written by Pastor Lawrence
Jesus' mission would cost him his life because his mission was not this life. He sacrificially gave himself to his determined purpose. Your mission is bigger than this life.
JOHN 6:42-47 They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?" 43 "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. 44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
People were already stirred up and Jesus didn’t soften the message at all! If the Father isn’t drawing you then you simply won’t get it. If you get the Father then you’ll get me because I am the way. Jesus later explains in John how He is the only way to come to the Father.
Jesus was totally emphatic about this. Why was he seemingly so unreasonable and direct about all of this? Choosing the right way gets you to the right place. Choosing any way other than the right way takes you in the wrong direction.
Everybody is on a path: financial path, a marriage path, a dating path, career path, health path, etc. Your direction ultimately determines your destination, not your dreams, hopes, prayers or beliefs.
PHIL. 3:10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him... (AMP)
What is important to you? Time & money tell the truth. Our most important asset is time. Waste money and you can make more money. Waste time and it’s wasted forever never to be recovered.
TIME is your LIFE. When you waste your time, you waste your life.
PSALM 90:12Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. NIV
We have a limited amount of time to receive and release God's eternal wisdom in the earth. Managing your time well is vital to bringing about your God-given dreams.
There is no greater cause than the cause of Christ and Jesus has chosen the church as his primary vehicle to raise up and release God’s assignments from heaven in the earth. There is a great cost to this mission and many have paid the ultimate price so we can carry on this mission to our generation!
REV. 12:11 they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. NIV
The Bible describes the 1 century church as a Jesus movement speaking in Acts 17:6 how these men turned their world upside down.
The faith of an atheist has no affect on his behavior because he does not believe in God. Apathetic faith is a neutral belief structure that produces very similar result! How have you allowed Jesus to change your life and affect your future?
1st Century Christians knew their God so intimately that they sang His praises as they were burned at stake. There are historical accounts of NERO the emperor sticking his fingers in his ears and saying, “Why must these Christians sing?”
This was a passionate and contagious Jesus movement! Historical accounts of Romans, when witnessing joy these Christians being martyred, jumping out of the stands rushing to them = doomed to the same fate, but they willingly accepted death so they could know God in the same close, intimate, and personal way as these Christians.
The challenging question for you and for me is, “How many people would die to have what you and I have?” Is your relationship with Jesus moving & compelling to our world?
Let’s devote ourselves to be the Jesus movement of our day!!!
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