Tuesday, August 11, 2009

June 16

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
2 Timothy 4:2

So many people look at this verse and say, "this doesn't apply to me, I am not a preacher." Are you not a Christian? We have all been called to preach the word when we are His children. It may not be preaching from a pulpit like the preacher but we are to share the good news of Christ will all people. And we are to be ready at any time! We should be getting out of the bed each morning and asking God for a divine meeting, a meeting with an unbeliever so that we can share Christ with them. That is why we are to be ready. God will place these people in your paths if you will just be willing to ask Him. God has great plans for you! Be ready to preach His word!

June 15

Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself by the fire.
Mark 14:54

How many times have we been guilty of this? We seem to follow at a distance, people can't cleary see that we are Chrstians. They may see that we run with the crowd, but can they see that we truly belong to Him? We must step away from the fire, or just in the background, and show others that we are who we say we are. Don't make them wonder if you are a Christian - let them see it in all you do! If others are not seeing Jesus in you, who are the seeing Him in?

June 14

Peter began to say to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed You."
Mark 10:28

Can we truly say this to Jesus? What have we left? Think back to the time when you gave your life to Christ, what changed - anything? I do remember leaving my old friends behind, moreso the lifestyle that I led. Why? Because I knew that I could no longer live that way and follow Christ. I remebered the scriptures saying, "you are a new creation, old things are passed away." I knew that if others were going to see Christ in me, they could no longer see the old me. I understand this does not apply to all people, some didn't live a life that was morally wrong, but for me, I can relate to this verse.
Even in the ministry we learned to leave our securities of a house and family behind and trusted God completely as we chose to follow Him. What we all must remember is: It's a calling to follow Him, we may not have to leave everything behind to follow Him, but we must be ready to give it all up, in case He ask us to go somewhere for Him.