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Do Not Be Like Them

Posted on 29th July, 2017

Rev St StellaMaris sermon on Thursday 22nd day of June 2017.                                    Topic : Do not be like them.      

Matthew 6:7-8.                       

 

Jesus today reminds us not to be like the pagans. The word "Do not be like them" does not mean only when you are praying. Christians do not be like pagans. Jesus is telling us to behave like a follower of Christ. They were called Christians for the first time in Antioch Because they were so Christlike. People that follow Christ behave like Him, exemplify His way, heal the sick, raise the dead, shared whatever they had, owned nothing just like Jesus had nothing. Because they follow everything that Jesus did and teach - they were called Christians.                               

 

Jesus says I am the way, the truth and the life. You can't be a Christian and be a liar. There has to be a difference. It's not only in truth. Do not be like them. Stop behaving like pagans.

 

Everybody should check themselves, in which way are you behaving like them. Everybody behaves like them. Outwardly a Christian, inwardly a pagan. The way you think, the way you talk, the way you dance. There are some type of dance that does not fit a Christian. You don't know the spirit that is making them dance like that, it may be spirit of prostitution. Not every dance fits you.

 

Do not be like them applies to every other thing. If the pagans are making fast money the wrong way, do not be like them. You the Christian make your money the right way. No matter how fast you think you are going one day the spirit of God will arrest you. Follow the way of the Lord. It may be full of thorns but at the end there is a crown. It may be a way of suffering but at the end it will make you a saint.                         

 

Pagan way of thinking, you are like them if you want to cheat and have good grades or follow a lecturer to have good marks. Or because of what they are wearing and you decide to join them in there way of dressing.                                     

 

Act like the children of kings and queens. After all your Father is a king and our Mother Mary is the Queen. You are a citizen in the court of The King. Dress right, talk right, behave right because you are prince and princesses.

 

When you behave like a pagan it is because of lack of civilisation - your fashion sense, behaviours, mentality, words of your mouth, in the exam hall, your certificate, everything is pagan.

 

Why are you deceiving yourself bearing Christian name when your prayer does not reflect in your behaviour. Your prayer is what determines your spirituality, your mentality and your mentality determines how you reason and behave, don't be like them.

 

Psalm 1: The place of the Christian is with the laws of the Lord. People suffer because they don't follow the way of the Lord. The portion of the Christian is the law of the Lord and to be meditating on what will please God. Christians should find delight in the law of the Lord. The law of the Lord is the things that God wants. You should meditate on it.

 

For everything there is a season. We are talking about due season. There is time to be hot, time to be cool and time to be calm. In so doing you become a tree planted by the river side bearing it's fruits in due season -bearing fruits of peace, joy, love and so on. At other times you bear fruits of patience, giving somebody a long rope. You have to learn to bear fruits in due season as and when necessary/needed. Amen.

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