Twist to Fit

Luke 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
(read the entire parable here http://is.gd/dsmFJ)

Bro. Paul Luther taught on the parable of the Good Samaritan Wednesday evening in VBS. To start the parable we find a lawyer more-or-less twisting Scripture trying to justify his behavior. Jesus asks the question of what does the law say and how do you (the lawyer) read it? This is a good question for us to ask ourselves today.

God’s Word says what It says, about what It says. If it stings when we read it we should be glad; the Holy Spirit is pointing out a deficit that you need to address. Instead, today as in Jesus’ day folks will try to work around the Word, distorting it to fit their lives. What we need to do when we feel that piercing in our heart is to cry out to God in repentance. And be thankful that He loves you enough to chasten you.

Forefathers

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
indeed.

Sunday evening Aunt Toots gave me a print out about the signers of the
US Constitution and the things they endured as a result of fighting
for our freedom. Some of the things I was familiar with and others
not. It was very interesting and eye-opening to read of the sacrifices
these forefathers had made for the birth of this nation. Without them
and their selfless acts we might well not have the freedoms we have
today.

Christ was the ultimate Sacrifice. He bore our iniquities. He took our
punishment. He assured the birth of the Church. And He made it
possible for us to have true freedom, no matter our place of residence
here on earth.

The founding fathers ratified the Constitution with the stroke of
their pens and made their sacrifices afterward. Jesus ratified the New
Covenant through the stroke of hammers upon nails with His life’s
blood after He had endured much with even greater suffering yet to
come. It’s true: freedom never is free, someone has to pay for it.

Last, Lost, Least

Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

This past weekend my wife and I were in PA for her family reunion. One of my favorite parts of the reunion is the outdoor church service we have Sunday morning. Bro. Ron Overly brought the message again this year, one that would be titled something to the effect of “Last, Lost, Least”. It was a good illustration of who Jesus was, in Bro. Ron’s words, partial to.

In a nutshell, these three categories cover every person in the history of the human race. Though each one may not endeavor to be any of these things we all most certainly start out lost. And as we grow in our Christian lives we do begin to seek after being both last and least, in the example our Lord set for us. In other words, the more we grow and mature, the more we ought to desire a servant’s heart like Jesus’.