Tag Archives: godly living

A seat at His table!

Thankful to have a seat at the Kings table.

Matt 22:1-14

I am captivated by this parable where Jesus speaks to the fact that God has prepared a table before us and has called all his guests for a seat at his table. Many may have not known the benefits that went along with that so they shrugged it off. Then I find that Our Heavenly Father extended his grace to others the good and the bad to offer a seat at his table he has prepared. I never knew the significance of these passages of scriptures to our every day lives in Christ. (He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. (Psalms23:5) At his table we have his grace, blessings, protection and provisions and so much more. We are treated with such honor as his children.

Not only is it an honor to be invited into the kingdom but we are clothed in special wedding garments. (Christ) Holiness, Cleaned/spotless , and honored as his peculiar people.

But then as I look further at the passage, it states that someone came to the table without his wedding garments. I take it as he was not saved. And he was cast out. Perhaps he seen all the blessings of the saved wanted them too but without accepting the Son as his Savior.

Imagine wanting the blessings of God that come through acceptance of the Son but not wanting to honor the Son with his life. And At his wedding feast at that. Nerves right?

I guess it’s no difference if we say Lord Lord but don’t really make him Lord of our lives. How can we expect to have a seat at the table and all blessings that go with it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Alexis Smith Byron

Www.AlexisByron.com

Advertisements

Must you always speak your mind?

Must you always speak your Mind?

It’s something to hear people talk to each other especially when they feel they have the right to say whatever they feel like saying, dumping all their acid from their heart all over the person. All for the sake of “truth’ and “freedom of expression”.  When, what they are saying is just plain rude and hurtful, leaving the person feeling unloved and uncared for. But “they feel good” because they were able to get it  all off their chest. But at what cost?

The Bible gives us instruction on how we are to communicate with each other.

In Colossians 4:6 (NIV) it states: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

 And in Eph 4:15, it states: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is Christ.”

Even though there are many scriptures that speak to this, I thought these two would do fine.

I can speak for myself when I say, It’s easy to point out flaws and problems in others, especially when it’s a spouse or children. But it is so hard expressing those issues without sounding judgmental or critical.

I know as Christians we sometimes feel the need to correct or be the “voice” of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life. But this can unfortunately turn us into “the spiritual police” or the “Judge and Jury” and always saying  “Guilty”.

I believe this is not what Christ meant when he said, “Let your conversation be always full of grace”,

Grace, as undeserved favor, kindness and forgiveness toward a person. Considering their feelings, their frailties, their issues, their struggles and the fact that they are imperfect just like us.

One scripture I try to live by that helps me to be graceful is in Romans 15:1-NIV: “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not please ourselves.”

It helps me to be patient, understanding and not so desperate to get my feelings heard. We are all at different levels in our walk. We may see all the flaws but what you may not know is how far they have come. Your words can give them hope or give them discouragement. “Death and life is in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)

So should you just say what you want? Should you give someone a piece of your mind?

No, we shouldn’t. I know it’s hard sometimes but we have to take ourselves out of the equation. It’s not about us really! It’s about the Christ in us. The “Truth”. That is why it is very important to pray first, for yourself and that person. Tell Jesus all about it. Allow him to shed his light on the situation. He will give you understanding and guide you on what to do. He may use us to speak for him but it will be based on his truth not ours.

That is where the other scripture come into play, ‘Speak the truth in love…” I think sometimes we get so caught up in trying to get heard that we forget about this major component, “Love”.  Think about it, Love is patient, kind, not prideful, selfless, not vindictive, not faultfinding, peaceable, well behaved, hopeful, persistent, perseveres, protective and rejoices in the truth.  (1Corinthians 13: 5-6) I know this is a tall order but it is what is expected as Christians.  God says to Love each other, (1 Peter 4:8) “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”

Imagine how powerful that would be in a person’s life to know that you care more for them then your feelings about the offense/sin. You care that they receive all their blessings from God and that you want to rejoice with them living in the truth of God.

That is why the bible says to get the beam out of our own eye before we try to remove the speck for our brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5 “paraphrased”)

Our beam is “self”.  We can only see clearly when we look through the eyes of Jesus.

So, in closing, If God uses us to speak,  we should humbly speak the “mind of Christ” not our own.

May God help us all,  is my prayer.

Alexis Smith Byron

http://www.alexisbyron.com