For us to accept Jesus as Saviour we must first see Jesus as King, rightly having the authority to offer us salvation on His terms. Sin came about when man rejected God’s authority. Salvation comes about when man accepts God’s authority: when we see Jesus as our King.
The priceless benefit of being “highly favored” by God is being able to have fellowship with Him, being blessed to live in His presence where there is fullness of joy.
At Christmas time, and all the time, Believers (“men and women of God”) are appointed to deliver God’s message, to announce God’s truth, to those whom we are sent; just like Gabriel did.
‘Tis my aim Jesus divine,
Hence to have no will but thine,
Let me covenant with thee,
Thine for evermore to be:
This my prayer, and this alone,
Saviour, let Thy will be done!
When prayer is all we can give, then it is a great gift indeed. But, if we can give more today, then we must do more than just pray.
If prayer is all we are willing to give, then we don’t really want a solution, we just want absolution.
To those who sought God, He gave them understanding. And, as their faith grew, they had even more faith. As they understood Jesus’ Word, they could understand even more. As the served God, their service grew.
To those who had no faith in God, to those who were unwilling to serve Him, they lost everything, “their foolish hearts were darkened” and they lost their way.
What kind of doors would God open in our homes and workplaces if we simply approached Him with eager expectation and held nothing back in obedience when He directs our steps?
It is not enough to bring just our burdens to God in prayer, we must also bring the burdens of our brothers/sisters, our community, our neighborhood, to Him. It is not enough to take care of just our own (selves/families), we must also tend to the burdens of others.
Instead of life being all about me, life must be all about Jesus. And, as a channel of Jesus’ love and mercy, I cannot allow MYSELF to become clogged up with MY SELF.
It is easy for us to fall into a rut where we see God as ‘Mr. Fix-It’; where we call on Him to remove problems from our lives so that we can accomplish the goals we had set for ourselves. Rather, we should call on God to remove problems from our lives so that we can accomplish the goals He has set for us.