Jesus came for people from every tribe, nation and peoples. Some of His last words to the Disciples reflect this heart and provided clear focus for their actions.
Jesus said, “… that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47)
Take a moment to ask Abba how He wants you to focus some of your actions toward peoples of the nations.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Heb. 1:1-3).
Jesus is the One we are to look at and model ourselves after. He is the One who shows us how to live and minister and walk with God. He is the One who created the world and holds all things together. He is the One who is at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Jesus is the One.
Take a moment to reflect on these verses and offer praise and thanksgiving to the Father. Take a moment to reflect on the One.
I marvel at how the Lord works.
The incarnate Son, the second person of the Trinity, Jesus, became one of us, born to a poor couple, in a humble stable. Then moved to a nowhere place in Galilee where he grew up as a carpenter’s son.
When he was twelve, his parents took him to Jerusalem at Passover, as they did every year. He went to the temple sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions. “All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and answers.” (Lk. 2:47).
Luke summarizes Jesus’ early years this way, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” (Lk. 2:52).
Take a moment to reflect on Jesus’ early years. What comes to your mind? How does Jesus’ humble beginnings impact you? Take a moment to thank Abba for sending Jesus.
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, here is a guest post from a dear friend that reflects the importance of giving thanks to God. – Stacy
Dear MentorLink friends “HAPPY THANKSGIVING”!
Pray without ceasing,
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift
2 Corinthians 9:15
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God
2 Corinthians 4:15
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry
1 Timothy 1:11-12
These are amazing verses on thanksgiving for all of us to meditate on. Paul says in those verses to give thanks in everything, for everything, always and abounding. The Greek word for thanksgiving “eucharistia” means good and grace, well and grace. It is well with our souls because of grace. Grace is so, so good. Paul said: Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift! Salvation by grace – we are so thankful. We are given zoe-life by grace – thank You. Church is a gift to us; thank You. The Bible, God’s eternal, precise Word – thank You. The Gospel message in our hearts – thank You. An eternal purpose to glorify God – thank You. Friends that love at all times – thank You. Tests and trials to meet Jesus in – thank You. Security in Jesus – thank You. The fruit of the Spirit in us and through us – thank You. The Finished Work life in Christ – thank You. Heaven as our home forever with Jesus – thank You. Rather than concentrate or focus on all the negative things in life, we can so easily look to Jesus and be thankful. This decision to be thankful comes from receptivity to the truth in Jesus. Thank you for receiving from Him, and walking in life as a witness and testimony to this world.
Thank you, thank you.
Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11