Inasmuch As You Do

“Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me”

~ Matthew 25:40b

Jesus teaches His followers a very valuable lesson in these few words taken from Matthew’s Gospel. His lesson is this: The love, mercy and compassion we show to the least of those in this world who belong to Him, His brethren, is as if we are doing it unto Jesus Himself. Our Lord so identifies with us, that we when we serve one another, it is as if we are personally serving Him. Do we look at our charity, compassion and care for our fellow saints in this light? Does the knowledge that loving and serving the Body of Christ is as if we are loving and serving Him increase your motivation to labor in His kingdom? My prayer is the least of these know Christ’s love because it is seen and felt through you. Amen.

~ apl

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Our Own Hearts

“We can preach the Gospel of Christ no further than we have experienced the power of it in our own hearts.”

~ George Whitefield

Prayer Life Pause: Heavenly Father, help me to experience the love and the power of the Gospel of Christ more and more each day, that I might live to proclaim to others all my days. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Worthy of the Gospel

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

~ Philippians 1:27

Prayer Life Pause: Heavenly Father, conform my conduct such that it is worthy of the Gospel of Christ, that I might stand fast in the Spirit and with a renewed heart and mind serve Jesus in the hope of the Gospel. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Every Remembrance

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,¬†always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,¬†for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now”

~ Philippians 1:3-5

Prayer Life Pause: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the readers of this site. Bless and keep each one in Your sovereign loving care that their joy and fellowship with You might be complete. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The Gospel Demands

“For the gospel does not expressly demand works of our own by which we become righteous and are saved; indeed it condemns such works.  Rather the gospel demands faith in Christ: that He has overcome for us sin, death, and hell, and thus gives us righteousness, life, and salvation not through our works, but through His own works, death, and suffering, in order that we may avail ourselves of His death and victory as though we has done it ourselves.”

~ Martin Luther

Prayer Life Pause: Heavenly Father, thank you for accepting this sinner on behalf of Your Son. It is by His righteousness alone any lost soul has hope, redemption and forgiveness. Pour out His victory upon us all! In Jesus’ name, amen.

All This Was Done

“But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.”

~ Matthew 26:56 (NKJV)

The birth, life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ was not some random cosmic accident. Mere chance had no hand in it. The redemption Christ brought to this world was the result of a glorious and eternal plan of salvation for a lost and dying world. Since the first man fell from righteousness and succumbed to the temptation of sin, mankind has desperately needed a Redeemer. Jesus is that Redeemer. All that was accomplished from His miraculous birth, through His sinless life, sacrificial death and justifying resurrection, was done that God’s Word, what the Lord had promised through the prophets of old, would lovingly, mercifully and gracious be fulfilled. May we embrace Christ and what He has done for us.

Amen

Jesus

Dwelling in unapproachable light,
the Daystar who scatters all of the night.
Our Alpha, Omega; No beginning, no end,
Oh Righteous King, the sinner's best Friend.
 
Ransom, Refiner, Refuge and Rock,
Great Shepherd You are, to Thee must we flock.
Promised before, as Abraham's Seed,
Fulfilled in Thy Word, You satisfy our need.
 
Fountain of Love and Chief Cornerstone,
Sacrificial Lamb cries out death's groan.
Prophet, Redeemer, Son Most High,
Let us flee to Thee Savior, lest we all die. 

~apl