Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Good Message For Christmas

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Crystal Mary sent this in an email:

Today's Bible Scripture: John 17
Text: "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." John 17:18.
Have you ever wondered, "When a person becomes a Christian, why doesn’t God just take them directly on to heaven?" The answer is that God has an assignment for each of us; you and I were made for a MISSION.

What is that MISSION? Just as Jesus was leaving to go back to heaven, he left clear instructions for each of us. “Jesus said, In the same way that You gave Me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” And “As the Father sent Me, I am sending you” John 17:18 says "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world."

The Father gave the Son a mission to complete while He was in the world. Now -that He is in heaven, He isn’t doing that mission anymore. He passed it on to us. That mission is to tell all the people -who don’t yet know Him- about the great love of God. You see in Heaven, there won’t be any non-believers, so He has put each of His Children on Active Service duty while here on Earth to win the non-believers into His Heavenly Kingdom. It is up to us, brothers and sisters to keep winning the lost for Christ.

I once heard this story, many of you have heard it, but it is so appropriate for today.
“A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out.”
• A subjective person came along and said, "I feel for you down there."
• An objective person walked by and said, "It’s logical that someone would fall down there."
• A Pharisee said, "Only bad people fall into pits."
• A mathematician calculated how deep the pit was. A news reporter wanted the exclusive story on the pit.
• An IRS agent asked if he was paying taxes on the pit. A self-pitying person said,
• "You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my pit."
• A judgmental person said, "You deserve your pit."
• A Christian Scientist observed, "The pit is just in your mind."
• A psychologist noted, "Your mother and father are to blame for your being in that pit."
• A self-esteem therapist said, "Believe in yourself and you can get out of that pit."
• An optimist said, "Things could be worse." A pessimist claimed, "Things will get worse."
• "Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit."

Which of these people are you? Honestly? Let me ask you, Christian, are you serving? How many have you told about Jesus in the past week, month or even year? Are you in active service? God has kept you, so you can serve Him and work on leading the lost to His Kingdom. You are in God's army. God bless you. Let us pray..

Heavenly Father, Guide and direct us today. You, God are our commander, we are your soldiers. We long to go forth in battle to win the lost and dying for you. Dear Lord, Give us the courage and the direction to do just that. We are following You, Father, every step of the way. Lord, help us to keep our eyes on the cross, and not to lose sight of your purpose for us. May we do our part to win others to You.
In Jesus name, I pray. Amen
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