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March Newsletter Thoughts

Countdown to Easter – Jesus Desires ALL of You!

This month we will celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead. Take a moment and really consider what the Lord did for our sin filled selves. God chose to send His one and only Son down to this earth so that we can be redeemed of our sins. Awesome, isn’t it. So Jesus came down and experienced the same things as us. He came destined to die on the cross as the final sacrifice. He was tempted just as we are. He ran into persecution from the “religious” folks. He had super heavy demands made on Him as He lived. He had the choice of how He would spend His time and what He would do and say. He prayed to His heavenly Father for the guidance and strength. He wanted out of the mission His Father gave Him, He asked for a plan B. In the end, He gave it all, everything, His life on earth……to God.

Jesus spent His life knowing that He was on the clock to the countdown to Easter – and Jesus gave it all. So know I firmly believes that Jesus desires you give Him your all! This begs the question of us: “Does the whole of our life lived here on this earth reflect that we give Him our all?”

Jesus came to earth as a sin offering for our sins when we have faith in Him as the true Son of God. If we truly believe that Jesus is our Savior, we can not simply accept that gift and NOT give Him our all, everything. When we get wrapped up in living out our will, when we choose parts of the Bible we like, then “wink” at parts we don’t like, we are not being obedient. When we have idols which take the place of Jesus, and you know the possible list in your life, we are not being obedient. When we do not give our whole life to Jesus we are missing Easter! My how that must grieve God when we call ourselves followers of Jesus, yet don’t really act like that.

Take a moment and read the words of my friend Thomas Kempis who wrote this 1,600 years ago: Jesus speaks to us, “As I offered Myself willingly to God the Father for your sins with hands outstretched and body naked on the cross, so that nothing remained in Me that had not become a complete sacrifice to appease heavenly wrath, so ought you be willing to offer yourself to Me day by day in your life as a pure and holy obligation, together with all your faculties and affections, with as much inward devotion as you can. What more to I ask than that you give yourself entirely to me? I care not for anything else you may give Me, for I seek not your gift but you. Just as it would not be enough for you to have everything if you did not have Me, so whatever you give cannot please Me if you do not give yourself.

Offer yourself to Me, therefore, and give yourself entirely for God – your offering will be accepted. Behold, I offered Myself wholly to the Father for you, I even gave My whole body and blood for food that I might be all yours, and Mine forever. But if you rely upon self, and do not offer your free will to Mine, your offering will be incomplete and the union between us imperfect. Hence, if you desire to attain grace and freedom of heart, let the free offering of yourself into the hands of God precede your every action. This is why so few are inwardly free and enlightened – they know not how to renounce themselves entirely. If, therefore, you wish to be My disciple, offer yourself to Me with all your heart.”

This Lent, sometime this month, if you are not at peace, if you are not inwardly free and enlightened, then this is the time to recognize that you have not given the all of yourself to Jesus. This must cause us to ask ourselves – are we just like the people along the side of the road on Palm Sunday who shouted “Hosanna” yet in the end still didn’t not know the Savior? They seem to have head knowledge of Jesus, yet they still had not given their all to Jesus. Is that you? Does the words of Jesus speak to you? “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ Matthew 7:21-23

Don’t risk your eternal life – Jesus desires ALL of you. Jesus did not die to save you, He died to transform you! If Jesus does not have all of you, repent, change directions, call on Jesus, ask for His help, and our Word says He will give it to you! Praise the Lord!!

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