He takes you to quiet places and ask you to rest so that you are not too busy to hear what He has to say or see what He has to show you
He believes in you. He has confidence in you. He knows you and He understands you. He made you and knows what you are capable of. Let Him show you how He sees you. It takes time and persistence.
“The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” (Matthew 26v11 NIV) This wasn't Jesus being callous. These words were in the context of where they were and what was around them. Bethany was a place for the poor, the unclean, the outcast and sick. The point Jesus was making was that we should honour Him first. Seek His kingdom first. Then you will have the means and the resources to help others. You are to love them with His love not to satisfy your own emotional needs. He wasn't saying don't care for
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” (Matthew 26v10 NIV) Jesus wasn't concerned about the monetary value of the gift but rather what it meant to her. When people express their love to Jesus don't compare it with yours. It is not a competition. Sibling rivalry doesn't look good in the church. He appreciates any act of worship that comes from the heart. That is acceptable worship to Him, that is the only worship. Is worship only singing on a Sunday to you? Make a list
“This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (Matthew 26v9 NIV) They could only see monetary value in what she had. To Jesus it was an act of love and devotion. Don't let money be your measure. Love should be the driving force that motivates you. Don't even be driven by need. There is always more need than you can possibly meet. Look to Him who is the solution to your deepest needs. He is also their salvation not just yours. The question is: what do you value the most? The
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. (Matthew 26v8 NIV) No love-offering made to God should be looked down on. He accepts it and so should you. You can demonstrate your love for Him by loving everyone around you and do it unconditionally. Not because they may deserve it and certainly not because it may make you feel good. There is no place for sentimentality. The extravagant expression of love by this woman revealed her heart. It also exposed the hardness of the hearts of those in the room. Watch and guard your heart
...a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He was reclining at the table. (Matthew 26v7 NIV) Every offering you make to God is special. Give Him what you have, not what you don't have. No matter how small or big. What He desires is the offering from the heart. When you offer yourself you are giving Him the devotion of your heart. He is getting what He deserves. It is what He desires above all; you. Love Him with what you have; for those that love little,
If you are willing to go wherever He sends you and do whatever He asks you. Then ask Him the question and be prepared for an uncomfortable answer
Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. (Matthew 18:25 NIV) This is in the context of forgiveness. This is how seriously He takes it. Unforgiveness affects everyone. Like a ripple effect. Everyone you know. Everyone you come into contact. Is indirectly affected. There is no escaping. That is the debt that builds up. It accumulates over time. Don’t let it fester. Don’t let it grow and be a part of you. Whatever happened to you. Whatever was done to
As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. (Matthew 18:24 NIV) You have His attention. He knows you. He may choose not to know all about your debts. He is the King. Whether He is your king or not. For those who profess to serve Him, He is their king. You are in His debt to whatever amount. It doesn’t matter. It will be more than you can pay back. It is accrued from the day you were born. You have added to it over the years. You are not
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. (Matthew 18:23 NIV) You can know His will. You can know His forgiveness. Let His will be real to you. Let His forgiveness be real to you also. This is not a suggestion. It is a reality. He is the King. There is no other like Him. A king has servants. He also has sons and daughters. He doesn’t need to settle accounts with them. Jesus has settled the account. He has paid the debt. The Son has paid your debt to the King.
Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? (Luke 17:9) What is your motive? Is your reasoning to create a convenient God? One where He serves your needs and wishes? He may want to know why you think that you have a higher purpose than His. Don’t think you can get away with halfheartedness. For half a heart is as good as no heart. A heart only works when all the constituents are working. Failure of one part is usually fatal. You are not going to function at full capacity. This is not how
Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? (Luke 17:8) Isn’t it our joy and privilege to serve His purposes? To wait on Him hand and foot? He is worth it. He is so loving. He provides all for you and me. There is no lack with Him. He makes your heart beat faster when you hear His voice. He calls to you. He loves you. Yet we are to serve His purposes. For the grand design. That is all that is expected.
“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? (Luke 17:7) We are to serve Him not ourselves. Jesus is a servant king but He is still a King. He is not at your disposal. Wait on Him. In more ways than one. He is the King of Kings. Of a kingdom without limit. Greater than any kingdom on earth. Let your service be for Him, not for yourself nor for anyone else. Him alone. He
No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:18) What instructions have you had from the Father. What has He said to you and about you. He created you for purpose. He gave life to you for a reason. I suspect just working to earn money was not top of the list. You are greater than that. Let Him shine through you. His life is in you. Despite your best efforts to
The reason my Father loves Me is that I lay down my life —only to take it up again. (John 10:17) How much do you love? Do you love like Him? He was willing to be obedient. Whatever it cost. His relationship with the Father was firmly rooted in love. This was the only motive. The Father knew of His son’s willingness. He knows the cost. And He knows the final outcome. There was no uncertainty. Be certain of your hope. It cannot be misplaced. Hope in anything else is not hope. He is Hope personified. Your relationship with Him matters.
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:16) One flock and one shepherd. Not lots of flocks and lots of shepherds. He wants people to serve His purposes together. Unity isn’t different factions working on a project together. Unity is when there are no factions and one shepherd. He wants all His people to know Him as their shepherd. There are streams, factions and denominations because of our hardness of heart. He loves all equally.
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father —and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:15) What more can He do? He has done it all for you. A love that is absolute. Not based on how He felt that morning. You can draw close to Him safely. For that is His heart. It is also the heart of the Father. How much more can He love you? Do you love Him? How do you respond to His love and affection for you? Open your heart wide. Allow His affection for you fill you.
The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. (John 10:13) People often exalt a man above Jesus. People also replace God with the bible. Wouldn’t it be great if your heart respond to His love. After all it is for your freedom that He set you free. Don’t live in bondage again. Even to a noble cause. He has stuff for you to do. That have their origins in heaven. That no-one has yet seen or heard of. Did you know that yo are His answer to a world of need. Let Him
The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. (John 10:12)