Tuesday, December 19, 2006

a bloggers return......

Well I am back after a good 6 weeks (or maybe more) without blogging, and I have to say that I have missed it dearly. Work commitments have taken away time and energy that I would have previously used for blogging.

It has been a very eventful month and a half, and God has not been far from me at all. With a small trouble at work about something which offended myself and what I believe, I stuck up for my faith and came through with success. I feel truly blessed after this short episode and I feel can support my work fully now. I do not want to give details exactly, but I feel it is important to show how important it really is to stick up for God in your workplace and your lives. We as Christians come under a lot of strain and everyday we face challenges from non-believers who want to prove us wrong because they think they know more. I am not talking about all non believers here, as most ask us about our faith in order to understand more and some maybe haven't even heard of Jesus. It's our job to tell them about Him. Having heard the truth about Him, I feel a bit sorry for those who do not know Jesus. They do not know what they are missing.

Anyway, back to the people who question what we believe in order to try and prove us wrong. At this point I would like to make it known that I was once one of these people. And guess what? I was wrong. God won the arugement, and in addition He got me too. This was back in March or April of this year, before I found Jesus, when I was challenging my housemate about her beliefs. One thing my housemate did, which I respected so much, was that she told me what she knew, and the things she didnt know, she referred me to people who did know. She stuck to the bible, and asked God for help. And He helped. Thats what we need to do everytime we come under this pressure. What these people want to hear is that we are wrong and they are right. O, how they are wrong!! And we need to educate them with the truth, with our humbleness and holyness, we educate. God is with us, and we should feel blessed that we are being persecuted like this because of Jesus. We will be blessed for our work in Christ's name. So why avoid it?

I am reminded of a story from Acts when Peter and John were called before a council after being arrested for preaching and put in jail overnight (Acts 4:1-22). Peter and John stayed with God and told them the truth and as the high priests could see that they meant what they were saying was true, and therefore believed them, but were ordered not to talk of Jesus again. But this was not good enough for Peter and John, they stuck up for Jesus, and with the crowd of believers behind them, they were set free, with the help of a healed man, a man healed by the power of the Holy Spirit. God saw that they were being faithful, as faithful as they could and saw to it that Peter and John were set free. In todays world, when we stick up for Jesus, we are blessed, and even though we may lose out (jobs, friends or even belongings) on earth, we still have everything through Jesus Christ our Saviour, and we will be rewarded for our faith.

I will be writing again very shortly,

May Christ be with you always......
God Bless

1 comment:

Debs said...

Jason, Hi! You probably don't really know who I am as I was away liveing elsewhere last year while you were at Jubilee. I'm Debs (sister to Bekki and Hannah, daughter of Elly & David in case any of those facts help you work out who i am)
I just had to comment because I noticed on your profile that you're thinking of joining Emmanuel Church Oxford and that was really exciting to me - I was at uni in Cambridge and went to City Church, the NFI church that sent the plant from cambridge to oxford, so I know lots of the oxford people that used to be cambridge people.

I hope you're settling in to the church, and continue to be really fired up and excited about Jesus :-)
I was actually at the meeting when you got baptised and it was just fantastic to see your enthusiasm and hear your story.
God Bless.