The Men in Christ's Life: The Calling of Matthew
- Tuesday, September 08, 2009
What about you? How is your life in Christ? Has it become the same old routine week after week with the same results? First, acknowledge that you need the Lord every day. Ask the Lord to change your heart. Ask the Lord to change your attitude. Ask the Lord to give you the courage to share your faith. Grow close to Christ and as you do, your walk will change. Your life will have purpose. You will want to tell others about Christ, because you will finally get what He did for you on that cross.
But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matt. 9:13).
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17).
So I continued to talk with my friend about "friends." I told her that I was honored that she thought of me as a close enough friend to share her good news. But I also shared that her life had changed, and as a result her friends had changed—that right now in her season of life she wouldn't have as many friends due to her time limits. I also explained that there are different kinds of friends. I know she was missing those close ones who you talk with every day, hang out with, shop with, etc. But for now, perhaps God is asking her to make new friends, different friends. Perhaps those who she won't be able to hang out with for her own needs. Maybe friends who just need a cup of coffee and a listening ear.
How about you? Who are your friends? Who are those in your life who people might question? What is the purpose of the friends in your life? Matthew took a risk to make new friends for the Kingdom. Will you?
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:15).
Kris Swiatocho is the President and Director of TheSinglesNetwork.org Ministries and FromHisHands.com Ministries. Kris has served in ministry in various capacities for the last 20 years. An accomplished trainer and mentor, Kris has a heart to reach and grow leaders so they will in turn reach and grow others. She is currently working on her third Bible study, From the Manger to the Cross: The Men in Jesus' Life. Her second Bible study, From the Manger to the Cross: The Women in Jesus' Life, was published last fall and is available on her websites. Her first book, Singles and Relationships: A 31-Day Experiment, was co-authored with Dick Purnell of Single Life Resources.
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