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Monday, August 30, 2004

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1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Psalm 119:97-102
Luke 4:16-30

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privilege or problem?

"No prophet gains acceptance in his native place." —Luke 4:24

When Jesus comes to town, He comes not to do what we want but what He wants. He comes not to take orders from us but to give orders to us. He will do things way beyond our understanding (see Is 55:8-9) and may not explain them to us very much. He will expect us to trust Him as Lord.

When Jesus came to His hometown as Lord, He was not accepted. As He began His public ministry, the people of Nazareth threatened to murder Him by throwing Him over a cliff (Lk 4:28-30). This was a preview of the end of Jesus' public ministry when He was betrayed, denied, rejected, abandoned, and crucified.

What is your response to the lordship of Jesus? Will you bend your knee in humility and proclaim with your lips that Jesus is Lord? (Phil 2:11; Rm 10:9) Or will you insist on Jesus fitting into your life on your terms? In other words, will you insist on being your own lord and god?

If we deny ourselves, lose our lives (see Lk 9:23-24), and totally give our lives to the Lord, we are not doing the Lord a favor. The Lord is extremely merciful in giving us the privilege of giving our lives to Him. Therefore, let us accept the Lord on His terms today and invite many other people to accept the same amazing privilege.

Prayer:  Lord, may I trust You more deeply when You do more than I can ever ask for or imagine (see Eph 3:20).

Promise:  "Your faith rests not on the wisdom of men but on the power of God." —1 Cor 2:5

Praise:  Sometimes when tired and weary at the end of a long day of service, Donald remembers to thank God for allowing him to be part of His plan (see Heb 11:40).

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God or on audio AV 43-1 or video V-43.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Richard L. Klug, January 16, 2004

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 26, 2004