Kent Hughes said, "A thankless Christian is a contradiction in terms". Today, as we examine Luke 17: 11-19, we are powerfully reminded that if we are to live our lives for the One Thing, we must be constantly grateful for the grace and mercy of our God. Jesus Christ, perfect in every way, died for us unworthy sinners. May we learn to better reflect a humble and genuine thanksgiving!
Ephesians 5:22-23 says, "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord". Today we learn that there's an enormous difference between the world's definition of submission and God's definition of submission. The marriage that God blesses is filled with awesome love and respect... with a knowledge of the equally important, but different, roles of the wife and her husband. As marriages seem to crumble around us, this is an impactful message for all... old, young, married, single.
We're praying that throughout this series, the Lord has been working in many hearts... indeed, in your heart... acting as a filter to separate what is essential and what is worldly rubbish. In this, our last One Thing lesson, we consider Hebrews 7:26-28 and the astounding, perfect truth: once for all, the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, white as snow, pure, holy, fully man and yet fully God, offered up Himself for us, and for all our hateful sin. One Thing, One Person, in My Place? Rejoice, for it is truly well with my soul!
Time for a heart check! As we continue in our series with today's One Thing, we learn that as believers, we need to constantly... daily!... examine where our hearts are in relationship with our treasures. Luke 12:34 sums it up in one powerful phrase: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also". What do you covet on this earth? What do you value? Where do you give? What do you treasure?
God willing, we've been learning through this latest series that the One Thing we need to concentrate on is the passionate pursuit of our awesome God. Today we discover that we need to be "a spirit come from God and returning to God", and therefore, we must hunger, long for and pursue the spiritual meal that only Jesus Christ can provide.
Today is a gentle reminder, just in case we are lulled into thinking maybe our salvation or our relationship with Jesus Christ has anything to do with us, our redemption is God's glory, and only His! We learn today that we are His, only by grace and by faith, Our only purpose is to believe and to be transformed!
Do you remember how you felt when you first met Jesus and knew He was your Lord and Saviour? Unspeakable joy, a heart on fire, ceaseless prayer... but when love is unattended or misguided, we may find ourselves abandoning our passion and just going through the motions. This happens to churches, too! In today's message, we read in Revelation about early churches that had lost their fire for the Lord. It's a powerful reminder that our church is more than a building and people... it's the body of Christ Himself.
In our busy, distraction filled lives, we're so prone to taking our eyes off of the cross and instead concentrating on worldly things that don't matter at all to our God! Today, as we begin a new series that should be our lifelong pursuit. Let's keep our eyes on Him.