The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light. He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice. He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten. (John 1:9-13 MSG)
There is only one question that truly matters in our lives. Do you know Jesus? The answer to all other questions may impact your earthly life. But the answer to this one simple question, “Do you know Jesus?” will impact you for eternity.
If you do not know Jesus, I challenge you to find a Bible and to read the book of John.
November is a month when many people – me included – tend to be more aware of our blessings. In this age of “cyber-communication and social networking” we choose to share cyber messages of something that we are thankful for each day.
This year as I have sought to post a single entry each day on Facebook, I have struggled. It’s not that I am not thankful or blessed — for I am. I am blessed beyond measure — love of family, good friends, health, emotional gifts, monetary and material gifts and daily needs met consistently. My list of specific items goes on and on. Yet at the end of the day I have wrestled with choosing just one area of gratitude.
Everything I have pales in the shadow of the love of a triune God. Everything begins and ends with God. Everything I have comes from Him. Without Him I would not exist. Without His Son, Jesus Christ, choosing to die for me on The Cross, I would not know the greatest love of all time and my life would be void of hope. Without the Holy Spirit who lives in me and walks with me, who guides me, comforts me each day, how would I face the daily struggles, life’s heartaches and the trials of this world?
So today – Day 15 of November, 2013 – I am thankful for all things, all circumstances and most of all that I know the love Almighty God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Alpha and Omega, the creator and giver of all things.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelations 1:8 KJV)
Today I am thankful that I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know ‘Bob’. Bob is a 67 yr old widower, we has had back surgery, 2 knee replacements and lives in an Assisted Living Center in a small, remote community. Bob is one of the most outgoing, giving men. Although faced with many challenges in his life, Bob volunteers every other weekend at a local museum, voluntarily preaches to a small congregation at little country church every Sunday and Wednesday (although he is not an ordained minister), and actively participates in the activities at the Assisted Living Center.
This morning I attended a Bible Study that Bob was leading on the 4th chapter of Acts. As he read the chapter, discussing each verse, his passion, knowledge and love of Jesus rang in the emotion of his words as he shared with us one of his favorite chapter of scripture. Not one note. His entire lesson was from his heart as he shared Luke’s words and the personal insights that God had laid on his own heart.
Bob, a humble, simple man who loves Jesus with all his heart and soul; a man who has found joy and peace in the challenges of his life; a man whose greatest desire is to serve Jesus and share the gospel in both word and deed — made an impression on my life today as he challenged me to be BOLD in my faith, to speak out in BOLDNESS and to share with others — Thanks to Bob, I will never ‘simply read’ Acts 4 and especially verse 12, again. Each time I read and study this scripture in the future I will remember Jesus’ servant, Bob, the sacrifice of the disciples and the gift of salvation offered only through Jesus.
Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else (but Jesus), for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Thank you Lord for crossing my path with Bob’s. May you bless Bob and may he continue to serve you all his days and may I serve you, too, with the passion and love exemplified so clearly by this simple man named Bob.
This morning I awoke with this song in my heart. I am so thankful that I met my Jesus at Calvary. He not only has changed my life there, he in fact has given me new life there. If you do not know my Jesus, come to Calvary.
Jesus replied, “I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.
Matthew 19:28-30 NLT
About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away!
In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.
Matthew 18:1-5;10-14 NLT
How upset Jesus must be as He looks down on this earth and watches the way we carry ourselves with arrogance and self-sufficiency much of the time instead of walking in humility — the humility of a child exhibits.
How His heart must break when He sees how children are ignored, hurt, abused or go hungry in our nation and in our world.
How His heart must bleed as he see our disregard for life — the life of an unborn child.
How do you approach Jesus each day? Is it with the humility, the acceptance and the unconditional love and praise of a child? To you come to Him with all your needs, wants and desires as your children come or have come to you?
How do you treat the children that cross your path each day — your own or those of others? Do you treat them with respect, with love?
Where do you stand on the issue of abortion? Do you value the life of that unborn child?
I wonder — when we stop, as people or as a nation, valuing the life of a child — born or unborn — I wonder, does Jesus no longer value us or our nation?
The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14 : 26 – ESV)
It is my hope and prayer that you have received the gift of The Holy Spirit from Jesus. What a precious gift it is!!!!!