Life is all about stewardship and investments. We make investments by default and we make them by the choices we make. We can either invest in our marriage or we can invest in a good lawyer! Either way we are investing in life. We can buy a house over the course of our life or we can go to Starbuck's every day. Either way we are investing in life!
When it comes to following Jesus we are stewards of that relationship. We can either invest heavily in it or we can do the minimum and hope our investment elsewhere will pay similar dividends, of which they will not!
Matthew 28:18-20 includes in it..."Go and make disciples..." ARE YOU? What is your role in the Body of Christ? What are you doing to make an eternal difference?
May I encourage you to invest heavily in your walk with Christ and help others to do the same thing!
My friend Carly stated..."The cost of non-discipleship is higher than the cost of discipleship." Great statement and good word for the day.
Have a great day.
Food and water...two things that are not hard to come by for most of us. I have never personally known anyone in the area where I live who is starving. And I have never met anyone in Oregon who does not have access to water.
In Israel God centered many events around feasts and water. Jesus is referenced as the bread of life and the water of life. Jesus references living water. The day we were to go to Jacob's well which features the John 4 passage with Jesus and the woman at the well, Israeli special forces killed 3 Hamas leaders so we were not allowed in the area.
John 4:10 states..."'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, "Give me a drink," you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.'"
Jesus is referencing a relationship with Him. He is referencing and offering this woman eternal life.
I would encourage you the next time you have a drink of water, reference your living water you have from Jesus.
I would encourage you the next time after that when you have a drink of water, think about your living water.
I would encourage you the next time after that when you have a drink of water, you thank God for your life in Him.
I would encourage you the next time...get the idea?
Have a great day.
I trust your Easter was filled with the presence of Jesus Christ. I trust you are deeply grateful for what it means to live each day knowing, as Christians, we are going to be in heaven one day. And I trust you are thinking about and praying for people who are not ready to meet Jesus!
One of my favorite days in Israel was a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. To think I was on the body of water which Jesus centered His earthly ministry. I thought about the storm He calmed. I thought about the fish that were caught. I thought about the day Peter walked on water!
After Jesus walked on the water and fed 5,000 people and performed multiple miracles Jesus' disciples were described in Mark 6:52 thusly..."for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened."
It begs the question, "What more does Jesus have to do to prove Himself to us to FULLY TRUST Him and to FULLY OBEY Him?"
My encouragement to you is to remain tender and grateful to God for the things He has done for you!
I have learned that the one who fully trusts and fully obeys also fully serves God!
I encourage you to live FULLY FOR JESUS this day and every day. Have a great day.
JESUS IS ALIVE AND LOVES YOU!
Today I am taking this opportunity to mention a subject that may be confusing for some. For others this will be an affirmation of what you already know.
There is confusion about what happens to us when we die. II Corinthians 5:8 states..."we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord." And then in Luke 23:43 it states..."And He said to him, 'Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in paradise.'"
Everything we are goes to heaven immediately upon our last breath on earth except for our earthly body. We receive a new body when we get to heaven!
Be encouraged, we shed this body which is decaying to receive a body that will not decay or get sick or tired! We receive a mind that will not wander from God! We will receive a heart that will be 100% devoted to God 100% all of the time! We will receive a tongue that will never say another hurtful word but will only be filled with praise and adoration to God!
Have a great day!