DATE POSTED Thursday, 2022-02-10
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Matthew 10:17-20
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)
BIBLE TEXT: 17-20 “Don’t be naive. Some people will question your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.
APPLICATION: Interesting to consider that a man who once lived and ministered among His people and showed immense compassion for the people, yet He became the object of criticism, and even the plot of the religious leaders of that day, because of their jealousy over all the good works He accomplished that attracted people from all walks of life. It became so intense that this man had to often disappear from large crowds so that He would not be found by those who hated Him. This intensified to the extent that these hatful people had this man arrested and eventually crucified along with criminals who were awaiting their fate. This man was such a wonder, that He opted to be obedient to His Father’s will, rather than save Himself from such a cruel death. His reason: Because His Father arranged for such a sacrifice to result in the one and only means of all mankind to see the face of God, and to have access to the portals of heaven one day, where they would actually be present with the Lord on His throne forever and forever. Of course this ‘man’ that I referred to is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Many of you meditating with me today, have followed the same path as I have, and you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, because we have all found hopelessness everywhere we have turned here on earth. We have found no one other than our parents who loves us enough to sacrifice anything for our good, yet God brought His very own Son into the world to show us nothing but love, and to provide every good thing to us. Friends, as we study the Word of God, and in particular our Scripture reading today, we must stop and consider how challenged we are in being grateful for all that God did for us. Why, we will respond in words, or actions, that we don’t know the man – like His very own disciple did after His arrest. We will attribute our achievements to our own merits, and we will uplift the selfishness of mankind. We will quickly respond to questions about our identity with God as one where we know of Him, but not intimately and personally. We will avoid the name of Jesus so that fingers will never be pointed at us for being religious fanatics. But precious friends, look what Jesus said would happen: we would be honored that our family and friends have recognized Jesus in and through us, because our witness was real to them. Jesus said that we may even be persecuted for claiming relationship with Him. Great news, Jesus said, for we are then given a platform on which to share the love and sacrifice of Jesus. Preach the Word on those platforms! I’m sure your heart just skipped a beat, because you love your pastor/preacher/minister, who does an awesome job at preaching, but it’s not for you. Preaching is sharing the Good News of the One who blessed you and is there for you through all of life’s circumstance, and He has prepared a home for you in heaven. Tell your audience about the Gospel that touched your life. In fact, don’t give this responsibility a second look, for the Holy Spirit will feed you the words you need to share! Isn’t that awesome news? Just be willing to accept your position in life and allow the Holy Spirit to use your vocal chords to express His message through you! Talking about ‘tele-prompting’!!! Wow!!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Be willing to host the Holy Spirit so that He may speak through you the truth and full impact of the Gospel. We could be His mouthpiece, if we accept the role!
PRAYER: In reading today’s Scripture, it seems like You are well aware of our challenges today, Lord. So many hold to their rights, and it becomes challenging to share news about our Savior in their presence. We therefore tend to clam-up and remain close-mouthed about the best possible news we could share with anyone. Please forgive us Lord, for You have reminded us to take advantage of these type scenarios and share the Good News of Jesus Christ, for they are mere sinners in need of a Savior. You have placed us in positions where we need to be and where Your name could make such a difference to the people in our circles. Please be a constant reminder to us to let the awesome news of the living Christ be revealed through us. Sinners need Jesus, but how will they know if we choose to keep our mouths shut, or find every excuse possible not to share. Fill us Lord, and use us for Your Gospel, so that Your kingdom might come, here on earth as it is in heaven. AMEN!
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