Daily Devotions from The Word Of God… From the heart of Ed Algreen

The Cost of Rejection

Post Date:

Thursday, 2017-11-16
SCRIPTURE

From:

John 12:47-50 (NLT)

Text:

47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. 49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”
OBSERVATION:
In the preceding verses John explained how the idea of rejection was foretold by the prophet Isaiah. Jesus then clarified that in spite of Isaiah’s prophecy, God still sent Him to save those willing to accept the gift of eternal life. However he saw the struggle the people had in this, because they were so accustomed to the praises of the people, that they found it challenging to give it up, in favor of trusting in Jesus or His teachings on eternal life. It’s unfortunate, but this same struggle continues today…..
APPLICATION:
In Jesus’ day, the people were so proud of being recognized by their leaders, the Pharisees, that when Jesus came along they really struggled with the idea of giving their allegiance to Him.  Because they knew that in following Jesus, whom the Pharisees totally rejected, they could very easily cut their ties with the local leaders, because of their jealousy. To step back from the situation, we could easily see that allegiance to one would be so different to the other, that it would force you to make a deliberate decision. Today we face similar convictions and decisions that ultimately lead to a very different end result. Today, some know the truths of the Bible, but because of government taxes, or a previous marriage, they have chosen to live together instead of obedience to the Word that would lead to unification in marriage; Some have decided that they could never give up the joys and parties of the world to receive Christ, because they still have a long life ahead of them to make that decision – REALLY? Some attend churches that meet ritually, but where the Word of God is never clearly explained nor the invitation to accept Jesus is given. This tends to satisfy their responses to parents or loved ones witnessing to them about Jesus, so they continue to habitually attend without ever being challenged to accept the love of Jesus for them personally. Friends, there is a multitude of other excuses that family, friends and coworkers make today but what will be the cost of their decisions to continue on making excuses? Please remind yourselves of what the Bible says: Those who have surrendered their lives to the wonderful, loving, leadership of Jesus, could expect to call on Him in worship, praise and in petitions for their needs, then when their time here on earth is done, they have a place already prepared for them in heaven, where they will spend eternity with Jesus and His Father. Those who have rejected Jesus, are destined for eternity in Hell with Satan and his demons. Because you are reading this devotional, it means that you still can set aside all of Satan’s excuses and instead turn to Jesus. I would suggest that you connect with a local Bible teaching pastor and allow him to help you with scripture that points you to Jesus. Alternatively, read my Footnote and use the self-help options mentioned. I am always available, and would be overjoyed to help you with this important decision!
PRAYER:
Lord, listen to Your children praying. So many are in need of a Savior, and they are tired of the endless excuses they have used. Please soften the hearts of those who need you today, so that Your invitation may be heard clearly, and accepted by all readers willing to make this important redirection in their lives. To God be the glory, for all that will be done through this message today and this blog as a whole. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

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