The person who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is love. God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could have life through him.
Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. I’ve told you in the past and I’m telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There are no laws against things like that.
So when you give to the poor, don’t announce it with trumpet fanfare. This is what hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets in order to be praised by people. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward.
When you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
Give your contributions privately. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.
Can I let you in on what one of the enemy’s main strategies is?
Think about it.
If you are living in isolation, separated from other living beings, how can you love and receive love?
Even worse, if you do not have a relationship with God, perhaps you’re estranged, you are in spiritual solitary confinement.
Even in the natural, being sent to the hole is the worst form of punishment other than physical death.
Now, look at the wide world of consumer products.
They are designed to isolate and enslave you.
I was recently out on the streets, feeding and serving the homeless with a bunch of other believers.
At one point it seemed like almost everyone who came to serve was watching the scene unfold through their cellphones.
We have this digital filter on our lives.
If I can’t post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, did it really happen?
The homeless getting food weren’t posting pictures of their delicious meals and drinks, freely provided by the grace of God and His humble servants.
They simply enjoyed them, shared with their friends, and told others about the blessings they had received.
As a former IT worker, I know the dark underbelly of the beast.
Nothing is secure.
Everything is being monitored.
You’re basically opting-in to 24 hour surveillance so that corporations can better target ads to you so that you will buy more products and services.
Consumerism is an addiction.
Being chained to your phone or computer is an addiction.
If you get anxious when you can’t use your phone, perhaps you have a problem.
Jesus isn’t on Facebook.
He’s on the streets.
There’s a benefit to having ministry resources available online, don’t get me wrong.
But the real work of ministry is in loving people not creating content and consuming information.
It’s time to wake up and get back to basics.
I don’t have a television.
I don’t have Internet in my home.
God has already given us everything we need for life and for godliness.
It’s time to put digital on the back burner and start living the analog and spiritual life that God created you for.
Technology has to keep innovating to remain profitable.
Competition, pride and greed drive it.
It’s an unsustainable system and it will fail.
This isn’t Star Trek, where some new technology will save the day.
Remember why you’re here.
To live a life that has God’s approval, not the most likes and retweets.
Honestly, the world is going to hate you.
If they crucified our Lord, and He was the perfect expression of God in man on Earth, what more can we expect?
The Kingdom of God is where love, mercy and grace rule the day.
You enter by faith.
You remain there by obedience.
When you disobey, you fall away.
When you repent, you get restored.
All of the promises of God contain conditions.
They are like if then statements in programming.
If you turn from your wicked ways and acknowledge God, then He will bless you.
Else, you’re out in the cold.
In the dark.
Like a homeless and hungry person on the cold, dark and damp streets of Anytown, USA.
That’s someone’s son.
That’s someone’s daughter.
God loves them.
They aren’t trash.
They’ve been treated like garbage.
Love them unselfishly.
Give to their needs.
They can’t repay you.
But God in Heaven knows what you’re doing and He will reward you when you get home.
Your home is in Heaven.
It’s a place called Grace.
None of us deserve to be there.
But God, in His infinite love, saw it fit to have Jesus die in our place so that we could inherit eternal life in Paradise.
May the love of God guide you in all that you do and say, today and always.
And may His Grace abound even more everyday.
In Christ’s Name, we pray.