Matthew 21:5 No Pride

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” Matthew 21:5

Most leaders or people of high position and authority like to look good when out in public. It is common to see leaders of nations, as they travel to a different country, to travel with a lot of pomp and circumstance.

The red carpet is rolled out for them as they come in with lots of ceremony and dressed in their finest. They will often travel in very nice vehicles, looking great, with a big show.

As Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, He was riding a donkey, in fact, a baby donkey. This was to fulfill a prophecy by Zechariah.

Jesus, being God Himself, who created the world and all that is in it, was a great and mighty king. He had the right and authority to ride in to town with the best ceremony. Yet, He came in on a untrained baby donkey. There was no pride in His arrival. Jesus was being very humble, despite His being the greatest king.

Just as the world often shows great pride in their arriving, many believers often show pride. They want to show off their abilities or talents and accomplishments. They want people to know that they have arrived and are important.

Acting like this is very different than Jesus. Every believer is to be like Jesus–humble, not full of pride. Pride is all about self, whereas humility is about others. While Jesus deserved and accepted worship, He did not demand or grab for it, He was humble.

When believers are humble and are building others up, it allows God to lift them up in due time. It will also break down walls, allowing for the testimony of Jesus to be made known.

Take a moment to examine your life. Ask God to reveal to you any actions or words in your life that are full of self and pride, rather than filled with God and love for others.

Do not allow yourself to be filled with self-pride, causing damage to your witness of who Jesus is. Strive to lift up Jesus and build others up, rather than step on them.

As you rid yourself of pride, your witness for Jesus will grow with more credibility. Be willing to ride the untrained, baby donkey.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the humility that Jesus displayed; that you will build others up as Jesus did; and that your life will be a witness to this world as to who Jesus is.

Zechariah 14:9 One King, One Lord

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

Throughout the world there are many different nations and each has a different ruler and type of government. While there are similarities among the nations, there are also many differences.

One thing in common is that there is no single unified government around the world, though some are seeking it. Those who are seeking a one-world government are seeking it for power and control. Over the centuries, many have attempted to make this happen, but have failed every time.

Zechariah prophesies of a time when God will be king over the entire earth. He will also be the only name that people will look to and serve.

While men strive to have absolute control over others, they always fail. Those who work for absolute control are always seeking it for selfish reasons. They do not have love and concern for those being ruled, only desiring power and control.

God is different than man. God does have the authority and power to rule the entire world. However, His power and authority comes with perfect love. His focus is for the best for each person on the earth.

At this point, God has not become the absolute ruler of the earth with everyone following Him, but that day is coming. Every believer can begin to make it happen by making Jesus their absolute king and ruler in their hearts now.

Every day each believer has a choice to make. That choice is whether to allow God to be Lord of his life or not. Each person must decide whom he will serve–self, man, or God. In the end every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. His is the only name that will last for eternity. The names of men and nations will pass away with time.

As a person on this earth you have a choice as to how you will live your life. The choices are if you will live life believing and trusting God with your whole life or you will try to take control of your own life.

If you choose to control your own life and follow the ways of this world, it may work for a time, but in the end you will face God’s judgement. If you choose to follow God and make Him your Lord and King, you will be given abundant life on this earth and eternal life to come. Who is your King today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God your King; that you will live obeying God; and that you will know the life God has for you.

Jonah 3:6 Acting Upon God’s Word

Stop warning sign

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Jonah 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes or looks there are warnings. Warnings on the sides of roads, on packages, in the media, and much more. Some of those warnings are of dire consequences that can be immediate. Others are of minor consequences or something that may occur over a longer period of time. Some of these warnings are very unusual and different, while others are more of a common sense warnings.

Every person is different in how well they follow warning signs. Some will follow them wholeheartedly every time, while others ignore them most of the time.

Once Jonah had finally chosen to go to Nineveh and speak God’s word of warning, the king of Nineveh heard it. The king immediately acted upon God’s word in humility. He did not ignore it or dismiss it at all.

Just as people ignore warning signs on packages and the road side, people also often ignore the warnings God has given or is giving. Some people have heard all their lives that Jesus is returning to the point that they are no longer concerned and begin to ignore the warning. They begin to choose to live in sin, ignoring God.

God’s word is true and every warning given will come to pass at some point. The one who truly believes in God will heed every warning that God has given. He will also be willing to pass that warning on to others.

God does not anyone to perish or be punished because of sin. His goal is to give everyone life–eternal life through the forgiveness of Jesus. Believers must act upon this and pass it on to others who need to hear that warning.

If you are a believer, you have read or heard some of God’s warnings. Ask yourself if you are heeding those warnings and if you are passing those onto others.

Do not ignore God’s warnings that He is lovingly giving you through His word, visions, Holy Spirit or others. Act upon them and live for God, obeying His every word.

Be like the king of Nineveh and humbly submit to God’s word and His warnings. God is only trying to give you the best and make you the best you can be. Listen to Him, He knows what is best.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s warnings to you and others; that you will be guided by His Holy Spirit; and that you will live for God in every area of your life.