Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 13, 2011
“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:20
What does the Lord want to leverage in your life for His glory? Your business—so it can become a conduit for doing good for God? Your church—so that it can lay aside all earthy encumbrances and totally embraces an eternal agenda of unconditional love and service, that proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ? Your time and money—so that your most valued assets can become an influential tool in the hand of the Almighty for His Kingdom’s agenda?
“For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them” (Isaiah 58:2)
People long for those that will stand up for what’s right—by how they live out a holy and humble life. The world may disagree with our theology, but they cannot debate our love and authenticity. Where are the politicians who live out their Christian beliefs with gracious boldness? Where are the preachers who pray earnestly for a revival of holiness?
Profits with no eternal motive profit few, but truly profitable people are those who sow the word of God into all their circles of influence. They surrender to not serving themselves with extravagant lifestyles, but instead see their profitability as a platform for the Lord to leverage His glory for the good of everyone. Jesus Christ can leverage one submitted life to impact thousands of lives with the transforming power of grace and truth.
“Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him” (Mark 6:20).
What eternal investment is God asking you to make? What keeps you from holding back in obedience to Christ’s commands? You can get by with average Kingdom returns, but perhaps Jesus is calling you to 10 times—30 times—even 100 times the growth you are experiencing. Invite the Lord to leverage His purposes as an unencumbered and eternally motivated disciple of Jesus. Pray big for the fruit of your faithfulness to flourish for Him!
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Mark 10:29-31).
What big vision is God calling me to—in surrender to His calling on my life and work?
Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Isaiah 6:1-6; Matthew 28:19-20; Philippians 2:1-7
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