“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” (1st Timothy 1:16)
Spiritual leaders are called to take serious looks at their lives and ministries. Here the apostle calls on us to keep the gospel of Jesus Christ pure; to give priority to prayer for those who are in places of responsibility; to choose persons for spiritual leadership who represent the best that the gospel can produce; to keep our lives under discipline; to give attention to all segments of the church family; to cultivate a life of contentment; and to be faithful to our calling in Christ Jesus regardless of what life may bring.
All who commit themselves to Christ in faith receive eternal life. All sinners still have a chance if they will repent and confess their sins.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, We are to continually be reminded of our call to ministry, no matter if it is ordained or as laypersons. We are humans and may from time to time fall into sin, but we must repent of our sins by confess them; thus, our relationship with You Abba, through Jesus Christ may be restored. In Jesus’ holy name we pray for all to reflect on our own individual calls and to commit ourselves once again to them for the Glory of God. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there!” (Will Rogers)
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1st John5:11-13)
We can know we have eternal life, beloved, if we believe in the Son of God. Eternal life is available only through Jesus Christ because it is only God’s to give. If you do not know Jesus, you have no hope for eternal life.
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans6:22-23)
Sin pays us what we earn—-death. God gives us what we need—-eternal life. Which do you want? W have a choice: serve sin and died, or serve Christ and live forever. Sin pays fair wages—-eternal death! God in love gives what is not earned—-eternal life. You mus decide whether to be content with your wages or accept God’s gift. Until you accept God’s, you are lost. Jesus Christ liberates persons from sin and gives them eternal life. Holiness becomes the life-style for God’s people.
Second Thought of the Day:
“That everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John3:15–16, 36)
Eternal life is another term for the kingdom of God and the new birth in the fourth Gospel. It is the present possession, as well as a future hope, for all persons who believe in the Son of God. God loves the world so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross to give eternal life to those who trust in Him. He does not want anyone to perish in sin, but those who reject His Son are already living under the wrath of God. They need to believe and know eternal life.
The most profound expression of that love of God for us is the gift of His only son to be our Savior. The word translated love here is one of special significance meaning a love that seeks the best interests of its object while seeking nothing for itself in return. This love is best termed at “agape” love. It is not sexual love, it is not love between couples or families, it is that true unconditional love of one for another and not seeking or desiring anything in return. I pray that this is clear and understood.