We are starting this blog to share the messages, and teachings, I have had during my ministry as a preacher. We will use the King James Version –one of the most beautiful in description, we think–unless we let you know otherwise.
I write “we”, because my wife is at the controls of the computer…I am merely sharing–she is merely writing, and together we pray for these to help anyone who reads.
We encourage all Christians, and anyone else who reads these, to look further into the Scriptures for themselves. In God’s Word there is great help for those who read, not just great stories–although they are there , too.
The first, and what we feel is the most important need for Christians, is :
“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
As Christians we can go along, knowing that we are born again…and “ye must be born again” (John 3:7) as Christ Jesus said–but often without the purpose we would expect, or the guidance in our lives we want. What is often lacking is a more personal relationship with the Lord, and how to get it.
The Lord have a good picture of 4 different kinds of Christians in Luke 15 :
Luke 15:1-7 First there is the “sheep ” Christian. (Luke 15:4) “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”
These “sheep” Christians are those who are to follow their Shepherd, but instead follow their own guidance. Thinking they know better pasture, or better paths; but in doing so, get “lost” from the Shepherd and “lost” from the goal they were headed to. (Not lost as to their salvation).
For most of us who have experienced this type of straying; it wears us out, or injures us–Note Luke 15:5 “…he layeth it on his shoulders,”. The sheep can’t get back by itself.
All Christians are precious; and our Shepherd , Jesus Christ, seeks us out.
Luke 15:8-10 talks about the coin Christian: Luke 15:8 “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?”
The coin Christian is one who is in the House. They are not “straying” in the world; but are not in their place , either.
To illustrate: I knew a man, when I was young , who taught Sunday School in our Church, and also helped with the music program. One of the deacons came to him and told him that he would have to choose between them. Feeling that his training wasn’t as good as others, he gave up the Sunday School. Years later, one of those boys he taught , now grown into a man, came back into town and stopped for Church. He came up to this man, and told him he still had the Bible that man gave him in that class; and how much he remembered of his lessons! Yet that man had give up–“lost” for the Lord–the work he was doing to do something else.
Not all are to teach or preach. Some are to pray, visit, or encourage; but all are to be in the place that the Lord wants. And notice “the candle” that is lit to light up the house, so the coin can get into its place.
Then there is the Prodical Son Christian( Luke 15:11-24)–but first we must deal with the Father: Luke 15:12 ” And the younger of them said to his Father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. ”
In those times, the younger son could not receive his inheritance till the eldest received his double portion. So the eldest received two thirds and the younger got one third of the estate. ( Remember this!)
The youngest took off. He wanted his will, so he did what he wanted–Forget the Father; Forget the house–till he was “wasted”. And it only got worse from there…till: Luke 15:17 “And when he came to himself, He said; how many hired servants of my Father’s have bread enough to spare, and I perish with hunger!” He was a Christian; far away from God and His Will for his life, but he thought of the Father, and of the Father’s House….even the servants have better than he had, so he repented of the sin of self-will, and went back.
He wasn’t even completely home before the Father saw him, and came and fell on his neck and kissed him. Home–forgiven–restored as son , to be close to his Father again.
Now the fourth Christian is the elder brother (Luke 15:25-32) and he was owner of everything that was left (Remember the Remember this!) ; and yet he was not close to His Father, even though living in the house.
Some Christians work hard at pleasing God….so hard that they forget the important personal relationship they are to have with Him. They are “out in the field” working; never enjoying the peace and joy of a fatted calf they own by right of sonship with the Father. It sounds like he didn’t even want that kind of joy with the Father Luke 15:29 “And he answering said to his Father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:”
All that the Father had was at his beck and call. Luke 15:31 “And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” But he didn’t really know it till the other son came home.
As Christians we need to : Seek the Lord’s leading…and follow.
We need to : Be in our place, in the ministry He gives; to be a blessing to others.
We need to : Come to our senses and yield to the Father’s Will for our lives.
We need to : See His love for us Personally, and enjoy it.
With prayers we send this out, for your thoughtful consideration.