John 1: 38 What Do You Want?

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Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” John 1:38

One day as John the Baptist and two of his disciples were walking, they saw Jesus. John pointed to Jesus and told them that He was the Lamb of God. The disciples immediately left him and began to follow Jesus. When Jesus saw them, He asked them what they wanted and they asked Him where He lived. Jesus invited them to come and see.

When one person follows another person around, there is usually a reason. They are wanting something. What they want may be different for each person, but usually it is they want to know the person more and spend time with that person.

The one being followed has something that the other really wants. It could be money, friendship, experience, authority, position, fame, power or something more. Just being around that person can be an experience to some people.

There a very few people who follow Jesus that do not want something from Him. What that is can be different for each person. It can be healing, provision, blessings, peace, salvation, salvation of a loved one, love, direction and more.

While there is nothing wrong with any of these things or desires, the disciples of John asked something different. They wanted to be where Jesus lived. They wanted to be in His presence and learn from Him.

It is easy to get caught up in asking Jesus for things to make life a little better here on this earth. However, some of those things may not be the most important thing to desire.

Spending time with Jesus is the most important thing that a believer could ever want. Who one is around is who one becomes like. As one spends time with Jesus, he learns about Jesus, becomes more like Jesus, and knows what Jesus wants. In learning all these things he becomes more like Jesus.

If you want to become more like Jesus, seek to spend more time with Him. Find out where He is and follow Him. Take time out of your day to find out what Jesus is saying and doing. Learn to live your life as Jesus lived His.

What do you want from Jesus?

What do you really need from Jesus?

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all of your heart; that you will seek to be with Jesus all day, everyday; that you will desire His presence above all else; and that you will be His witness in this world.

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Luke 14:28 Consider The Cost

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“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28

Jesus was giving a parable about the cost of being one of His disciples. He used the illustration of a person wanting to build a tower. Before a person builds a tower, he must consider the cost before building, unless he wants to take a chance on being short on cash.

Starting a building project is easy. In America, a few years back it was very easy to get a loan to build or purchase a house. Banks and the government were pushing loans for people to be able to own their own house.

Many people rushed out to get a home loan and were able to start buying their own home. However, later many of those same people ran into trouble with paying for the home. They did not realize the costs involved of owning their own place. Homes were being repossessed by banks, because people could not afford them.

Along with new homes, there were many buildings being worked on and companies or individuals ran out of money to build the place. Some of those buildings sat half done for years before being completed, or never completed.

In both these cases, people did not consider the full cost of purchasing a home or building.

In the same way, there are many people who become Christian without really considering the cost of following Jesus. When a person begins to follow Jesus, he is to do it with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength.

It is common for people to follow Jesus, just to escape hell. They do not look at the full cost of following Him.

Following Jesus means that you will be sold out to Him, mind, body and soul. It will mean giving up a lot of your own personal agendas and dreams. It seeking what He wants and doing what He wants.

The cost can be very high, though worth it in the end. The reward for the high cost is eternal life in heaven with God.

Each day, consider the cost of following Jesus. Being willing to pay the price so that you will not be embarrassed when you hit a time of high price. The cost is high, but worth it!

I pray today that you will know the cost of following Jesus; that you will dedicate your life to following Jesus; that you will not fear the cost of serving God; and that you will be God’s servant for life.

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Luke 2:14 Peace…For Some

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“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

The night that Jesus was born, some angels appeared to some shepherds in a field nearby. The angels told the shepherds that a savior had been born and how they would be able to find Him. They also began to praise God and proclaimed peace on those whom His favor rests.

The portion of this verse that is commonly quoted is “peace on the earth.” People like to hear about there being peace on this earth. This is even more encouraging to people who in an area of much turmoil or war.

Christians, along with many other people are desiring peace around the world. They want to see and end to war and fighting. This is a good thing to desire, but the angels never proclaimed peace all over the whole earth.

The angels proclaimed peace only upon those whom His favor rests. Not everyone on this earth has God’s favor. Not even everyone inside a church has His unmerited favor. Any person who has not repented of their sins and chosen to follow Jesus is an enemy of God. Where there are two enemies, there can never be peace.

Two enemies are always at war with each other, as long as they are enemies. God will always be at war with anyone who does not follow Him or obey Him. There are some who do not follow Jesus, but do not openly speak against Him, they are still enemies with God. If one does not follow and obey God, He does not love God, thus an enemy.

The peace the angels proclaimed is to be with those on whom His favor rests. God gives favor to those who love, obey and follow Jesus. Only those who have chosen to turn away from their own sins and self are truly following Jesus and thus receive His favor and peace.

As long as you are at war with God, you will not know peace.

If you are looking for peace, draw closer to Jesus. Become more like Him in following and obeying Him. It is then that God’s favor will rest upon you and you will know His peace. This is a peace that is peaceful regardless of what is going on in your life or in this world. A peace not everyone has.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live at peace with God; that you will love and obey God with all of your life; and that you will share that peace with others.

 

Matthew 19:29 Putting God First

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And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29

Jesus talked about how hard it is for the rich to enter into the kingdom of heaven. It was because the rich want to rely upon their wealth to live and not God. Jesus finishes out talking by telling them that anyone who has left anyone or anything for Him, will receive much more and eternal life.

Giving up something now for something greater later is often hard for people to do. Investors tell people that they must give up a little money now, in order to have a large bank account later. Some people will follow that, while most will not do it. They do not see the value in giving up some fun now in order to have greater wealth later.

Following Jesus requires that a person puts Him first in his life. However, some will go to the point of following Jesus that they neglect others in their life. This was not what Jesus was saying.

Looking at the whole of God’s Word, one will see that they are to love every person. They are to work for their food. Following Jesus means that you will love every person and will also work.

The challenge is to not let other people or your work get in the way of doing what God wants you to do. In the Bible the people were to be willing to give up their land to follow Jesus. This was their livelihood, their job.

Today God may call you to leave a job in order to do another work for Him. He may call you to not spend the time with family members, in order to do another work for Him. This does not neglect others, but puts God and His work first.

Trust God today as you follow Him. He knows what your needs and responsibilities are. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Be willing to step away from the things and people of this earth to follow God when He leads. He can do great things through you and redeem all the time. You will receive much more in the end.

I pray today that you will follow God with all your heart; that you will put God first in your life; that you will trust God’s leading in your life; and that God will redeem all that you give up for Him.

Matthew 8:19-20 There Is A Cost To Follow

Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20

As Jesus told His disciples to go to the other side of the lake, a man comes up to Him and states that he will follow Him, no matter where He goes. Jesus does not accept or reject the offer, but tells him that He has no place to lay His head down at night.

It is easy for people to claim that they will do something. It is very common for a teenager to claim that he will be the best in some field of work when he gets out of high school. He claims that he will do what it takes to make it there. Yet, when the reality of what it takes to make that claim come true, many back down.

Difficulties and challenges in life cause many people to give up on their dreams or promises. They are told that they will never make it and so they give up. Others can’t afford the high price it takes to make it happen, so they quit.

People who come to Jesus are often in the same boat. They claim that they will follow Jesus no matter where He goes. Jesus suddenly asks them to do something with Him, and they back down. They back down out of fear that it will cost too much. They do not want to give up their lifestyle or comfort.

If you have already made a choice to follow Jesus, you must be willing to follow Him no matter where He goes and leads you. Some of those places may be uncomfortable, but they are in the middle of God’s will and purpose for your life.

The Bible does not state if that teacher of the law chose to follow Jesus or not. You have a choice to make.

Not having a home to lay your head down would be an uncomfortable thing to do. However, which is more important: getting a good sleep at night, or the salvation of someone for eternity?

Getting a good sleep at night or following Jesus wherever He goes?

Choose to follow Jesus with all of your life, no matter where He goes. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will hear God’s guidance in your life; that you will follow Jesus wherever He goes; and that God will use you to change this world.

Matthew 4:19-20 Dropping Everything To Follow

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20

As Jesus was getting ready to start His ministry, here on earth, He was walking along by the seas. He comes up to two men, Simon-Peter and Andrew. Jesus tells them to follow Him and that He will have them start fishing for men. Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

People who have started a new business adventure selling something that they believe in, they want everyone to follow them in it. They are often very excited about the product that they sell and the potential money to make. Ads are put out telling others to stop what they are doing to take some time to come and look at what they have. There is great potential in making big money. Some will take that time, while others reject it.

Most of the time, however, most people will question it. What good is that product? Will it really work? How does a person make money? How much money can be made? And the questions go on.

The disciples had not asked Jesus any of those questions, they just dropped everything and followed Him. They trusted Him.

God has times in the life of a believer, where He will tell the person to stop and follow Him. It may be to stop and job to do another job or to go into ministry. Or it may be to go be a witness to someone. Or to take a moment to help someone out.

The real challenge is to be willing to stop and follow Him, without question. It is knowing and trusting that He knows what is best. Many people question God and want to know what is ahead first. They want to know all the details of God’s plan, which He may not show.

As you believe in Jesus, you must be willing to drop everything to follow Him, when He guides you. Do not worry about the future or your past. He has it all in His hands and control. Do not question Him, but follow Him.

It is in following Jesus that you can be the one who changes the life of someone else or an entire nation. God can and will do great things through you, if you will just follow Him.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice guiding you; that you will drop things of this world to follow Jesus; that you will not question God’s guidance; and that God will help you fish for men.

Zechariah 14:9 King Of The Whole Earth

The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. Zechariah 14:9

Looking into the future Zechariah sees a time when God will overcome all the nations of the earth. At that time He will destroy all false beliefs and gods. God will be the God of all the earth.

At the time of Zechariah and even today, there are many gods on this earth. People worship and serve other people, false gods and things. Some will worship them to the point of making it a religion, while many will just give their whole life to something or someone.

It looks as though the world and Satan is in control and will win the battle. Churches appear to be getting smaller and smaller, many closing their doors. Sinful activities are promoted more and more openly everywhere. Certain false religions appear to be on the rise, growing more and more all the time.

This looks the same as when Israel was in captivity and there appeared to be no hope left. God had said that He rejected them and cast them out. The nations of the world had overcome Israel. Yet, there was a hope. Not all were destroyed in the captivity. After a time in captivity, they were restored. Later after that, they regained their land as their own nation and country.

While it appears that the world and Satan are winning, they are not. God is setting up the stage for the return of Jesus. When Jesus returns all sin will be destroyed for all eternity. A new heaven and a new earth will be made. At that time the name of Jesus and God will be the only names worshipped and honored. God will be God of the entire earth.

Each day that you look out on this world and read or see the news, keep in mind that Jesus said that He will return some day. There will be a day when He returns and takes you away with Him to a home He has prepared for you.

Until that day, stay strong in your faith in Jesus. Continue to let every person know what Jesus has done and can do for them. Be a witness and strive to bring as many with you to God as you can. In the end God will be God of all the earth. You have hope!

I pray today that you will know the salvation of Jesus in your life; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that God will remove the fear of the world in your life; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to this fallen world.