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Monthly Archives: May 2014
I’ve been to two funeral this past week. Two wonderful men with families they loved and families that loved them back. They were both in their Golden Years and both passed away with cancer. One didn’t know it until the day he actually died, the other one fought for many years. Each one was a Christian and loved God and their families and friends. But, we didn’t get a “Save The Date” notice in the mail several months ahead telling the day they would pass from this life into Jesus’s presence.
It’s a fairly new tradition that started several years ago with engaged couples, it was too early to send out invitations to their family and friends, but they wanted to make sure that they knew the date of their upcoming marriage so they would be there to share that important moment with them. Usually months and months go into preparing for a wedding. So many things to do! Pick the date, arrange for the preacher, pick the venue, pick the music, GET THE DRESS!!, pick out tucks, pick your Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, pick the Best Man and the Groomsmen, and pick out a wedding cake and a grooms cake, decide if you want just finger foods or a sit-down dinner….the list goes on and on!
But we don’t usually take the time to prepare for the greatest event of our lives, passing from this world to the next. The most important thing you will ever do is except Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then embark on a life of learning and studying His Word and getting closer in your relationship with Him. Christians are called the Bride of Christ, so we should prepare ourselves like brides do for their own earthly wedding. We meet Jesus, we fall totally in love with Him, we get to know Him, and then we start telling people about Him. Like the parable in Matthew 22:1-2 (The Parable of the Wedding Banquet) “Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.” Then the story goes on that the first ones invited did not pay any attention (in other words, they did not RSVP-my interpretation to go along with this post). He kept sending out invitations and finally said in verses 8-10 ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.” Haven’t you felt that way sometimes? You go to so much trouble planning an event and then hardly anyone RSVP’s and you say, I’m going to invite some other people, I’ve gone to this much trouble and I’m going to have a full house and someone to enjoy all that I’ve prepared!
God has done much preparation for us to enjoy eternity with Him, and He invites us, only most don’t come, He will take anyone, no matter your race, your station in life, your sins…He wants us to come to Him just as we are, we can’t change ourselves, we can’t save ourselves…oh, but Jesus can! That’s why He died on the cross for us…He took the penalty for all our sins – past, present, and future. I heard someone say that when God looks as us, His children, He sees Jesus in us, because Jesus’s blood covers our sins and makes us white as snow – Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
No, we don’t get a “Save The Date” card in life. We need to be prepared right now. We are not promised tomorrow, Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Life is fragile, life is precious, life is eternal…the only decision you will have is where you will spend eternity. Heaven or Hell, that’s the only two choices. I’m going to Heaven, and I hope you will too!
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She’s the woman who has it all together.
The woman who rises early to prepare for the day.
The woman who always reaches out to help the people around her who are in need.
The woman who takes care of her home in such an orderly fashion even Martha Stewart wouldn’t be able to keep up.
The woman who wisely budgets and invests her finances.
The woman who speaks wisdom and kindness into the lives of the people around her.
The woman who works hard and lives each day with purpose.
The woman who cares not just about taking care of her outside appearance but whose beauty shines from within.
The woman who fears the Lord in all her ways and smiles at the days ahead.
Who is this woman you might ask? The…
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Wednesday I “re-blogged” a post from the blog “laurabrookkeith.wordpress.com” (Grace Alone: Ministering to the Hearts of Women) about her Daily Dare: 40 Days to a Radical Life by studying Jesus’s words in RED. I hope y’all looked her blog up and are keeping up with the words of Christ she finds and talks about.
But yesterday while driving down the road I wondered “What were Jesus’s first words in RED?” So when I was in the waiting room, waiting for my car to be checked out, I pulled out my handy iPhone and started my search (before I forgot) and I really should have know this, but it was when Jesus was 12 (we assume) and him and his family traveled to the temple for Passover. His family and lots of others people where traveling back home and his mother discovered Jesus was missing. Any parent knows this feeling, and they started back searching for him.
When they found him back at the Temple he simply asked “Why did you seek me?” (NKJV); “Why were you searching for me?” (NIV); “Why were you looking for me?” (ESV). Now let me say, I’m no Bible scholar and no Bible teacher and really not very smart, but I got to wondering (and I know I’m taking this all out of context, so don’t go get all freaked out on me) but I wondered, “Why do we seek Jesus?”. Do we seek Him because we need comforting? Do we seek Him because we want something from Him? Maybe we are in trouble and we seek Him out asking for help. We may be selfish in our seeking or we may be seeking Him out on the behalf of someone else that is dear to us and asking for healing. Some may be curious about Jesus and seek Him out to find out more about Him. Some have hit rock bottom and they remember something they have heard or read about Jesus and start seeking Him then. Some of us truly find Him. Acts 17:27 says: “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;”. And then the very famous verse: Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
I also looked in the book of John and found the first recorded words of Jesus and it was after John the Baptist baptized Jesus and John and two of his disciples were following Jesus and Jesus turned and asked them, “What do you seek?” (NKJV), “What are you seeking?” (ESV), “What do you want?” (NIV). I found it amazing that Jesus’s first words as a young man to His parents were basically the same as it was when He finally began His ministry beginning with His baptism and asked the same questions to John and his disciples who were following Him.
I think it’s important for us to know why we are seeking Jesus. And first and foremost we need to begin our search by seeking Him out for our salvation and start on our journey with Him as our Lord and Savior. It’s not an easy road, we stumble and fall, some more than others, but He is there to pick us up and love us and forgive us. It’s an amazing journey with our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m a huge Hobbit & Lord of the Rings fan and there is a devotional, Walking with Bilbo by Sarah Arthur. J.R.R. Tolkien referred to the travels as “adventures” and in one of Sarah’s devotionals she says: “First, we find an important distinction between adventure and misadventure. Adventures are what happen when we’re on the right road. There will be hardships and difficulties that God allows (and designs!) to test and strengthen our character. But if we wander off the appointed track, we set ourselves up for misadventures – bad events and poor choices that have the power to derail us from completing the journey altogether. Clearly, adventures are a good thing; misadventures are not.”
So if we truly answer Jesus’s question “Why did you seek me?” and it is because we wanted forgiveness for our sins and we recognize Him as the One and Only Son of God and believe in Him and all the Bible says, then we will be saved and can start on the grand adventure with Jesus, our journey to study God’s Word and to get involved in a Bible believing and preaching church and start serving Jesus and growing along the way.
But don’t get too confident and think you are beyond sin, because the devil wants to ruin Christians and we have to be on our guard. And when we fall or when other Christians fall, we need to love them back, help them up and bring them back to a good relationship with Jesus.
NOW, like I said, I’m no Bible scholar nor do I even begin to think I know much about the Bible, so I was a little scared to even write this, but it all started with my searching for Jesus’s first words and I just got carried away. If my preacher reads this and I’ve got something terribly wrong, I do hope he will jump in with a comment and straighten me out. I DO NOT want to say anything wrong and lead anyone astray. I want you to seek Jesus and find Him!
I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on these “Words in RED” and why you sought out Jesus, or why you think people seek Jesus and if they are seeking Him for the right reasons.
I think this is a wonderful idea. Let’s get on board with this great blogger. Check out her blog and follow her to accept the challenge and see where God leads you.
For the next 40 days, Grace Alone is going RED. I hope that you will all join me as we embark upon something that I truly believe will challenge you and change you. Through these 40 days, I will be asking you to dive deeper into your relationship with Jesus with dares that are based on the red words of Jesus. Some of them will be easy… some of them will take all you have to give.
40 is a very meaningful and holy number in the bible…
Noah’s flood consisted of 40 days and 40 nights, a time of cleansing, marking a fresh start on our little spinning orb.
Noah waited another 40 days to open his ark window.
Moses spent 40 days on the mountain with God… Twice.
Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness…
Then, 40 days He’d be seen in the world after His crucifixion.
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