Meditation for 10/18/2019
“The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:22)
God’s redemption and freedom from condemnation are equated in the text. Redemption is available to those who take refuge in God.
God gives special blessing to those who follow Him. The life of the servant of God may require hardship and pain, but God cares for His own, providing abundant spiritual blessings.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have always given special favor to those who serve You. This applies to those in full time ministry to the everyday individual’s who live within Your will and seek to reveal You to those they encounter. I seek You everyday in my own life, Abba, and so do many others from all walks of life. On this day, we seek to glorify You and all that You stand for and for all those who serve You in any capacity. We thank You for all You have done for us and for all that You have done that we didn’t even notice. In Your honor, we both love You and worship Your holy name. Thank You, Abba. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus is the potter—we are merely His clay.”
“Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see! Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant of the Lord? You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing. It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious. But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, ‘Send them back.’” (Isaiah 42:18-22)
Israel, called to provide light and sight to the nations, was blind to its mission. Most of the people of the nation lacked insight into the purpose of God. The real danger for believers is that the church may neglect its mission to go into all the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. To miss the work of being servants is to miss the meaning of being the church. Can I get an “Amen”?
The Church, Servants: (2nd Timothy 2:24-25)
Who is it that likes to linger in darkness to capture the unsuspecting? The answer is simple, Satan. He likes to see people in churches squabbling or minute issues, that separated each other from God and towards himself. Qualified teachers both clergy and lay will not be drawn into senseless quarrels about various religious notions. They will depend upon gentle, positive instruction to correct deviations from the truth. Their kind spirit will lead more people to repentance and truth than any amount of fighting and arguing among ourselves.
Second Thought of the Day:
“They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way that had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.’ He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but me one who sent me.’” (Mark 9:33-37)
Beloved, greatness in the kingdom is judged by how we receive the weak and powerless. Anyone will accept those who can reward us, but the great ones in the kingdom receive those who cannot give a reward.
We live in God’s kingdom as we show God’s love to those who do not know love. When we seek to build a kingdom of power for ourselves, we have forsaken God’s way. Understand….?