But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24)
When Adoniram Judson graduated from college and seminary, he received a call from a fashionable church in Boston to become its assistant pastor. Everyone congratulated him. His mother and sister rejoiced that he could live at home with them and do his life work, but Judson shook his head, “My work is not here,” he said, “God is calling me beyond the seas. To stay here, even to serve God in His ministry, I feel would be only partial obedience, and I could not be happy in that.”
Although it cost him a great struggle, he left mother and sister to follow the heavenly call. The fashionable church in Boston still stands, rich and strong, but Judson’s churches in Burma had fifty thousand converts, and the influence of his consecrated life is felt around the world.
Adoniram Judson served for 40 years in Burma. What is your calling? What Lord Jesus wants you to do in your life? Let us do our responsibility to the heavenly calling in our whole life.
Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ,
There is a story of a young man who lives on Chapline River, Kentucky. He was out setting traps one evening for coons, when, by an accident, he got his finger caught in his own trap. It was an ingenious trap, made by a hole bored into a large log and nails driven in so that if the animal put his paw in for the bait, he would catch on them, and the more he tried to get away the worse he would be off. The boy caught his own finger, and found it impossible to get it out.
He stayed all night on the log, and to his horror found the next morning that the water was rising in the river, and that he would soon be swept out on that log, and that would mean drowning. So he took his knife in the other hand and cut off his finger to save his life.
This story remind us about the passage in Mark 9:43-48. In this passage, we read that Jesus Christ told his disciples and all the people following Him, to cut off their eyes, hands and feet if it make them stumble to sin. Let us read the passage below taken from Mark 9:43-48:
Christ states, “And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. And if your foot offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. And if your eye offend you, pluck it out: it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.”
It was not Christ’s intention for this instruction to be taken literally. Eyes, hands and feet cannot, of and by themselves, commit sin. Sin begins in a person’s mind (James 1:14). For example, a person who is totally blind, or one who is missing an arm or leg, can still sin.
Christ was merely using parts of the body to make an important point. He was showing that Christians SHOULD NOT TOLERATE SIN as an integral part of their lives. If an individual has a sinful habit, he should overcome it, even though the process may be as painful as the loss of an arm or leg. Christ is saying that it is far better to forsake a sinful pleasure than to lose salvation.
The story of the boy whose finger caught in the trap is a good ilustration and lesson for us that we should break every bond of sin and evil from our life, and we should live in faithfullnes and obedience by continually doing what God order us to do.
Good morning all brothers and sisters in Christ, regards in the love of Lord Jesus.
Today we will learn from the scriptures about what our Lord Jesus tell us about worry. Matthew chapter 6 verse 27 says: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” This is a statement question from Jesus in context of worrying written in Matthew 6:25-34.
Instead of having faith to God, most people worries of many things in their life. God already knows what we need and cares about it, just like a father cares to his children. But He is more than all fathers in earth, Father in heaven is the most kind and mighty.
There is a story long time ago. When the value of money was different with its value today. One dollar means a lot dozens years ago. So this is the story I want to tell you:
Once, there was about a young man who was applying for a job in a New England factory. Asking for the owner, he found himself in the presence of a nervous, fidgety man who looked hopelessly dyspeptic.
“The only vacancy here,” he told the applicant, “is a vice-presidency. The man that takes the job must shoulder all my cares.”
“That’s a though job,” said the applicant. “What is the salary?”
“I will pay you ten thousand a year if you really take over all my worries,” said the owner.
“Where is the ten thousand coming from?” asked the applicant suspiciously.
“That my friend,” replied the owner, “is your first worry.”
This is a true story about worry that happened in one factory interview in New England. And things like this usually happened anywhere all over the world. People worries anything, and it surrounds and fills all people’s mind. But not to the believers and faithful to God.
Problems maybe come to our life, many things to be paid, and many other case of difficulties. But this is not about the problems that we should worry about. This about us who lean to God or not, trust Him or not, faithful to Him or not.
Do not let our peace dissapeared from our heart and mind because of worries. Rejoice in the Lord and trust Him, that is all we have to do. Do our part, and God will do His part for us.