John 17:24 Jesus says, “Father, I want them with me-these you have given me-so that they can see my glory.” Christ appreciates us because we are a gift to Him from the Father. Jesus knows that the Father gives only good gifts. Yes, we are imperfect, but Christ sees us in our ultimate completeness. Seeing the end from the beginning, He joyfully receives us. What kind of gift are we? Are we a reward or, perhaps a challenge? No. We are His bride!
Lord, forgive me for the inconsistency of my commitment to You. Grant me power that I might truly abide in You; grant me obedience that I might sustain Your abiding Word in me. With all that I am, I desire unbroken fellowship with You! Shape me and fit perfectly into your presence, that I might dwell in oneness with You. Francis Frangipane
I want to share a funny little story I read out of a book 2 years ago. This story is about a woman shouting at her son who was hiding under the bed on a Sunday morning, crying, refusing to go to their church that had been having some problems. “Come out this minute!” the woman shouted. “You’re ruining your suit!” “I don’t care about my suit,” the son said. “You have to go to church!” “Tell me one good reason,” the son said. “I will tell you three! Because people are depending on you, because it honors God, and because you are the pastor.”
I hope that is not your pastor! Romans 13:6-8 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leading, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” What is your gift? What desires and passion has God placed in you? I want to encourage you this morning to discover your gift that God has given you, develop it, and share it with the world! I truly believe that the most miserable person on the face of the planet is the person who is gifted by God, but doesn’t use their gift. Using your gift, encourages others, and it honors God! I hope you all have a great weekend!! Love ya!
Good morning friends! It is Thursday and we are closing in on the weekend! Opening day of soccer season is near and we are headed up to North Georgia to watch the first game of the year. Go TMU.
Most people I know that have a job, look forward to payday! I get paid twice a month and I believe I earn every penny of it. How about you? But I have never had a coworker to get down on his hands, knees and kiss his bosses feet, saying, “Thank you so much, how can I thank you enough for this paycheck.” If you did, your boss would problem fall out and ask, “What is wrong with you?” Because your paycheck is not a gift! You have earned it, you deserve it. When you started working there, you agreed on a wage scale and your job function. We earn what we receive.
But God’s economy is altogether different. Like it are not, we are absolutely bankrupt, without eternal hope, and we have nothing in us that gives us favor in the eyes of a righteous Father. Not even your great looks and your amazing talent is enough. There is nothing we can do to cause Him to say, “You deserve eternal life with me forever.” My righteousness is as filthy rags in the sight of an Holy God.
Everyone’s who hopes to be eternally justified must come to God the same way: on the basis of grace; it’s a gift. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is through Jesus Christ our Lord who paid the ultimate price when He died in our place at the cross. Jesus was our perfect substitute. It cost Him His life. Because of that, God gives us the gift of salvation to all who believe and place their faith in Him! That’s great news for me and you! Salvation is offered by divine grace, not by human works.
Romans 5:18-19 read like this, “So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even through the obedience of the ONE the many will be made righteous.”
That is AMAZING GRACE! We have something to be thankful for this morning! Say Yes to Jesus and tell this world how He has changed your life. God bless you today!