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April 30, 2007, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

Make a positive impact

Pastor Al Jones, New Life Assembly of God Church, Cokato

Whether reading through the newspaper, listening to the news on the radio, watching it on TV, or searching for it online, one can become overwhelmed with issues that can make us throw up our hands in despair.

It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s politics within our own country, or world events. If you find yourself out with friends, or having coffee with acquaintances somewhere, those same issues can be a source of common fodder for your conversation.

During the days Jesus lived upon this earth, I would assume that He also encountered the same kind of talk. The people of Israel were serving under the Roman government, and they were worth little in the eyes of its citizens. Many times, I’m sure, the popular topics led to the same conclusion, to throw up their hands in frustration.

In Scripture, Jesus answered that day’s conflict with a doctrine that was different than the others. In the Sermon on the Mount, He tells us to concentrate on what is really important.

One of the most popular verses of the Bible, Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” If we try to live our Christian walk by all of the circumstances around us, we will fail because our focus is in the wrong realm.

Jesus goes on to say in the very next verse, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

It is very easy to get caught up in the things of today, and ultimately forget that life in this world is not our goal. There will always be trouble in the world, and our responsibility is to look for God’s wisdom in our lives to help us in this turbulent time we live.

It is good when we pray for our nation and those in authority. Titus reminds us to be submissive (Titus 3:1). This helps us to have the right attitude toward those making important decisions for us.

We are a part of this world, and we can make a positive impact with our lives if we allow the Father to have first place in us.

Remember the words in the chorus of this old hymn, “O Lord, I know I have no friend like You. If heaven’s not my home, then Lord, what will I do? The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”


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