The Genius Of Christianity. 02/20/2014 (Evening thought)

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

The genius of Christianity involves a holistic approach to life, which consists of the practical application of the statutes, laws, and principles embodied in the word of God. The scriptures contain instructions which apply to every aspect of our lives, and when they are adopted and implemented by the grace of God, they result in tremendous benefit to society as a whole. Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives does not relegate a person to a life of ascetic gloom, ostracized from society. On the contrary, it elevates and ennobles the individual, making him or her productive members of society, whose consequent actions and contributions result in the advancement and betterment of the human family. Isaac newton the mathematician, the Wright brothers who invented the aeroplane, John Kellogg of kellogg's cornflakes and Louis Pasteur who invented the pasteurization of milk were all Christians, and thus beneficiaries of the genius of Christianity. Even Dr. Ben Carson's great achievement in the medical arena, is concrete evidence that true Christianity makes a person a valuable asset to the upliftment of humanity.

Our passage of scripture encourages everyone to be the very best they can be by the grace of God, putting forth strenuous, well directed efforts in the accomplishment of upright goals. Of Jesus Christ the sacred record states that He "grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man", meaning that His development was not one-sided, but was rather a well balanced, holistic approach. He preached the gospel, healed the sick, and prayed often for the good of the human family, but He also learned a trade, thereby shewing that God's blessings do rest upon honest labor and honorable achievements in the temporal as well as the spiritual realm.

In fact, the worlds greatest achievements were accomplished by the Lord Himself when He created the heavens and the earth, bringing into perfect harmony sun, moon, stars, and animate and inanimate nature. Furthermore, He created the world's first boat, did the first surgery, and watered the entire earth daily without a single drop of rain. But what is more worthy of note is the fact that God's work was not done randomly nor carelessly without paying attention to fine detail. Of His handiwork we read that "God saw that it was good ". Those words "God saw" speak to us of an in-depth inspection process which followed on the heels of every creative activity, thus ensuring that the systems that were put in place were working smoothly and at optimum efficiency.

The genius of Christianity does the same for all who live by the Word of God. The same care, the same diligence, the same close inspection processes after work is done or inventions are  made, would be reflected in the achievements of those who follow the example and teachings of The Lord Jesus Christ. That's why the tenor of the Bible is to inculcate the pursuit of excellence  in whatsoever is noble and right, trusting in God and His word to bring to pass the desired objectives. Let's read:

1st Kings 2:3 And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:

This experience may be ours today, and in the end eternal life, to those who put their trust in God, living by His every word. We thus end with a truth and a promise, intended for all who choose Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Let's read:

 Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

May this be our life experience both now and forever. "Good night" and God bless!