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In Jesus’ lifetime on this earth, his work was endless. He was selfless in accepting the will of His Father, no matter what path it lead him through. Everything he did centered around the statement from Mark 2:16-17, that “He came to call sinners to repentance”; from healing the sick and raising the dead, to enduring temptations, down to His ultimate sacrifice on the cross, purchasing forgiveness for our sins.
Jesus, though He was perfect, still had to make the choice to do God’s will. He was still flesh, just as you and I, and needed to face each day, head on. He had to choose whether or not to heal this one in need. He had to choose whether or not to glorify His father this day, or what to teach that crowd of people today. Should He take time for himself today, or should he go on to the next town as God expected Him to? He had to choose whether or not to stand in the face of adversity day after day. He had to choose to accept the cross, enabling us, today, to have the plan of salvation.
As Christians, we strive to be like Christ. Therefore we must follow, to our best ability, the example given through the work and ministry of Christ. His greatest ministry was to receive even the most unseemly of people. Many of us may say that we’d be willing to go anywhere, talk to anyone, and do whatever God’s will might be for our lives, but when it comes to the fulfilling of that commitment, it’s not so easy.
We have so much going on in our lives, that even with the best of intentions, we have trouble fully committing every aspect of our lives. It becomes a daily choice, right along with the many other decisions we make each day. We have to choose what time to get up. Should we take time to pray before we start our day? Or maybe we’re running late so we put it off till later. Should we pray for the person involved in the accident you noticed on your way to work, or just assume somebody else will? Should we pray for the food at this busy restaurant while having lunch with several colleagues, or just assume God knows we’re thankful.
We have to choose whether or not to follow the commission given by Jesus in Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Should we go out of our way to reach the unseemly of our day, or leave that up to somebody else? There are some who will receive the plan of salvation without question. They’ve heard and read the Bible, believed it’s word, repented, and accepted it as truth. But then there are those who we can’t possibly imagine ever being saved. Their characteristics are so far away from anything the Bible teaches. But the work of Jesus showed that we should reach out to those people even more.
Still, today, Jesus can extend his mercy to the murderers, thieves, drunkards, drug addicts, sex offenders, and even the terrorists who’ve committed the most unthinkable acts. God’s ways are not man’s ways. Everybody deserves to have the opportunity to choose God’s plan of redemption and salvation. Just as Jesus chose to disciple Matthew, formerly an undesirable publican, we should also try to reach anybody and everybody we can.
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12 May 2005
Powerful Devotional Jennifer, full of God's Love and Truth."By His Grace I will Love and Serve Him and my Neigbour"
In Christ,Dee :)
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