Jesus Is All I Want!


A friend of mine shared this with me the other day and I am so moved by the message.

Matt Chandler speaks the hard truth and it doesn’t matter how or what people may think. It’s the truth of the gospel message.

We do not come to Jesus for what we can get but what we can give.

Yes, it’s true we receive forgiveness of sin and salvation. But isn’t this enough? Isn’t this everything??? If it is, then why do so many preachers use gimmicks and great entertainment to draw the crowds?

Did John the Baptist need these props? He spoke the unadulterated Word of God, and this was ENOUGH! We pray and speak the truth, and let God do the rest.

I remember when I was a brand new believer. I didn’t care what anyone thought. My zealousness for the gospel, dispelled any concern I had for opinions of people.

I didn’t shrink back and it was an amazing thing to see what God would do with those seeds being planted.

We were in a group the other day and asking each other about the first time we led someone to the knowledge of Christ. I had fondly recalled how I used to hear my pastor’s teachings and so excited about them, that I would come back to my friends at an apartment we shared and tell them about everything I learned.

So amazing to me, that they would even be interested, yet they would come in groups. They would sit around as I imagined they had with the Lord, when He was speaking to the crowds.

Yet, I didn’t feel I knew that much. Just that I was sharing the love I had experienced by knowing Christ. This, I found, is more than enough!

As I recounted to my group, that these people were as hedonistic as could be and yet when I said I was going to a church I’d found in the area, they all wanted to come.

I continued to watch in amazement as they had given their lives to Christ, one by one. Their lives slowly being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and my faith growing in leaps and bounds, with each experience.

I have many believers tell me that they don’t know enough to preach the gospel. I would disagree with anyone who says this. Our Lord’s command is to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”

So by this message, we can see that when we commit our lives to Christ, all we need to know is Jesus Christ crucified, and resurrected for sinners. This is the total of the gospel message. All the other stuff is just extra!

We cast our seeds and see where they may fall. I thought of this when I was throwing out grass seed the other day. My grass was burned and dying from the suns dry heat and it looked bad. Wondering how much water would I need to bring it back, I placed the sprinklers on it for days. Yet nothing seemed to happen. Unwilling to water grass which was clearly dead, I decided to throw some seed down. I did this a few times and prayed that the birds wouldn’t come and eat them. All the time I thought, this is the parable of the seed, which the Lord spoke of.

Yet, after a few more days I looked at my lawn and there were little tufts of green sprouts everywhere. Giving a beautiful appearance of life in the midst of the brown mess. I thought how appropriate the message.

Years ago I was flying with one of my closest friends. She was in training with me and we loved each other like sisters. Yet, she was stubborn when it came to my faith. She would see people at work, come up and ask me about my faith and I would share.

At one point, I had a small group again, standing in the galley and asking me questions. I was more than happy to share and loved that they were so eager to hear what I believed.

As I came around the corner, I saw my friend sitting on the seat closest to the galley. It was obvious that she was listening but not wanting to join in.

Later she asked me, “Why do you have to tell everyone about your faith? That’s a private thing.”

“Well,” I said. “First, I don’t tell them anything until they began asking me questions. Second, my faith is part of who I am. It is not a private thing, but it should be very public.”

Then, seeing her disgust, I said; “You know, if there is something about my faith which I’m sharing and someone doesn’t want to hear it. Then it’s not meant for that person but someone else. It doesn’t stop the message from coming forth.”

This is the seed. The Lord tells us, “One plants, another waters and He will give the increase.”

Years later, this very same friend accepted Christ. She told me she wanted to pray and we did this on our layover. It was so beautiful and her life was completely transformed by the power of God.

Upon accepting His call, she left the life she had and met the Godly man intended for her. She and her husband adopted some children from Russia and they continued to spread the message of the gospel.

The message of the gospel is clear and it is not about the ease of our lives but serving Him with all of our might, strength and heart. Many times it will be most difficult. People will hate us for the truth. We will be persecuted and mocked. But it doesn’t matter to me.

I have seen and know, that there is no greater joy than a transformed life by the resurrection power of Christ. To witness the regeneration of souls, motivates me.

I don’t want riches or glory in this mission. I want the Lord to use me as His vessel.

Jesus is enough! “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of salvation unto God, for all who believe!”

 

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Shouldn’t We Share What Has Been Given So Freely To Us?


I watched a movie tonight with Will Smith called, 7 Pounds and it  depicted the selfless act of giving until the very end. Without giving away the plot, I would simply say, it is what the Lord has done for us and when I asked Him to “take my world apart,” I never really understood that commitment I made was such a double-edged sword. To give my life to Him is truly to lose it; and to lose it would be to find it.

Consider these scriptures when you think it to be a contradiction. If you think you don’t understand it may be something you pray about since He says plainly in scripture that ,” For even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing for the god of this age(Satan) blinds the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God(2 Corinthians 4:3-4

Now I remember as a little girl having a sense of God and all through my life having encounters with him and my regeneration experience as a young adult. It is not until the experience of suffering that I truly had the understanding of what it means to being persecuted for His name. That is what warfare is all about. We are constantly in battle against the forces that are opposed to God.

We are called to take a stand and share what has been so freely given to us and we will always be at odds with someone as a result. This is why Paul was persecuted. But that is also why he said, “We are hard-pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus sake so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. (2Cor.4:8-11)

It is a fascinating dynamic taking place and the Lord told us that this resurrection power was resident in us. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, the Holy Spirit, lives in us. Yes, and the more we suffer for His sake, the more hard-pressed we become, the more we will see this faith and anointing grow. As I have shared in the past,the pressing of the olives is what produces the oil and that is what is symbolic of the anointing all through scripture. This pure oil is very precious and requires a tremendous amount of pressure to produce just the smallest amount. If this is what you have prayed for as a follower of Christ, He has already spoken;

“And Jesus said to them, “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but my right or my left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

Now of course Jesus knew something the disciples did not. That the disciples were all going to die in a gruesome manner. All except John. Who went on to write the Book of Revelation. So to give pretty strong evidence beside eye-witness accounts of the testimony of Jesus, these guys weren’t going to be killed for some story that the made up and if you ever want to see how each one was killed, read about it in Foxes Book of Martyrs, for one interesting book. There are others. Peter it is noted,you remember,the one who denied Christ three times, being so cowardly, now after seeing Him in His resurrected body and after experiencing the Pentecost and watching His Ascension, was not willing to be killed in the same fashion as the Lord. He told them he was not worthy so to turn him upside down. Well, talk about a changed man!

Yes, I guess people are always looking for a sign. Well, we have them all around us if you just ask, seek, knock. The Lord tells us to seek Him while He may be found.

For those of us that have suffered. Well, His hand was upon us for a reason. To bring us back to our senses. To increase our faith. To remind others of His love. This is a time that we are to touch the world for Him. So many are in the clutches of the enemy and since we know that Satan cannot cast out Satan, believers need to make their stand! Stand up and be counted! The time is now.