Saturday, September 05, 2009

Lord of our lives and lands?

Mark 10
42 Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Yeshua didn't teach his students to just accept the status quo, to simply submit to the way things are, to merely wait for some "pie in the sky." Yeshua taught his followers to be different now, to show there is another way now, to set an example today!

Yeshua didn't simply state the facts about Gentile attitudes, typical power plays or moan government abuses, but commanded his disciples to do as he did and temper authority with humility and bring the Kingdom of God closer by reflecting it in their personal approach and respective administrations.

Yeshua instructs us to be proactive not passive, to grab the bull by the horns, to exercise faith and works. We are to trust God will bless our efforts and to rest assured with God all things are POSSIBLE that might appear humanly impossible. We're not to wring our hands and quit but to get busy and expect to win! We're to be pioneers of the wonderful World Tomorrow, moving forward, making progress toward perfection, gaining ground. After all, we're warned the fearful and defeatist won't cross the finish line into the Kingdom of God (Luke 19:12-28; Revelation 21:8).

God offers individuals and nations, all mankind, an ALTERNATIVE way of life and thinking that will bring blessings rather than the curses we're suffering from today (due to the consequences of wrong ways of thinking and doing things).

Isaiah 55
7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “ For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 “ For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Malachi 4:4
4 Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
With the statutes and judgments.

It's still true we reap what we sow. Instead of looking at that negatively, let it serve as a powerful incentive and great motivation to let the Lord reign in our lives and lands (2 Chronicles 7:14), knowing we'll be blessed to the extent we do.

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