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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Love’s Limit

 

Mat 19:16-22

Vs. 16-And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Vs. 17-And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Vs. 18-He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Vs. 19-Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Vs. 20-The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Vs. 21-Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Vs. 22-But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

 

In these verses we have a story of a young man asking Jesus what he needed to do to earn eternal life.  In verses 17 & 18 we see that Jesus’ response is keep the commandments.

The young man responded, “Which”?  At first glance it appears that he is like a lot of young people today because he doesn’t want to keep all of them as Jesus told him to; he wanted to do one.  Jesus responds with 6 commandments (let me say here that Jesus knew that no one could do all of these; even though the young man says that he did keep them from his youth.  Salvation has always been, and will always be a FREE Gift).

Jesus next response was to show this young man reality.  Jesus told him to go and sell all that he had, give the money to the poor, and follow Jesus.  This young man may have thought that he was good enough; Jesus was illustrating to the young man that he had his limits and was fooling only himself in thinking that he was perfect.

This young man probably did not realize what his limit to pleasing Jesus was.  It says in verse 22 that he went away sorrowful.  He realized his limit.  In our life, we probably have an idea of where our limit is.  Do you know yours?  I don’t believe that Jesus was surprised at the young man’s response.  He knows all of our limits.  True dedication and servitude comes when we are not only willing to give all and follow Jesus, but when we DO give all and follow Jesus.  That is where true joy and happiness can be found.  That young man gave up being a part of countless miracles and seeing Jesus works wonders.  Let us all ask our selves, where is my limit?  Better yet, ask Jesus.  Be careful though, He just might show you!

 

I hope you have a good week and pray that God blesses all that you do!

November 25, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Yoke

Mat 11:29-30

29-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.

30-For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

In the previous devotionals we talked about Jesus wanting those that labour and are heavy laden to come to Him, today I want to talk about what we are to do after we get the rest that we are needing.

The first thing that we are supposed to do is to take His yoke upon me.  The “yoke” that Jesus is referring to is the vehicle by which you carry your burdens.  I am reminded of my school days when I had to carry a lot of books.  Whether they were text books, notebooks, or other things like pens, pencils.  In order to carry those books I had to stack them high and walk carefully, hoping that no one bumped into me.  But because it was me, I would usually be knocked into  where there were the most people and the most movement.  Then my books would be kicked every where, papers stepped on, pencils and pens broken, and more.  Then I am losing what little dignity I had by crawling all over the floor trying to minimize the damage that is being done.

Happy day for me when I received a yoke by which to carry my load…you guessed it, a back-pack.  No longer would I have my load knocked over, kicked, or stepped-on.  The load would be on my back zipped-up tightly and secure.  I also had a yoke that had padding on the arm straps to cushion my lode.

When Jesus says to “take my yoke upon you”, He is not wanting to burden you down with more load, but rather give you a better way to carry that which already are carrying.  God said that His load would be easy and light.  When we come to Jesus, He not only will give us a rest, but also give us a new way to carry what we are carrying for Him.  I wonder if there is someone reading this that is weary.  Weary from doing things their way.  To you, Jesus says to “come unto me”.  Not only will he give you rest, but also give you a better way to carry what you are carrying.  I want to challenge you to make going to Jesus a daily happening.  You will be glad that you did!

 

I hope you have a good week and pray that God blesses all that you do!

November 24, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Wants You-part 2

Matthew 11:28

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

In the last devotional we talked about Jesus wanting you to come, today I want to talk about who Jesus was talking to.

Jesus was giving out a command to two different types of people.  The first group is to the ones that are laboring.  It is in the present tense, that means that this group is currently laboring.  Have you ever met someone that seems to not have any care in the world?  I am talking about a christian who might seem like nothing wrong happens to them; they are never tired, weary, frustrated, or at their wits end.  We, on the other hand, are just trying to keep our heads above water (it seems like it) because life is so busy.  While some people hide what is happening in their life, this person (who acts like something is wrong with you because you are weary) seems to look at you like you are being punished for laboring for Christ.  Jesus does not feel that way toward you at all.  HE UNDERSTANDS.  Stop and think about that thought…He understands!  All He wants you to do is to Come unto Me.  When life gets its busiest, remember to make time for Jesus, for in Him you will get the only one who can truly give you rest.

This verse also addresses the “heavy laden”.  These words describe those people who are fully burdened down in life.  Their schedule may be busy, but that is not what is so heavy.  The heaviness comes from pressure, and from tremendous responsibility.  It feels like the weight of the world is resting on your chest to the point that you feel that you cannot get another breath.  Guess what, Jesus wants to give you rest!  He knows exactly what you are going through.

He knows exactly what it feels like to have so many people need Him.  He has felt the weight of the world on his shoulders and knows what it is like to be questioned by the ones you love.  The true rest that we are seeking can only be found in JESUS!  So what are you waiting for?  Jesus is right where you left Him.  Come to Him and He is waiting and will give you rest!!

—to be continued

November 23, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Does God Really Want

 

Matthew 11:28

28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 

These words were spoken by our loving Saviour almost 2000 years ago.  They had a tremendous impact on that day and continue to impact lives today!  Notice if you will the following words:

 

Come-Jesus sought you at salvation and compelled you to come to Him, today He still wants you to come to him.  Think about those 3 powerful words in verse 28 and say them to yourself.  Say it again, and again, and again.  With discouragement and depression abounding in today’s time, the opportunity to come is most needed in all of our lives.

 

unto Me-This is the “where” we are supposed to come.  These two words indicate that while we are coming, there will also be a “leaving” of something, somewhere, someone, or all of the above.
True Happiness, true Joy, true Fulfillment comes only when we leave what needs to be left and come to the place,come to the position, and come to the person of Jesus.  Those who don’t understand this principle think that coming to Jesus is a one time event for those who are unsaved, or for those who life is in the gutter.  While Jesus will accept both of these two types of people, He does not want to limit Himself to only these two types, but rather to also be open to all.
So today, don’t hesitate to come to Jesus.  Coming to Jesus should be a daily happening…and when it does, it will bring multiplied blessings.  So what are you waiting for?  Jesus, He is waiting for you.  Don’t keep Him waiting any longer!       Remember this when you are celebrating Thanksgiving!  This is the most important thing to be thankful for!

 

 

OH, Yeah…Come to Sunday School too at 9:45 AM!

-Bro. Kennedy

November 22, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment