So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. (Luke 24:15 NKJV)
You must never entertain preconceived ideas of how Jesus Christ will come to you. If you regularly have your quiet time and wait upon Him, these will become precious times to you during which you will become aware of His divine presence. At such times it is almost unnecessary to say a word because you will know that Christ is with you, and your soul is nourished.
The time comes, however, when you have to take part in the activities of life and accept life’s challenges. Even though your quiet time with God has provided you with spiritual and mental balance, the demands of your specific circumstances could make you forget that you have spent time with Him.
The way in which to maintain contact with Jesus throughout the course of a busy day, is by seeing Him in unexpected places. He is not restricted to your quiet time with Him or to your personal prayer life. He can speak to you through the voice of your fellow man. He might look to you through the eyes of a lonely stranger seeking companionship. You might see His beauty in the smile of a small child. A brief prayer for passersby in a busy street might bring Christ very close to you.
Never be too busy to obey God. As you obey Him in seemingly unimportant matters, He will become increasingly real to you and you will hear His soft footsteps at unexpected places and times. Take time to see footprints in your walk of life.
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. (Psalms 13:5 NLT)
Consider a child jumping from a high place into the arms of his father. He has no fear because he knows that his daddy will catch him. He knows that his daddy will not let him fall. Maybe he was apprehensive for the first couple of leaps, but his faith in his father has grown strong over time.
That is how God wants you to see Him, as your loving Father, with His arms open wide, ready to catch you when you jump. He loves you and wants you to have the greatest, unwavering faith in Him. He will always catch you, so go ahead and jump.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O lord, do not abandon those who search for you. (Psalms 9:10 NLT)
Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands,
They found fault. (Luke 7:2) NKJV
Man looks on the outward appearance (this is what the scribes and Pharisees were concerned with), but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). Jesus looked on men’s hearts. The Old Testament laws concerning washing served a secondary purpose of hygiene, but as stated in Colossians 2:16-17 and Hebrews 9:1,9-10, their real purpose was to shadow or illustrate spiritual truth.
Defiled food may hurt our bodies, but it cannot reach our spirits (Jn. 3:6).
The scribes and Pharisees missed the principle of spiritual purity taught by the Old Testament ordinances and became obsessed with strict adherence to their rituals. While they relentlessly enforced the laws dealing with the physical realm, they had become completely corrupt in the spiritual realm.
“The law is not of faith.” When combined with Romans 14:23 which says, “…whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” this statement must have been near blasphemy to the legalistic Jews, just as it is to legalistic Christians today. It is sin for the New Testament believer to try to relate to God by attempting to keep the Old Testament law. The law itself is not sin (Rom. 7:7). But it is sin to try to use the law for justification with God. This was never the purpose of the law.
Under the law a person got what he deserved. Under faith, the New Testament believer receives grace because of what Jesus did for him. Any departure from faith, especially a departure back to the Old Testament law, voids the work of Christ (Gal. 2:21) and is the worst sin of all. Only faith in Jesus Christ has the key that unlocks the door to the law’s harsh imprisonment of guilt and condemnation. With a great price He has purchased your freedom. Walk in it today and enjoy His Life
“The glory of the Lord is man fully alive”. Unknown
And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: (Luke 19:20 KJV)
Napkins or handkerchiefs should be used for wiping off the sweat or toil. No one’s napkin should be misapplied to the wrapping up of his talent. Whether a church can grow prevailingly does not depend on whether or not those who receive five talents, or ten, come forth and serve.
The weight of responsibility for growth rests on those with one talent. If the one talented are employed and growing, all in the church will be well; but if they bury their talent, then the whole church stagnates. Thus we have only one hope; namely, that the weight of emphasis in every local church should be placed, not on those who are especially qualified, but on those less-gifted ones. You have to tell them that God approves of their wiping off the perspiration of honest work for Him, and that without it that work will not be done.
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; (Philippians 1:6 NKJV)