Luke Chapter 5 Verse 27
Each and every day for
the Christian should be 'Thanksgiving Day' as we consider from whence He has
taken us and where our hope for eternity lies.
I was thinking this morning of the years that have passed since first I started praying for my family. They are still strangers to grace and to God. Is it my fault? Has my witness been so poor that they do not want to follow the God their Dad loves? Has my life made Christ unattractive to them?
I can only dream of what life would be like if all those sitting at my table were united in Christ. My heart nearly explodes with joy at the prospect. I will continue to persevere in prayer for them as long as I have breath in my body. If only they would hear the words of Jesus today as keenly as Levi heard them. I pray that one day we will all be found ploughing the same field.
Two simple words - yet
life changing for Levi and thousands of others who have heard them through the
centuries. He did not hang about. He left all, rose up and followed Jesus.
This portion of Scripture is beautiful in its simplicity.
True, I long to be
different, and to have a witness that shines in this dark world. But it seems
as though I have been seeking to have that witness all my days without making
I, probably more than
most, realize the brevity of my time on Earth. I am constantly desiring a new
start, a greater commitment and a mind and heart devoted to my Saviour.
More often than not,
having rested my head on my pillow and expecting songs in the night, I have
awakened the following morning with not a spiritual thought in sight!
Levi took Jesus back to his own house and made a great feast for Him. The scribes and the Pharisees asked, 'Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?' But Jesus answered, 'They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'
This last statement makes my heart rejoice.
I am in more need of my
Saviour today than ever I was, and I love Him more today than ever I did. On
this 'Thanksgiving Day' morning I am happy to follow the One who is Altogether
Yea Lord, I will follow wherever You lead me. The truth of the matter is this. I love my Saviour and I want the rest of the world to love Him also. Salvation is an offer to whosoever will. If I could pass it on or give it to you then I would certainly do so.
If the imperfect love in my heart desires the salvation of your soul, how much more does the perfect love of Christ desire it for you? If you hear these words and accept them as Levi did, then 'Thanksgiving Day' will have a brand new meaning for you. I pray that will be the case.
Author : Iain
Mackenzie Edited by : Pastor Al Moak