John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. This is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself in a conversation with the Father of Spirits. This is what eternal life is all about. KNOWING THE ONLY TRUE GOD AND JESUS CHRIST WHOM GOD SENT!
” Our life on this earth may be short and, for many, full of trouble and difficulty. But the blessings are even greater and eternal (John 17:3). Eternal life is a quality of life that starts now and goes on for ever. Bask in his blessings. Walk in Christ’s ways and lead others to do the same.” Excerpt from BIOY – Nicky & Pippa Gumbel
Knowing the Lord Jesus, having eternal life does not negate the forces of nature in terms of living in this world. There will always be seed time and harvest time. seasons will come and go, laughter and pain will walk hand in hand, there will be plenty and scarcity will dance around it, yet Christ Jesus reign supreme over these things.
Friends, what the Lord want for us is not only the aesthetic of this world, but also eternal life. To know the true God and lead others to Him regardless of their status, economies, and position in life. Jesus took time to talk to the Father about this. Eternal Life!
Jesus also told us what to do in Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
John 1720 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Friends, we are to make Christ known to those that are without. That is the assignment we all have. To make Christ known not only in our words, but in our actions, the way we live, move and have our being.
Father, help me to live a life worthy of your calling. Let me by my action and way of being be an example, present an accurate representation of Christ Jesus to my world, I pray in Jesus mighty name. Amen
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By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. ‘This is a remote place,” they said, ” and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, ” That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 ” How many loaves do you have? he asked. ” Go and see.” Mark 6:35-38
When the disciples came back from doing exploit, Jesus took them to a solitary place so they can rest, regain the virtues they have expended. However, multitudes saw them leave in a boat and followed them. When it was late in the evening, the disciples asked Jesus to send the people away so they can go and have supper.
Correct me friends if I am wrong. This is exactly what is going on in African, and Black American Churches – These are the ones I am familiar with okay. The people put in their cents and dollars in the offering basket day in day out, years after years and when there comes a need for that money to be spent for the good of all, the people are then referred to go sort themselves out! Where is our social responsibility? Where is our compassion like Jesus taught? Be reminded: The disciples made the same mistake, and Jesus corrected them.
The continent of Africa is riddled with poverty and our Men of God are numbered among the wealthiest in the world, amassing wealth but not giving back to the pocket from which these funds came from. The old time Churches built schools, provided scholarships, rehabilitated those handicapped by illnesses, equipped hospitals etc.
I saw this first hand growing up but these days, I have not seen anything of worth done in the last few years for the people of The Kingdom. Men are just amazing wealth in the name of Christ for self glorification and not The Kingdom of God! Consciences have been seared – 1 Timothy 4:2
Every major city has mega Churches and yet the people are none the wiser about the gospel, what it means to be a Bible believing Christian. The traditions of men has replaced the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot see Christ in most Christians, there is no difference in us and the world. Lord help me to reflect you! Oh, help us!
Secular organizations know what social responsibility means, they sponsor events, take up causes and support research for the betterment of the environment in which they do business. I have seen Mega Churches lined about by impoverished neighborhoods and congregants without an iota of concern. This is not Christlike!
About fasting, prayer, seed sowing, tithe and offering – Christ expects us to do all these and more. However, he also taught us to be our brothers keepers, be truthful in our business dealings, work to earn, be kind and compassionate towards each other!!!!Tweet
Isaiah 58: 6 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen; to loosed the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
I think every believer should read Isaiah 58 again and again, meditate on it, I believe the Holy Spirit will revive us as at the first to be Christlike!Tweet
Are we afraid of running out of funds? Christ Jesus is able to multiply whatever we have in our hands as long as we are engaging it in pursuit of His Kingdom and her people Mark 6:41-43
Christians!!! It is time to start being Christ-like. This is what can and will change our world, not the amassing and boasting of wealth gathered by greed and shenanigans.Tweet
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. 21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. 22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.
Friends, let us endeavor to live in peace as it depends on us. Let us begin even now to walk in love. I mean genuine love, compassionate towards each other, Let us stop judging and thinking the worst of each other. Christ is love, and those who live in love lives in God and God lives in them. Perfect love cast out fear! To really be Christ like we need to imbibe love – putting others in perspective.
We have all been through stuff friends, everyone has a story to tell. Do not judge a book by its covers. There are depths to what we see with the eyes, it takes discernment to understand and put things in perspective. Only the love of God in your heart can make a difference in the lives of others. Love conquers all ills!!!!! And Christ like love cannot be too much!! Give peace a chance in your conduct towards others, especially those we have judged with biase.
May the Lord reveal himself to us all more and more. May we have depth of insight into the mysteries of Christ like love. Lord! help my friends and I to see others through your eyes, and grant us the grace to love as you loved us all in Christ Jesus name I pray. Amen