The Blessings Of Honoring Christ – Alternative View – January 11

The Blessings Of Honoring Christ

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. – (3 John 2)

God’s kingdom agenda operates to bring His blessing to the institutions that follow it. In Deuteronomy 29:9, Moses told Israel, “Keep the words of this covenant to do them,  that you may prosper in all that you do.” The Scripture is simply saying that if you do it God’s way, you’ll see the benefits.

America attempted to do this in its early days. The effort was flawed because of unbiblical slavery, but apart from slavery this country attempted to operate by a decentralized government. And we prospered like no country in the history of mankind, even though not everybody at the top was a Christian.

In 3 John 2, the apostle prays that Gaius would prosper “in all respects”just as he prospered in his spiritual life. John is saying the same thing. If you do things God’s way, benefit comes. And the benefit flows over into the family, the church, and the government.

This is how God’s kingdom operates: through decentralized, plural institutions, under His centralized leadership, in order to produce self-government under Him. By creating a system of checks and balances in all areas of life, we protect ourselves and each other from the temptation that brought Satan to his ultimate demise: pride. By holding each other accountable we are able to then experience and extend the blessings of God in our own lives and out to the lives of those around us as well.

God desires for each of us to live out the fullness of our personal destinies and, through that realization, to experience Him and to bring Him glory. He also desires for the institutions of the family, church, and civil government to experience these same blessings in producing fruit in line with Him and His Word. This is done through an honoring of His role as God and Ruler of all.

Reflection: Do you find yourself focusing more on the flaws and shortcomings of those in authority over you, or on their strengths? Take time to thank God for those who have been given the task of leading you, whether in the home, the workplace, the church, or the government. Ask God to give you wisdom as you offer leadership or advice to those God has placed in your life to receive it. (Remember that this includes younger men or women at church.)

I want to do things Your way, Lord. I really do. Sometimes that doesn’t always show up in my actions, but I pray that You will kindly keep me close to You each and every day that I might learn Your ways and follow them.

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About The Alternative

The Urban Alternative is the national ministry of Dr. Tony Evans and is dedicated to restoring hope and transforming lives through the proclamation and application of the Word of God.

About Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is founder and senior pastor of the 10,000-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, former chaplain of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, and present chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1000 US radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries.

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