I'm a busy person, you're a busy person, we're all busy people. We all seem to have an endless to-do list, and countless commitments. If it isn't schoolwork or actual work, it's chores, clubs, organizations, or other commitments. Our days tend to be pretty packed. It might be crazy to suggest that we take a chunk of time out of our day to simply rest and be with the Lord.
It's far too easy for the Gospel to get watered down, especially when you live in the Bible belt. For much of my life, I held nothing more than a watered down view of Jesus. To me, it was common knowledge that Jesus had died on the cross, and that He rose again, bringing salvation to all who believed in Him. It was as good as fact.
I want to die. That's what Paul said in his letter to the church in Philippi, which he was writing from a prison cell in Rome. And mind you, death was a very plausible thing for Paul at that time. He was awaiting trial, and as far as he knew at the time, he could have been facing execution after the trial.
Recently, I've been loving the worship songs that are all about the name of Jesus. Songs like "What A Beautiful Name It Is" and "Worthy Of Your Name." It's probably because they're so full of and focused on Jesus that they tend to be some of my go-to worship songs. But listening to them has got me thinking. They each place an emphasis on Jesus' name. Might seem a little odd, right? So, I figured it would be fun to dive into the names of Jesus and just how they proclaim his glory.
I've been reading Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst recently (which is a great book on how to live life in God's love without letting rejection and the whims of others steal your joy), and at one point she mentioned Abigail, Nabal's wife in 1 Samuel 25. As I continued thinking about what she said about Abigail, I decided to take a dive into the passage myself.
I wouldn't call myself a total perfectionist, but when it comes to certain things in life, I definitely strive to be pretty close to perfect. Namely, in academics.
For most Christians, it's pretty obvious that we're supposed to be loving others. We all know it; we all agree with it; we'll all shout it from the rooftops. But do we live it?
No, really, let's talk about Jesus. Let's talk about Jesus to our friends, family members, acquaintances. Let's talk about Jesus in our day-to-day lives.
With one skim through the gospels, we see, over and over again, giant crowds of people following Jesus everywhere he went, swarming him, and clinging to him, almost desperately. They couldn't get enough of him! That alone should tell us something about Jesus.
In the beginning verses of Mark 8, Jesus, for the second time, feeds a huge crowd of people with very meager means.