Archive | March 2015

Matthew 22- Are you ready and dressed ?

Good morning y’all. Today we are studying Matthew 22.

Today’s blog will focus on verse 1- 14.

Be blessed 🙂

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“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son.  When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come! “So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’  But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business.  Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them. “The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town”. (Matthew 22:2-7 NLT)

In the parable, the invitation was sent to a selected group of people but those select were too busy to attend (verse 3). They kept on giving excuses (verse 4-6). I would like to pause here for us to examine ourselves and see how we are fairing in this aspect. Are there things that Jesus has called us to? Have we made ourselves available or like the guests in the parable, we are giving excuses because there are other things that demand our attention, which we deem more important than God’s call?

As I kept on reading, it occurred to me that if I continue in my current pattern of always making excuses, I will soon be replaced by someone else! God will look for someone else who is ready to do the job. This is exactly what happened in the parable. The selected refused and the king extended the invite to everyone else including the good and bad.

“And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor.  Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’  So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests”. (Matthew 22:8-10 NLT)

Those select few missed out on Gods best for them. What was meant for them was eventually passed on to others. I pray we won’t be replaced by another in Gods kingdom, just because we are too busy to create time for God.

Reading on, I was struck by verse 11 and 12 where the king noticed one of the men who wasn’t dressed appropriately for the occasion. 

“But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding.  ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 22:11-13 NLT)

I thought to myself that’s unfair, seeing as the man didn’t know he was going to be attending a wedding that day. Then I felt God telling me that’s not good enough! We are to be ready in season and out of season. We can’t choose which days we are on fire for God and other days where we just don’t care. We shouldn’t be christians who are only available for God on Sundays and every other day is out of bounds for Him. Christ could come back any moment and we can’t get away with the excuse of I wasn’t ready or wasn’t expecting You yet. This is one of the reasons why it is very important we get our priorities right and live our lives in agreement with Gods word/instructions.

The key thing in verse 11 and 12 was the clothing. In the CEV version verse 12 says

“The king asked, “Friend, why didn’t you wear proper clothes for the wedding?” But the guest had no excuse”. (Matthew 22:12 CEVUS06)

The man had no excuse! I had to ask a myself what am I clothed in?

Some of us pay so much attention to our physical dressing everyday that we forget that our soul and spirit also need to be dressed. Infact they are the most important because if our inside is well dressed then it will reflect on our outward appearance. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying it’s not good to look your best but we shouldn’t put all our effort on just that, most of our effort should go to dressing up or soul and spirit.

Colossians 3:12-14 tells us what we should be dressed in everyday; not just on sundays, but every single day.

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it”. (MSG).

Jesus ends by saying many are called but few are chosen.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14 NLT)

I want to be part of the chosen. What about you? Are you ready and dressed?

Prayer:
Dear Lord we thank You for today. We thank You for your word. We ask for forgiveness for the times we have ignored your call. Pls give us the grace to always give You first place in our lives. Help us to be ready at all times and dress with the garments You’ve picked out for us. Thank You Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen.

Thanks for joining today. I believe you have been blessed 🙂

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Have a blessed day enjoying God’s presence 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

Matthew 21 – Words & Actions

Good morning y’all. Happy Monday 🙂 .

Today we are studying Matthew 21. A lot to glean from this chapter but I will be focusing on verses 28 – 32

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“Jesus said: I will tell you a story about a man who had two sons. Then you can tell me what you think. The father went to the older son and said, “Go work in the vineyard today!” His son told him he would not do it, but later he changed his mind and went. The man then told his younger son to go work in the vineyard. The boy said he would, but he didn’t go. Which one of the sons obeyed his father? “The older one,” the chief priests and leaders answered. Then Jesus told them: You can be sure tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you ever will!  When John the Baptist showed you how to do right, you would not believe him. But these evil people did believe. And even when you saw what they did, you still would not change your minds and believe”. (Matthew 21:28-32 CEVUS06)

It’s not what we say but what we do that matters. In this parable, we see the first son say no, but eventually went ahead and did the right thing. He had a change of heart. So even though he started out wrongly by refusing to obey his father, eventually he did the right thing and obeyed. On the other hand, we have the second son who said yes, but actually didn’t do anything. There was no commitment or action to his confession. He just said yes perhaps because He felt it was what his father wanted to hear or said yes to make himself look good and better than the first son, but truly he had no intention of obeying his father.

A lot of us are like the second son. We are so religious that we have forgotten the main thing which is to serve God with all our heart and mind and soul. We are so use to our religious way of life that we just say things so as to look righteous but truly and deeply we are not living in obedience to God. Outwardly it may seem that way to people, but when God checks our heart, He sees our actions are far from the words we profess.

Jesus said in verse 31 – 32 that the prostitutes and tax collector will make heaven before the religious people do. Why? because those ones realised their sinful state and repented. They turned from their evil ways and started doing the right thing but the religious ones are fooled and believe that because they are making the right confession with their mouth, they are saved and don’t have to do any work. God is not moved by our words, it’s our actions and the intent of our heart that He is after.

Jeremiah 17:10 and 1 Samuel 16:7b says:

“But I, the lord , search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (NLT)

“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”(NIV)

It’s time to stop deceiving ourselves and start doing the right thing. Let’s truly seek Jesus, not just with our words but with our actions. Let our lives truly reflect Him.

Verse 43 says the kingdom will be taken away from those who reject who do not live in obedience to God.

“I tell you God’s kingdom will be taken from you and given to people who will do what he demands”.(Matthew 21:43 CEVUS06)

Don’t let’s harden our hearts to God but lets obey him and repent from our disobedient ways so that we don’t miss out on what He has for us and we dont loose His kingdom.

Prayer:
Dear Lord thank you for today. Thank you for the priviledge to learn from you. We ask for forgiveness for all the ways we have disobeyed you. We ask you give us the grace to truly serve and obey you with our hearts, mind and soul. May our words and actions be pleasing to you. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen.

Thanks for joining today. I believe you have been blessed 🙂

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Have a blessed day 🙂

***With God all things are possible***