He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10 NKJV
What has God given you to serve Him? How has God called you to serve Him today?
Our faithfulness to God is not measured by what we do. Our faithfulness to God is measured by how we serve Him with what He gives us to serve Him. Our faithfulness to God is measured by our obedience to serve Him the way Jesus calls us to serve Him.
God calls us to serve Him in humility. The Lord does not want us to call attention to ourselves. He does not want us to turn serving Him into an opportunity to promote ourselves.
The widow who gave two small coins was not commended by God because she gave a lot. It was because she gave so much of what she had. The Lord contrasted her humility with people who turn their giving into an opportunity to promote themselves.
If God has called you to serve Him in a public way stand before the crowd and glorify Him. God Bless You. Thank You for your faithfulness.
If God calls you to pray in your home or the quietness of your heart do not think any less of your service. Prayer can remove obstacles that prevent people from coming to Christ. Prayer can pull down strongholds and crush vain imaginations which exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.
You may be doing great and mighty works for the Kingdom of God. Your faithfulness will glorify God when you seek His will and not your own!
The Kingdom of God is filled with mystery and wonder. We may not see the results of our service to God in this lifetime. The Lord sees. Jesus will reward us for our service in His perfect time.
How will God reward us for the things we do in secret? We will be joined together in eternity with the people whose lives we touched!
Nothing you do in faith for the glory of God is meaningless. Nothing you do in faith goes unnoticed by the Lord. Nothing you do in faith will go unrewarded by God in this life or in the age to come!
Be faithful to serve Jesus by serving people who seem to be the least in His Kingdom. Serve Jesus in the way He calls you to serve Him.
Behold the great and mighty works God can accomplish through the least of His servants. Serve Jesus for His glory in the way the Lord calls you to serve Him. Serve Jesus with the gifts He gave right where you are today!
It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found again. Luke 15:32 NKJV
A man had two sons. The younger asked for his inheritance. The father divided his wealth among them. The younger son went off and squandered his inheritance.
He returned asking only to be treated like a servant. The father told his servants to dress him in a fine robe, put sandals on his feet and a ring on his finger.
The father called for the fatted calf to be slaughtered so the family could celebrate. The older son heard music. He became angry and refused to go in to the house.
His father pleaded with him saying; “son you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, was lost and is found.”
The older brother was given his inheritance. Why was he so angry? He may have been unhappy serving his father. He may have thought he deserved more. He may even have been jealous of his brother.
Our prodigal returned several times. He returned to the vomit of sin again and again. The Prodigal of the Bible did not just return home. He returned to the blessing and provision of His Father. He returned to safety. His return required trust and obedience.
He had to trust the benefits of obedience to his father outweighed the benefits of wild living. He had to trust in his father’s love. He had to submit to His father’s authority.
We do not know if the older brother came into agreement with the father. He may have felt like the years of service he gave his father were unappreciated. He may have remained angry and bitter.
The father received his son with joy and thanksgiving. He believed his son was truly repentant, why? Why did the father believe his son was willing to place himself back under his authority? They had a history of living in a loving relationship with each other.
If you’re prodigal returned and went back to sin trust God to give you wisdom and compassion. Trust God to bring healing wholeness and restoration into your family.
If you have served God in obscurity do not feel unappreciated. God will reward you for your faithfulness. If you have squandered your blessing in the far off land of “loose living” return to the House of the Lord. The Lord will receive you with joy and thanksgiving.
The Father is waiting to receive each of us back into His blessing and protection!
Return to the Father’s loving arms today. Tomorrow may be too late!
So I say to you, 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. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? Luke 11:9-13 NKJV
God is our Heavenly Father. His love for us is perfect in every way!
Imperfect relationships with our earthly fathers can distort our view of our Heavenly Father. If you have sinned against your father humble yourself. Ask him to forgive you. If your father has sinned against you pray for him. Forgive him just as your Heavenly Father forgives you!
God wants us to bring everything to Him in prayer. The Lord knows our needs better than we do. Our Heavenly Father promised to meet our needs. God keeps His promises!
God will grant forgiveness and eternal life to people who ask. People who seek God will find Him. People who knock on the doorway of heaven will be received with joy and thanksgiving on the day our Heavenly Father’s love is fully revealed!
God wants to give us gifts only He can give us. Our Heavenly Father wants to transform us with His love. He wants to replace our hard unforgiving hearts with soft loving hearts!
God wants us to love Him with all of our hearts, with all of our souls and with all of our strength. He wants us to share His love with people who do not know Him. God wants us to be so filled and consumed with His love it overflows and reaches people who need to know how much Jesus loves them.
How will God soften our hearts? How can we be so consumed by the love of God it overflows into the lives of other people?
We can impact other people by being filled with the Spirit of God. We can surrender our will to Jesus so He can form the life of Christ in us and live out His life through us.
God can use us to reach the lost the lonely and the brokenhearted with His love!
Never stop asking of God even if it seems He is not listening. You will receive the longing of your heart. Seek the Lord even in times of trial and hardship. You will see Him high and lifted up. Keep knocking on the doorway of heaven. Jesus will invite you in!
There will come a day when the love of God shines so bright the darkness will hide. Ask for your friends and family to join you in His eternal kingdom. Seek the righteousness of God today. The Father of lights has good gifts for His children!
Do not be deceived. Jesus is the doorway that leads to the Kingdom of God!
Then Jesus answered and said: A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was a neighbor to him who fell among thieves? And He said, He who showed mercy on him. Then Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.
Luke 10:30-37 NKJV
Jesus was speaking to a lawyer who asked, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life.”
Jesus answered, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” The lawyer said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your strength, and with all of your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
When Jesus told him that he had answered correctly the lawyer asked, “And who is my neighbor.” Jesus answered him with the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
What does it really mean to follow Jesus? Am I following Jesus? Do I live for Jesus or myself? Do I just worship God to meet my own needs?
I have gone to church almost every Sunday since I first met Jesus. I volunteer to help whenever I can. I read my bible every day. I pray for every person who comes to mind.
Jesus did not say anything about going to church, serving, reading the bible or praying. Those things in themselves do not please God. They do not save us.
It is relationship with Jesus that saves us!
God is pleased when we express our love for Him and each other in the way we live!
At the end of this parable Jesus says, “Go and do likewise!” Will you go and do likewise?
Will you answer God’s call to love His people? Will you reach out to the people Jesus wants to reach today?
If you have freely received the Love of God revealed in Jesus Christ will you freely give it to people who do not know Jesus?
The good Samaritan was not religious. He was compassionate. He cared about a stranger’s welfare. Jesus does not want you to be religious. He wants you to be compassionate. Jesus wants you to love Him and your neighbors!
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:27 NKJV
This is the opening verse of the story of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan is not the central character of the story. Neither is the man who fell among thieves. The lawyer is.
The lawyer was not asking Jesus what he must do to be saved. He was testing Jesus. He did not call Jesus “teacher” out of respect. Pride and arrogance filled his heart!
Jesus answered the lawyers question by asking, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
The lawyer answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
And Jesus said to him, “You have answered rightly, do this and you will live.” The lawyer seeking to justify himself asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
The lawyer did not ask because he was unsure. He was justifying his failure to obey God’s commands. He understood the law. He chose not to obey it!
Arguing and disputing the law was the lawyers business. He could defend criminals or prosecute debtors with equal zeal. He could not argue his way into the kingdom of God. He could not defend himself before the Lord. He was determined to try!
The world is full of people justifying their behavior by arguing and disputing with the Word of God. Some of us are familiar with the scriptures and hold other people to account for their disobedience but justify our own. I have done it. So have you!
Who is your neighbor? Why should you care?
Our neighbors are not just the people who live next door to us. They are not just the people who look and act like us. They are not just the people we like and who like us.
Our neighbors are people of different colors races and ethnic groups. They are people who speak different languages than us. Some of them hate us for our relationship with Christ. Some of them hate us because of our color race and ethnicity.
We should care about our neighbors because Jesus does. The lawyer in this story is going to argue and dispute his way into hell. We can follow Jesus into eternal life!
We cannot save the world. We can love our neighbors. We can do that by loving Jesus!
How can you inherit eternal life? Surrender your heart and mind to the Word of God. You will sin. You will make mistakes. We all do. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love the Lord God with all of your heart, soul, strength and mind. Love your neighbor as yourself!
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 9:62 NKJV
One of the disciples said, “Lord I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Jesus said to another, “Follow Me.” But he 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.”
Jesus was calling out disciples. They would be the first to follow Him and preach the Gospel. They would become leaders in the church and set an example as they followed Jesus. The Lord wanted them to know there would be a cost.
These men lived in a strict religious society. They would be rejected despised and treated like criminals. They would live on the road. Many would become martyrs for their faith. If they looked back with longing in their hearts they would be unfit to serve God!
A boy was born into a dysfunctional family. His parents divorced when he was very young. He grew up feeling abandoned and rejected by his father and unloved by his mother. He turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain.
He discovered that girls liked him. They gave him the attention he sought. He became sexually active at a young age. His life was marred by one night stands and broken relationships. They left him feeling empty and alone. His sin increased the pain.
The boy became a man and surrendered his heart to Jesus. Sins hold was broken. The Lord moved in miraculous ways. The grace of God changed his priorities. Today his greatest desire is to serve the Lord with all his heart!
When Jesus Lord spoke of letting the dead bury their own dead He was saying His disciples must have a different set of priorities than unbelievers.
No one having tasted the goodness of God can return to a life of sin and have peace. The passing pleasures of sin cannot compare to the love God pours out. No one can serve Jesus with one foot in the Kingdom of God and one in the cesspool of sin.
Let the dead in trespasses and sin deal with the issues of death and destruction. Serve the giver of life with every fiber of your being.
If you have put your hand to the plow in the fields of the Lord’s harvest do not look back to the unfertile land of selfish desires. The harvest is plentiful. Be among the faithful few who reap the rewards of their labor in the Lord!
Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Luke 7:47 NKJV
A woman described as a sinner entered the house of a Pharisee. She stood behind Jesus weeping. She washed His feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair. She kissed Jesus’ feet and anointed them with a flask of fragrant oil she brought with her.
God filled her heart with His love. This was an outward expression of what God was doing in her heart. God poured out His Spirit on her even though she was described a sinner. God met her right where she was, just as she was the day she worshipped Jesus!
The Pharisee did not invite her to His house. Jesus did not summon her. What made her think she could approach Jesus with such boldness? In that culture a religious leader would not allow a woman to touch Him. Who gave her permission to lay hands on Jesus?
Where did she get the boldness to commit this act of love and worship? Who gave her permission to pour out her heart to Jesus?
While she was pouring out her heart to Jesus a Pharisee was watching with a critical eye. In his heart he said to himself; “This man if He were a prophet would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him for she is a sinner.”
The Pharisee does not approve of her act of worship. God did!
If she had gone to the Pharisee instead of Jesus he may have sent her away. He may have given her instructions to follow before she could approach or seek God. He may have instructed her to commit an act of repentance before entering the synagogue.
This woman had the boldness to approach Jesus because the Spirit of God drew her to the Lord. God beckoned her to receive His love. God wanted to meet with her even though she was living a sinful lifestyle. The Lord wanted to fill her heart with His love!
God did not call her to jump through religious hoops. He invited her to enter into a loving relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to her; “Your faith has saved you: Go in peace.” The faith that saved her was the faith to believe God was standing before her!
Sometimes we say God loves us but we do not live as if He does. We believe God loves our Pastor. We know He loves the Sunday school teacher. We may have difficulty believing Jesus loves us!
God wants to meet with you today regardless of what you have done. You can approach God with great boldness. God has forgiven you of much so you can love Him much!
If you have a loving relationship with Almighty God through faith in Jesus Christ go in peace. Your faith in Jesus has saved you. Share the peace in your heart with others!
Jesus answered and said to them, Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me. Luke 7:22-23 NKJV
John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Why did John need someone to report to him what Jesus was doing?
John was in prison because he took a stand for righteousness. John was chosen by God to serve Him in a unique way. God chose the time and place John would be born. God chose his parents and his family members. John was filled with the Spirit of God.
Jesus has chosen you to serve Him in unique way. Jesus chose the time and place you would be born. He chose your parents and family members. The Lord wants you to be filled with the Spirit of God today.
Jesus began curing people of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits. The last words Jesus spoke to John’s disciples were; “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me”. What did the Lord mean?
At the same time Jesus traveled the countryside setting people free from bondage to disease and demonic oppression John was in prison. While Jesus raised the dead to life John was murdered.
John knew it was time for him to step aside so the Lord of Glory could take center stage. He knew his Earthly life needed to end. John knew Jesus was the Savior of the World!
John did not envy the healing and restoration Jesus dispersed among the people. He did not complain that other people were receiving life as his was being taken from him. John did not judge God by his circumstances. John praised God for His goodness and mercy.
The Lord is pouring out His mercy and grace today!
Jesus is opening the eyes of spiritually blind people today. He is setting people free to walk by faith in God. People born dead in trespasses and sins are being raised from the dead. The gospel is going forth to people poor in spirit.
Many people are being blessed in many ways today!
You may be struggling through trials and adversity today. Do not judge God by your circumstances. Praise the Lord for His mercy and grace!
Do not be offended by the work God is doing in the lives of others. If the Son of God has set you free you are free indeed. You are free to serve the Savior of the world today!
At the appointed time you will reap eternal rewards for your faithful service to Jesus!
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV
When God created the first man and woman He blessed them. God said to them, “be fruitful and multiply”. God’s blessing, His hand of protection and provision (spiritual and physical), was extended to the entire human race when He blessed Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve sinned. They fell from grace. A curse was pronounced on them. They could no longer walk in the cool of the day with the Lord.
Because of the mercy of God, because His compassions fail not, His hand of blessing is still upon us!
God created us in His image and likeness to live in a loving relationship with Him. God is not a man. He does not change His mind. Jesus still desires to live in a loving relationship with us!
God gave you free will to decide for yourself. Will you live in loving relationship with Jesus?
Today is a new day. It is a new opportunity to turn to the God who loves you!
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior don’t let another day or opportunity pass by. Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior today! Find a Christian to pray with you or reply to this e-mail!
If you have walked away from relationship with Jesus the Lord is waiting for you to turn back to Him. God is waiting for you so He can show you how much He loves you. Cry out to Him. Ask the Lord of compassion to give you a new life today!
If you know Jesus, if you have loved Him, served Him, followed Him, Go! Go about your daily business but remember you are not alone. Jesus goes everywhere you go!
Go about your daily business but do not get so busy you forget to tell Jesus how thankful you are. Ask Jesus to guide you and direct you so He can conduct His Father’s business through you.
Jesus wants to use you to conduct His Father’s business today!
Do not get so caught up in the affairs of this world you forget that today is a new beginning. It is an opportunity to turn the page to a new chapter in your relationship with the God of new beginnings!
Do not let your past sins, failures and mistake keep you from walking in the favor of God’s blessing today. Trust the God of new beginnings today and everyday!
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.
Thomas said to Him, Lord we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way? Jesus said to Him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:1-6 NKJV
Sometimes I feel like God is close by. He is answering my prayers. Sometimes I feel like God is far from me. I wonder if my prayers are bouncing off the ceiling.
Jesus was preparing the disciples for His departure. He asked them to trust and believe He was going to be with His Father and would return for them. Jesus wanted them to know the Father has room in His heart and house for each of them.
Jesus told the disciples they must accept a new teaching. The must accept that He is the only way to heaven. Truth is found in Him alone. Jesus is the only way to eternal life!
Jesus said if they did not know Him they could not know God the Father!
Jesus loves you. One day He will take you to be with Him. You will dwell with Jesus in unlimited blessing throughout eternity.
Jesus promised never to leave us or turn His back on us. Jesus draws near people who draw near to Him. When I feel like God is far from me it is because I am far from Him.
Jesus Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life today. No one comes to the Father today except through Jesus!
If you do not know Jesus Christ turn to Him today. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins. Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Ask Him to come into your life and make you a new creature. Do it today. Jesus is waiting to show you how much He loves you!
If you have surrendered your heart to Jesus Christ trust Him more than ever before. Trust Jesus enough to believe He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will be with you always. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the father praying for you today.
Turn to the Lord in the secret place only you and He can go. His love for you is unconditional and eternal. Jesus called you out of the darkness of unbelief into the light of His glorious love.
God saved you to tell other people Jesus Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life. Tell them no man or woman can come to the Father except through Jesus.
Glorify God through faith in Jesus Christ today!
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