10/04 Serving God When No One Else Is

Date: Thursday October 04, 2012
Today’s ChaptersMatthew 10-11
Message Title: Serving God When No One Else Is
Hello My Friend,
While Jesus was here on earth, He had quite a few disciples, but twelve of them He chose specifically to be with Him most of His earthly ministry. He instructed them to go out into the Jewish nation and preach the Gospel in every city. “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 10:1-7.
It was important that the Gospel first be preached to the Jews, it was their rejection of Christ that was needed to not only fulfill Scripture, but also pave the way for it to be introduced to the Gentiles after they rejected Him first. While we would all like to see people receive Christ, sometimes God will not let us witness to certain people at a certain time. Why? It could harm us or cause some problems, yes, He wants all to have the opportunity to be witnessed to, but it also comes through His timing. We must beware of religions that teach that they are justified by their religion or race, being Jewish, a Baptist, a Catholic or an Atheist does not save us. Regardless of our race, background, or religion, we are not saved from hell because we choose a particular religion or came from a particular race, we are saved when we believe the Gospel, which is the death, the burial, and resurrection of Christ and ask Him to save us. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” – Romans 10:9.
Jesus advised them that some will believe in and accept the Gospel, while others will not, and if they do not, just shake it off, not to take it personally, and understand that it was not about them, it was about doing what God called them to do. “And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:10-14,22,28-31.
It is not us who will be judged, it is them, all Christian’s will face persecution at some point in our lives simply because they chose to follow Christ. Those who are determined, by faith, to keep going for Christ
will not be intimidated or stopped by family members, friends, or anyone else trying to stop them. We can all rejoice and say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 4:7,8,18.
Christ looking up to heaven, with thanksgiving to His Father begins to pray for His people and for who He allowed to keep the Gospel from. “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:25-30.
God only reveals His truths to those who are His babes, those whom have received Christ and are born again into God’s family. Jesus invites all who have burdens on their hearts, those who are working so hard to get things done, but not getting anywhere, and those who are just tired. He wants to give you rest, but in order for you to get it you must go to Him. Talk to Him, pray to Him, seek forgiveness, tell Him that you believe in Him, He is knocking on the door of your heart waiting for you to answer. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20.
Today’s Prayer: God, You know the very intentions of all that I say and do. As I invite You to examine my heart, I lay before You the people and pursuits that try to drive me further away from You. You have not removed me bodily from this world, but You have raised me up spiritually to abide in Your presence even as I carry out my daily duties, whether it is something You commanded me to do or in any of my labor. As Your presence graciously overshadows me it is there that Your love and faithfulness sustains me and gives me the strength to endure all tribulation and remain not only in Your mercy and grave, but love and will also. I love You Lord and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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