Romans 1:1 “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God." New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Corinthians "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." NKJV
Matthew 22:37-39 "Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" NKJV
My Comments: No matter how many times we hear it we need to take notice. Christ Jesus has called all to Himself and wants for all to live forever. Not everyone will accept the gift. He bought each of us, if we want to accept His Sacrifice, when He willingly went to the Cross and kept Himself on the Cross until He died so His Blood would cover our sin. We who accept His gift are then able to stand before Abba Father clothed in the Righteousness of Jesus Christ and it is no longer my sin Abba sees. He sees the Righteousness of Jesus. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world but not all in the world will accept His Sacrifice, the Pearl of Great Price.
Paul did not accept it at first. He tormented and stood by as Christians were tortured and killed. Jesus had to blind him to get him to listen. He didn’t force Paul to listen nor did He force Him to accept His gift yet He asked why Paul persecuted Him. Some take a lot of talking to the be convinced yet often they become the ones who make the biggest changes like Paul. Paul believed Jesus’ word and He proclaimed Jesus and His Gospel at the peril of his own life. He loved God with all his soul, heart, mind and body and his neighbor as himself. Because he loved so much he did not hold back when presenting the Gospel because he did not want that any should perish.
I feel the same. There are many in the world today who are suffering and dieing for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because they love Abba Father and they love their neighbors. They share the Gospel often ending up in prison and being tortured for the Gospel. Many are in prisons now yet they count it worth the price because they hope maybe one soul will come to know Jesus and be saved. My heart grieves for them, I pray for them and I know the Lord rejoices in them. Their reward will be with the Lord one day and one day I will meet and know them. I am excited for that day.
Abba Father, protect those in this world who share the Gospel of Your Son Jesus, who risk all they have to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus. Protect their families and give them courage, strength and faith to move mountains. Thank You for blessing and equipping them for the Ministries You have set them to.
Jesus, who created the world and came as a babe in a stable, fill Your children with Your Love for the lost and dieing. Send Your Holy Spirit to teach them so they may teach others and guide them so they may guide others as Paul and the Apostles did.
Holy Spirit fill all those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and have His free gift of Life Eternal with knowledge, wisdom, understanding and give them the gifts each will need to bring praise and glory to Abba Father and do the will of Him who sends them.
In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen