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“And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost.” – Luke 19:10

God is a bridge builder. When humanity’s relationship with God was spoiled, God began to build a bridge—a bridge he could walk over to seek lost humanity. That bridge was Jesus Christ. Why did God bother with sinful humanity? Because he loves us. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” Not only did he give, but he seeks. God is a seeking God. He came in Christ Jesus “to seek and save those . . . who are lost” (Luke 19:10).

Jesus told some stories to illustrate how God seeks people and wants to save them. In the first story, a shepherd realized that he had lost a precious sheep, and so went and searched diligently until he found the straying animal. He was so happy when he found the sheep that he had a party (Luke 15:6). In the same way, there is joy in heaven every time the heavenly Father finds a straying human being, for he came to “save those . . . who are lost” (Luke 19:10).

God wants to save you! He wants you to come to him through faith in his Son. The Bible says that the angels rejoice when even one sinner comes to Christ (Luke 15:10). There’s a party being planned in heaven, and you’re the guest of honor! Respond to God, for he is seeking you. What joy—for you and for all of heaven—when he finds you!

 

 

For Further Study: Luke 19:1-10 

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The Fire of Gratitude 

 
 
 
August 12

 

“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe for our God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28-29

It’s been said, “It’s good to have things settled by faith, before they are unsettled by feeling.” The devil is waiting to take advantage of our emotions when we are weary or on the edge of a potentially destructive situation. He wants us to be problem conscious rather than power conscious. With the sting of defeat or the looming air of confusion he sees us as an easy target to shoot, kill and destroy. But God has yelled forth from the Heavens with a voice of thunder upon the pages of His Word: “…I am a consuming fire!” Fire is what God uses to describe Himself to us. But He takes it one step further in the detail of what type of fire He is; consuming. In other words, God is intent on engulfing the whole never the part. He refuses to surrender any portion to another.

God is not only a consuming fire but He is a stubborn fire; a fire that once it sets its affections upon a life, will not alter its course, surrender its intensity or remove its grip until it has brought the whole of the offering to God. He is all powerful to own, occupy and engulf on every level of our being. His Kingdom is eternal and indestructible; it will never have an end and it will never be overtaken or defeated. Even when our lives are shaken to its core, His Kingdom is not moved. If the whole of the earth were burned up with the fire of the sun, God’s Kingdom would remain unscathed. Within its impregnable walls lies eternity. It’s His presence that makes the Kingdom unshakeable. If you cannot shake or remove the King, then neither can His Kingdom be shaken or removed.

It’s this unshakeable security of God’s Kingdom that calls for a response from every life that belongs to it and that’s gratitude. It’s the only response worthy of such a Kingdom! When we step back and survey the immoveable of God, our hearts should be moved! The only response that the soul can give is: THANK YOU! Just a heart full of thanksgiving for the honor of belonging to such a Kingdom. Eternity is secure, but what will be our response to it? Will it be in gratitude; a heart that is so eternally grateful to belong that it serves, belongs, lives and loves without boundaries.

 

 

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Romans 12

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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