Michael’s Monday Meditations
For the Jesus follower: Christmas in July? YES! When you know Jesus, each and every day should be a celebration! This at a time when my beautiful wife shared with me how, professionally, her heart has been broken, and mine was broken this past week as well. As I was riding my bicycle into work today, I became aware of the great joy that Jesus has brought to my heart despite all the brokenness that surrounds us! And the Joy to the World hymn, Chris Tomlin version, entered into my head and I had a wonderful time praising my Savior as I rode. I hope you’ll watch this video. Listen closely to the words of the chorus and grasp onto those truths! Look around us! The world is in absolute chaos! Economic uncertainty, grief, self-centeredness, political turmoil, conflict, sexual revolution and disobedience to God, all of the same types of issues that have been with us since the creation of man are manifesting themselves greatly today, and because of a 24/7/365 media, all of us have all of this information at our fingertips at the press of a button. Yet, we as Jesus followers, have something that the world does not have: the hope, peace and full joy of knowing Jesus, and we know through Him that we have forgiveness from God the Father for our sins and we know not only that our real home is in heaven, but we know we have eternal life in fellowship with and worshiping God! So we, as Christians, rather than being lost in hopelessness or looking to political solutions realize both fall short. Our home is in heaven and the only solution to our problems on this earth is Jesus and being in relationship with Him! Praise God! Let us learn the lesson of Peter:
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
So long as Peter kept his eyes affixed to Jesus, he was able to do the seemingly impossible and overcome the physical. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and began to look at the mere temporal things of this world, he began to lose his footing, even though he was on the way to Jesus. May we learn that what applied to Peter 2,000 years ago applies to us today. In right relationship with Jesus, there is nothing we cannot accomplish with God’s help. And when we let Him lead us, we will indeed have unspeakable joy! God bless you brothers and sisters, and take heart, for with God, all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26) Won’t you share your faith and reason for your joy today with those around you who do not know Jesus? For the unbeliever: My message to you today is brief and to the point. This joy I speak of, can be yours as well if you are only willing to, maybe for the first time in your life, step aside. Placing Jesus on the throne of your life will be a joyful experience for you, too, as you for the first time see your life as God sees it. The Holy Spirit will indeed open these spiritual eyes for you and suddenly, the world around you, and why what is happening today is happening, for the first time makes sense. And knowing God is faithful and will keep His promise to you regarding salvation and eternal life, is a bedrock you can rest upon, when the lost are tossed about upon their tiny boats in a violent and chaotic sea. Unbeliever, today is the day of salvation. John and I are praying for you to make your decision to invite Jesus into your life as your Savior and Lord today, for we do not know what tomorrow may bring or whether we may even be alive. Please, friend, do not delay and won’t you make this commitment to Jesus Christ today?