Growing up I have always been a huge sci-fi nerd. Comics, video games, movies, even action figures. That kind of stuff was just cool to me. With today being Halloween I can’t help but to think about all the years I dressed up as my favorite superhero. I would dress up and pretend that I had superpowers just like my favorite hero. You can imagine how excited I was to learn that God actually grants us spiritual gifts. Now, granted you won’t shoot lasers out of your eyes or fly but the bible clearly states that we all have gifts from God. Chapter 12 in the first book of Corinthians is a great example of God’s gifts for us. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 NKJV, “for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the workings of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” Gifts of healing, working miracles, that’s pretty awesome stuff if you ask me. These “superpowers” are God’s gifts for the faithful to use for the greater good. Now, this doesn’t mean that once you get saved you will be able to heal like Wolverine, or instantly know every language on the planet, your gift may be the fact that you can reach out to someone no one else has been able to reach. Your gift may be the ability to provide a home for someone, or to donate to someone in need.
I made it to chapter 12 in the book of Genesis before I started daydreaming. I know that I need to read all of the bible to really get an understanding of it, but I just didn’t feel like that was where I needed to be right now. I honestly felt bogged down and bored, and I know if I’m bored, then the people reading this blog are probably gonna be bored also. So I started flipping through my bible, just kind of glancing at books I have yet to read, and I happened to stop at the book of Ephesians. Looking down at my bible, I had already highlighted a verse in the first chapter. Ephesians 1:7 NKJV, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”. I don’t know when I highlighted this verse but I do know why, it’s powerful. Through Christ we have redemption, we have forgiveness, we have mercy. It’s through His grace we have salvation. This simple verse has a powerful message that is echoed throughout the bible. The bible calls God our Father, and us His children. After reading some of the bible and hearing the message of salvation over and over again I can’t help but think about my own son and times when I have to tell him something over and over again but he still chooses not to listen. I want what’s best for my son. We are God’s children, as a loving Father, why would He not want what’s best for us? Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),”
The book of Genesis has a lot going on. I’m only 11 chapters in and I’ve already read about the creation of the world and man, the fall of man, the first murder, Noah’s ark and the flood, and I’m pretty sure Genesis is Gods version of ancestry.com. Like I said there’s a lot going on. I think the Tower of Babel in chapter 11 is pretty interesting though. The opening verse says in Genesis 11:1 NKJV, “Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.” As awesome as some of the other languages are in other parts of the world, it would be a whole lot easier if we still had just one language. We could go anywhere in the world and communicate. I’ve had the privilege to travel to different countries over the years and one thing I can say is that if you don’t know the basics, it’s almost impossible to ask simple questions, such as, “where’s the bathroom?” So, what did we do with the ability to understand everyone on earth? We did what everyone would do in this situation. We tried to build a tower to show how awesome we are. Genesis 11:4 NKJV, “And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” They wanted to make a name for themselves. I catch myself doing the same thing from time to time (bragging, not building a tower to heaven). I’ll do something cool and the next thing I know I talking about how awesome I am. For example, I went 40-11 in BLOPS2 the other day (which is really good for me) so what did I start doing, talking smack. Very next round I got owned by a bunch of try hards (this is all video game talk if you got lost there). Back to the story, once God came down to see the city I think He was a little upset that all the people of earth had this amazing gift of understanding and this is what they chose to do. Genesis 11:8-9 NKJV, “So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore the name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” If we can take anything from this story it’s the simple fact that nobody likes a bragger. The bible says that we are all given gifts. Some can talk to large crowds, some can write, some have a gift of just being a good listener. Whatever our gifts, it’s clear that we should use them for the greater good, not exploit them for our own personal gain.
I’m currently reading the book of Genesis. I just finished chapter 6 where God tells Noah that He regrets making man and He is going to flood the earth. But I wanted my first blog to be something a little more…uplifting. I decided to go with Romans 1:16 NKJV, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also the Greek.” I choose this because I wanted my first blog to represent something that I truly believe wholeheartedly. My hopes for this blog are that I may reach someone, somewhere far away from God. Someone that may have never heard of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Someone that may have had a relationship with Jesus but somewhere along the way decided to step off the straight and narrow. Someone that may be attending church on a regular basis, but has never truly accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. I also wanted to say thank you to all the people along the way that have encouraged me to take this next step. Blogging may not seem like that big of a deal to a lot of people out there, but if you knew me just a few short months ago, blogging about Jesus is nothing short of a miracle in my life.
So this is my first blog attempt. I’m hoping that I can get this blogging thing down so that I may reach a wider audience than just Facebook. I’m still VERY new to this so if anybody has any tips out there for me, I’m all ears. With that being said, here goes nothing!