God called us to rule and reign in life not for life to rule and reign over us
On Sunday night we are jumping on a plane and heading to Tanzania and Uganda for a couple of weeks of Ministry, Please keep us in your prayers during this time. I will do my best to post updates each day depending on internet access.
Before we leave however i want to leave this thought with you. God has been reminding me of this a lot over the past few months.
How hard was it for Jesus?
Today I want us to think about that!
To begin with, it meant a physical separation from the intimate relationship he had with his father.
He had to leave all of his heavenly glory behind, and live through our emotional up and down existence.
He had to fulfil in detail all the Old Testament prophesies, whether he’d read about them or not. Even his birth, and being raised in Nazareth.
He had to be born human, be born as a baby, vulnerable and helpless, and experience the sin of the world as we know it, and as we feel it.
He had to give up all the things we consider as earthly rights, justice, mercy were denied him.
He had to give up his own will completely, and do only what the father wanted him to say and do. He had to live 100% for others, and not for himself.
He had to live with no permanent address or roof over his head, living of the support of others, no stability at all, as we would say. “Birds have nests and foxes have holes but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
He had to live without a wife and kids. “Who can speak of his offspring.”
He had to be sinless. He had to live in our filth, and destructive habits, and remain sinless.
He had to live knowing how he would die, and even on which day he would die because it had to be at the time of the Passover, to fulfil Scripture.
He even knew that he would be crucified on a cross. “When you see the son of man lifted up . . . ” He had to overcome death. Defeat the devil. Rise from the grave, and send the Holy Spirit.
He had to leave his friends behind, knowing that they would also be killed for their faith.
Through all this he had to love all of his enemies.
What a great friend this is. Our brother, our Saviour, our redeemer, our High Priest our God and our friend.
God called us to rule and reign in life
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO FAITH!
It all comes down to Faith! ……. trust if you like. Trust that God has a plan for you and all you need to do is give everything over to Him, Don’t be one of those Christians that say they love God and would do anything for Him but don’t believe in giving, Trust God with your finances, give as the bible instructs us to no matter how large or small that giving is, Trust me I know it works.
Remember, God called us to rule and reign in life
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