This moment in the garden was the calm before the storm. I’m sure there was a sense of apprehension in the air. Jesus had just shared what would be His last meal with them and spoke some confusing and difficult truth. Something about betrayal and that He would have to die, that PETER would deny Him!… I’m sure the disciples felt a bit of unease. And Christ, He knew something big was coming, something monumental, something that would change the course of eternity for human kind.
We are meant to leave a legacy. Are you leaving behind a white picket fence and an inheritance for your children? Or are you leaving behind a story of healing that will point countless generations toward the one true savior?
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 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.
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.
If we are to change our communities, if we want to make a difference, then we must grow! I want us to impact our communities for our King and for His Kingdom, to bring glory to God and Jesus to those of the world. But, for that to happen, we have to grow and change
But each person is tempted when he is lured (carried/drawn) away and enticed by his own desire. – James 1:14
Are the “good” things you are doing keeping you from the “best” things in life?
Other things come before God and His Church, before the lost, hell-bound soul of their neighbor…
We often go to prayer with these attitudes: that it has to be perfect, that the prayer must sound good.
When we go to prayer with this attitude we go, metaphorically, like I’m dressed.
We go pretending like we are ready for war yet a part of us finds it necessary to think of what others think of our prayer or it not sounding pretty enough
The World has them and the enemy snatches away the Word of the Kingdom so that it cannot grow in their hearts. There are many sitting in churches all over the U. S. that have no intention of seeking to grow, that will not attend a class or be a disciple in any way, out of fear of having to change/grow. They do not hear…
In the end, Pilate turned his ear to the crowd and away from the Christ, ignoring the message of the One who could save him. Faith comes from hearing (Romans 10:17). He never heard Christ, he didn’t have a hearing heart, and he never found faith. More concerned over keeping the peace…