Think Spot – 6 February 2017
G’day! Welcome to Partakers Think Spot at the start of new week!
John 15:9-14 – ‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
Refugees are in the news! I know a lot of folk, including some Christians, are scared that some of them may be terrorists indisguised… But maybe, its a case of if we can’t take the Gospel to them in their own land, maybe God is bringing them out of those closed countries and into countries where the Church can show them the reality of the Gospel – perhaps for the very first time… So instead of going to evangelise, the people are coming to be evangelised.
In Mark 5:1-20, we read about Jesus crossing the lake nd while there healed a demon possessed man… Afterwards, this man realized how much Jesus had done for him and went about telling others. And all the people were amazed. From this, we know that the Lord has crossed the lake for all of humanity, that people may choose to follow Him. Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin. so that people could respond and be followers of Him. That is how much God loves this world. This God, is calling the name of each person individually. That includes those refugees, even those who are wanting to commit acts of terror in the name of Islam.
So let’s pray they respond to His voice. Lots of people, including Christians seemingly have either forgotten that fact or are simply blinded to it because of Satan and/or their own prejudices. Just as God ransomed, healed, reconciled and redeemed us who are His children – He wants those refugees to accept that love of His as well.
Like that healed man in the story from Mark 5, we as Christians are to tell what Jesus has done for each of us. We are to be focussed on Jesus. We as the Church are not to be distracted by events around us. We are to live and speak the Gospel about Jesus Christ to all others. We are to run the race with our eyes staring at Jesus Christ, while loving all others, including our enemies. Just as Jesus commanded us. Jesus said in John 15, if you love Him, you will be obedient to His commands. How we do that is another thing and is up to individuals to see that for themselves… we go tell people God loves them! WOW!