John 5:17 Are You Also Working?

In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17

Work is something that some people love to do and others try to avoid it as much as possible. However, most will work, when needed, but stop as soon a possible. Many are always looking forward to the weekend, so that they can be off and away from work.

People love to relax and have a good time, leaving work behind. They dream of a day when they will no longer have to work.

After healing someone on a Sabbath day, some leaders began to persecute Jesus. He told them that His Father always working, so He is also working.

Being able to stop working and do whatever one wants to do is the desire of most people. Work is often seen as a necessary evil that people are required to do. Rarely does anyone see it as joy or a privilege.

God created the heavens and the earth and people to give life and abundant life. Jesus came to the earth with the purpose to save all people from sin and to give them life after they had sinned and brought about death.

Neither the Father nor Jesus have ever stopped doing the work to save people from their sins. It is still their focus and goal, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Too many believers will do work in the church, but as soon as church is out, they put down the work of God. They are focused on personal pleasures and life, but not the mission of Jesus, to save the world.

Just as the Father is always at work, the believer must always be seeking ways to be a witness and touch the lives of others.

You may be weary from working and desire to stop working. Seek God’s strength, wisdom and guidance to continue His work upon this earth right where you are.

God has you in the place you are to do a work that He has for you. As long as there are unsaved people on this earth and God is still working, there is a work for you to do.

Jesus did not stop for any law or reason, but kept working the job His Father was doing. Are you willing to keep working?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do the work God has for you to do each day; that you will not grow weary in working for God; and that you will see the need to reach the lost for Jesus.

John 1:29 Recognizing Jesus

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

Every day as people walk through stores or other businesses, they can recognize friends that they see. Sometimes they will be excited to see each other, but most times they are just glad and visit for a moment, then move on.

When someone sees someone who is famous, they will get excited and want to tell everyone about the famous person. For years they will continue to talk about seeing or meeting a famous person.

As John was baptizing people, Jesus came walking up to him. John quickly tells everyone that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Jesus is someone who is known about by many people around the world. However, very few actually know who Jesus is, they only know about Him.

The world will talk about Jesus as being a good person or a great teacher. Many will acknowledge that He actually did exist and was a man who walked upon the earth for a time.

However, their recognition of Him usually stops right there. All they see Him as is just a man, like everyone else.

Those who have chosen to allow their spiritual eyes to be opened and really see, will recognize Jesus for who He is. They will know that He is the One who takes away sin. Jesus is not just a good man or a good teacher, but the Savior.

Alongside with recognizing who Jesus really is, true believers will also be willing to tell others who He is. They will get excited at pointing people to Jesus as the Savior who takes away all sin.

You must be willing to ask yourself who Jesus is to you. Are you seeing Him as the world sees Him, just a man or a teacher? Or is He the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world?

If you do not know the answer to those questions, you must read the Bible and see who it says He is. Seek God to have your spiritual eyes opened to the truth of who Jesus is.

If you know who Jesus truly is, then you must be willing to tell the world who He is. Do not be silent, but be excited in seeing Jesus and let everyone know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to remove the sins in your life; that your spiritual eyes will be open to seeing Jesus; that you will be excited to see Jesus; and that you will point the world to Jesus.

Luke 15:2 What Are You Being Accused Of?

But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:2

It is commonly taught to children that they must be careful who they hang around with. The entire reason for this warning is that often people take on the character of those they are around.

When a person continually hangs around people of poor or bad character, they will often begin to have a poor or bad character. It is rare that one’s good character rubs off on to those with a bad character.

Tax collectors and sinners had been gathering around Jesus and He was eating with them. Some religious leaders were upset about His mingling and eating with the sinners.

During the time of Jesus walking on the earth, the tax collectors were seen as some of the lowest of low people on the earth. They were traitors to the rest of the Israelites in the eyes of many and worthy of only death. Yet, Jesus ate with them.

Many believers avoid people of very low reputation. Often it is because they do not want to be seen as accepting or promoting sinful behavior.

Jesus never accepted or promoted the sinful behavior in sinners. However, He did meet with them because He knew He had something that they needed–Himself.

Every believer has something that the world desperately needs–Jesus. The only way that the world can find out about Jesus is if a believer will take the time to be with them. Believers need to go to the sinners and spend time with them in order to be able to share the gospel message with them.

As this is done, some will misunderstand and accuse the believer of eating with sinners. Yet, if the focus is to get the message out, it is doing what Jesus did.

Looking at your own life, as a believer, you may ask who are you trying to reach with the gospel message. Are you trying to just reach other believers, or are you trying to reach the lost?

Jesus was focused upon reaching the lost. As a believer you must also have the same focus as Jesus. To have that focus, you must be willing to go where the world is and meet with them, talk with them and eat with them. This is not participating in their sins or promoting those sins, but bringing them God’s love and message.

Are you being accused of eating with sinners?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the heart of God to reach the lost; that you will bring Jesus to the world; that you will influence the world for God, and not allow the world to influence you for sin; and that all will accuse you of reaching the lost for God.

Luke 10:2 A Big Job Is Out There

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2

Big jobs come up every so often in which many people are needed to complete it. Managers are willing to go out and hire nearly anyone and everyone just to be able to accomplish the job.

The level of desire for the type of worker is often lowered, just so that there can be enough workers to complete the job. All that is needed is someone willing to work to get the job done.

As Jesus is getting ready to send the disciples out, He tells them that the harvest is plentiful and that more workers are needed.

The job that Jesus came to this earth to do was to seek and save everyone that is possible. Since the time of Jesus walking on the earth the number of people on the earth has increased dramatically.

Today there are nearly 8 billion people on the earth and continually increasing. Of these nearly 8 billion people, only a small fraction know Jesus personally as Lord and Savior. This implies that there is a great work to be done.

Just as a farmer has to get workers to go out into the field to pull in the harvest when it is ready, so God is needing workers to go into the field of this world to get people.

Sadly, many in the church leave that job for others to do. They feel that someone else will do the job. Every believer needs to be willing to be used by God to bring someone else to Him.

If every believer would be willing to be used by God to bring in two or three, or more, from the harvest, the world would be changed for God very quickly.

At some point in your life, someone took the time to bring you into God’s family. You were harvested by some other believer. Allow yourself to be used by God to bring someone else in.

There are several billion people out there that do not know Jesus. You just may be the worker that can change that.

Ask God to show you the crops that are ready to be harvested. Then be willing to go out and harvest the fields of earth for God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your eyes to the harvest fields of this earth; that you will allow God to use you to draw others to Him; and that you will be a faithful worker for God in His fields.

Luke 8:39 Talk About What God Has Done

“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39

It is common for many people to desire to be in the limelight of things occurring. They want to be where the big action is, where everyone else appears to be or wants to be.

In seeking only these positions, many will miss many other great opportunities. Not everyone can be in the limelight or just at the big events. Not everyone can travel with the best or top person.

After being healed from demonic possession, a man wanted to travel with Jesus. Jesus denied the request, but told him to go home and tell everyone what God had done. The man did as Jesus said.

Just as people in the world want to be in the highlighted positions, many in the church want those same positions. They want to work right alongside the pastor or speaker, being seen by everyone as important.

While the pastor or speaker does need a few people alongside of him to help, he does not need that many. What is really needed is people to go into their own neighborhoods and places they normally go to be a witness for Jesus.

Individual believers can touch other individuals better than a large name speaker. People want to hear direct testimony of what God has done and is doing from people that they personally know. It adds a greater level of proof and reliability to the story that is often lost in a big name person.

Every believer has an experience with God to tell others about. If every believer was to go out and tell every person that he knows, the whole world will hear about Jesus in a personal way.

You have your own stories of experiences of what God has done and is doing in your life. Instead of just running after positions in the church or community, be willing to share those stories with those you meet each day.

There is someone out there that needs to hear what you have to say. There is someone out there who will give their heart to Jesus because of a story that you may tell.

Don’t hold back and just sit in the pews at church, but go out and share your story with everyone you can today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek ways to talk about Jesus to others; that God will open your eyes to those who need Jesus; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.