The world is filled with identifiable people. Very few of us are totally unknown. Social media see to that. We seem to be caught up in letting others know us, but too many of us have failed to accept the one who knows us best and cares for us most. We spend our entire life seeking to be accepted by others and are disappointed many times. We have tried methods devised by others and even after being taught that we are somebody and we are ok, we're not certain. Who we are in life is not as important as who we are in Jesus. We are spinning our wheels in trying to "BE" and all the while that need can be met by Faith in Jesus Christ. Scripture teaches that life on earth will constantly be filled with troubles. Even simple fishermen came to realize just how true that can be. I recently shared what Peter had to say about the subject, "Don't give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master." Followers of Jesus will constantly be targets of the world, as proven by current events. The world thinks that for us to be conservative and Christlike, we are the enemy. Jesus is the answer for true bliss and comfort in times of trial. In the Gospel of John, the beloved disciple writes of Jesus' visit to Jerusalem: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) and later he told them, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.(John 10: 7, 9-10). To assure them, he also said, "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep." (John10:14)
There was a family of three, Mary Magdalene and Martha who lived in Bethany with their brother, Lazarus, who was a close friend to Jesus. While away ministering, Jesus was informed of Lazarus sudden death. He continued preaching for three days. Upon his return to Bethany, the sisters asked why he didn't come while Lazarus was alive. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;" (John 11:25) Lazarus had been in the tomb for three days, but Jesus called him forth and to their utter amazement, he came out of the tomb, alive and well.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5,8)
This is the Jesus in whom I trust. Certainly power like this is all we need to live. Forever! What more does one need? What do we have to lose with Jesus?
And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates, right here in my corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.