By Max Lucado –
No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.
1 CORINTHIANS 2: 9
Think about the day Christ comes. There you are in the great circle of the redeemed. . . . Though you are one of a throng, it’s as if you and Jesus are all alone. . . .
I’m speculating now, but I wonder if Christ might say these words to you: “I’m so proud that you let me use you. Because of you, others are here today. Would you like to meet them?” … At that point Jesus might turn to the crowd and invite them… One by one, they begin to step out and walk forward.
The first is your neighbor, a crusty old sort who lived next door. To be frank, you didn’t expect to see him. “You never knew I was watching,” he explains, “but I was. And because of you, I am here.” …
It’s not long before you and your Savior are encircled by the delightful collection of souls you’ve touched. Some you know, most you don’t, but for each you feel the same.. You feel what Paul felt… “I’m so proud of your faith” (see 1 Thess. 2:19).
From WHEN CHRIST COMES
Will people step forward in heaven because of your faith?
What can you do to share Christ with others?
Boldness Before the Throne
Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace.
HEBREWS 4: 16
Jesus tells us… ,“When you pray, pray like this. ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.’”
When you say, “Thy kingdom come,” you are inviting the Messiah himself to walk into your world. “Come, my King! Take your throne in our land. Be present in my heart. Be present in my office. Come into my marriage. Be Lord of my family, my fears, and my doubts.” This is no feeble request; it’s a bold appeal for God to occupy every corner of your life.
Who are you to ask such a thing? Who are you to ask God to take control of your world? You are his child, for heaven’s sake! And so you ask boldly.
From THE GREAT HOUSE OF GOD
Have you invited Christ to be King in your heart? Your place of employment? Your home?
Who is more important: the one sitting at the table or the one serving? You think the one at the table is more important, but I am like a servant among you.
In Jesus’ day the washing of feet was a task reserved not just for servants but for the lowest of servants. Every circle has its pecking order, and the circle of household workers was no exception. The servant at the bottom of the totem pole was expected to be the one on his knees with the towel and basin.
In this case the one with the towel and basin is the king of the universe. Hands that shaped the stars now wash away filth. Fingers that formed mountains now massage toes. And the one before whom all nations will one day kneel now kneels before his disciples. Hours before his own death, Jesus’ concern is singular. He wants his disciples to know how much he loves them. More than removing dirt, Jesus is removing doubt.
From JUST LIKE JESUS
Think of Jesus kneeling to wash away the filth of your life. What is your response to such love?
Love suffers long and is kind.
1 CORINTHIANS 13: 4 NKJV
What is your kindness quotient? When was the last time you did something kind for someone in your family— e.g., got a blanket, cleaned off the table, prepared the coffee—without being asked?
Think about your school or workplace. Which person is the most overlooked or avoided? A shy student? A grumpy employee? Maybe he doesn’t speak the language. Maybe she doesn’t fit in. Are you kind to this person?
Kind hearts are quietly kind. They let the car cut into traffic and the young mom with three kids move up in the checkout line. They pick up the neighbor’s trash can that rolled into the street. And they are especially kind at church. They understand that perhaps the neediest person they’ll meet all week is the one standing in the foyer or sitting on the row behind them in worship. Paul writes: “When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10).
From A LOVE WORTH GIVING
List some people who could use a little of your kindness quotient.
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