Who do we aspire to be like? Who would that person be? To find someone fully human. The perfect human. Sure that is someone is worth modelling our lives on. If we ever find that person then do our lives and opinions match up to that? Or are we trying to make that person be molded into our own way of life? Who do we aspire to be like? Who would that person be? To find someone fully human. The perfect human. Sure that is someone is worth modelling our lives on. If we ever find that person then do our lives and opinions match up to that? Or are we trying to make that person be molded into our own way of life? May I recommend looking at the person of Jesus. I believe he is the one to model our lives on, and the perfect man.
In our culture in the Western World, the question is why do we need God? Many people have the luxuries like a house, car, holidays, family, latest gadgets. Why would they need God when they have heaven on earth. That is what I come against and haven’t an answer that convinces them they need God. Arguments do not work and we have given ourselves a bad press by standing up against certain issues of the day. Jesus died for all on the cross for everyone, because God so loved the world. My own story has been one of struggle with depression and self esteem. Where I haven’t had money in my pocket and I have struggled to make ends meet. I have had an encounter with the living God that has left me in no doubt that God exists and wants to have a relationship with me and all people of the world. Jesus did say it is harder for a rich man to enter the heaven. And Jesus did make the statement that he came for the poor, the brokenhearted, those in prison, sight to the blind, and the oppressed. We pray that those around us whether rich or poor or in between would have a real encounter with the living God.
How is our heart before God. When we pray do tell God how good we are and fortunate he has to have us. Do we set an agenda for God to follow. Or are we interpretting the Bible completely wrong to fit our own opinions and ideology? This is the attitude of a Pharisee in Luke 18:9-14. Can we see ourselves in this? If we do then we need to review. Rather the tax collect actually sees the error of his ways. He beats his heart for he knows it is wrong, and all he can do is to ask for mercy for he recognises how wrong his life is. May we come humbly before God, recognising his holiness. That we cannot do anything to be righteous before him in our strength. It is through the sacrifice of his son Jesus, of him shredding his blood that can we be forgiven for our sins and to be righteous before God.
We hope for a change. We want a new hope. Perhaps someone could be born, untouched by this world. To bring a new message. A message that will benefit everyone, to bring justice, mercy, love, peace, and hope. Rather than more of the same.
At Christmas this did happen. Someone was born. Who had a message of hope. Where there was a new way to live, that benefited everyone, from the bottom to the top.
His name was Jesus, saviour of all, God living among us.
‘Sharing our faith’, used to horrify me. As I have always been shy, want to please, and non-confrontational. So, I have always struggled with even starting a conversation
But what I have learned over the years is that God uses us in our own abilities. I have the gift of music, so I have committed to playing many Sundays in church, enabling people to worship God.
I listen and observe and God has used me by helping and encouraging others in their walk in life. This is especially true if we have been through similar experiences.
What are your abilities? Give them to God and he will use them to bring people closer to him.
Sin is a conscience decision to do something we are told not to do or know is not right. Something that breaks a relationship and we pursue a life without that relationship. This sends us in a direction away from the relationship causing us to be separated.
Think of someone you admire. Someone great. Then think of them coming to your house. What kind of preparations would you make? Would you tidy things, hide things you did not want them to see, have a bath or shower, wear your best clothes, etc…
Jesus came to this earth to come to us. What the Bible calls salvation.
How did the people of Jesus’ time prepare for him? They had a good look at their lives, seeing what was not good, and deciding to make changes (repentance). John the Baptist was a man who challenged people’s lives, and prepare them to meet Jesus. Those who were willing to meet the challenge were baptised in water, a sign of being cleansed of the bad things in their lives.
How are you doing today? Do you need someone to save you? Maybe examine your life and see what needs changing. Then ask Jesus to help you change, and overcome them.
Dear Jesus, I am interested in you, I want to find out more, I want to walk with you every day. Help me to recognise and accept those things in my life that are wrong. I am sorry, help me to change and do the right thing. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
Here begins the wonderful story of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. Mark 1v1
People with power, how would you like them to help you. Maybe bring justice through getting rid of all those people you do not like, or a common saying ‘to make our nation great again’ This is what the Jewish people were waiting for in the time of Jesus.
But Jesus did not come as an all-powerful, conquering King. He took on the role of a servant. Listening, caring, healing, teaching people. The Kingdom of Heaven, is where there is no conflict, no sickness, no death. It is where God lives with his people. A relationship Kingdom where we seek the best, caring for the broken, the poor, those in prison. Releasing those who have been in bondage and stuck with a habit, people who have chosen the wrong path, to show them a new one. What kind of King would you like to choose?
Dear God, may we be Kingdom of God people, where we bring your Kingdom to earth. To change things through your grace, mercy, love and peace. Where we tend to those who are broken, sick, in prison, poor. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen
Mark 1v1: Here begins the wonderful story of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God
Have you ever examined the life of Jesus? Read the story from the Bible yourself. That gives you a picture from the text rather than what is given from a representative?
Find a Bible and read the part called Mark. Check what it says to you about Jesus, his life, and the people he mixed with. Who was he in conflict with, and who were the people who liked him? You might be surprised, and might even see comparisons with Christianity today.
Check what he said about himself, like the Messiah – the promised Saviour, and Son of God.
If this is something you think you would do perhaps talk to God with these words (a prayer).
Dear God, I am going to read about Jesus. May I learn about who he was, what he said, and how this can affect my life now. In Jesus name. Amen
What are you seeking?
Have you actually sat down and taken a good hard look at what you are seeking and whether it will make you happy? Perhaps make a list and see what you are seeking. Is it bringing happiness and fulfilment? Will it bring it in the future? Think about the steps it will take. If the goal has been met, has it been worth it?
If you took away all that you are seeking, how would that look?
What if you put away all that you seek, and lived for other people and organisations, for a better world?