Thursday, April 17, 2008

Matthew and Mark

Today, I read Matthew 21 through Mark 12.  Usually I can read 20 chapters very quickly, but this morning it took an hour and 15 minutes, because there was just too much good stuff to read and underline and cirlce and note.  I have no clue as to what to mention because I could write all day, but let me just pick out a few:

1) Matt. 21:3 "The Lord hath need of them".  The Disciples were instructed of Jesus to go to a certain village and they would find a donkey and a colt with her.  They were to untie the mule and bring it to Jesus.  If the owner just happened to see what was going on and ask, what are you doing with my mule?  They were to respond:  "The Lord hath need of them."  I was thinking.... would we let our "stuff" go because Jesus needed them?  How about our money for missions?  How about our tithes and offerings?  How about our time?  How about our talents?  The Lord hath need of them!!

2) Matt. 21:13 "My house shall be called the house of prayer"  The Church should be a house of prayer, and in verse 22 it says:  "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."  With this great promise, it would seem we would pray more, but alas so little prayer is going on these days.  Let us change that... today!!

3) Matt. 28:6 "He is not here  for he is risen"  Praise God we serve a risen Savior!!

4) IN A HURRY!!  In reading Mark chapters 1 though 10, you will find words like "straightway", "immediately", "straitly", and "suddenly".  In fact in these ten chapters, you will find these words 35 times!!  How did Jesus get so much done on earth in three and a half years?  He kept busy!!  He was always on the go, always going from one place to another, never having time to rest, but literaly working the work of His Father, while He still could.  We too need to get as much done for Christ as we can.  We need rest, and relaxation, but we also need work!  We will "work till Jesus comes"!

5) NOT THE TALK, BUT THE WALK!  Mark 7:6 "This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me."  These were the Pharisees.  They talked a good game, but they could not match up their words with their lives.  We too can be guilty of this.  We can talk about prayer but not pray.  We can talk about sharing the Gospel without going.  We can talk about loving God without singing and praising.  Let us decide not just to talk a good talk, but by God's grace... walk a good walk. 

So much for today, This has taken a lot longer reading and typing today that normal.  About forty-five minutes longer, but I'll see you tomorrow.  Blessings on you and yours!

Pastor Mike Mutchler

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