Posts Tagged ‘Thankful’

The Way In

Posted: October 29, 2014 in Poems
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I am trying to find my way.
I am looking for a way out.

Ever lasting life.
Ever wondered the way there?
Ever thought about it?
God did.
He thought about it for us.
He made a way for us.
He sent His son for us.
His son, our friend, our brother,
Christ Jesus.
Jesus declares “I am the way,
the truth, and the life”
What a truth.
He is the source of all life.
So follow Him.
Christ will lead the way.
The way in is simple.
Let ourselves out.
Out with selfishness.
Out with hatred.
Out with greed.
Out with pride.
Out with us,
And
Let Him in.
Emptying ourselves will leave room to be filled.
Jesus declares
“Bless are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
For they shall be filled.”
Fill us O God.
Fill us with Your love.
Fill us with You.

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Reference : Desire of Ages 187-189 [Chapter 19- At Jacob’s Well (part 2) – (John 4:1-42)]

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that those who drink from the well will eventually thirst again but those who drink of the water He will give will never thirst again. He was trying to show her and us that the world is not able to quench our longing thirst and what it offers will only last but a while. He directs us to Him as the giver of that living water that is able to refresh and invigorate our soul. Anyone who tastes the water from Jesus will desire more and more and His supply will never run out. The desire for the things of the world will go. “He in whom Christ dwells has within himself the fountain of blessing,- “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” From this source he may draw strength and grace sufficient for all his needs.” [DA 187.3] Jesus caught the woman’s attention and she desired to obtain that water so she would taste no more. However, before Jesus can supply the living water, He seeks to point out our sins and show us the need for a saviour. He went on to point out that the things of this earth are not able to grant anyone access into the kingdom of heaven just He explained to Nicodemus.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23,24 (KJV)

“In order to serve Him aright, we must be born of the divine Spirit. This will purify the heart and renew the mind, giving us a new capacity for knowing and loving God. It will give us a willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship. It is the fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit.” [DA 189.3]

Reference : John 4:1-42; Desire of Ages 183,184 [Chapter 19- At Jacob’s Well (part 1)]

 

Jesus was in a position where He was before a Samaritan woman, who by history was enemy to the Jews, but He desired to reach out to her. He sought to find the key to her heart; which He did. He showed that even our enemies are in need of being touched and the opportunity to be witnessed to and a chance to know Christ. He showed that there was always a way to reach people, even those who would normally not be open to hearing us. He appealed to the part of her that couldn’t say no; He appealed to her heart. “The offer of a kindness might have been rejected; but trust awakens trust,” so He asked a favour instead of offering. He trusted her to do something for Him, which allowed her to trust Him in return. He found that opening in and took His opportunity to share the light with her. We are to be wise in reaching people; from family to enemies, and rulers to friends. The thirst of others ought to be quenched by Christ and our witnessing for Him is the means by which we direct them to Him.

Reference : Desire of Ages 180-182 [Chapter 18- He Must Increase (part 2) – John 3:23-36]

 

Just like John when he was fulfilling his mission, we are to empty ourselves of ‘self’ to allow ourselves to be filled with light from above. We can only receive that light once we are emptied. Only through Christ is any service worthy. John told his disciples “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life.” John continued to cement that Christ was indeed at the centre of it all and he was pointing to the importance in realizing this so that we do not miss out because we missed Christ.

We are not to do as John’s disciples did and get tied up with the messenger; fixing too much attention on him or any messenger preparing our hearts for Christ. We are to be instruments to be used and understand that the success of the work was not dependant on us but upon the divine.

“Happy are they who are willing for self to be humbled, saying with John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” [DA 182.3]

Today, I say thanks for Jesus’ love.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 KJV)

In this scripture verse, Jesus calls us his friends. He goes on to say in the next verse why He calls us His friends.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

What greater love can we imagine than that of someone who willingly gives up their life to save? Knowing that Jesus loves us so much, why is it that we forget to show that same very love to brothers and sisters, families and friends?

Jesus did command us to do just that.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:12 KJV)

I pray that I may remember each day to do that. If Jesus loves us and we’ve sinned and hurt Him and The Father so much, why do we find it so hard not to love those who have hurt us?

Today, I say thanks for our children. The children are our future.

I pray that we nourish and train them them right. Their minds are young and very impressionable. Teach us how to be that firm foundation they need in their lives now that they may grow into good individuals. I pray you guide us too, that you will bring us to know You as our king that we may be in a better position to teach our children, from young, the laws of Your word.

I pray all of them be touched and blessed.

It’s our responsibility to know the truth and right from wrong so that we can teach them accordingly that they may know too.

Today, I say thanks for strength.

When we are tired and feel like we can go no further, God is there to give us that strength to carry on. When we are on our feet all day and feel as though we can stand no longer, He is there to provide that strength to stand firm. When we walking on the journey with Him and things get difficult and we want to give up, He gives us the strength to continue.

Why does He do this? It’s because He loves us all.