105 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
There comes a time to stand and be counted. There are a couple of ways to do it, and at the end it comes down to a simple question – are you a builder or a taker? Are you a positive force or an anti?
A positive force changes the world through building, through giving, through service. An anti, the destroyer, is against most everything, wants others to do the work for them, takes from others. Who are you? Really, who are you? If you expect others to fix the problems you see, well, you’re an anti.
Give thanks to the Lord for all he’s done. Stand firm for what He stands for. Love. Accept. Fight. Change the world. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-control. These are the gifts, these are the expectations. Be true to Him.
Be a builder, not an destroyer. Be for something, not against everything. Leave a legacy of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness, not of self-righteous anger.
Colossians 3:1-4 (MSG)
3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.