Post by Saltandlight007 on Feb 1, 2014 5:49:07 GMT -5
Feeling unimportant / a failure? Don't believe the lie. If you are a child of God, you are already more important that you can ever imagine.
He was born in an obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was about thirty. He then became an itinerant preacher. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn't go to college. He had no credentials but Himself. After preaching three years, the public turned against Him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had on earth. He was laid in a borrowed grave. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned have not affected the life of man on the earth as much as that ONE SOLITARY LIFE.
James Allan Francis (1864–1928)
'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55 v9)'.
I'm not suggesting here that doing all the things that Jesus didn't do are bad; writing books, etc. but I do not believe that they are an indication of success in themselves the way God sees it. Our identity / self-worth should be in Him - which is not understood by the world. Only God can measure your achievements – they are not measured / seen by human standards. They are hidden in the heart - only seen completely by God. That's my own personal understanding anyway.
'Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God (1 Cor 4:5)'.
Post by buildthefarm on Feb 1, 2014 8:35:02 GMT -5
ya know i was thinking about homeless people and what do you say to them when your giving them something. and a verse occurred to me,
Matthew 8:20, and Luke 9:58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
and it kind of hit me that Jesus was homeless too, they slept out on the mountain and out in the boat a lot. come to think of it, Elijah was homeless at least for a time, same with John the Baptist, Moses and all Israel lived in tents and walked through the desert for a whole generation. i don't guess you have to have a home to be a mighty man or woman of God:)
Something really moved me last week. A homeless guy wanted bus fare to Chesterfield. So I gave it to him. He was amazed. I told him that Jesus loves him and blessed him. He held out a grubby blackened hand and said, God bless you, back at me. At that moment, shaking his hand, his blessing seemed so valuable it brought a tear to my eye as I walked away.