“But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a small amount of money.” Mark 12:42
This woman did not have much money but she gave with her whole heart. What she gave was more like 90% not 10%. There are people who make thousands of dollars but still gripe about giving to God. So they give a generous $20 tip. It isn’t that God needs the money but he does want your heart.
“The curtain of the temple was torn into from too to bottom.” Mark 15:38
At one time only priests could come before God. I’m so glad that I live in a day where I can come before God and actually have an intimate and very fulfilling relationship with him and I know he does hear me and he cares about me.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
This is a commandment to every person trying to do God’s will. But how many of us actually do this? This is not just for preachers and their staff. You do not need a diploma to lead people closer to the kingdom of heaven. Just showing the love of Jesus to everyone is a start. Let people know just how much Jesus does love and care about them.
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray.” Luke 5:16
Something I’ve learned since I began praying regularly about ten years ago is that I’m no longer lonely. I may be alone by myself most of the time but I am never alone. I feel the presence of my “dream team,” which is what I call the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Never will they ever leave me or forsake me.
“It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.“. Luke 15:31-32
People who are saved but aren’t really living a full life have only themselves to blame. They have God’s words telling them how to live an abundant life and he will give them every bit of help they need but they need to desire it. God will not push them. He’s working on the broken and hurting that are dying.
“Therefore I tell you, her many sins are forgiven- as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little, love’s little.” Luke 7:47
Good people seem to think they do ok. They need to realize that we all are just filthy rags. We all complain, say bad things, think bad thoughts and are sinners. We may not do big things but even little wrongs count. God has forgiven us for it all. If we believe in Jesus. We would all be dying if Jesus had not cared enough to come and make a way.
“Blessed rather are those who hear the word and obey it.” Luke 11:28
If you want to be blessed, than trust and obey it, ALL.
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourself that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” Luke 12:33
Do you want your treasures to be safe. The only place they will truly be safe is in heaven. Doing the things that God has asked you to do brings rewards. Lending to the poor is like lending to God and he always pays back, with interest.
Suppose one of you has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the country and go after the lost sheep till they find it.” Luke 15:3
Aren’t you glad that God loves all of his sheep and he can’t stand to lose any. He will never give up on us, no matter what it takes. He is so patient and loving. I strayed away once when I was trying to find myself. Boy was that a mistake.
“Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through who they come.” Luke 17:1
I do not wish to cause anyone to stumble. That is why it is so important to be intentional. What I do and what I say is being watched by others. All of it.