Thursday, September 10, 2020

MY FATHER’S BUSINESS

Today’s Reading: Luke 2-3

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In Nazareth Village, a favourite place for tourists to see First Century life, a father teaches his son about caring for sheep.

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Key Verse: Luke 2:20

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

 

Just before His ascension back into Heaven, Jesus told His followers, “You shall be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:8). Now, at His entry into a human life, we see one of the finest examples of “witnessing.” The shepherds did exactly what a witness is to do. They told others what they had seen and heard. Too often, we make excuses for not witnessing, such as, “I can’t answer people’s questions,” or, “I haven’t memorized enough of the Bible,” or, “I don’t know enough theology,” or “I’m too shy,” etc., etc. The shepherds worried about none of these things. They were excited about what had happened to them, and they ran to tell others. Jesus, at 12 years old, took on the Doctors of the Law, engaging them in conversation about the Scriptures. Remember, Jesus never used the fact that He was God to help Himself as a human person. He was 12 years old! We must not make excuses. As Jesus said about Himself, so we too need to do THE FATHER’S BUSINESS.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Lord, I ask that I will be so enthusiastic about You and Your Word that I won’t be able to keep the Good News to myself. Help me to just do it! Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I had heard the Good News since I was a child, but it was not until grade 12 in High School that, on the first Friday evening of December, I made my lifetime decision to truly be a follower of Jesus. The following Monday, in the locker room after basketball practice, I said, “Hey Guys, I’ve got something to tell you. Last Friday night I became a Christian. I gave my life to Jesus. You’re going to see a different Mainse around here from now on.” There was silence for a few seconds, and then some disparaging remarks. A few days later, I could not help but notice that several of my teammates were walking down the hall with me. They knew I meant business. I knew that I must be about my Heavenly Father’s business. That’s why I do this blog, and I know that if I did not share the Good News in my person-to-person conversations, I would be very selfish.

Yours for the “Father’s Business,”

David

20 thoughts on “Thursday, September 10, 2020

  1. Luke provided the genealogy of Jesus in a remarkable way. “Luke traces Jesus’ heritage not to David or Abraham, or even Adam, the first human, but to Adam’s father, God. While Luke’s genealogy does identify Jesus as a descendant of important Jewish leaders, it also suggests that Jesus belongs not to the Jews but to the entire world.” We are Your shepherds, Jesus, and we witness for You. Amen. Thank You Lord, for the glory of Jesus’ life, from birth on earth, to death and eternal life. A remarkable love story. Wishing fellow saints a blessed day in the Lord. His mercy, love, peace and grace, be with you.

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
    1 Thes 5:16-18 ESV

    Speak, O Lord – Keith & Kristyn Getty
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubRlJj8xkds

  2. Thank You, Lord, for working through ordinary people like us. Simeon obviously loved You, and You revealed Yourself to him, and then through him. May this pattern be repeated in and through all Your people throughout all this world, in Jesus’s incomparable name, amen

      • Thanks Bevlee. I see Donna for 30 minutes tomorrow. There are other precious folk in LTC who are lonely & lack stimulation & which causes deterioration. So hard on them. Thanks

        • All the saints are holding these precious souls up to God–in all the nursing homes, retirement homes, senior centers and senior buildings, across Canada and around the world. God restore these wonderful seniors from loneliness and isolation to lasting memories for their loved ones and a time of peace and dignity. In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

          P.S. Just received the appt. for my lumbar catscan for next Thursday evening; praise the Lord! Thank you for your prayers. One step closer to surgery! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

    • Agreeing with you in prayer Beverlee, also I am so pleased that you have your lumbar appointment next Thursday. God Bless You and everyone on this blog.
      Eleanor M.

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