Peril: exposure to injury, loss, or destruction. What could be perilous about being popular? Popularity is one of life’s most sought after desires. Everybody wants friends, to be loved, to be accepted and belong. What’s wrong with that, one might ask? Why is this something we need to be concerned about? What is perilous about the desire to be popular, and how might this desire expose us to injury, loss, or destruction?
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16). I have been inspired recently with the thought of a candle or a fire. There are so many characteristics of a fire, which most of us take for granted and seldom even think about.
Could there be any greater honor than for God to place our name at the end of the title above? Most of us likely recognize the source of the heading as coming from the book of Job, and we would clearly hesitate to write our name in place of his. And yet, we would all desire for God to see us as he saw Job: “There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil” (Job 1:8). We would have to re-examine our view of “fiery trials” before we could willingly place our name in place of his. How do we look at the hardships of life?
Eight hours of sleep usually refresh an adult for the next day of work, but seven hours of sleep would suffice. A ten-dollar bill should be more than sufficient to pay for a gallon of milk. If one becomes a paraplegic, he should still retain the sufficiency to use his upper body and arms.
I had a discussion with a friend about hearing the voice of God, the Holy Spirit, and being obedient before the Lord has to raise His voice. The story is told of two boys playing together at one of the boy’s house. The father of the one boy spoke to them to do something, and they ignored him until he raised his voice and spoke again. The visiting boy got concerned, but the son told him, “Not yet.” Then after a time the father spoke louder yet, and then the son told his friend, “Now we need to listen and respond.”
Awhile back I was looking at some beautiful pictures of mountains. I marveled at their hugeness and God’s almighty power in making them. Then a thought struck me so solidly; it was as if someone had spoken. “If God is that great, and you freely acknowledge it, why can’t you trust Him with your life completely?” Now, that really hit close.
As I sat pondering the topic, thinking what all it really meant, the word committed stood out to me. Do I really know what it means to be committed—committed to a deeper revival? When I think of someone who is committed, I think of a humble person who has laid down his own will and given himself wholly to the thing at hand. This is someone who is willing to give his best and follow through with that commitment. Jesus left us a prime example of commitment when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39).
My son was recently converted and baptized, and I felt to bring a few thoughts about the basics of Christian life for a new convert. We can compare maintaining our Christian life to the maintenance we perform on our vehicles, mowers, equipment, houses, etc. In order for them to run properly, we must take good care of them. There are also some basic steps we can take that will help us live a successful Christian life.
Hope is the central theme of the Christian’s salvation. Our helmet is the “hope of salvation” (1 Thess. 5:8). “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” (Rom. 8:24). What did the apostle Paul mean when he said we are saved by hope? Our hope in God and His Word (the way of salvation) is paramount to the Christian’s existence; we have no other hope. Christ is our lively hope. Christ, or our hope in Him, is what keeps us going and fighting the battle against sin and our flesh. Thereby we are saved.
At the end of Jesus’ parable of the unjust judge, He posed a thought-provoking question. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). While true faith produces many fruits, one that is sometimes used nearly synonymously with faith is trust. So perhaps, in the context of this article, the question for us in our day is whether mankind will still be placing their trust in God upon the Lord’s return. It would appear that this is diminishing.