For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)
Jesus didn’t come to please the religious crowd. Jesus didn’t come to pander to the social crowd. Instead, Jesus entered the world to save sinners. When we look back over the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus reach out to men and women, young and old, powerful and forgotten, demon possessed, and the politically connected. He came to save sinners of all shapes, sizes, and stripes. He came to save you and me.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)

Jesus didn’t come to please the religious crowd. Jesus didn’t come to pander to the social crowd. Instead, Jesus entered the world to save sinners. When we look back over the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus reach out to men and women, young and old, powerful and forgotten, demon possessed, and the politically connected. He came to save sinners of all shapes, sizes, and stripes. He came to save you and me.

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Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, you will bear much fruit.” One translation says, “If you will depend on Me.” The word “depend” indicates continual action. You don’t depend once and then you’re done. It’s not, “Oh, I went to church on Sunday. I spent a couple hours. I did my duty.” No, if you’re going to depend on God, then all through the day your attitude should be, “God, I need You. God, help me to understand this subject in school. God, help me to raise these children.” That’s what it means to depend on God. The more you depend on God, the better things will work out. You will bear much fruit.

We can take the opposite of what Jesus said. If we don’t depend on Him, we’re not going to bear much fruit. We’re not going to be as productive as we could have been. Today, choose to abide in Him. Find strength in Him and let Him empower you for everything you face in this life.

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To love and be loved. To have and to hold. To give just to bless. To live and not fear. To laugh and be free. To always hope and not despair. To live as a light in dark places. To give generously and not seek selfish gain. To know when to speak and when to be silent. To be kind and to forgive when other’s aren’t. To believe and trust God’s Word. To have courage to face my doubts with faith. To nurture and to grow. To care and be cared for. To be brave enough to seek reconciliation and peace. To be discipled and disciple others. To become more like Christ and die to self. To not be fake, flippant, or ‘Christianese’, but authentic, genuine, and honest. To be the face of Jesus to those who don’t know it and make His name famous. To look to other’s interests more than my own. To be humble and live a life of conviction and repentance. To give grace and not judge by committing to listen, understand, and learn from others. To serve the Lord alone and not live for the approval or acceptance of others. To accept grace for myself and stop holding myself to a self-imposed standard of perfectionism in what I do. To accept that mess is a part of being in the process. To remember God delights in me just as I am. To resist my drive to always want to please others. To put sin to death and live by the Spirit. To abide in God’s love and presence daily. To be resilient and not give up. To be disciplined and persistent. To be patient and long-suffering. To not live in tbe shadows of the past but the light of today. To have open hands and a grateful heart. To have a tongue that is not bitter but sweet. To seek peace and wisdom. To fear the Lord. To keep a tender heart that is wholly surrendered to my Lord. To live and speak the truth and break down lies. To never lose sight of the cross and power of the resurrection. To share the good news and be a living testimony of it. To worship and praise even when I don’t ‘feel’ like it, because God is worthy. To live as a citizen of heaven. To obey and not complain. To work with my hands. To choose joy. To be beautiful in the eyes of my Maker and satisfied in how He sees me. To havr arms that are open and embrace people who need to be loved by touch. To rejoice and be glad; to always be thankful. To have a pure heart and mind. To live a holy life in fear of the Lord. To honor God in all my relationships. To live a life of prayer and devotion to interceeding for others. To know my identity in Christ. To speak words of life, encouragement, and truth into others. To be attentive and obedient to the Holy Spirit. To live with abandon to loving God with everything I am and everything I do. To hold nothing back. To choose Him above all else. To love God with everything within me and overflow His love to everyone I come in contact with. To live for the glory of God and the Kingdom that is eternal. To be the person God created me to be.

"Paul, unphased" by Matt Chandler

  • Them: We'll kill you.
  • Paul: To die is gain.
  • Them: We'll leave you alone.
  • Paul: To live is Christ.
  • Them: We'll torture you.
  • Paul: I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
  • Them: We'll put you in prison.
  • Paul: Well, give me a hymnal, I'll convert all your guards, lead them in praise and worship.