Good morning all-
I will soon be off from work and my hope is that I will be able to write more. I have had much on my mind lately with our move at work, new business in 2015, a son getting married and a teenager that needs a reality check. All these things have been on my mind more than Jesus. I'm repenting this morning because as I look at my tree, I see the cross and it reminded me that when I'm focused on the world, the cross is the last thing I think about.
Who did Jesus come for? Did He come for the religious man, the rich man or the lost man? If you have been in your Bible, you know He came for the lost. Now a lost man could be a religious man or a rich man. Being lost has nothing to do with being pious, it has to do with not knowing a Savior. There are many men and women that proclaim they know Jesus but do we? That's the question I asked myself this morning. A man born to a virgin, who is our savior does not walk this earth and even when He did, men refused to realize His power. Miracles happened on the streets and men still did not repent. Why is it so important to infuse repentance into thinking like Jesus?
Jesus was a man just like us. He was tempted, He could feel and He still had to choose. His will had to aligned with His Fathers in order to complete the prophesy of old. How hard must it have been to love those that crucified Him and yet, His last words recorded were "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Shoot, I know people that still haven't resolved issues with family members, friends or co-workers and it's been years. Good thing Jesus doesn't hold a grudge. That's why when we think about Jesus we must ask His forgiveness. We put family, work, food, and personal pleasure before our Mighty Father and all He asks for is moments of our time to feed us truth. I'm feeling convicted this morning because I've really only read the Bible twice this week, which means I have missed out on my manna. If you believe in Jesus, then get into Scripture and find Him today and if you don't, He came for you, so at least investigate His love and forgiveness. I sure am. Thinking like Jesus means spending time with God, repenting and remembering that the least of these is more important than money, power or social status.
Don't wander this season. Spread out your hands, open your minds and remember that Jesus is the reason for this season. He came for the lost, the sinner and the poor. He loves us but we must do our parts to think like Him, be like Him and remember that our will belongs to Him. May this week be joyous and you look for Him!
After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: “ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let them hear. “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: “ ‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” (Matthew 11:1-19 NIV)