Posts Tagged 'Jesus Speaks'



Being Prepared for Christ’s Return

JESUS SPEAKING

        Then Peter said to him, “Lord do you speak this parable only to us, or to all people?” And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” (Luke 12: 42-46.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

        Before ascending into heaven Jesus promised to return. He used a wedding parable to illustrate His second coming. When the master of a household left to attend a wedding, the exact moment of his return was uncertain. The master in this story represents Jesus. The servant placed over the master’s household represents the disciples whom He left behind to care for His church. Today, within the body of Christ there are new leaders in positions of authority. Some are just and wise stewards, while others have become impatient with Christ’s return and have chosen to mistreat God’s people and to live in sin. When Christ does return, He will reward those who have been faithful, and He will punish those who have failed to serve in the absence of their master.
        In the United States, a new industry known as ‘mystery shopping’ has become quite popular. Most employers find it beneficial to tour their own facilities; to evaluate their products, procedures, equipment, and especially their employees. Employees however, do not act naturally when their bosses are present; they tend to ‘put on a show;’ they work harder and more efficiently; they become more polite and positive toward the customers and other staff members. This effect makes it nearly impossible for managers and owners to accurately evaluate their workers. In turn, many employers are now hiring people to pretend that they are customers; as they shop, they are secretly evaluating the employees. And then, when the employees become aware that the owner is using mystery shoppers, it causes them to maintain a higher level of performance in the work place.
        Many purported Christians today have become slack, because their master is not present; but Jesus can return at any moment. A lack of faith in His second coming will lead to increased sin, and unrighteous living. To avoid disobedience, we must constantly expect His arrival; every second, of every hour, of every day. We must never lose hope; but rather trust in His promises. As we wait, it is our duty to continue to serve and love our fellows. When He does return, those who were faithful in His absence will receive eternal blessings and everlasting life.
        “Lord Heavenly Father, may our hearts be expectant as we continue to hope in Your return. Increase our faith that we might forever trust in Your promises. May we always desire to serve You and our fellows. Guide and direct our steps, that we may know with certainty, the duties and responsibilities that You have given to each us. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

Have You Been Called?

JESUS SPEAKING

Then He said to another, “Follow me.”  But the man said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”  And another also said, “Lord, I will follow you, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”  But Jesus said to him, “No one having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 59-62)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

The calling of God demands immediate and unwavering obedience. In this scripture, the first man wanted to attend his father’s funeral before following Christ; the Lord beckoned him to focus on the living rather than the dead (his father was likely an unbeliever.) In a similar fashion, the second man also produced an excuse; professing his desire to return home and bid farewell to his family first; an aspiration for which he was rebuked. To further emphasize His point, Jesus employs an agricultural illustration. When working a farm with an ox and plow, a farmer’s eyes must remain focused on the field ahead. Looking back can only distract the driver from his necessary task. Distractions are quite dangerous, because they can prevent us from accomplishing God’s will.

According to the national highway safety commission, 80% of all car crashes involve driver distraction.  These statistics proved true for a man named Stephen in 1983.  One sunny morning he hopped into his new Mercedes Benz; with the top down and the breeze in his face, he was headed to an important appointment.  As he drove up the coast of Southern California, he passed by a certain beach.  His attention unexpectedly turned toward a young woman who was wearing seductive attire.  As she passed his vehicle, his mind, heart, and eyes followed along with her. He suddenly smashed into the back end of a Chevelle that had come to a complete stop in his lane. Although he remained uninjured, his pride and his car weren’t so lucky.  When driving, the road ahead must take precedent over everything else. To reach our destination, we must abandon trivial distractions.

Although Jesus Christ has called many, the vast majority haven’t responded in the immediate and wholehearted fashion required for discipleship. If you have felt called by the Lord, relinquish your grip on the things which are fading away and take hold of the plow. Preach the gospel and accomplish the Lord’s work. If we avoid distractions and keep our eyes, minds, and hearts focused on God, we will reach our eternal destination.

“Lord Heavenly Father, we ask that You would transform our hearts; that You would be our number one priority.  May our eyes be ever focused upon You.  Take possession of our lives and be our Master, that we may avoid temptations and distractions. Give us the wisdom and strength to finish what You have started, as we journey toward Your eternal kingdom.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name; Amen.”  God bless all of you!

Asking for God’s Provision

JESUS SPEAKING

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7: 7 – 11)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

We are encouraged by Jesus to recognize God as a provider. He is our heavenly Father and we are his children. If we ask Him in faith to fulfill our needs, He will pour out His blessings upon us. We will never thirst or go hungry; nor lack any precious or necessary thing. In humility, we as little children will eat from the hand of our shepherd; and follow Him wherever He chooses to lead us. No matter the circumstances, or the obstacles, we must trust in Him who is able to overcome everything.

As the story goes, one day a destitute philosopher in the court of Alexander the Great approached the Emperor, seeking his charity. Alexander responded by telling the treasurer to give the man any sum he might ask for. The man promptly demanded ten thousand pounds. The treasurer objected to the extravagant amount. But Alexander replied, saying, “Let the money be instantly paid. I am delighted with this philosopher’s way of thinking. By the largeness of his request, he shows the highest idea he has conceived of my wealth and generosity.” In like manner, God Himself is honored.

In the book of James we read, “you have not because you ask not.” If we desire to walk with God, we must learn to rely on Him by making daily requests for His provision. When we seek Him in prayer He is attentive. If we need food, water, wisdom, healing, strength, etc., He is faithful to lavish upon us great blessings, so that others might see His generosity and be drawn to the the foot of the cross.

“Lord Heavenly Father, may we learn to rely on You for all of our needs. You are our great provider; our wonderful counselor, our mighty God. In You we place our trust; in You we have our peace. Give us more of Your Holy Spirit, that we might better serve You by reaching out to those who are lost in darkness. Live in us, that Your great light might shine forth for all to see. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!


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