Here Am I

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Nov 282017
 

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).

A young couple was visiting a jewelry store.

They browsed through cases of magnificent diamonds with their gleaming yellow light along with many other splendid precious stones.

Among those beautiful stones, one in particular caught his wife’s eye.

It was completely lusterless and didn’t seem to be in the right place.

“That is one terrible looking stone, do you see that?”, she said.

The curious husband asked a clerk if they could see the stone.

The clerk opened the case, took out the stone and held it in his hand for a few minutes.

When he opened it-

– there was a perfectly flawless stone.

There was not a place on it that didn’t gleam with the splendor of the rainbow.

“How did you do that?”, they asked in surprise.

“This is an opal”, he replied. “It is what we call the sympathetic jewel. It only needs contact with the human hand to bring out its wonderful beauty.”

Merely a touch brings out this stone’s beauty.

We live in a world where beauty is hidden under sorrow, sin and suffering.

How many lives only need the warm touch of human sympathy, love and compassion-

– to make them gleam with a radiant splendor?

Reach out and touch someone this week for His glory!

Share with them the love of God.

Not only will they receive a glimmer of joy-

– but you will gleam with His radiance too!

When the Lord asked, “whom shall I send?”

Isaiah replied:

“Here am I.”

Let’s say “Here am I” today!

And be used by the Lord to bring out the beauty of those around us!

(PA)

Always abounding!

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Oct 142017
 

“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

If Satan had a barn for storing his weed seeds,

-the biggest vats would be filled with discouragement seeds,

-for he’s constantly sowing them in the hearts of faithful Christians.

Many pastors are utterly worn out.

Missionaries, seeing little tangible progress, are disheartened and ready to give up their work.

Lay workers sometimes ask themselves, “Am I doing any good or is this a waste of time?”

We don’t always see immediate and impressive results from our labour.

But God promises that our work shall be rewarded.

Paul told us to be always abounding in the work of the Lord –

– knowing our labor in Him is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

We have barns, too, filled with Gospel seed.

The Bible promises:

“He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).

So don’t give up or grow weary in well-doing-

– for in due season, we’ll reap a harvest if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:10).

(PA)

It’s a Contradiction

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Sep 222017
 

“After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded” (John 13:5).

Your boss has assigned you a task! “Come up with a creative solution to a problem that has been costing the company money”. You tackle work at night and on weekends doing the needed research. Your boss is enthusiastic about your proposal. Later, in a company-wide meeting, the president gives your boss credit for the solution. He praised him and promoted him.

You are upset and annoyed! Your boss has wounded your ego. He enjoys favour and benefits at your expenses.

You find it increasingly difficult to continue serving under your boss happily.

Serving people who have wounded us is a challenge! Jesus overcame that challenge!

– on the night He was betrayed, arrested, accused, and sentenced to die. He had gathered with His disciples to celebrate the Passover when He took a towel and a basin of water and began to wash their feet.

In that group of 12 was Judas- -a thief and generally disagreeable sort, whom Jesus knew was about to betray him (John 13:1-6).

Judas left the meeting early to arrange the betrayal of Jesus! But not before Jesus washed his feet, along with those of the faithful eleven who remained.

The next time God asks you to serve someone you would rather not –

Remember how Jesus washed the feet of an unlovely man on the road to Calvary.

It is a contradiction to be a honest Christian but not humble!

(PA)

Cease craving!

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Sep 152017
 

“He that believeth in Me . . out of him shall flow…” (John 7:38).

Jesus did not say:

“he that believeth in Me shall realize the blessing of the fulness of God.”

But-

“he that believeth in Me out of him shall flow everything he receives.”

Our Lord’s teaching is always anti -self-realization.

His purpose is not the development of a man!

His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself.

And the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure!

If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain, but what He pours through us that counts.

It is not that God makes us beautifully rounded grapes, but that He squeezes the sweetness out of us.

We cannot measure our life by success.

But only by what God pours through us, and we cannot measure that at all.

When Mary of Bethany broke the box of precious ointment and poured it on Jesus’ head, it was an act for which no one else saw any occasion.

The disciples said it was a waste.

But Jesus commended Mary for her extravagant act of devotion, and said that wherever His gospel was preached “this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.”

Our Lord is carried beyond Himself with joy when He sees any of us doing what Mary did, not being set on this or that economy, but being abandoned to Him.

God spilt the life of His Son that the world might be saved.

Are we prepared to spill out our lives for Him?

“He that believeth in Me out of him shall flow rivers of living water.”

Hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed.

It is time now to break the life-

– to cease craving for self-satisfaction,

– and to start growing in self-sacrifice!

Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?

(PA)

Aug 072017
 

We always like to get something back from our investments!

Money we put in the stock market is done so with the hope of gain.

A gift sent to a client is given with the hope of gaining more business.

Even a favour for a friend might be done with an eye on a future time when the favour will be returned.

The unspoken agenda is-

“What’s in it for me?”

In the margin of my Bible next to verse 14 is written:

– “disinterested goodness!”

This verse exhorts us to invest with no hope of return-

– to do good without an eye on the immediate future!

Jesus tells us to show hospitality to those who cannot return the favour-

– an act of goodness but a disinterested one!

It is “disinterested” in the sense that it is not a good deed deposited with hopes of gaining something in return, like interest.

Is it really hospitality-

– when we invite someone to our home in hopes of what we might gain from the time?

But it will not meet the standard of what Jesus set before us.

He instructs us to reach out to the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.v. 13.

God will reward us in eternity!

Until then-

We should do unto others not because of what they may be able to do unto us but simply because we should!

Think of something you can do today-

– for someone who cannot repay–and do it!

(PA)