#Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven” Colossians 4:1

It’s sad to hear news about employees, servants, helpers, and workers who have been abused by those in positions of authority. Some were not treated properly; they have lots of work, they eat only once every day, and they have a meager salary. Apostle Paul reminds us that once you have become a Christian, you should start treating people fairly and justly especially those who are under your supervision or employment. The reason of Apostle Paul stresses this is because you also have a Master in heaven. It implies that even though you are the boss or the head of a particular job, there is someone greater than you and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. You are under His authority, and therefore your actions must be patterned from the principles He is teaching. Your authority over other people is not a freedom to do anything you want to them, but it is your responsibility as a Christian to take good care of them and to treat them with respect. Our lives should reflect the Leadership of Christ towards others.

Today’s Prayer
Lord, thank you for showing me the kind of person that I should strive to be to those who are under my headship. Help me Lord to be more and more like you each day in the way I treat my employees, subordinates or servants at home. Amen.

Two Gates, Two Ways

Matthew 7:13-14

Have you ever been accused of being a narrow-minded Christian? Those who level such accusations against us certainly mean it as an insult. According to Jesus, however, that’s the only way to walk if we want to experience abundant life now and eternal life with Him in heaven . But it will require a deliberate choice on our part, because no one automatically drifts onto this pathway.

The broad way is easy to find. In fact, unless you make a conscious choice to avoid it, you’ll find yourself on it. Most people like this wide path because it encompasses all philosophies and belief systems. Everything is acceptable, and everyone’s “truth” is valid. It even seems like the loving path because no one is left out. There are no restrictions, and freedom is unlimited. Or is it?

What those who travel this road fail to realize is that it’s a downward descent into destruction. All the promises it gives of satisfaction and fulfillment end in disappointment because it’s a path without God. But those who enter by the narrow gate of faith in Christ find the peace and joy of a relationship with Him that satisfies the heart. The gate is small because truth guards the entrance. The way is narrow because the Lord protects us with wise boundaries.

Which path are you traveling? You can’t have one foot on each, because they’re going in opposite directions. When you tolerate everything, you’re headed for destruction. But when you choose the narrow way, your life truly begins. You’ll walk with Christ day by day until He walks you home to heaven.

When the Final Gun Sounds

When the Final Gun Sounds
2 Timothy 4:5-8

5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up 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 loved his appearing.

Yogi Berra, he’s a household name in the world of sports. Yogi Berra played baseball for the New York Yankees. He was a catcher for the New York Yankees. And then he became a manager. He’s in the Hall of Fame. But Yogi Berra is not known as much for his baseball really as he’s known for the dumb things that he has said. Yogi is a person who has the grasp of the obvious, and he’s a guy that can just take a phrase and butcher it and make it so funny, not trying to be funny, but that’s just the way he comes across. There is a whole book of phrases from Yogi Berra. They’re called Yogisms. You can find them on the Internet.

Here are some things that Yogi Berra has said with a straight face. He’s not trying to be funny. He said this: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.” That’s pretty good. He said this: “Always go to your friends? funerals; otherwise, they will not go to yours.” It could be because they’re dead, but he’s thinking ahead. He said this concerning the outcome of a game: “Prediction is very hard, especially when it’s about the future.” He and a friend were talking one day about where to go to eat. And the friend mentioned this restaurant. And he said, “No, let’s not go there. That restaurant is so crowded, nobody goes there anymore.”

Somebody was wanting to get directions to his house, and he was telling them how to get there. And he said, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” Speaking of baseball, he said this: “Ninety percent of this game is half-mental.” And then he tried to defend himself and said this: “I never said half the things I said.” Yogi Berra. And his most famous quote: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” That’s Yogi Berra. “It ain’t over till it’s over.” And that’s so true. It ain’t over till it’s over. But I want you to think with me this morning what happens when it is over?

GOING THE DISTANCE

Hebrews 12:1-3

It’s not so much how well you start; it’s how well do you finish?
Finishing Strong for Jesus Christ.” And today’s sermon is entitled, “Going the Distance.” See, God wants you to go the distance for Him. And we’ve all heard that phrase, that familiar phrase, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Everybody’s heard that. But you know what it is for so many, really? The phrase is this, the truth of that phrase: When the going gets tough, so many get lost. They quit! They say, “Aw.” They turn off the game. “Aw, we’re beat. I mean, things are too difficult. Things are too much against us. I quit.” They throw in the towel. That’s not what God wants. And maybe you’re here today and you’re down, and you’re discouraged, and you’ve had tough things come up against you, and you want to just quit. You want to say, “I’m going to get lost, too. Forget this Christianity thing. I mean, forget this walking with God. My life is so hard right now. And this isn’t helping me.” And you’re tempted to give up. The Lord has brought you here to speak to your heart, to encourage l heart, to refresh your heart, because He wants you to go the distance for Him. It’s worth it.

Hebrews chapter 12, the writer says this: Hebrews 12:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.