Tuesday, January 20, 2009

who lives like this?

There are many people that I admire.  Some have long been gone.  Some are still around.  This past Sunday I shared a message about "why lives like that?" in reference to people who live full out for Jesus.  Those kind of people are hard to come by.
Here is the main verse and thought I began with ... Hebrews 11:38 (nasb) --- men of whom the world was not worthy ...
That talks about men and woman who chose to live out loud their faith and belief that God is a big God with lots to accomplish through His people, through us.  People like Gideon and David. Heroes who lived their faith like John Huss, Bill Bright and Jim ElliotEven people from our day like Brooke Bronkowshi and Tim Tebow.  All of them are like us, humans with choices.  But how much of a difference can we make simply through a choice or two?  Answer: a huge difference.
If you walk through those people's stories, you find simple people who chose to live for Jesus.  Who do we know now ... who lives like this?  That is the person who says "yes Jesus" no matter the situation.
Proverbs 11:19 (nlt) --- Godly people find life; evil people find death.

2 Corinthians 6:8 (nlt) --- We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors.

Those two verses talk about the people who say "yes Jesus" and who others ask "who lives like this?"  Read them again.  Think through them.  Do they describe you and me?
Here is another verse that really gets me.  It is about the prophet Hosea.  He was led to marry a woman named Gomer who was a prostitute (who would name their daughter that?), and God told Hosea to go back and get his wife when she would run back to her old ways. 

Hosea 3:1 (nlt) --- Then the Lord said to me, "Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them."

I want to be the person and lead others to be the people that others ask ... "who lives like that?".  How about you?

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