Meditation for 07/12/2019
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts20:24)
Grace is a beautiful word for the love of God in action providing redemption for lost people. Grace is the unmerited favor God gives to us in the forgiveness of our sins and all the spiritual resources that build up the new life in Christ.
Paul’s goal was to complete the task God had given to him, no matter what the cost might be. Such sacrificial living in obedience to the Lord is essential in reaching God’s goals.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, I read the verse and couldn’t help but be reminded of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who during WWII, refused to leave Germany, for he said he must confront the evil with the Truth of God’s Word, for only in Hi grace and mercy, could they hope to survive the terrible atrocities taking place within their country. Beloved, we need only look around us in our country today, and realize that we too, are in a similar place where Paul and Dietrich stood and now us today. God’s Word is still the truth to combat evil which is running rampant in out country. There is so much hated being spewed, people don’t know which way to turn next. The where is simple, we must return to God for many have turned away from Him and are lost and wandering. The how is through God’s Word which has given countless people the direction in their lives for many generations. This I ask in Jesus’ precious name, and our hope is in the Lord. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Opportunity knocks once. Temptation leans on the doorbell!”
“Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified, I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains on a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am ,my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:23-26)
Death to self-seeking is the disciple’s goal. We seek to kill all selfish goals and ambitions which dominate life without Christ. We love Christ rather than selfish ambition. Those who live under the lordship of Christ have no choice but to follow Him obediently. Disciples come under His lordship voluntarily; once we have chose Him as Master, we must obey completely.
Discipleship, Lordship of Christ: (Romans6:5-18)
Who or what you obey is your master, beloved. By nature we obey sin. The Christian is dead to sin and alive to God. Sin is no longer our master, for we are under grace. We have voluntarily become obedient from the heart to a new Maser. Clear?
Second Thought of the Day:
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is lie who comes to me and hears my words and puts them in practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who build a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:46-49)
Discipleship involves hearing the words of he Lord as authoritative teaching and heeding them as authoritative command. Jesus showed the foolishness of merely claiming His as Lord and then not being obedient.
The implication is that we should stop claiming Jesus is the Lord of our lives if we are not willing to put His teachings into practice. When we make false claims about Christ’s lordship in our lives, we are in for a shocking surprise, beloved.