I enjoyed greatly writing for the latest VLM issue. Luke 19 has become a favorite in recent days. Upon returning from Puerto Rico, my mind was captivated by the great need around our world to get the gospel to all as quickly as possible. The people I met the faces I saw, and the people we had the opportunity to converse with on 2 long flights, left me emotionally drained. Luke 19 gives three days for which every person should remember every day.
The Day of Salvation (1-10)
Zacchaeus best shows this picture to all of us. So many people around the world add to salvation. Salvation is not based on something you do, or will ever do. This is not a new dilemma. Wars have been started, denominations have split, and religions have cropped up, all for the purpose of a different way to fill the whole in a man’s soul. People were crowding around the Master that day, but He took time for individuals.
He will take time for you today. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, Get alone today and seek after Him. Read the book of John. Just this past week, I was with a Pastor who was part of the Columbian Cartel years ago. He spent many nights in prison for his crimes, yet his words brought tears to my eyes as he talked about reading the book of John and Jesus revealing himself as the only way, truth and life. In the last 3 weeks I have seen 2 people come to trust Christ as Saviour from our blog post. Friend, If you are doubting your eternal destination, please reply to us so we can guide you and help you to the only truth that makes free. If you are saved, Remember the day of your salvation everyday! Thank Him daily for His gift of eternal life to you. Reflect on your position in him as a result of His gift.
The Day Of Evaluation (11-27)
There are three possible relationships with Jesus Christ as His child. You can develop a relationship that will create gratitude in your heart to serve Him. Realizing that He gives grace (desires and powers) to do what He called you to do. Secondly, you can reject the relationship and focus on the rules, trying to fulfill duties in your own power. Thinking you are pleasing Him become of what you are doing, instead of who you are (relationship). Thirdly, you can relish in your relationship, realizing that nothing you do or don’t do will change the fact that you are going to Heaven, yet you resist the rules and the responsibilities set before you as a believer. This action is usually an advanced attitude of second and third generation Christians.
Only the first option will please the Lord.
The Christian life can be explained only in terms of Jesus, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you – your personality, your willpower, your gift, your talent, your money, your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything – then although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it! True Godliness leaves the world convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the only explanation for you, is Jesus Christ.- Ian Thomas.
Everyone will give an account on that day for what we allowed Him to do in and through our lives.
A Day of Visiting (28-43)
What a tragedy. The nation of Israel did not know their own King when He returned! He is coming again. Will He find faith on the earth? Will He find you watching for Him?
It would be good for every believer to daily reflect on these three days; the day of your salvation, the day of evaluation, and the day of visitation. No man liveth unto himself and no man dieth unto himself. Today is the day of salvation. Today may be the day of evaluation and visitation; are you ready?