Sunday, March 22, 2009

Imagine if everyone was the same? Thank God we aren't.



And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

Have you ever thought about what if everyone were the same, did the same things, said the same things, acted the same way? It's like the body of Christ (the church): The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). So imagine if there were all hands in the body of Christ? What if there were just feet? Would we function well? I think not. Like the HOLY BIBLE says, "the body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts (ears, lips, tongue, feet, legs, fingers, etc.), they form one body." That being said, it would useless if we all did the SAME thing in church, in the ministry, or on the road to Heaven. That's the beauty of it...we are all different and together we work as one to accomplish the mission-- to bring more souls to Christ.

There are some out there who are skeptical when youth help with ministries that are not exactly associated 100% with their home church...even though it's still a church/God related ministry, it still surprisingly brings animosity and resentment. There are those who use a bible verse and say, "You must help your home church only." That small-minded ideology is destructive and can be detrimental to the real/true purpose---bringing souls to Christ. What if everyone just stayed in their home churches and said, "i am only going to help my church and that's it." Where would the ministries such as Amazing Facts, Esperanza TV, Hope Channel, Ministerio Vuelve, Ondas de Esperanza, Voice of Prophecy, The Power of the Lamb, Por Cristo Jovenes, Jesus wears Jeans, Movimiento Joven Adventista (MJA), Generation Youth for Christ (GYC) be if everyone used that small-minded ideology? They would NOT exist my brothers and sisters. Praise the Lord for ministries whose missions are to preach the good news to the entire world!! Hallelujah!!

Please keep in mind that I am not saying to not help your home church, all I am saying is that while those who are in the ministry still help their home church, it is a calling from the Lord with whatever you help with. Some people have the calling from the Lord to help direct Sabbath School, while others have the calling to be an anciano (elder) of the church, while others get called to be director of sound, of jovenes, to be Sabbath school teachers, to be deacons/deaconess, multimedia, and some get the calling to help out a ministry (like the ones mentioned above). My brothers and sisters, the work of the Lord should not be taken lightly...not at all. While everything ultimately depends on our Lord and Savior, a lot depends of us earthly beings. Thank the Lord we are all called for different things...that is the beauty of the body of Christ. Some of us are the ears, some the mouth, some the feet, some the fingers...We are all different!!!! Praise the Lord.

As we are in the last days, let us not forget the true purpose of this race we are running...bringing more of our friends, family, loved ones, and the human race to the foot of the cross of Jesus. Imagine if you knew a massive earthquake would devastate your town soon? Wouldn't you want to go tell everyone of the destruction that is about to occur and tell them about the only place you know will shelter them and save them? The same with the coming of the Lord. It is going to occur very soon and we must tell everyone about the only place that will shelter them and save them---the arms of our Holy Redeemer.

Thank God we are all different. Aren't you glad we are different?

God bless you as you spread the good news in whatever form that may be.

XoXo,

Nissy

5 comments:

  1. Hello Anissa.
    THis is real nice. It's always good to spread the Gospel and this is a real unique way. GB

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  2. Hello Anonymous,

    Thank you...Praise the Lord for technology and the power in testifying through the internet. Question for you: Did you have any comments towards this particular post? Do you agree with me? Disagree with me? I am interested in what you thought. Hope to hear from you soon.

    God bless.

    XoXo,

    Nissy

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  3. Nissy -- first I want to say how awesome this blog is. It's really refreshing to hear a mature young adult's perspective. I am lucky to be exposed to this part of your life.

    With that said, I want to respond to your blog with a few of my own thoughts:

    I have always felt that people are called to respond to the work of God in different ways. I agree with all the roles you've mentioned above but I also feel that "human being" is a role. I don't know how many times in the past I've been asked why I have the type of demeanor I have...or why I choose to react a certain way. My reason is my religion, the foundation I was brought up on, and my beliefs. I think it is so important to know that we aren't beacons of light only in our church community but in the "outside" world, as well. I think a lot of the time, this truth is forgotten and we tend to focus on "what can we do through church" to make things better. Sometimes, it takes a single person in a non-church environment to create that positive-contagious attitude towards life. It's the first thing that someone who isn't involved in the church will notice about you and that's how you will bring them to know the name of God in a way that isn't intimidating, superior, or holier than thou.

    Very thought-provoking topic! I look forward to reading more.

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  4. Diversity: It must be the most enriching element, we as human beings have received from God.

    It all makes sense when Jesus tells his followers, "You are the salt of the earth." I can only smile when i ponder on this. Anissa asks a question that strikes the chord of our existence, "what if we were all the same?" I tell you one thing. We would not reflect God.
    Different ministries, talents, skills, and spiritual gifts reflect God's creativity.

    May the Lord, through His Spirit, unify His people today for the furthering of His kingdom.
    Thank you for reminding us of God's creativity.

    In Christ
    Alex

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  5. Jess,

    Awww thank you hun! Thanks for checking out the blog! I really enjoyed what you wrote as well...Something that you wrote really stood out to me and it's when you said,

    "it takes a single person in a non-church environment to create that positive-contagious attitude towards life.It's the first thing that someone who isn't involved in the church will notice about you and that's how you will bring them to know the name of God in a way that isn't intimidating, superior, or holier than thou."

    That's deep chica...and you hit it right on the nose. Thank YOU for reminding us that testifying isn't only through home churches and ministries, but by the way we live daily. Beautiful indeed. Something we should strive for everyday. Thank you for those thoughts. Miss ya girl.

    XoXo,

    Nissy

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