“If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”” Matthew 21:3 ESV https://www.bible.com/59/mat.21.3.esv How tightly are you holding onto what you have? It’s possible to go through life obtaining everything we think is valuable and then when Jesus asks for it, we are unwilling to let it go. We’ve forgotten that everything we own … Continue reading Hold On Loosely
“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” 2 Corinthians 5:9 ESV https://www.bible.com/59/2co.5.9.esv A simple glance back can cost a runner the race. A distraction by a cell phone can cause a driver to wreck and possibly cost lives. We all know the importance of staying focused. Yet when it comes to remaining as focused on the … Continue reading The Main Thing
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV https://www.bible.com/59/2co.5.10.esv The fact that each of us will have to stand and give an account to God for our lives is a sobering reality. Knowing that every little detail … Continue reading Judgment Calls
“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and … Continue reading The Discipline of Dying to Self
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Romans 6:16 ESV https://www.bible.com/59/rom.6.16.esv Whatever you give yourself to, that is what controls you. You are a slave to whatever you yield to. The choice is yours but … Continue reading Yielding
“”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV https://www.bible.com/59/jhn.3.16.esv The reason God sent His son wasn’t just to bring me to Heaven but to bring me to Himself. When my focus becomes my personal holiness then I am focused on the wrong thing. It is God’s … Continue reading Salvation’s Purpose
Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!” Mark 10:28 Peter utters these words to point out his devotion to Jesus. Yet in reality our devotion should not be about drawing any kind of accolades for ourselves. Full surrender to Christ leaves no residue of self. It’s easy to want to look devoted and spiritual but for the those who have fully … Continue reading Surrender?