This week I am going to change things up a little. I want you to imagine that it was a couple of months before the pandemic. Some of your friends invited you to go and do something that you had never done before or that you hadn’t done in a while. Let’s just say it was some kind of sport like mountain biking or mountain climbing or some kind of extreme sport. The friend that invited you was very good at this extreme sport. You decided you were just going to mimic him as you go and try this sport. So you looked like you knew what you were doing because you were mimicking what your friend was good at. This is the same way we should do in our spiritual lives. Listen to what Jesus said in these verses, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does His works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:1-14 We can use the scripture to see how Jesus navigates His own life and we can pray to see what He would want us to do in our lives. Just like in the example above, how you followed the example of your friend and tried to mimic his actions. We can mimic His action and love those who are broken and share with those who the world looks down on. We can mimic Him and do what He would do for those and where He wants His light to shine. In the words of Brandon Heath’s song, “Give me your eyes for just one second, Give me your eyes so I can see, Everything that I keep missing, Give your love for humanity.” God gave us an entire book about Himself and what He has done for humanity, how He has blessed us abundantly, how He wants us to have a relationship with Him and how He wants us to show His light to the world. So this week let’s read scripture and pray to see the world through His eyes, see those who we can help. Let’s also make sure this week that you know that you know Him so you can follow Him to heaven.
This week I want to start off with some verses, In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, saying, “The Lord was very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not hear or pay attention to me, declares the Lord . Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? So they repented and said, ‘As the Lord of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.’” Zechariah 1:1-6 During this time it can be easy to lose sight of who is still on the throne. And we have to remember that God has been right there through all of this. But you may have been thinking of other things, so it may have felt like you drifted apart from God, when really He is closer to us during the rough seasons in our lives. God has it all in His hands and He wants you to realize who He is. He wants you to return to Him, because you moved away from Him and He is right there waiting for you to return to Him. When we do we will see that He wants to abide with us and He will come to meet you where you are. God wants you to grow in your personal relationship with Him. So this week let’s consider where we stand in our relationship with Him. And if you have never had a relationship with Him click the link below.
This week I want to start off with some verses, When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment. Matthew 8:5-13 This is an account that lots of you probably know, if you have been in church for sometime you probably know this story of the centurion. In this account, Jesus is in Capernaum and a centurion (this is a Roman commander in charge of hundreds of soldiers) came to Jesus because his servant was paralyzed and severing terribly. Which probably means he was unable to be moved from where he was lying because of the pain. But this centurion who had the power to tell other people to go and ask Jesus to heal his servant instead chose to go boldly to Jesus with a crowd of people watching him and asked Jesus to heal his servant. Even though this was early in Jesus’s ministry, He was probably not very popular among the Romans and the religious leaders. So to come with such confidence and ask Jesus to heal someone, who was one of the lowest members of the society showed that the centurion had a relationship with his servant. It also showed he knew that the Jewish God was not like the Roman’s gods. Jesus saw the faith of the centurion and He healed the servant right then and there. In today’s world we all probably know someone who doesn’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and who is completely paralyzed without faith. This person you may have tried to share the gospel with, but they don’t have the faith to believe, and or they don’t want to have faith in Him. Maybe this person just doesn’t want to listen to anyone about the gospel any more. You may have already brought this person to the Lord in prayer, but we don’t have to push by the crowds to get to Jesus, we can just pray anywhere for anyone or anything. If during this time you have more or less time, it doesn’t really matter whether you have a little bit more or if this is one of the busiest times in your life, you can take time to pray. We can pray while we are commuting back and forth to work or before we go to sleep at night. We should pray for all of our friends and families, as well as those that are on the front lines of this pandemic and for the ones who are trying to find a cure for this. So this week let’s pray for those who don’t know Him and for those who are on the front lines and remember that we don’t have to make our way through the crowds of people to come and ask God for something that we need or want, we just have to take time out of our day and talk to Him. Let’s also remember that it wasn’t about the centurion pushing his way through the crowds, it was about his faith of asking Jesus to Heal his servant from a distance. Let’s have faith from a distance that He will draw our unsaved friends and families to Him by His power.