Sometime ago I was reading the “red letter” edition of the Bible and giving particular attention to the words of Jesus, trying to focus on what he might be saying to me. Matthew Chapters 1 and 2, I passed with flying colors because there were no red letters – no words from Jesus’ mouth. In Matthew chapter 3, one red letter passage regarding being baptized in water. I was feeling fine, since I had done that!
On to Chapter 4 I go. Oh, my!
Verse 4: “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Hurts me here badly.
Verse 5: “Don’t put the Lord your God to the test.” Honest evaluation about this, leaves me really questioning. When I trust him for something, am I submitting to his will, or am I claiming a promise out of content.
Verse 10: “Worship the Lord, your God, and serve him only.” A lot of form I go through is not worship, it is following man (or church). I work to serve, but is my service really for the Lord or is it done because of man (or church) or maybe just me.
Verse 17: “Repent.” I’m ashamed to confess that my first thought was “What have I done that needs to be repented for?” By the time I finished that conversation, I had found plenty.
Verse 19: “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” I haven’t been following him to the sea or even to a mostly dried up creek bed. In my defense here, I am trying to find a way to use this computer to maybe do a little good for the Lord, to inspire someone, or give testimony to the advantages one has who takes a life with the Lord seriously.
But if I really want to follow, maybe I should be getting dressed, getting in the car and going to the river or some other fishing hole. Not many fish are landing in my lap right here at home.
With all this evaluation from just one chapter, I am on my knees at the cross, thankful for grace, thankful for the blood, hopeful only because of Him!
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