It is this Jesus that hung on a cross for you, who died for you, who rose on the third day for you, that is calling you to walk with Him in repentance and obedience. I don’t know what your next step is, but I do know this: You have one. God will never be finished taking you deeper in faith. There is always a next step. If you have not agreed to walk with God, then where are you headed?
We make decisions all the time – to get out of debt, lose weight, read our bibles, get more involved in ministry, adjust a wrong attitude. We promise ourselves that we are going to look or act differently, but we don’t follow through. We’re stuck sitting at a place we arrived at a long time ago.
The gift of salvation and grace that was born into this world so long ago is available right here and right now, today. We now live under the New Testament covenant: what Jesus gave us with His life. The Old Testament covenant is done away with, Jesus fulfilled the prophecies as the Messiah, the Savior of Mankind, He came so that we could be free from our bondage to sin. “For He says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you’” (written down by the prophet, Isaiah 49:8). “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
How often do we place God in the friend zone? We put him in His corner for ourselves to go to when needed but never allow Him to be a part of all our thoughts and actions.
The greatest commandment calls us to do just that: heart, soul, and mind… that sounds like we are to allow God to flood our lives. This is love: when two become one.
We must set aside our selfish desires, take our focus off of our offense, and be one in Christ Jesus who is our joy, hope and peace! It is really this simple: Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say Rejoice! LET YOUR REASONABLENESS BE KNOWN TO EVERYONE! Don’t let gossip stir up the offense, let it go! Move forward in Christ!
In order to give hope to a world that is living without hope and lost in sin, we have got to follow where God is leading us. We need to think outside our building, we need to do what Jesus would do in order to carry the hope we have to a lost and hurting world. We must, Reach Out and take it to them!
Wholeness, spiritual well-being, lack of worry, freedom from fear, even in the midst of troubling circumstances, can only come as we put into practice the knowledge of God that we have been given. Then you will experience God, then you will know Peace. Do you Trust Him, is your faith in Christ alone?
We tend to distort Jesus’ teaching about being in the Kingdom from “Good News” to bad news—into an impossible call to scale moral peaks that are too high for anyone to climb. Instead, we should read the parables and the gospels as the fact that God has chosen, out of love, to enter into relationship with His Creation, with all of mankind, through what He accomplished on the cross thru His Son Jesus Christ. We know that God gives guidance through His Word about what pleases Him and what does not, and that through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in obedience to His known will. And when we choose to follow that guidance, it is because God graciously enables our obedience as disciples in the Kingdom.
But a grateful person, a mature Christian, realizes that the life they have is a gift from God and any blessings received came from Him. In fact, God’s Word in James tells us that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” The believer says that everything I have – abilities, talents, and the things I possess – is a gift from God. I would not be who I am without Him.
Unforgiveness has split churches, destroyed ministries, and drove those that do not know Jesus away. Unforgiveness can cause gossip to take root and bitterness to flower. When that tree bears fruit it is in the form of negativity – wounding, hurtful, and scornful fruit that is evident for all to see.
We are to be growing as we go! Disciples who are making disciples! Are you? Can you truly call yourself a growing, maturing Christian? Or have you chosen to stop?
We are to be learning, growing, and reaching further than we ever have before because of our growth! Because we are growing together… Reaching Up and Reaching Out.
The central point of these two parables is that the Kingdom is of such great value that it is worth giving up everything else to be in the Kingdom! It does not matter that you stumble onto it, like the treasure the man found, or that you are actively seeking it, like the man after the pearl of great value. The point is, it is worth everything to enter into it, to be in the Kingdom, to be a part of what the Lord is doing here in the world.