Jesus promises to give us rest for our souls, but that doesn’t mean we are to become stationary or sidelined. On the contrary, we are called to serve the Lord diligently and with a sense of urgency. In that, as we surrender and depend on God’s abilities, we are can find replenishing rest in His continual strength and unlimited resources.
Fathers are called to teach and train their family in obedience to God’s Word. Yet, when Moses set out to take on a spiritual leadership role over God’s people, he remained negligent in his foremost responsibility as spiritual leader of his own household. That was a grave offense to the Lord. The accountability of a spiritual leader over God’s people must begin at home, as a husband and father.
Believers are sent into the world to testify of what Christ has done for us, how He proved himself to us, why and when we came to believe in Him, and who He is to us now. The world needs our testimony. For, people are hurting and need to hear about our merciful, loving, compassionate Savoir who is ready to forgive and accept them to himself.
There are so many religions with different doctrines about how a person can become right with God. Which is right? Can we be sure that any of them are right? Jesus emphatically stated, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). His words are definitive and absolute. He said that He is the only way to the Father and that no one can have a relationship with God except through Him.
Jesus didn’t look on the woman at the well as an adulterous sinner who was deserving of where she was at in life. He saw someone who was hurting and downcast. He saw her as a person in need of undeserved forgiveness and merciful salvation. For Jesus, she was like that lost sheep who the shepherd went after and searched out.
Prejudices and biases are common among men. These evils can creep into individuals or even congregations. But followers of Jesus should seek a pure heart with a genuine burden for the lost. For that, we need the Holy Spirit to work in us, revealing to us our ungodly attitudes and rooting out impure motions and motives.
Jesus didn’t need to be baptized in repentance of His sins because He never sinned. Yet, because He came into the world to give His life as a ransom for many and take upon himself the sins of man, it was appropriate for the Son of God to be baptized as the Son of Man, symbolizing His advocacy of those beseeching God’s mercy.
God desires to work through available men, not through devisable methods. Yet, when God calls us to a task, there is a strong tendency to first look around, rather than to look up to Him. God wants, and works, to grow followers who will obediently follow Him in faith. We are to surrender to His calling and rely in dependence upon His omnipotence.