Monthly Archives: October 2016

Here is my Servant

The justice God’s Servant will bring to us is hard to comprehend. It’s not simply repaying wrong or stopping evil at a personal level. God’s justice will be wider and deeper than that. It’s putting all things back in their right order, as God created.

In Isaiah 42, the Servant will have God’s Spirit, and work ‘hand in hand’ with God.

His justice will be for the whole world. It will be freedom from sin. Release and restoration for God’s children. It will reveal the glory of God.

Surprisingly, the Servant will bring it through gentleness. Yet, it will come at great cost to God… ‘like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.’

The Gospels tell us that Jesus is the Servant Isaiah prophesied, 700 years before he came to earth. Let’s lift our eyes to the Servant when we cry out for justice. Let’s allow him to serve us, for the glory of God to be revealed!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Strength for the weary

Isaiah 40 leaves no doubt that God is awesome!

Nothing can stop him, his word endures forever, he comes with power and a mighty arm, he is gentle and tender, has got the whole world in his hands, is all wise, to him we are like dust, he brings princes and rulers to nothing, he knows every star by name and calls them out each night – nothing compares to him, he has no equal.

Yet, at times we wonder if he has forgotten or disregarded us. We even complain that God isn’t doing a good job of running the world.

Even in those weary and weak moments, God comes to us with compassion and commitment. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

Let’s pray for one another to grow in awe of God – from Isaiah over the next 2 months – so we hope in him alone.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Being the gospel church

Today we reach the end of Romans – after 2 years!

When we read the last chapter, we realise this is actually just the beginning. As the Apostle Paul writes his final greetings to the church in Rome – we meet a church shaped by the gospel.

We hear names that reflect a church of diverse people; people from all walks of life. The gospel of Jesus is bringing together all people.

We see people meeting together in houses. Church isn’t somewhere we go, it’s something we be.

And we experience relationships of love as people live the gospel together, devoted to one another for the sake of the Lord Jesus.

Being the gospel church is only possible by the grace of God. It’s only possible by prayerfully depending on God to live this way; and it’s only possible with each other – this requires a family devoted to each other.

Will you pray for this in our lives?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Accept one another!

The best way to stop a team from winning is to cause divisions among them. Get them arguing about things that don’t really matter, so they lose sight of what actually matters.

In Romans 15, the Apostle Paul calls Christians to accept one another as Christ accepted you in order to bring praise to God.

He urges us to look to Jesus Christ as the example of putting aside our own interests and preferences for the sake of others, for the unity of the team.

When we look at how Christ accepted us – just as we are – we can more easily accept one another and so are back on track for the main game.

The main game is proclaiming Christ to the ends of the earth. That’s the exciting plan God foretold to his people in ancient times – that people from among all nations would be gathered to praise him – and invites us to be part of right now.

So let’s accept one another and be united, to the praise of God, so that we can proclaim Jesus Christ to the world around us… starting right here in Walgett!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Peace in the church: Live for the Lord

‘Why can’t Christians just get on with each other?’

In Romans 14–15 , the Apostle addresses divisions and arguments in the church. Today in Romans 14 he tells the Christians to make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification (v.19).

It seems there were Christians ‘weak’ in their faith. They still wanted to keep some of the old covenant laws of Moses, like not eating certain foods, drinking certain wine, and keeping the Sabbath as a holy day. Christians ‘strong’ in their faith knew that Christians are free from these laws, but were condemning the ‘weak’ Christians. At the same time, the ‘weak’ Christians were judging the ‘strong’ Christians for their actions. Divisions and arguments were breaking the peace and unity of the church.

The Apostle calls Christian to consider what is most loving for those in their church family, and not just think of themselves. That might mean restricting your freedom for the sake of others.

For us today, that might mean we choose not to drink alcohol for the sake of others. It might mean we dress in a way that won’t upset others. It might mean respecting the ideas some Christians have about the church building, even though we have complete freedom in when and how we meet around the Word of God. It means we won’t judge or condemn others for their choices.

The important thing is that we carefully consider our actions, and do it for the Lord out of thanks. Let’s encourage each other to love one another by doing what leads to peace and mutual edification.

And let’s remember whatever restrictions or sacrifices we might make for the sake of others is only copying the Lord Jesus who put aside his interests for the good of others when he died on the Cross for our salvation.

In Christ, Tory.