- Bible Reading Matthew 9:1-8 and John 13:1-38
- Focus Scriptures: Matthew 9:5 “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk?'”
- John 13:34 “A new command I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
How did I start applying God’s Word to my life? Well, it’s in the way I treat others, how I carry myself, and how I spread the Good News of His kingdom. Last week, the Holy Spirit planted an idea in my heart… I should connect with other faith-based businesses. Through my social media account, I am promoting others that embody what it means to be faith driven.
Reading the above passages of Scripture led me to ask some difficult questions.
- How can I be more effective as a believer?
- What fears are holding me back?
- Am I jealous of the spiritual gifts others have been blessed with?
After prayer, my eyes were opened to a need I could fill. Mustard Seed Faith Business Saturday was born and I am so thrilled with the support. We can share God’s Word, promote ourselves, and uplift each other. (A flame that lights another does not grow dimmer.) This isn’t a competition.
While I realize everyone isn’t in the same place spiritually that does not give me an excuse. I will connect others and share God’s Word regardless of the “Judas Iscariot(s)” or “Penniah(s)” waiting to attack. The doubters also serve a purpose and will make this movement even stronger.
Jesus performed miracles while He walked this earth and left us with an example to follow. How we treat each other is a choice. We can respond to what we don’t know for certain OR we can respond to what is obvious. Matthew 9:4-5 How we help others is a reflection of our thoughts and ultimately our hearts.
Matthew 9:7 Jesus chose to heal the paralytic. Jesus responded with mercy. As humans, we are not perfect and we all need mercy from our Lord and Savior as well as from each other. We all sin in different ways. Lie. Cheat. Steal. The consequences on earth are different but will not be on judgment day.
People will betray us..even pray against our success. (John 13:30) Judas Iscariot was bold enough to take the morsel of bread from Jesus’ hand before slipping out into the darkness of night to betray Him. Jesus knew! (John 13:2,11,21,27) Jesus knew, yet He still showed Judas Iscariot mercy. Jesus allowed Judas Iscariot to sit at His table, eat, and for him to undergo the ultimate act of service by washing his feet. (John 13:4-8) If Jesus, in the face of all He was about to endure for us could wash the feet of His betrayer, how much more should we do? Jesus knew Satan had put betrayal into Judas Iscariot’s heart. He had not acted on it yet, so there was still time for him to repent. John 13:2 We know how Judas Iscariot’s story ended.
Think about what Christ did the next time someone ‘hates on you’. The only way to show love is through God’s grace. That’s the miracle! Not reacting in the same way you were treated. Calling on the name of Jesus to pull you up to see from a different perspective. That is exactly what Christ desires for us. To trust Him with our emotions. That’s one reason the Holy Spirit is here to help God’s children.
My life choices led me into a deeper relationship with God. I repent. I pray. I am a redeemed daughter of Christ. I am unashamed. In that capacity, I am able to ask which response would Christ want me to have. Walk away or to be of service. John 13:34 “A new command I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
- How can I love the neighbor that hates or has betrayed me?
- What can I do that will be glorifying to the Lord?
- Do I have a spirit of repentance or pride?
*Peninnah and Hannah’s story is found in 1 Samuel 1:1-18
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