Meditation for 07/11/2019
“Abba, Father” he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’” (Mark 14:36)
The Son agonized with the Father, struggling from His human side to avoid the maximum price if possible. Yet the fully obedient Lord was prepared to give Himself totally, for He came to fulfill the revealed will of the Father.
Jesus’ commitment to the will of the Father is to the basic characteristic of the kingdom of God. Such commitment makes the sovereign rule of God a reality in the lives of His people.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, Your Son and our Lord Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. This passage reveals the struggle that He and we all deal with at times in our lives; yet, Jesus made the point that it was not what He willed, but what You willed. This commitment is a striking example of the importance of obedience to You will at all times. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Christians, keep the faith…. But not from others!”
“From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’” (Matthew 4:17)
God’s kingdom is the central focus of the teaching of Jesus. The kingdom of God means, primarily, the sovereign and righteous rule of God over the lives of those who have accepted His rule and are striving to live in accordance with His will. The kingdom of God is both a present reality and a future culminating hope. Life in the kingdom, whether present or future, is God centered and God-controlled.
Discipleship, Kingdom of God: (Acts 21:12-14)
When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, ‘Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’ When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, ‘The Lord’s will be done.’
Personal safety and security do not occupy the disciple’s mind. Kingdom business does. Paul demonstrated the dame kind of commitment Jesus expressed in His Gethsemane prayer. God’s will, not human precautions, determined their actions.
Second Thought of the Day:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
Beloved, a Christian’s first priority is to seek, find, and follow the will of God. That is the way God’s kingdom advances. The kingdom of God is a dynamic reality, not a static idea. It is God breaking into history to redeem and rule all who will accept responsibility for living under His rule.
He is will to give the kingdom to all who are willing to make a covenant with Him through faith In Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. Have you made this covenant with God, and if so, have you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior?