(From the sermons entitled, “Ang Isa sa Napakahalagang Gawa ng Panginoon,” and “Ang Kapistahang Hindi Inaayunan ng Biblia” for dates October 24 and 27, 2013)
God alone is the creator of everything. All His creations are great and good. All His creations manifest His glory and the vastness of His power.
The Bible says, “How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory! How plainly it shows what he has done! Each day announces it to the following day; each night repeats it to the next. No speech or words are used, no sound is heard; yet their message goes out to all the world and is heard to the ends of the earth. God made a home in the sky for the sun.” (Psalms 19:1-4)
David contemplates and seek God on all of His creations always. “He is good to everyone and has compassion on all he made. People will speak of your mighty deeds, and I will proclaim your greatness.” (Psalms 145:9, 5)
God’s creations are marvelous and amazing. Many people tried to investigate and study the wonders of nature but unfortunately, most of them end up only in the edge. Most of them concluded that there is a powerful being who made everything in order and maintains it for His purpose. Some had resulted only in assumptions. The Bible says, “Whenever I tried to become wise and learn what goes on in the world, I realized that you could stay awake night and day and never be able to understand what God is doing. However hard you try, you will never find out. The wise may claim to know, but they don’t. “(Ecclesiastes 8:17)
In all of His creations, God is worthy to be praised and adored. All His creations show His love and graciousness. (Psalms 107: 21-22)
In all of His creations, which one should we show care and affection?
When God created us, we were given the responsibility to care for all His creations. However, in all of His creations, God would want to see that we LOVE one another. We were created because of His love, and this love should be shown by everyone. It was His plan that all mankind become like Him, who is without sin and blemish; and through Jesus Christ, this purpose of Him can be done. (Ephesians 1:4-5) “Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love, God had already decided that through Jesus Christ, he would make us his children—this was his pleasure and purpose.
God created us so He can love us, and that we may become holy and perfect like Him. He planned for everything. He even formed the path that we should walk on (Ephesians 2:10). In this verse, Paul says we were created to do good works. This was God’s plan in the beginning. However, our whole duty is to fear Him and obey all His commands (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
How can we show care and affection to others? First, we should learn to care for ourselves. We should be careful not to turn away from His will and commands. We should walk and live on His words. We should fulfill the purpose of our existence so we can be all righteous in His eyes.
Second, we care for others by sharing them our faith. If others will learn about God and His will, God would be pleased. One of our duties is to share the wisdom and faith we received from Him. Apostle Paul criticizes those who creates confusion on others about knowing the true gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In one of His epistles, he says, “If you hurt others because of something you eat, then you are no longer acting from love. Do not let the food that you eat ruin the person for whom Christ died! Do not, because of food, destroy what God has done. All foods may be eaten, but it is wrong to eat anything that will cause someone else to fall into sin.” (Romans 14:15, 20). Words of God should be spread without hindrance and confusions especially with the food. During their time, there are holy and unholy food. However, this law applies only to the Christian Jews and not with the Gentiles. This confusion should not hurt the feelings of other members of the church or weaken their beliefs.
He advised also that food would not improve their relation with God and that; they will not lose anything if they do not eat, nor shall gain anything if they eat. However, he said that this freedom of action could make others weaken in faith and fall into sin (1 Corinthians 8: 8-9).
Like them, it is inevitable for believers like us not to dwell with the other non-believers. And like them, we need to be very cautious because we might do what the non-believers are doing without knowing that they are unholy in the sight of God. This might also cause other believers, especially the weak in faith, to stumble.
One of the unholy things that believers can do is celebrating feasts. Actually, celebrating feast is not bad at all. There are lots of feasts that the ancient Israel celebrated before. Feasts are made so they can eat, drink and be happy (Ecclesiastes 10:19; Genesis 26:30). There are feasts that God commanded them to celebrate. Among these is the feast of the unleavened bread and the Passover feast, which is to commemorate their independence from the Egyptians. These feasts were observed to honor the wonderful things that God had done to them (Exodus 12:14; 34:18; 12:15).
The Passover feast was even observed by Jesus Christ and His Apostles in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 5:8; 11:23-26).
However, some feasts are unholy to God because their purpose is not to honor Him but the fake gods, idols or even the dead people. We should be cautious not to be part of it for it might weaken our faith or the faith of some believers.
It is our duty to care for other members because we are members of one body, which is the church of God (1 Corinthians 12:25).
What are the Bible’s advice to weak members?
Like a plant, our faith needs to grow and need time for its roots to dig deep in the ground and establish strength and composure. It needs to be watered and cared for always. Faith becomes strong every time we experienced and overcome the trials that come to us.
Apostle Paul advised the Christians to strengthen their hopes. Christian hope is like an anchor and without it, we can be easily carried away by temptations and other things in this life. Hope is the anchor of our soul and it needs to be anchored on Christ who gives us strength (Hebrews 6:19; 10:23; 1 Timothy 1:12). With strong hope and faith, we shall never be moved.
Like life, faith can be lost if we will not keep it well. We need to hold on tight and keep the faith always because it will take us to the promised eternal life. “ I am coming soon. Keep safe what you have, so that no one will rob you of your victory prize.” (Revelations 3:11)
If we lose our faith, certainly we lose the chance to have eternal life. “For how can those who abandon their faith be brought back to repent again? They were once in God’s light; they tasted heaven’s gift and received their share of the Holy Spirit; they knew from experience that God’s word is good, and they had felt the powers of the coming age. And then they abandoned their faith! It is impossible to bring them back to repent again, because they are again crucifying the Son of God and exposing him to public shame. God blesses the soil which drinks in the rain that often falls on it and which grows plants that are useful to those for whom it is cultivated. But if it grows thorns and weeds, it is worth nothing; it is in danger of being cursed by God and will be destroyed by fire.” (Hebrews 6:4-8)
We live because of our faith in God. If we lose it or removed from us, we will dead in the sight of God. “Now, “the Just shall live by faith. But if he draws back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those withdrawing to destruction, but of those who believe to the preserving of the soul.“ (Hebrews 10:38-39)