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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.

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How To Position Yourself For God’s Sure Mercies.   Leave a comment

“…and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will shew mercy on whom I will show mercy.” Exodus 33: 19c. KJV.

This was God’s declaration to Prophet Moses. The Lord has the exclusive right to do this. After all, He is the Owner of ALL things. This is what He planned to do when it comes to special mercy. The question now is, “How do you position yourself for God’s sure mercy?”

To receive God’s sure mercy, a lot depends on you.

One. If you want to eat orange, you need to walk close to the owner of oranges. God owns mercy and shows it to those He purposed to show it. The first thing to do is to have a good rapport with Him. Your relationship with Him will determine what He will do to you.

For instance, as a child of God, if you please Him, He will not deny you of your need. He will satisfy you as His child. No one can stop Him from doing this. The Scriptures says this about Moses:
“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which are on the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3.

Can the above be said about you? Do you have a humble heart? Before God and man, let your meekness be seen. The Lord will not hesitate to show His mercy to the humble.

Therefore, have a smooth relationship with Him and walk in meekness before Him.

Two. You must be merciful. Show mercy to others if you want God to show you His own mercy. He told Moses that He “will show mercy on whom I will show mercy,”; I think the first on the list of who will receive mercy is those who show mercies. After all, sowing is reaping.

Begin to demonstrate God’s mercy today!

“Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians6:7.

The Lord Jesus also assured in Matthew 5:7,
“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”

Three. There are steps to take. You need to take certain steps. For instance, a common reference to mercy of God is that of a malefactor who was nailed to the cross at the same time with Jesus Christ. He received a last minute mercy on the cross. It is noteworthy that the armed robber positioned himself for the mercy of the Lord.

How did he do this?

He was not the only one nailed to the cross with Jesus. His partner in crime was there also. His fellow criminal was railing on Jesus with,
“If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.” Luke 23:39.

The one who received mercy did not do this. What were his steps?

*He rebuked the first one for not fearing God because he insulted Jesus Christ;

*He confessed his sins because he admitted that he received the right reward (dying on the cross) for his wrongdoing.

*He also testified that Jesus had done nothing deserving death on the cross. He witnessed to sinless life of Jesus Christ.

*He recognized Jesus as “the Lord” and confessed Him to be so.

*He then directed his request to the Lord on the cross when he said,
“Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Luke 23:40-43.

He was with Christ in Paradise on that day.

Have you also taken (or do you take) the above and other steps a God-fearing person should take?

It is never too late. Begin today.

Four. Have something good. It is very important to have “something good” in you that can attract God’s mercy.

Jeroboam was given ten of the twelve tribes in Israel to be their king.
Because he did evil before God, so, He pronounced judgment on him and his house. However, one of his children obtained mercy. He was the only one in Jeroboam’s house who died, was mourned and buried.

Prophet Ahijah said to Jeroboam’s wife who went to inquire of the Lord,
“…the child shall die.
And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him:
for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.” 1 Kings 14:12-13.

Do you also have something good in you toward God? Let your heart be occupied with good things toward the Lord and you will position yourself for God’s sure mercy.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.