6/23/11

Here I am Lord, Sent Me


PICK ON ME

Jesus said: "None of those who cry out, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven." -Matthew 7:21

Why does the Lord "pick on" Spirit-filled people? Billions of people are not doing God's will, but the Lord focuses on those with spiritual gifts of prophecy, deliverance, and miracles (Mt 7:22). He even threatens to declare solemnly to charismatics: "I never knew you. Out of My sight, you evildoers!" (Mt 7:23)

The Lord also picks on Spirit-filled people in the famous passage about love. Many people in this world lack love. In some way, everyone is unloving, but the Lord once again focuses on those with spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy, knowledge, faith, ministry to the poor, and martyrdom (1 Cor 13:1-3). People with these gifts are extremely blessed, but the Lord calls them "noisy gongs," "clanging cymbals," and even "nothing" unless they have love (see 1 Cor 13:1-3).

The Lord picks on Spirit-filled people because He has given them so much. He expects much from those who have been given much (Lk 12:48). The power of those who have accepted their spiritual gifts is so great that the Lord especially challenges them to repentance, obedience, and love. When the Lord picks on you, that's a sign you're extra special.

Prayer: Father, may I be worthy of being "picked on" by you.
Promise: "Anyone who hears My words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock." -Mt 7:24

3 comments:

Ed Sousa, Sr. said...

Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it." (Jn 14:12-14)

Ed Sousa, Sr. said...

Freedom

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

I’m free indeed, You’ve set me free
To live for You, God’s only Son
Believing Your good work’s begun
Please change me even one degree.

Above all else love is the key
Awakened like the rising sun
I’m free indeed, You’ve set me free
To live for You, God’s only Son.

Now here I am Lord God, send me
Your finished work won’t be undone
It’s by Your blood salvation’s won
So help my mind and heart agree
I’m free indeed, You’ve set me free.

Daily Grace said...

I love your prayer....I pray it along side of you. God bless