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Waiving Our Flag

For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, 3 John 3-6 (NKJV)

Have you ever been so passionate about something you found yourself committing a large portion of your time, talent, and even money towards it?  I think we all have to some extent.  For some of us it is a sport we love to be a part of.  For others it can be a love for nature, the environment, for politics, or many other great causes. 

When we have a passion for something we will tend to let others know about it through our conversations and our actions.  It can be a simple comment we make, or they might see our passion for something by our actions or through our involvement in a specific group or cause.  It can simply be by our wearing a certain t-shirt or by placing a sticker on our car.  When find ourselves doing these things we are sort of “waiving our flag” for these things we have a passion for, as we are showing our support for these causes, people, or activities dear to our heart 

Q:         Is it wrong to be passionate about various causes, people, or activities?

As long as they are being done unto the Lord and are honoring to Him then they are fine (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor. 10:31).  But we must understand if they are given a greater place within our heart than the things of God then we need to step back and reevaluate our level of participation in them.  You see we have been called to prioritize how we will choose our activities, and how we will use our resources and abilities.  We do this because we belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19).  We should never place a higher value or priority in the waiving of any other flag than our waiving our flag for Jesus.

Q:         How do we wave a flag for Jesus?

We wave our flag for Jesus by choosing to live Holy and sanctified lives for God’s purpose.  It is by loving others in a selfless way just as Jesus did. When we do this people actually see what is most important to us and we will find our actions drawing others to want to know Jesus.  Now this is a flag worth waiving.

We should probably reflect upon what flag we are waiving today.  Are we focusing on a lesser flag, and in doing so, possibly giving it our best resources, time and abilities?   Do we have a greater desire to save the planet, or an animal than the soul of a cantankerous neighbor, family member, or coworker?  Do we have a greater desire to invest our lives into politics, finances, or sports rather than sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others?  Hear me in this—these other causes, jobs and hobbies can be great and God-honoring if they are being done as part of the bigger and better flag. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to keep our eyes fixed on the greater calling to draw others to a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 3 John 3-6 what should we be doing faithfully, and what does it give witness to?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you giving the best of what you have to God, and is the flag you waive filled with Christ’s love?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to do everything as if we were doing unto our Lord, with the hope of drawing others to Him.

Let’s Pray…

Father, we thank You for allowing us to be a part of the Great Commission to share Jesus with others.   Help us to stay focused on this and to never place a higher priority on anything else in our lives.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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