I Am Returning
If you had to name your most favorite person or thing ever, who or what would it be?
I wonder how many people would answer, ‘My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’?
Matthew 6:24 - “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
‘Mammon’ means ‘riches’ or ‘wealth’ … or any entity that promises wealth … and is associated with the greedy pursuit of gain.
Even the best love, the best thing is counterfeit compared to our Lord! Even the highest, the greatest in the world is empty outside of Him. Jesus should always be our first love, last breath; our compass and whole heart.
Acts 17:24-27 - "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:"
Matthew Henry talks about the importance of prayer ~ “It is taken for granted that all who are disciples of Christ pray. You may as soon find a living man that does not breathe, as a living Christian that does not pray. If prayerless, then graceless. The Scribes and Pharisees were guilty of two great faults in prayer, vain-glory and vain repetitions. "Verily they have their reward;" if in so great a matter as is between us and God, when we are at prayer, we can look to so poor a thing as the praise of men, it is just that it should be all our reward. Yet there is not a secret, sudden breathing after God, but he observes it. It is called a reward, but it is of grace, not of debt; what merit can there be in begging? If he does not give his people what they ask, it is because he knows they do not need it, and that it is not for their good. So far is God from being wrought upon by the length or words of our prayers, that the most powerful intercessions are those which are made with groanings that cannot be uttered. Let us well study what is shown of the frame of mind in which our prayers should be offered, and learn daily from Christ how to pray.”
Silence may fall, oceans may roar, heartache may come, but no matter what keep loving the Lord!
Christ-followers, return to the place where your heart yearns for Jesus!