The verse has been running through my head for several weeks now.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Last week I was with friends converted from Islam. A number of them shared how they came to Jesus, were rejected by their families and had their lives threatened because of their conversion.
For a Muslim to convert to Jesus is life-threatening, but they willingly do this because they know Jesus is the Way – they know there is no other Name.
Take a few minutes to pray for the Lord of the harvest to bring millions more Muslims into His Kingdom. Pray also for workers you know who labor among Muslim peoples.
“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and
might and honor and glory and blessing!
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Take a few minutes to read and re-read the passage above.
Respond to the Lord in ways you feel appropriate.
This week I have been reading in 1 John. The verse below makes understanding and reflecting Jesus’ love very simple in concept.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1 John 3:16)
But living out this verse, truly laying down our lives for the brothers, is more than a concept. It is costly and it varies from culture to culture and person to person.
Re-read this verse and take a few moments to think about it. Pray and ask the Lord for ideas as to what this might mean for you. Then do what you and the Lord think is right to serve someone or a group.
May each of us reflect the heart and example of Jesus who demonstrated love by laying down His life for us.
The Apostle John introduces us to the mandate of abiding (or remaining) in a state of fellowship with Jesus (John 15). This is a major emphasis of John’s writings.
I have long been captivated by his emphasis and find myself more focused on this as I get older.
John says this, “whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:6).
To say, “I want to walk as Jesus walked,” is not arrogance or is it unattainable. Jesus asks us to be like Him, to walk like Him. He wouldn’t ask us to do this if it was not possible.
The reality is that we cannot do this in the power of the flesh. It is not attainable by human wisdom nor by intellectual or physical capacities. It is only attainable in the power of the Holy Spirit which indwells those who walk by faith in Jesus.
Though it is a much bigger discussion, 1 John provides evidence of abiding in Jesus compared to not abiding in Jesus. For now, we are just looking at this verse (1 John 2:6). The question is, “Am I walking like Jesus did?”
Take a moment and reflect on this verse. What does the Spirit bring to mind as you ponder how Jesus lived? What might He want you to repent of so that you might walk more like Jesus?
May each of us be, lead, treat people and walk more like Jesus.