Sunday, June 10, 2012
June 10th “Deciding To Follow Or Not”
“Creation of Man by Michelangelo”
“Michelangelo was convinced and convicted that his work on the Sistine Chapel and Pope Julius II’s tomb were affected by his belief and his choices which went against the will of the Catholic Church and the family of the Pope.
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon"
“If a Christian isn’t willing to give up everything to follow Jesus, you may as well say that person isn’t following Jesus. That is serving the other master, and as Jesus says, you can’t serve both.”
K.W. Lesile’s translation and commentary
We sing I have decided to follow Jesus. Have you? What have you done with your decision? What is the outcome of the choices you have made? Is the outcome a direct result of a life of surrender to the choices Jesus has put before you and you have surrendered to them? Or, is the outcome a product of the influences on your own Christianity? Faced with the challenge of asking and seeing what your choices should be during trial and testing, have you chosen to forsake what you know is true for a choice of what you think will be true?
What has your contribution been to your husband or your wife (because they are first after Jesus), your children, your parents, and your siblings as well as the others God has brought to you? Where and what will be the outcome? The results of choices you have made may take years to bear themselves out as wrong choices. Will the Judge who sees your heart, hear your cry and answer? Will you be willing to forsake all that you think you have built, when deep within the questions you ask in your own heart, you know it’s not the truth? If it is not right before Him will you ask forgiveness and give up everything to follow Jesus?
There is faith. There is hope. There is love. The greatest of these is LOVE!”
"What about you will you pass on what you know is right
Will you accept some worldly paper that allowed you flight
Will you pass off the commands and instructions He has given to you
Are you going about life believing your new dreams will come true
Oh, Christian get on your knees, heed Scripture and pray today
Ask Him to forgive, listen quietly and closely to what He has to say!"
"Michelangelo’s work is truly remarkable but what he said through it will stand the test of time. What will your works and deeds say about your choices? Have a great week!"
"Find my paintings or may my paintings find you!"
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