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Ministry is often inconvenient. In 1966, I received my credentials as a licensed minister. That’s a long time ago, and many things have happened since. There were some who wondered if I was serious about being a minister. But I was, and am, and will be until they lay green grass over me.
But I must admit, ministry has taken much personal time. While pastoring in Wisconsin, I could almost count of having to rush to the hospital in a snowstorm to visit a new mother, or someone who had a heart attack or auto accident. And then there were cancelled vacations, interrupted family meals, and knocks at the door after dark. Yes, ministry is usually inconvenient.
That’s why the story in Luke 9 makes so much sense. Jesus was teaching about commitment. He had been calling people to follow Him, and many had responded. Now, in verse 59, Jesus confronted a likely candidate for ministry. Jesus felt that this man was needed for service in His Kingdom.
The man responded, “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury the dead; but go thou and preach the Kingdom of God.”
The poor guy was in a dilemma. He felt like he was being forced to do two things at once. Should he take care of dad or Jesus? Here’s a news bulletin: The Call of God will usually come at the wrong time! Life has so many commitments and circumstances. It is often easier to put Jesus on hold, while we handle human stuff.
Many scholars teach that this man’s dad had not died yet. He was just wanting to organize the family inheritance plan before he started following Jesus. It may have been that the man’s first commitment was to stabilize his future income in case the ministry revenue was weak.
Friends, saying yes to Jesus WILL interfere with your family life. Ask the missionary in Africa who has to send their children off to boarding school. Ask the inner-city minister who gives up their pretty life to kneel in the gutters with addicts. And so the story goes.
Possibly you will remember the Ten Commandments? Looks like nothing is to take precedence over God (Exodus 20:3). Know this, the opportunity to follow Jesus is golden. Do not post-pone the Call of Christ when He speaks your name. The opportunity is now. If Jesus is calling, He is serious. What right do we have to require God to adjust His plans to our schedule?
By the way, and this may seem nosey, but when will you ever be free of natural obligations? Do you realize that the world is dying to hear about Jesus. Night is coming (John 9:4). Take the opportunity Jesus offers, now. Say “yes” to Jesus. You will never be sorry.
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Texas History & God
Sunday - March 29, 2020
Remember San Felipe
2 Peter 1:2-4 - May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
Prayer: Dear Lord - Blessed be your Holy and Wonderful name. In your Word you have made many amazing promises. Those promises fuel my life with hope and peace, and I am grateful. As the old hymn says, “I’m standing on the promises of God.” Help me to be faithful to you and to tell others about your Grace and peace. In the name of Jesus I pray.
David G. Rose
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Dave Rose has served as a Pastor for over 50 years in Wisconsin and Texas, and is an ordained minister. He is available to serve as a pulpit guest, Bible teacher, wedding or funeral officiant, or hospital visitor. He is also active in reconciliation ministries. If you need to speak with a pastor, please contact me for prayer and encouragement.
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1 Thessalonians 5:11
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In these Last Days, we live in dark (gloomy, murky) times. The media, the politicians, and even the religious community can bring a darkness into our daily living. Many people live without hope, while others struggle to find a sliver of optimism. There is a good word today: Jesus is the light of Glory. He is our glorious Savior and soon coming King.
Consider James 2:1 KJV, “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” James was warning Believers to not show favoritism in the church. We are to live out our faith without partiality. We are all one in Christ. Otherwise, we add to the darkness with our malicious bias.
Instead, James reminded us that in this dark world, Jesus is the Lord of Glory. Here, “glory” refers to the Shekinah glory of God in the Temple (2 Chronicles 7). No one could stand up when the Presence of God permeated the room. This is the same glory that rests upon our risen Lord. His Presence illuminates His Word and Will.
The Lord of Glory is indeed, the Light of the world (John 8:12). In Christ there is no darkness (1 John 1:5).
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Romans 8:26 ESV
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