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The Magicianís Nephew
- tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
- the Crucifixion and Resurrection,
The Horse and His Boy
- the calling and conversion of the heathen,
- restoration of the true religion after a corruption,
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- the spiritual life (especially in Reepicheep),
The Silver Chair
- the continuing war against the powers of darkness,
The Last Battle
- the coming of Antichrist (end of the world/judgement)
Narnia is a world that is part of a larger world. Narnia is like our world being part of Godís world. Narnia has many creatures, some are evil, some are good, some are still trying to figure things out. Because there is good and evil in Narnia, there is a battle and those who knew their ďcallingĒ and responsibilities and did them well were victorious and honored. I mention Narnia because we are to think about the Kingdom of God we live in!
Hereís the question for us as Christians: Do we know our role in the Kingdom we are in at the moment?
We all need to understand the time we are living in and where are we living at this very moment! You see, even as Christians, we can put on blinders and not live in the present or in reality. Many Christians are still living in the past, some are so caught up with the future, and many live in fantasy (by the way, be careful of entertainment such as movies we watch, because they can easily draw us into fantasy land) Christians are to know and live according to Godís clock and Christians are to live in the reality of this present world. Until Jesus returns, all Christians have a role in the Kingdom of God on earth!
Today, we will learn how the Apostle Paul did it. Please open your Bibles to Romans 15. Read along with me verses 15-33ÖÖÖ.
The Apostle Paul knew his calling and purpose (v15-16). Paul was a minister of Christ by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus. And not only did Paul knew his calling, he knew what the results are to be, v16ÖÖÖÖÖ
How did the Apostle Paul do it? Itís all there in v17-23! Simply, Paul did 3 things:
1. Everything he did was focused on Godís glory!
2. Paul depended on the words and power of God!
3. Paul took action by going and speaking!
And we can note from 2 Timothy 4:7-8 the results of the life of the Apostle Paul: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Let us note that this is Godís Word; i.e. God told Paul to write what God thought about Paulís life for the Kingdom of Christ!
What will God say about our lives for the Kingdom of Christ?
Let us commit to following the example of Paulís life!
1. We are to know our purpose!
Like the Apostle Paulís, every Christianís purpose in life is to glorify God and help others glorify God.
2. We are to know our calling!
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