Giving Your Life Away . . .

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.”    John 12:24  (Jesus speaking)

Jesus had thirty three years on this planet.  The first few years were spent fleeing to Egypt and living in hiding there from the wrath of Herod.  The rest of his years, except for the last three, were spent at the hard labor of carpentry.  It  is indicated by scripture that he lost his earthly father at an early age and had to take over the responsibility of providing and caring for his family.  What I think about often is that he also had the inner knowledge of the shortness of his earthly life and what he must face at the end of that life.  A hard life and the cross at the end of it!

When he spoke of laying his life down for others, it wasn’t a play on words, it wasn’t symbolism, it wasn’t a parable, it was the truth of his life.  It was the reality that he chose because he loved you and because he loved me.

Now, getting back to that grain of wheat.  Jesus is saying to us, if we live our lives for ourselves, at the end of it we will have nothing.  If we give our lives away to be used by God for His glory and to bless others, at the end of it we will have a whole field full of the eternal fruit of our sacrifice.

He is comparing the life lived selfishly to a hard, dry kernel of wheat which in the end, produces no fruit.  He is contrasting that selfish life with a life that dies to self and lives for the Lord, for His Kingdom and for others, which ends with a new beginning: Eternal Life! 

When the grain of wheat (you and me!) choose the way of Jesus, the way of sharing God’s love, grace and mercy with others, a bountiful harvest is ahead!  It is our choice.  The outcome of those two choices couldn’t be more appallingly different.  Let’s commit together, today, to following Jesus.                     

His love and grace, Ron

No One Is Beyond Hope.

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

“This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ – and I am the worst of them all!”   Paul the Apostle (1 Timothy 1:15)

If you think you’ve gone too far, that the evil you have done puts you beyond hope, I am here to tell you that you are wrong.  If you know someone that thinks this about themselves, or, maybe you have thought that about them, then you need to repent of those thoughts and go to them and share the Good News: That they are not beyond hope, That God truly loves them, that he has made a way for them to be redeemed, to be changed, to be delivered from sin and shame and guilt . . .

I want to point out something: Paul used the present tense.  He said, “I am the chief of sinners”, not “I was”.  Until we can say this, along with Paul about ourselves, without any doubt as to its truth, we can never be a truly convincing witness of the love of Jesus Christ.  Why?  Because we will still be talking to others from a place of superiority. 

But, once you really catch on to the fact that YOU are the worst sinner of all, then, when you share the incredibly wonderful news of God’s love and forgiveness to another broken person, your word will have power: power to bring salvation!  Until that happens, you will only come across as a self-righteous, religious prig.  Virtually no one will listen to you. 

I want you to remember something; King David, the man who wrote the majority of the Psalms, The man whom God said was ‘a man after His own heart’, this very man, was an adulterer and a murderer! 

Never forget that no one is beyond the love and forgiveness of God. 

If you have been told that by a religious person, that it is hopeless for a person such as you, then you have been told a lie and God will hold them to account for that. 

I hope I have made it clear to you, I who am the worst of sinners, that if God can rescue me and save me from my sin, then he can save you!     

His Wonderful Grace, Ron

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”    John 3:16,17

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

His Light.

“O house of Jacob, come all of you, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.” Isaiah 2:5

There are so many sources of light. Without light we walk in darkness and the blindness that goes along with it. I was in a cave once and the guide turned off the light source. The blackness was so complete that it felt like it was entering my body, and indeed, it was. I thought about it for a moment and realized that just a few days of this utter blackness and I would most likely go insane.

I believe it is the same with spiritual darkness. Without the light of God’s presence in our life we gradually become the very darkness we find ourselves in. It enters into our soul and destroys the image of God, the very One in who’s image and likeness we were created.

We have a choice, each day, each moment: to walk in the light of the Lord or to choose the darkness of the world.

The first brings with it an ever increasing freedom and joy; the second only offers blindness and chains.

Jesus said: “I am the light of the world, he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life!”

His Blessings, Ron