Thursday, September 1, 2016

Called According to His Purpose

All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

As written about in the post “Knowing Our Express Purpose”, Paul was determined to carry the name of Christ before the Gentiles, their kings, and the people of Israel. There was tremendous pressure applied by the Jewish leaders as they plotted to kill Paul but he never gave up and continued to set out to achieve his express purpose.

In present times, Christians are having to face instances similar to what Christians faced during Paul’s time. Secular thought wishes to push God out of our lives. Examples include redefining marriage, using the word holiday season instead of Christmas, and many other aggressive actions that go against the Way.

In many cases, those who make a stand for God, can face media bullying, threats to their lives, and even criminal prosecution. It’s bad enough in America but persecution goes to extremes in other places throughout the world where Christians are burned, beheaded, and executed.

Today’s video inspires us to remain determined like Paul to carry the name of Christ into the world: Until the Whole World Hears – Casting Crowns.

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