Good Wednesday Morning my friends,
There’s not much to hope for in this fallen world that we live in but the one thing that we can put our hope in is Jesus. When we put ALL of our hope and faith in Jesus, we can’t go wrong. When you serve Jesus, our Lord will always take care of your business when you first take care of His business. Since surrendering to the ministry, I’ve been able to take a long hard look at my life as a church goer, believer and disciple.
As I look back over the years, I can clearly see that there are three types of disciples that are in churches today. Each of the three can found in today’s Scripture. When we look at today’s Scripture, Jesus has just fed the 5000. The multitudes had began to follow Him. They were seeing Him heal the sick, cleanse lepers and perform miracle after miracle. They were enamored by the new. They had come to receive and be a part of the glory. They got in on the popular but that all changed when Jesus said,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” (John 6:53-58).
The new just wore off.. They weren’t going to be receiving anymore and that’s not what they wanted. The demands were going to be too much.. They didn’t sign up for that.. You see, they were fair-weathered disciples…They were in it as long as the mountain top moments continued but when it was time to start working in the valley and make sacrifices it was time to go. I have seen and still see many “Christian” that are just like this. They’re all in as long as they’re getting what they want and getting their way but when it’s time to go to work, serve and do a little sweat equity it’s was their time to stop. A lot of times fair- weathered disciples can’t be found. They walk no more..
You can see in verse 66 that Jesus didn’t baby his disciples. When “many of his disciples went back and walked no more with Him” he didn’t beg them not to leave nor for them to come back but instead He turned and ask the twelve if “they were going also.” In verse 70 & 71 Jesus called out Judas Iscariot as being a devil. He didn’t sugar-coat anything.. He boldly confronted Judas and called Him the devil to his face.. He didn’t care if He hurt his feelings… Jesus knew he was going to betray Him. He knew what He was dealing with. You see Judas was a fake-disciple. Judas was like many other “Christians.” He never received Jesus in his heart. He never received Him personally by faith with a repentant heart. He like many others, just went through the motions. They walk the aisle, make a profession of faith, fill out a card and became part of a denomination but that’s it… That’s religion.. Religion is man trying to reach up to God. Christianity is God reaching down with a blood stained cross lifting sinners up out of the muck & misery of sin..
In verses 68 & 69 we see an example of a faithful disciples….. Faithful disciples follow Jesus for who He is… They don’t get distracted. They keep on keeping on.. They believe that He is the Son of the living God.. They believe that He is the ONLY Savior.. That He is eternal life. Faithful disciples stick with Jesus because He will quench your thirst & satisfy your soul..
“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” (John 6:66-71)
My CHALLENGE PRAYER for you… Choose to be a faithful disciple…
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day.. Blessings & much love….D
Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!