine (Matthew 5:14-16). One of the problems we see today is that most Christians shine their lights among other lights. Light was meant to shine in the darkness.
SENSATIONALISM… in revival is not necessarily fanaticism. There is divine sensationalism that comes from the supernatural acts of God. God Himself is sensational. When he spoke the worlds into existence, the morning stars sang together and worshipped. Every miracle of God in both the Old and New Testament was sensational in the eyes of the people. When the Red Sea opened, when the manna fell, when the sun stood still, when the walls of Jericho fell, it was all sensational. When Jesus healed and broke bread and raised the dead, it was very sensational. When the apostles preached and worked miracles, it was sensational. When the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost, it was sensational. Whenever and wherever God is moving by His Spirit, it should be sensational. We need more of it today… the kind that brings an awareness of God to all the levels of society. People of all walks of life need to know that God is alive.
You Are The Salt Of The Earth
YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH… It seems to me that we are going to a lot of trouble today to develop a brand of Christian that will not irritate the world. We know that salt preserves, seasons, and purifies, but we never preach that salt irritates. Real truth rubs people the wrong way sometimes. Real Christian living in this generation will irritate some people, because your righteousness is a rebuke to sinful living. The only salt that does not irritate is the salt that has lost its savor. Be a salty Christian. Irritate the sinful world by living righteously (1 John 3:13).
The Book Of Experience
THE BOOK OF EXPERIENCE… As men and women grow older they read more from the book of experience and less from the pages of prophecy. They think more of the real worth of people and less of their shortcomings. They boast less and boost more. They conclude that snobbery of others is a confession of inferiority and consideration of others is noble and worth mentioning. They hurry less and accomplish more. They realize that age is a state of mind and that the greatest reward one can win is the respect and understanding and love of his fellow man. They also realize that man’s highest duty is to “fear God and to keep His commandments.”
Receivers And Givers
RECEIVERS AND GIVERS… There are many wise failures. Often failures know more than successful people. The answer seems to lie in the fact that failures are receivers only. Into their minds they have poured facts and ideas. Like a sponge they have soaked up knowledge, hoarding it selfishly. Successful people almost always are givers. Their minds and actions are channels through which ideas pass along to others. They live creatively and productively.
Pastor George Belobaba
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