Today, many people are zealous but faithless in the church. Having faith means you live according to the God’s words. Only those who believe in that God’s word will be fulfilled can obey the word of God. You must be obedient to the word of God when the word of God says “Go”, you must “Go”, when the word of God says “Stop” you must “Stop”. You must keep the Lord's Day holy when the word of God says to keep the Lord's Day holy.” However, lots of people go to church zealously leading a life of indulgence while not keeping the Lord's Day holy. Such people are self-indulgent and take Gospel as an opportunity for their flesh. The Judgment Day is coming as God says. No one can avoid the day.
Walking by faith is not about boasting that you are a cradle Christian or you’ve believed in Jesus for generations or you are brought in a martyr’s family. Even though there are even 100 martyrs, not even one descendant can be saved by their faith. Each of us ought to be reborn by the gospel and come before the Lord and be filled with life that Jesus provides when we are hunger and thirst for righteousness
10 men who had leprosy were healed by Jesus. Only one of them came back and thanked Jesus while the other 9 went without giving thanks (Luke17:12-19). He couldn’t go back home without giving thanks to the Lord who healed him. In this way, we also must be the one who can’t go back without thanking the Lord who has given us grace. This is the person who has the right personality of faith.
When the 10 lepers were healed, they might want to show off going back home. They couldn’t wait to showing their family and neighbors that they were cleansed. But only one of the 10 came back to Jesus to give thanks for healing his disease. He wanted to show and thank the Lord who healed and gave grace first. We must put the Lord first before anything else.
Pastor Seok-Jeon Yoon
Extracted from Yonsei Newspaper #640