This week Michael writes that we live in a finite world where there are many losses in a lifetime. The older we get the more losses we experience. We lose loved ones, friends, possessions, and jobs. While there are many things that cause us to suffer in this life, “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28. We can either look back on our lives with regret or with thankfulness for the lessons we have learned. And not only so, but we glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation works patience, and patience experience, and experience hope because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the holy spirit which is given to us – Romans 5:3-5. Sometimes the times of greatest loss are the times of the greatest deliverance. In Matthew 10:39 Jesus said, "He that loses his live for my sake shall find it."
In John Chapter 6 the question is, "is Christ sufficient?" If we're needy, what is it that we really need? Needful things. The context of John 6 changes the upbeat mood of the story from those who followed Jesus as the "rock star" of his day, to a more somber mood that Jesus' true purpose was to be crucified and for God to raise him from the dead to pay for our sins. Your attitude about life will determine the flag under which you serve. What is the cost of following Jesus and what will life be like as a follower of Christ? Many of His followers forsook Him when Jesus told them about His suffering and death. Jesus warned about the impending crises that His followers would face. In Matthew 24:9 when His disciples asked Jesus about the signs of the times, He answered that they would have to pay a heavy price ... that they would be persecuted and martyred for being His disciples and hated by all nations because of Christ. There is always a spiritual battle behind the earthly battle. The flame of the spirit of the
Let's continue this message on "Needy Things" by Michael tomorrow.
In Christ, Brian