Jesus had a lot to say to the Religious Scholars of His day. He still does. Do we really think reading the Bible constantly saves us? Is that where our life comes from? Are we missing the forest for the trees?
Jesus is standing right in front of us. He is giving us life right now.
You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want. John 5:39-40 (The Message)
Jesus satisfies me like bread can never do. My soul hungers for right standing with our heavenly Father. He takes care of that for me so that I never have to hunger for right standing anymore. That longing is fulfilled completely. Taken care of. Done. It is finished.
It is all about Jesus. He is the real deal. He is everything I need to be right with our Father. It is ALL about Him. He is life. He satisfies your hunger.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John 6:35
- Holy Bread for Holy Hunger – A Sermon on John 6:35, 41-51; Proper 14B (interruptingthesilence.com)
- Spiritual Hunger and the Bread of Life (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- More Bread (Part 1) (yomicfit.wordpress.com)
- The Food that Endures for Eternal Life (insightscoop.typepad.com)
There are some things we should know and be able to speak about. We should know life, how we get it and keep it, and how serving the Messiah makes it possible. There should be no pretending about that. We serve a “real” God. We have “real” life. Let’s talk about that. That is what we know. We are literate on that.
“They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life.” ~~Apostle Paul (Romans 1:21The Message)
- Is my goal popularity? (mww1954.wordpress.com)
- “What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God….” ~~Apostle Paul (mww1954.wordpress.com)
- What is God’s master plan? (mww1954.wordpress.com)
It just keeps rolling on. Over and over again. His grace. His peace. Multiplying infinitely and never stopping. This happens as I deepen my experience with God and Jesus. This is what I want to experience in a life of pleasing God. My relationship with Him should be personal and intimate. We should be friends. Jesus has given me a ticket to participate in the life of God. I have turned my back on a corrupt world.
May I see His amazingly divine POWER!!!
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:2-4
- Already All Ready (revelation217.com)
- Knowledge From Above! (daghewardmillsblog.wordpress.com)
- What do you see? 2 Peter 2:9-12 (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Divine Grace that saves…an action of God that offers even more “after Salvation” (ptl2010.com)
- Bible Verses Inspiration- A Ransom Paid – Grace, Grace and More Grace (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
My Father is helping me. He is bringing out the best in me. He is helping me to have a God-formed maturity. This is unlike our culture that is always dragging me down to its level of amazing immaturity. It is interesting how our culture assaults us everyday. So very subtle that it is hard to even recognize it. What I need to recognize is what He wants from me and to respond to it with blazing fast speed.
“There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
I should go all out for it. Pursue it no matter what. Peace is from Him but I have to go for it. Don’t say things that hurt others. Cultivate the good in others. Go after the good. Ignore the evil. God approves this and listens to me in this context.
May I cultivate the good. May I go for peace no matter what. May my day fill up with good.
Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, here’s what you do:
Say nothing evil or hurtful;
Snub evil and cultivate good;
run after peace for all you’re worth.
God looks on all this with approval,
listening and responding well to what he’s asked;
But he turns his back on those who do evil things.
1 Peter 3:8-12
I resolve to do something out of the ordinary. I commit to living a superordinary life in Jesus. I will live the radical life Jesus called me to live.
It was Henry David Thoreau who wrote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” I don’t admire Thoreau as a theologian, but I think he largely got it right in this quote describing the normal human condition and maybe the condition of lots of Christians.
I believe a large number of people, perhaps even you, get bogged down in the routines of life. I have nothing against routines, except when they become our master. Much can be said about the righteousness of living a careful, responsible life before God. But, this is not at issue for me in this resolution.
My fear is that the life Jesus lived and died to give us (“I came that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10) can get lost in the devotion to safety and routine. I’m not advocating going out today to partake in some “extreme” thrill sport. I’m simply encouraging you to do something outside of your normal routine, to experience life outside the lines you’ve drawn, to provide yourself with the opportunity to “sing your song.” God is ready to do amazing things. His Holy Spirit is in us and the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. We can live an extra-ordinary life in Him.
How? Only you can decide for sure, but maybe it’s as simple as, at the prompting of God, taking the long way home from school or work to gain a new perspective on the world right around you that otherwise goes unnoticed. Maybe he wants to perform a miracle in someones life we don’t normally see. Maybe He wants us to be the Good Samaritan.
Jesus is the light of the entire world. What He said and did guides us along the path we take every day. He directed us to love God and to love one another. That is the light. To live otherwise is a desperate lie. This is the life we share with one another.
May I live in the light that Jesus sheds on my path. May I not wander off into darkness.
If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin. 1 John 1:6-7