You Don’t Have To . . .

You Don't Have To . . .You don’t have to . . .

  • try to avoid speaking of Jesus, and what He has done for you. Modern culture would tell us to keep our faith in Christ to ourselves, in order to avoid offending nonbelievers. However, as believers, we are called to share the good news. Let’s make use of the opportunities to share the gospel that God presents us with!
  • have a schedule that’s filled to the brim, causing you to run yourself ragged. Take time to slow down, relax, and simply be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10)!
  • approach your Heavenly Father with fear or timidity. Jesus took your sins upon Himself, and paid the price for them in full. Your wrongdoings no longer stand between you and God. You can approach His throne of grace boldly (Hebrews 4:16), confident in the knowledge of what Christ has done for you!
  • struggle and strive on your own to always be perfect. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never achieve perfection through your own efforts. Instead, draw closer to your Heavenly Father, and allow His grace to transform you from the inside out!
  • do things the way everyone around you is doing them. Don’t worry about what others are doing, just focus on doing things God’s way!

Which of these common patterns do you need to break away from? How can you begin to do so today?

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Enjoy His Presence

Enjoy His PresenceWeek 9 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Luke 9-14. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ conversations with His disciples, as well as some of His interactions with others, some of His miracles, the transfiguration, and some of His parables and teachings.

In Luke 10:38-42, we read the story of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha invited Jesus into their home. While Mary sat at His feet, listening to all that He had to say, Martha was distracted by the preparations that needed to be made. She eventually came to Jesus, asked if He cared that Mary had left her to do the work by herself, and told Him to instruct Mary to help her. Jesus responded by telling her that though she was worried about many things, only thing one was needed, and that Mary had chosen that which was better, and it wouldn’t be taken from her.

How often are we, like Martha, so distracted by the busyness and cares of this life that we forget to simply be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10)? All to often, we get so caught up in our daily schedules, and all we need to get done, that we neglect to spend time with our Savior. Though we get so worried and anxious about the many things that are going on in our lives, Jesus wants us to simply slow down for a while, and spend some time with Him.

In the midst of life’s busyness and chaos, let’s take a moment to pause, and simply enjoy the presence of Jesus. Let’s begin to make it our priority to do so. To aid in the process of doing this, check out Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan, which was designed as a readily practicable plan of action, and source of guidance for investing in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. For more info, click here.

Be sure to check back next week for more of our Names of Jesus series!

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