“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17). Were a man who is in Christ to speak of God’s goodness, generosity, and grace with his every breath for the remainder of his life, he couldn’t skim the surface of all the glorious wonders the Lord plentifully bestows on him.
Author: James Callen
Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you . . . for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” But being “yoked” usually implies a heavy burden. Yet, Jesus gives us the image of being yoked alongside Him while He is the One pulling the load. It’s as if we are along for a scroll next to Him and watching as He moves mountains.
“And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the LORD met [Moses] and sought to kill him” (Exodus 4:24). Why was God about to kill Moses that night, when it was God who sent Moses back to Egypt? Because before Moses started for Egypt, he still hadn’t met his spiritual leadership obligation for his own sons.
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.
Christ, our provision: Jesus feeds 5,000 by miraculously multiplying five loaves and two fish (part 2)
When God calls us to a task, we tend to first look around at what we lack, rather than look up to Him for provision. In this two-part Bible Study, Jesus feeds the five thousand by miraculously multiplying five loaves and two fish. Likewise, for Christians today, our God still provides through seemingly impossible ways.
In the book of James, believers are reminded that good works ought to accompany genuine faith. We can rest in absolute assurance, that our salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone and not by works. But, too, genuine faith in Christ will absolutely not let us rest from serving others for their betterment and Jesus’ glory.
As a Christian, we should desire crowns of reward; although, our desire should not stem out of selfish motives. The reason we should desire any of the five crowns is so we can return these and lay them at the feet of Jesus. That’s where our motivation should be, to have treasure of true worth so we can lay at the feet of Jesus.