When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?

Jesus Christ is the most important thing in this world.  He is “the way, the truth and the life.”  He not a way.  He is not a truth.  He is not a life.  He is it.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

As Aaron Budjen says, “He’s not the consolation prize.”  As believers in Him, as followers of Him, as His children . . . He truly is all that we need.

“‘…However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?'” (Luke 18:8b)

There are so many things in this life that can distract us from the simple fact that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.  These things begin to take priority in our lives; these other things — as “good” as they may be — become more important to us than Jesus.

Those things are “a knowledge of good and evil.”  Remember that tree that mankind was forbidden to eat from?  When we live by a knowledge of good and evil, by doing what is right and not doing what is wrong, by adhering to rules,  by living according to commandments, by joining the right group, by being accepted by the right people . . . whatever ‘system of good and evil’ that governs your life, it will kill your faith in Jesus.

So He asks, “When I return, will I find anyone who trusts me?”  Anyone!?

Isn’t that scary!?  I certainly do not want to be in that category; I don’t want to be counted among those who have no faith.  I want to live my life in response to what He has shown me to be true, and what He is presently showing me . . . as He guides me into all truth.

Father, we want to be branches that bear fruit; branches that are well nourished by Your love, and that bear the fruit of the Spirit.

“‘Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.'” (John 15:2)

Father, prune us that we may bear more fruit; that we may know you better.

“Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song of Solomon 2:15)

What little fox is in my life that is preventing me from trusting you today?

I want You to be the only WAY I live; the only TRUTH I believe in; the only LIFE I devote myself to.  Nothing else is as important as You.

 

April 20, 2017

Having life more abundantly

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“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Jesus said that He wants us to have life, and to have it more abundantly. But what is abundant life? Can the question be answered by taking a class (I actually spent a semester studying “The Abundant Life” in Bible College), or by listening to a sermon or by reading a blog?

Not a chance. This question can only be answered by experiencing the new life, the real life, the born-again life given by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

There ARE plenty of things that can be learned through classes, sermons and blogs. I really enjoy learning, and discovered that teaching my kids was a great way to learn. I got an education through homeschooling, and it was a blast! Honeybee colonies, and galaxies, the Mayflower Journey, and the difference between object pronouns and subject pronouns . . . so many wonderful things to teach my children and to learn (for the first time) right along with them!

As the years went by, however, I learned that I was failing to live up to the ideal of becoming “the perfect Christian mother.” So, God took the opportunity to use my inadequacies to teach me the truth. He also taught me that my devotion to Christianity’s rules and regulations had turned me into a raging meanie who had lost touch with reality!

As the fantasy slipped away . . . Real life began. The abundant life began.

After many long years of wandering in the wilderness of Churchianity amidst the evaluating eyes of other home-school moms, I entered the Promised Land of Rest.

Jesus made Himself known to me again; it was as if He said, “Hi there! Remember me!?”

I did remember Him! My kind and gentle Savior. I once again felt an overflowing of that glorious joy that only He can give. Resting in Him is where abundant life is found.

Growing in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, I learned that I was a forgiven person. I learned that He accepts me in the midst of my sinfulness. I learned that He truly has time to spare for me, and that He gives of Himself as He speaks to me in His unique way of speaking. As I grew and matured, I began to understand what Jesus meant when He said that ‘He came so that we might have life.’

There is no real life apart from the Lord. Living in reality with Him, is the abundant life.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the resurrection and the life. He is the only One who can offer real life.

“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.” (John 5:26).

You can receive His life by responding to Him in faith, and by believing in what He has already done for you: Jesus Christ died, was buried and then He rose again.  When you believe in the gospel you receive spiritual life.  The life that you receive is Him, His Spirit.

Real life begins there, and it never ends.  How can it end? We have been given an eternal life.

We discover the abundant life as we LIVE, as we walk in the Spirit. And we do walk in the Spirit because His Spirit dwells inside of us as we are walking around!

He gave us life by coming to dwell inside of us because we chose to believe in the gospel and to put our trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ. We trusted Him at the moment of our new birth, and we continue to trust Him today, tomorrow and for all of eternity.

As we continue trusting Him every day and in every circumstance, we will experience the abundant life because the God of the Universe lives inside of us.

February 25, 2016