Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Love Wins - Part 4b – It’s All About Him

Michael continues his message from yesterday. Jesus did not call us to church, rather he called us unto Himself. Jesus said "seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these other things shall be added unto you."  The apostle Paul said, "we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ and him crucified." It's not about us and our own righteousness, it's about Him. Jesus exhorted and encouraged his disciples to be "narrow minded." He said: I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man cometh unto the father but by me. There is a narrow way through the narrow gate. Jesus Christ himself is the narrow way.

Oswald Chambers said that the greatest hindrance to God is the "servants" of God. These "servants" are consumed by their "busyness", trying to approach the throne of grace.  However, Jesus said, nothing you do is good enough. God is not concerned about your "performance."  He is however, concerned about your heart. For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast. Jesus Christ came and redeemed us so that we may receive His righteousness. For he who knew no sin became the perfect sin sacrifice on our behalf that we may be made the righteousness of God in him. Jesus called us to love unconditionally according to the love of God in Christ in us. Our prayer is that we should "hunger and thirst for righteousness."  We need to cultivate an appetite to serve God from a heart of love. 

According to the prayer of St. Francis, “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Do you say, "I love you Lord?"  The key to loving God is to love God's people.  Jesus Christ said, "in that you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me."

May God richly bless you,
Your brother in Christ, Michael

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