Today's Thoughts: Would you have supported Jesus’ ministry?
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17
Would you have liked to have lived during the ministry years of Jesus? Do you think you would have sponsored his ministry? In haste I would answer, “Why…yes, of course, I would have liked to have been one of the disciples.” But after pondering these questions, I realized that His teachings would have been hard for me to understand. Firstly, none of his listeners or disciples had the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 7:39) so they could not understand everything Jesus was saying. But also, the things Jesus did and said would not have been consistent with what I thought He should do or say. For example, He would heal someone, then tell them not to tell anyone. Then He would say things like “the Son of Man has no place to lay his head,” “go, sell your possessions and give to the poor,” “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” People were confused while Jesus was alive. Jesus’ ministry stumbled others while He was on earth because man tried to define who God should be according to their wisdom and their standards.
We are still struggling with that problem today. How many times have you wondered if a circumstance in your life was from God or Satan? And think of your prayer life. Can you say it has a tendency to reflect the will of the Father or the will of yourself? We get confused because a lot of times our flesh prays louder than our spirit. Even as believers, we have our own opinion on what God should do and how that would be best accomplished. And if Christians struggle with this, and we have the word of God and the Holy Spirit, think of what the people of the world are up against. The world wants to worship something that makes sense to them. The world wants to see, hear and do what feels good to them. That’s not God’s way. God is pleased when we walk by faith. God desires that we give thanks in all circumstances regardless of how we feel. The Lord wants us to persevere in faith instead of please our flesh.
I had a friend who was 42 years old with eight kids, from ages two to thirteen, who died. Every part of me was telling God that I couldn’t sponsor His decision to let her die. My attitude reflected my struggle in that I was questioning God’s ways over my friend’s death. My family tried to help me get through this tough time. Even my kids reminded me that God’s ways are not our ways. The righteous shall live by faith…no matter how it feels, or how weak we are, or how confusing the circumstances may be. We need to have an attitude of worship in our thoughts, our actions and our words. I want to sponsor Jesus here on earth regardless of what I think or how I feel because when I meet Him face to face, I want Him to sponsor me.
Daily Disciples Ministries, Inc., founded by Tonilee Adamson and Bobbye Brooks, embraces a vision to reach the world for Christ by teaching others how to be His daily disciples. Their mission is to evangelize the lost and to re-awaken the saved to live lives empowered by the Word of God and His Holy Spirit, and to teach and to train those who desire to grow, to serve and to have all that God has for them…encouraging everyone to be a daily disciple of Jesus Christ. From Bible studies to daily devotionals to daily radio programs to a comprehensive discipleshipprogram, Bobbye & Tonilee have a passion to help others apply the Word of God to their lives every day.