Luke 20:18 Broken Or Crushed?

Broken Vase

Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. Luke 20:18

Jesus was talking about the people were rejecting the main corner stone and that He was that corner stone. He ends the talk with telling the people that anyone who falls on that stone will be broken, but anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.

The Pharisees who were supposed to be the builders of God’s temple were against Jesus. They had rejected Him as being the new cornerstone for God’s temple. They refused to follow Him and were against anyone who did follow Him.

Since the time of Jesus, people have not changed. There are people who are in the church who are actually fighting against God. They are trying to hold to old traditions and ways rather than following Jesus and being led by God’s Holy Spirit. They do not want to change.

Right now it appears as though those people are winning and that God is not doing anything. However, there will come a day when Jesus will return. Anyone who is against Him will receive His full wrath. Every person who chooses not to follow Jesus will be crushed and destroyed by God’s extreme wrath against them.

Those who have chosen to follow Jesus will allow themselves to be broken by Him. They will fall upon Him, trusting Jesus with all of their heart, soul and mind. In the process of doing that self will be destroyed. They will no longer allow their selves to be in control but will allow God to have all control over their life. In the words of Jesus, they will be broken.

Being broken means that they can be repaired correctly. God will put their lives back together to serve Him and His kingdom in the best way possible. It will no longer be about self, but about God and building His kingdom. It will be about others being saved.

You have to make a choice in your life about Jesus. If you choose to follow Him, you must allow yourself to be broken and allow Him to have absolute control of your life. Allow yourself to broken by God so that He can use you in the best way possible in His kingdom for His purpose.

Will you be broken now?

Or will you be crushed later?

I pray today that you will be broken before God; that you will allow God to have control over your life; that you will not reject Jesus in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

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Luke 12:35 Be Dressed And Ready

 

 

Dressed and ready

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, Luke 12:35

Jesus is teaching the crowds about various topics. He had just finished telling them not to worry about anything. Now He tells them to be dressed ready for service and to keep their lamps burning. They are to be servants that the master can leave alone, knowing that they will do what they are supposed to do and not slack off on the job.

Everyday millions of people get up and get ready to go to work. Each one may start at different times of the day or night, but each do very similar things to get ready.

Each person must get up and get dressed for work. Depending upon what type of workplace a person works in, depends on what he wears. The person working in an office may have to wear a suit and tie, while the construction worker wears steel-toed boots and jeans.

Along with being dressed, each person must be willing to work. They have to remember what they need to do and how to do it. They need to do their best on the job, with a positive attitude to get the best possible pay raises.

Not everyone goes to work in this way. Some refuse to dress for the position. Others have a poor attitude or try to slack off on getting the work done correctly. They are not ready to work.

Believers have to also get dressed and be ready to be a worker for God with the correct attitude.

It is not the outward clothing that a believer must be dressed with. It is the characteristics of Jesus and His righteousness that a person must be clothed with. He must have compassion, love, truth, faithfulness, whole hearted, and more. Anything that makes him look like Jesus is clothing that is important.

He must also keep the lamp burning. Be filled with God’s Holy Spirit, ready to serve God and others. Walk and work in His power and might. Be excited about sharing the gospel message. Know that God is faithful.

These are things that you, as a believer, must have on to be ready for service each day. Look at your life in a mirror and see if you look like Jesus.

Are you dressed with the righteousness of Jesus?

Is your lamp light and shining bright in this world?

I pray today that you will be dressed like Jesus; that you will be ready to serve God and others; that you will do the work God has called you to do; and that you will be a witness to this world of Jesus. 

Matthew 23:11 How To Be The Greatest

Helping Others

The greatest among you will be your servant. Matthew 23:11

Jesus was speaking against the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. Even though they knew the Law very well, they did not practice it, nor did they show any love or care for the people. They focused on themselves and tried to show how great they were. Jesus then tells the people that the one who would be greatest would be their servant.

In order for people to be great, they are often expected to be the best at something. They are to stand above the average person to be considered the greatest. The greatest musician is the one who can play or sing the best out of everyone else. The greatest actress is the one who can perform the best.

God has a problem with that type of thinking, which is the way most of the world thinks like. The problem with that type of thinking is that it is self focused. Regardless of what a person is doing, whether good or bad, the focus is on self being the best and looking down on others. There is nothing in this way of thinking that is about lifting other people up or building them up. It is about building self up.

Jesus is considered by many to be the greatest teacher or prophet that ever lived. He did not live in a way at trying to be the best. He lived as a servant. Jesus had the goal of serving God, thus serving people.

A servant is the person who makes the boss or master look good. He is the one who brings the food or cleans up after the master. He puts others before himself.

People want to be served. They want to feel the comfort of being served what they need, when they need it.

As a believer, you are to be like Jesus, serving others. Showing love to others means you will lift them up and help them. It will not be about you in any way. There will always be room to serve others.

As you take care and serve others, God will take care of you. He will place others in your life to serve your needs.

At that point you will be the greatest among the people. People will see your love and care and realize you are living like Jesus.

I pray today that you will have God’s love for people in your heart; that you will serve people as Jesus served you; that you will work to build people up in Jesus; and that God will see you as the greatest servant.

Malachi 3:17-18 There Will Be A Difference

“On the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” Malachi 3:17-18

God had been speaking, saying that there were some who were robbing Him and speaking arrogantly to Him. While some were doing that, there were others who were doing what they were supposed to be doing and serving God faithfully. Those who obeyed Him, He would have compassion on and protect them. There would be a marked difference between those who serve God and those who do not.

People who are not a part of the church have complained at times that those they know in the church are no different than themselves. There has been times that a person has worked alongside another person for several years, and never knew if each was a believer or not, while both of them were believers.

Some of this occurs because many believers do not talk about God in public, outside the church. Others may talk about God, but do not live a life for God in any way. Their actions and words show anything but a godly life.

God is looking for people who will be different from the world. He wants to take you and change you into a new person.

As a believer, it should be your priority to live your life in a way that those in the world will know that there is something different about you. They will want to have what you have, because it so different and full of life.

The fruit of God’s Spirit being in you is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are things that the world does not exhibit very well. These are what makes you different from those in the world. The difference between the wicked and the righteous, those who serve God and those who do not serve Him.

As you look at your life, what does it show?

Can the world tell that you are different and a believer in Jesus?

Or does the world think that you are the same as they are?

If there is no difference, then you are not following Jesus.

I pray today that you will live for God; that you will strive to live by God’s Spirit; that you will allow God to change you; that you will be different from the world; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Ezekiel 22:2 Judgment Of “Believers”

“Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices” Ezekiel 22:2

God was bringing judgment against the city of Jerusalem for all the things that the people of the city were doing. They were allowing worship of idols, prostitution, murder, and other types of sin openly. The people were not following God and His judgment was getting ready to be poured out upon them.

The city of Jerusalem was supposed to be the city of God, a city of people who were the people of God. They were supposed to be the believers who knew, trusted and followed God. Yet, they were not following Him, except in word only.

When Jesus walked on the earth, He met with many sinners and showed love and compassion to them. However, when He met up with the Pharisees and Saducees, the leaders of the church, He held nothing but harsh judgment against them. They claimed to know and serve God, yet, were doing things against God.

Today many believers like to show harsh judgment against non-believers for their sinful ways of living. Non-believers are just living the only way they know to live. They are living by their own ways or the ways of this world. None of them have been given a standard to live by.

Those in the church, however, claim to know God and serve God. They are without excuse as to how they live. Many choose to live in sinful practices, hating, jealousy, gossip, lying, stealing, cheating, and harsh judging against the world. God’s harshest judgment is against those in the church who claim to know Him, but do not.

It is easy to claim to know Jesus, but it is an entirely different thing to live for Him. Living for self is a common practice with many in the church today.

As you look at your life you need to take a look at yourself as to how you are really living for God. Are you just living in word only, claiming to know God? Or are you giving God your whole life, serving Him and striving to live by His standards and not the standards of this world?

You do not want to step into eternity and God has to look at you and say that He never knew you, because you did not really live for Him.

I pray today that you will know God; that you will live by God’s standards; that God will keep you from being corrupted by the world’s standards; and that you will be His witness to this world.

Song Of Solomon 5:3 Being Available

I have taken off my robe–must I put it on again? I have washed my feet–must I soil them again? Song Of Solomon 5:3

In this passage, the bride has gone to bed. Her lover has shown up to see her. She does not want to get up, get dressed and go out to see him. She does care for him, but is too tired to want to do anything more. Later in this chapter she decides to get up and go to the door. By the time she gets there, he has left and she can no longer find him.

During the night when one is sleeping, it is easy to want to refuse to get up for anyone, for nearly any reason. Everyone wants to get their own beauty sleep. It takes time and effort to get up and become presentable, just to answer the door in the middle of the night.

The problem with refusing to answer the door, is that one may miss an important opportunity or person. Once that person leaves, he may never return again or it may be a long time for him to return.

God works the same way in a person’s life. There are times God knocks on the door of a person’s heart for a reason in the middle of the night. This is not just for salvation, but for God to want to use the person. He may be waking up the person to have him intercede in prayer for someone in need.

In your own life, God has plans for you. There are times when He wants you to do something when it is not convenient or fun. It could be during the day or during the night.

As you follow Jesus, you must be available during these times. God may have a word for you, or a word for someone else. He may have a miracle in store for you, or, again, for someone else.

If you choose to ignore His call in your life, you may miss out on His move and big plans for you. Do not allow yourself to ignore God when He stirs your heart to do something. You are here to serve Him, not just yourself, so you must always be available to do His will.

Be willing to get up and get dirty for God today.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice at all times; that you will be willing to serve God at all times; that you will be available to do His work; and that you will not ignore God’s knock in your life.