Saturday, October 24, 2015

the Way... choose Jesus

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange - I speak as to my children - open wide your hearts also. Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”  Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6)

How empty are you?
How empty do you want to be?
For we are to remove anything that hinders us away from God.
We are to surrender everything so that Christ alone may be looked upon.
So, choose Jesus.

How open are you?
How open do you want to be?
For we are to open every door, every window, every gate that we possess.
We are to welcome in the fresh air of the Holy Spirit so that we might abide solely under His authority.
So, choose Jesus.

How generous are you?
How generous do you want to be?
For we are to humbly return what we have been given without fear or hesitation.
We are to offer every wealth and treasure so that the King's abundance is fully magnified throughout all the earth.
So, choose Jesus.

How transparent are you?
How transparent do you want to be?
For we are to prayerfully reveal all hope while expressing gratitude for every good blessings.
We are to boldly rest in thankful expectation, believing that the Father's love will always be made known.
So, choose Jesus.

How ready are you?
How ready do you want to be?
For we are to run urgently toward every opportunity directed to us in the faith.
We are to live willing to go, ready to move, able to act, joyful to respond for the sake of our Savior's prize.
So, choose Jesus.

How faithful are you?
How faithful do you want to be?
For we are to commit our ways unto the Lord and allow him to establish our thoughts.
We are to seek and obey the Word of God and present ourselves as living sacrifices to His perfect, eternal kingdom.
So, choose Jesus.

How loving are you?
How sincerely loving do you want to be?
For we are to love every neighbor... every person... and make disciples of every nation.
We are to love with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength the Creator and all his creation.
So, choose Jesus.

Today... won't you choose Jesus, the Way, and represent His Glory?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18)

Lord, fill us with your grace so that we might purposefully glorify Your Name and show our faith in you by the Way we live.  
Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

Blessings!

Victoria

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