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Why Do You Follow Jesus Christ?   1 comment

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. NKJV.

After a hard labor, there is a need for rest. It is a common saying among retirees that “Rest is sweet after labor.” This is true in every sense. That is why Jesus implores everyone who labor and carry heavy burden to come to Him for their desired or deserved rest.

Only Jesus offers true rest. Do you want rest? Come to Jesus!

The next and most important thing is to follow Jesus; to be in a safe hand where He can safely keep you to enjoy His rest.

Following Jesus Christ has tremendous values.

Now, have you at any time in your life ask yourself, “Why am I following Jesus?” This is because people follow Jesus for different reasons.

A man in the Holy Bible, for example, went to the Lord Jesus and said to Him,
“Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Matthew 8:19.

As a good Teacher who was looking for followers, what do you expect Jesus to do? What would you do if you were in His shoes? He ought to embrace this volunteer who wanted to follow Him and add him to the list of His disciples.

The contrary was the case because the Lord knew the contents of his heart. He knew his heart was not right within him.

As a good Teacher, Christ replied him,
“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:20.

Why did all.knowing Jesus make reference to “foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests”? He asserted that He had “nowhere to lay His head”. Why was this emphasis on accommodation? Why did He not say He had no food, clothing or car but where to lay His head?

The voluntary follower must have been someone who love comfort too much. His thoughts may have tilted towards following Jesus for the purpose of becoming an estate owner or someone close to that.

He was addicted to worldliness without repentance.

A close examination of their conversation shows that the man said nothing again; but Jesus called another person with a heart of flesh who wanted to bury his father. He said,
“Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:22.

This man immediately obeyed.

Who knows? The voluntary follower may have “contaminated” other disciples to obstruct Christ’s ministry. Jesus knew his heart, so he refused him.

My beloved reader, that was a man! Now, ask yourself this very important question, “Why am I following Jesus Christ?”

There are various reasons people follow Jesus today. Like the man mentioned earlier, people follow Him because He is the Provider. Yes, He is! This group of people believe that if they follow Jesus, they will own many properties and live in comfort. Do you know what? Such people will not hesitate to do anything to acquire lands and houses by honest and dishonest means.

The spread of the gospel is never their concern or priority , they pull other followers to join them. They destabilize the church of the Living God. Salvation means nothing to them.

They have no provisions for eternal life for themselves or others who have not known the Lord. There are other groups who follow the Lord for other reasons. For instance, Apostle Judas Ischariot followed Him so he could steal from the Ministry’s purse because he was the keeper (John 12:6).

A brother who had a wrong motive for following Jesus once asserted,
“If I work (follow) for the Lord for ten years and does not provide me a car, I will stop His work (following Him).”

Do you know the funny part of his story? He had been married for many years without a child in a community where a leper is better than someone who is childless. Bearing a child was not important to him.

In your own case, what is that thing that can prevent you from following Jesus?

Why do you follow Jesus?

I love Peter’s reply after a group of disciples stopped following the Master. Jesus turned to the twelve and asked them if they were also going back, Apostle Peter answered,
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”John 6:68-69.NKJV.

Today is the day of repentance if you follow the Lord for wrong reasons. Be closer to the Holy Bible and know whom you have believed.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

Beauty Versus Behavior   Leave a comment

“Don’t be concerned about outward beauty of fancy hair styles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.” 1 Peter3:3-5. NLT.

The above quoted verses have been (and still are) a serious source of doctrinal controversies among the people of God.

Whereas, this ought not be so.

A careful study of the Scriptures will convince us that every word from the Scriptures is for the benefits of everyone who abides by it. It is rich in content and application.

Many times, however, we fail to “…fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands…”(Deuteronomy 28:1).

A more careful examination of the verses reveals that
*They teach moderation because too much of everything is bad.
*They encourage balance between the spiritual and the physical.
*They encourage more focus on the inner man and how to make him beautiful.

These are always forgotten.

Every creature has twenty-four hours at its disposal. What is important is “how” these hours are spent in that this directly dictate what will happen to each creature, most especially, man.

Many women spend hours on ensuring they look best outwardly. They care for the external man. They never fail to “acquire” all things they feel are necessary to achieve this.

Cosmestics also take a good bunch of their income in their attempt to look beautiful. Do you know what the Scriptures say about this external decorations?
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last,
but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.” Proverbs 31:30.

Do not deceive people with your outward appearance. Take care of your REAL self who is within.

Your inner contents will influence what you will receive and what will happen to you.

Your behavior is a direct product of your inner man.

Unfading beauty is a result of “spiritual cosmestics”. It benefits the spiritual and physical man that you are. A few of these are listed below: *a gentle spirit;
*a quiet spirit;
*holiness;
*trust in the Lord;
*ability to accept the authority of their husbands;
*absence of fear.

Understand that to accept the authority of your husband is not slavery or servitude. It does not make you inferior in any form. However, it guarantees your security in every way.

Sarah’s lifestyle, Abraham’s wife, remains a good reference point. Because she was able to submit to her husband’s authority. King Abimelech said to her,
“…behold, he (Abraham) is to thee a covering of the eyes; unto all that are with thee, …” Genesis 20:16. KJV.

Who is to you “a covering of the eyes”? You need one; your submission will procure this for you.

Sarah accepted Abraham’s authority, although a beautiful woman, that she called him “Lord!” or “Master!” . Do you know what? Kings and Princes craved her beauty when she was more than sixty.five years old. Can any man-made cosmestics do this? You know better! How do you think face powder will look like on one hundred years old woman? Can it make her as beautiful as when she was twenty or thirty years?

Therefore, let your behavior retain your home and job. Do not totally rely on your physical beauty alone, beautify your real YOU within and enjoy its benefits. How you behave will determine a lot about you and your end in life.

Your beauty can secure you a job but your behavior can turn the tide against you and you may lose it. Your beauty can secure you a husband but your behavior may turn you to an ex-wife.

Be not intoxicated by your external beauty, beautify your inner man to possess a lasting and enviable beauty.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
Note:
KJV is King James Version of the Scriptures.