Posts Tagged ‘Personal relationship with Jesus’

James 1:19-27 Feet to Your Faith

Let my life be a lense others can look through and see Your true beauty.

James admonishes his readers to put feet to their faith. Be “doers” of the word and not “hearers” only.

Faith in Jesus got me here but that is not the end of my journey. It is only the beginning. Now we begin to show evidence outwardly of an inward change. James tells us where to begin. “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (verse 21).

All filthiness and rampant wickedness. To me this refers to the obvious sins we were doing before meeting Jesus and asking Him to be Lord of our lives. The things we KNEW to be wrong but did them anyway. The things we know will break God’s heart if we continue to act that way. Read more »

Philippians 3:12-4:1 I Press On

I want to be this close to Jesus!

Paul is urging his readers to keep growing in Christ and getting closer to Him every day. He uses his walk as an example for them as well as others whom he has pointed out earlier. He also gives another warning about those who are not following the truth.

When I think about this passage I think about a crowd of people around Jesus. Everyone in it is trying to get as close to Him as possible. They are pushing and pressing into each other to gain a little more reach. But in order to get closer to Him in this example they have to push someone else further away. Read more »

Luke 13:22-30 One Way In

He wants to open it to you

He wants to open it to you

Jesus has been traveling and teaching along the way. Luke shares with us one of the questions He encounters. “Will those who are saved be few?”

I’m curious about the askers of this question. Luke doesn’t tell us who this brave soul was or his reason behind asking. I wonder if it is one the regular followers who trail Jesus wherever He goes or someone in a town He visited. Was he asking because he wanted to know if he could get in too or was he hoping others would be kept out?

When Jesus answered this question did He address His remarks specifically to the asker or to a larger audience? Who was in that audience? Was it only those following Jesus around or was it a general admission group? Luke tells us “He said to them”, which tells us that there was more than one person listening to Jesus’ answer and His answer applied to more than just originator of the question. Read more »