“Jesus Christ came not to condemn you but to save you, knowing your name,
knowing all about you, knowing your weight right now,
knowing your age, knowing what you do, knowing where you live,
knowing what you ate for supper and what you will eat for breakfast,
where you will sleep tonight, how much your clothing cost,
who your parents were.
He knows you individually as though there were not another person in the entire world.
He died for you as certainly as if you had been the only lost one.
He knows the worst about you and is the One who loves you the most.
If you are out of the fold and away from God, put your name in the words of John 3:16 and say,
“Lord, it is I. I’m the cause and reason why Thou didst on earth come to die.”
That kind of positive, personal faith and a personal Redeemer is what saves you.
If you will just rush in there, you do not have to know all the theology and all the right words.
You can say, “I am the one He came to die for.” Write it down in your heart and say,
“Jesus, this is me—Thee and me,” as though there were no others.
Have that kind of personalized belief in a personal Lord and Savior.”
And He Dwelt Among Us: Teachings from the Gospel of John
(Rosemary Beach, Fl /Julie Cook /2020)
Yesterday I was musing over the thought of knowing one’s calling.
Knowing that I, you, me, us… were doing what we were meant to be doing.
With the question being…are you, me, we simply going through the motions or are
we feeling that we are where God has always intended us to be?
I am almost 61 years old and I have never ever been certain of my calling.
Over the years, I’ve shared this thought many times before.
I’ve never been good at hearing God’s words…His whispers.
A sledgehammer might be helpful.
Yet He remains the true gentleman.
I became a teacher…but I never felt that that was hands down my “calling”
I became a wife and later a mother…was that my calling?
I’ve been a teacher.
Where has been the peace in knowing that I was indeed doing what God had called me to do?
Yet there is now a swirling maelstrom that is taking us all by storm.
Pandemics, civil unrest, mob rule, racial strife, lawlessness, violence, anti-Christian rhetoric,
And so I know, now is the time.
This is the calling.
More concerning this calling tomorrow.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling
to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness,
with patience, bearing with one another in love,
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.