It’s great to have an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. That will surely take some of the pressure off. Well, maybe, as long as we don’t add more to our lives because there’s “more” time! It’s so easy to respond as Martha did when she was preparing for Jesus’ visit to her home. The preparations became the focus of her experience and she became overwhelmed as her reaction to her sister’s lack of help testified. This can so easily happen to us especially during this season, don’t you think? We can get focused on all the preparations, all the things we think we need to do, all the things we think we need to buy and before you know it, we become overwhelmed and those around us may become the recipients of our reactions. But most importantly, we lose sight of Jesus, the One we’re preparing for. After all, without His birth, there would be none of this. Mary had the right idea. She left aside those things that in reality were not that important and sat at Jesus’ feet. How about you? Will you stop and sit as Mary did? That’s what we’re focused on this season on M & M Monday. Join us for a few minutes. Grab a cup of coffee or tea or maybe your beverage of choice is a diet coke as mine is! Let’s ponder His first coming today and purpose to spend time at His feet daily.
Last week, we focused on Galatians 4:4-5. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” I hope you had a chance to soak in the truths found in these words. At just the right time, God sent forth His Son. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Are you reading this today and have not yet received God’s gift of eternal life? Please don’t read any further until you read this. We don’t want you to miss out on God’s free gift.
I just love that God never just tells us something. He also gives us the why. Paul reminded the Galatians of why the Lord Jesus had come. No wonder Paul wrote these words to the Ephesians! “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” We have truly been blessed to receive redemption and adoption as sons (daughters) and God deserves all honor, glory and praise!
Jesus Himself spoke of the purpose of His first coming. Do you remember when the mother of John and James asked that her sons be allowed to sit at the right hand and left hand of Jesus in His kingdom? In Jesus’ response to her, we find this truth – “even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus was speaking of that redemption which Paul later spoke about. This week, though, we’re going to focus on the first truth found in Jesus’ words- ‘The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” The One through Whom all things were created (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16) came to serve the created. Humbling…
It seems appropriate this week that our memory verse should be these words from Paul to the Philippians. I’ll let the Lord’s words through Paul speak for themselves. Be blessed this week as you seek HIM!
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