“HOW OFTEN WOULD I, AND YOU WOULD NOT?”
These are the words of Jesus found in Luke 13:34. We are at the end of the calendar year; Christmas is over now.
How have you felt after the experiences of these past years, 2021-22?
It has not been easy, has it?
Many people failed their resolutions and felt a sense of discomfort.
Maybe we haven’t blatantly sinned, but we refused the high and heavenly calling. God had more for us, but we avoided God’s best!
We are partakers of the Divine Nature. Did we respond to Him? Did self get in the way, and we did not make our choices Heaven-ward?
But it is never too late;
Jesus says, “I AM,” and “YOU ARE,” and we can respond to that!
How does Divine refusal affect us? It reflects our behavior toward others we know—those who required help but did not respond.
We should show love and concern for the sick, the poor, the lonely, and the aged, but again we did not respond.
Was it a prompting from God? “Call that person.” Was it the tiniest little thing we should do for someone, but we found an excuse?
We have refused the Holy Spirit Himself. That must grieve Him!
How easy it is to disappoint someone by not keeping a promise. Sometimes God continues to remind us until we obey his promptings. Other times it is just too late!
The Kingdom beckons us through our senses, but alas, all too often, there is a selfish refusal of the Lord Himself. We have not understood that God had a higher purpose for us to connect with others.
Deep in our hearts, we should love Him more than anyone else on this earth or in Heaven. But we have disappointed Him.
Let’s pray these words of re-commitment.
” Lord, I’m sorry l have been insensitive to you and those who need you. Please forgive me, and grant me a better perception of their hearts.
Now make that call today!
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
When Jesus was on earth, He told the story of the good Samaritan. A battered man was lying bleeding on the roadway, seriously wounded. He had been robbed and left to die.
A Priest came along and declined to help. Then a Levite passed by in a similar manner.
Next, a Samaritan sees the half-dead victim as a Jew. (an enemy of the Samaritans) and immediately reacts with compassion despite the racial tension between the two people groups.
It was inconvenient to the Priest and the Levite to tend to the poor man.
Remember what Jesus had said. “If you do it not for the least of these, my brethren, then you do it not unto Me.”
Their actions were a refusal of the words of Jesus, the Son of God Himself!
“WE ALLOW EVIL TO KEEP US FROM THE GOOD;
THE GOOD TO KEEP US FROM THE BETTER,
AND THE BETTER TO KEEP US FROM THE BEST.”
God will suggest things you can do to bring His love and care to people. He will choose them, especially for you.
YOU WILL KNOW!
Listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit is so crucial in this holiday season.
“LORD, PLEASE MAKE ME SENSITIVE TO YOUR HIGHER CALL. HELP ME TO OBEY PROMPTLY”
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