Those With Whom God is Pleased

www.bible.com/1713/luk.2.14.csb

You know you are in pretty rare company if you are among those with whom God is pleased. You probably already know that God is pleased with only a few, and those are His who follow Him. Which means that this grand declaration on the night Jesus was born didn’t necessarily apply to all men and women, but to those few who answer this message in faith and follow the Messiah of whom they declare. Upon you is conferred this precious grace.

God knows upon whom His favor rests. Unto all He offers the grand invitation. Come unto Me. Come let us reason together. This message is for you and for all who afar off. Christ came in the flesh that He might live as one of us, to die our death, so that all might come unto Him and be saved. The invitation is offered to all. It is accepted by those upon whom His favor rests. Will it be you?

This is no lottery, where you have a chance of winning. This is like shooting fish in a barrel. All you have to do to win is to play. But the price of entry is your soul. But why not exchange what you cannot keep for something you cannot lose? The price is too high? Can you tell me what amazing things you have done with your life that you can’t afford to give it away? You may give your life to him, even your rags and filth, and He will give you a better life, far more abundant than you can imagine. He doesn’t take your life to keep, but to purify, to cleanse, to make whole again. He wants you to fulfill your purpose, but you must do it His way. You win by playing by His rules.

Give glory to God. If you have submitted to Him and His grace, then you win! his favor rests upon you. Now make today a day for Him! This is a season of joy, not just temporary happiness. Bring joy to your world. Glorify God, because you have already received the best gift ever because of Christmas.

God bless you today.

Love and Sacrifice

www.bible.com/1713/1jn.3.16.csb

In the many definitions of love, you rarely hear sacrifice. It is usually compassion for another, embracing and feeling close. But sacrifice is as natural as breathing when it comes to love. In the famous story, The Gift of the Magi, the young couple each sacrifices what is most precious to them to give good gifts to each other. It is a precious story in that it is a fitting parable for love. Love gives with little thought for itself. It is the new mother who gets up in the wee hours to care for a crying child. It is the father who sacrifices time with his family and those precious first moments so that he can provide for their needs in work. While love takes on many forms, one which we easily recognize is sacrifice.

So it is with our Christian family. Today is a test of your love. Will you sacrifice your time, energy, even comfort to express your love for the brethren by going to church this morning? Jesus came and died for you. That was a tremendous and powerful sacrifice. Men and women died for your right to worship freely in this nation. No one is stopping you from going to a church of your choosing. It may involve some sacrifice, but many have been given for you. You can give this much.

Love is expressed through sacrifice. Our Lord showed us this. We can do this for each other. God bless you today.