- Jim Corbett
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“If I were to call you home this moment, would your life have been worthwhile? Would it have been of value to My kingdom on earth? Will it bring crowns for Jesus because you have been a player in My harvest? Will those around you have seen Jesus so beautifully in you that they couldn’t resist giving their lives to His Lordship? If not, what are you living for? More importantly, who are you living for? If these questions bring answers that do not please you, how do you think I feel about them?
"Stop repenting of things. Repent of your life. Come to Me now. Need and accept My power to change who you are and what you do with My days. Find My perspective for your days. Do something about them before it’s too late. I am waiting with mercy and forgiveness. I love you, but I also love others who need you. Stop wasting your time on foolish endeavors. Change your ways, so that I can trust you and send the needy to you.”
Esther 4:13-14 AMP
13) Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther. Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.
14) For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?
Psalm 25:12-14 NIV
12) Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
13) He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land.
14) The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.
Isaiah 30:21 NIV
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying “This is the way; walk in it.”
Luke 9:23-25 AMP
23) And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].
24) For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [from the penalty of eternal death].
25) For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins or forfeits (loses) himself?
We have been given one life to live and we have been born to live it for God’s purposes. If we are not ready to do that, He will make us ready if we go to Him. Most of us get in the habit of going to God with all our little sins that distract us and forget about our lives that are far from serving Him. It is good to repent of those things that are wrong, unless they get in the way of us understanding that our whole life has taken on a wrong perspective and is out of order.
When we begin to seek God for His purposes to be fulfilled in our lives, we begin to see things more clearly. He begins to bring forth a much bigger picture than our small, self-focused perspective. His mercy goads us to live for Him and gives us the ability to do so as much as we can. All the while He keeps changing us to be more like Jesus.
Almost two thousand years after His resurrection, Jesus is still joyously reproducing every fiber of His being in anyone who embraces Him as Lord and chooses to sell out to His kind of life. That is the Father’s chosen way of bringing lost people to Himself.
The life of Jesus is imparted to us through the Holy Spirit and we are supposed to simply carry Him to others by allowing Jesus to live His life through us. It is a wonderfully ordained concept of one living God’s way in front of another, who does the same in the midst of others, and so on.
How can it be then that we, as exact reproductions of the Lord because of His Holy Spirit living within each of us, can live daily among the inhabitants of this land and go unnoticed as resembling Him?
Today, most of us tell the story about a man named Jesus and expect people to embrace it unto salvation. Because of our lackluster Christianity, we talk of miracles of the past to show the power of God, name the heroes of the faith as the only testimony of God’s kind of life being lived through people; and rely on “preachers” to evangelize those to whom we should be showing Jesus. It never dawns on us that we are the message as well as the messenger. That’s too big a price to pay for most “Christians.”
Thank You for Your mercy in allowing me time to change, Lord,