What is your life but a vapor, here one day and gone the next? Therefore set your eyes on eternal things, the things of heaven. Seek God and pursue Him, for you will stand before Him soon; all your life agendas will mean nothing except this one thing: what did you do for Christ?
John 13:8 “Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no part of me.'”
Now Jesus was teaching us a few great lessons here. First He was teaching us that we must serve others if we seek to be like Him, for if the Master Himself served His own creation, how much more ought we to serve Him by serving others.
He taught us humility by girding Himself with a servants towel and washing the feet of His creatures. He, who is the Great King of the universe, whose name every creature will bow to one day, set aside His crown and went to His knees to wash the feet of men.
But the point I want to address today is the fact that Jesus told Peter that unless He washed him, Peter had no part of Him. This is a very serious statement and worthy of much meditation; for unless you allow the Lord to wash you clean of your filth, He is not then your Lord.
There are many in our time who profess to know Christ, yet are very content with allowing lust or selfish living to remain in their lives. In fact, not only do they allow curtain sins to remain in their lives, but they have no plans of trying to remove them.
This is a very dangerous place to be, for unless you allow Jesus to cleans you and make you holy, you have no part of Him. For He is holy, and He commands His own to be holy. If there is practiced sin in your life, He expects you to cut it off and cast it from you. If there is still self will in your heart, you must nail it to the cross and follow Jesus, or you have no part of Him.
What a dreadful Day it will be for some when we stand before the great white throne of judgment! For many will expect to be recognized by Christ Jesus, but will hear those terrible words, “depart from Me you workers of lawlessness, I never knew you!”
I plead with all who will hear today, let Jesus wash you clean, submit to His ways, for His yoke is easy and His burned is light, if only we would surrender to Him. Let Him wash you with clean water, and you will be cleansed; let Him take your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh, that you may have life!
Love in Christ, Jonathan Ball
The Cares of this Life
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
Jesus warns us here of what can happen when a person hears the word of God; they hear the truth proclaimed and yet their attention is swept away by the concerns of this life. What a tragedy for these people! What a tragedy for the multitudes in our nation that hear the eternal gospel preached over and over, and yet their ears are numb to it; it means nothing to them. For one day these people will wake up in hell and only then will they take heed to the warnings of God’s message, but then it will be too late! What a tragedy!
Is this you, dear reader, or is this someone you know? For Jesus came to the world to give us one way of escaping the coming judgment, but the cares of this life often drown out His words so you will not hear. You must, you must hear His voice! And when you hear, obey! Do not let anything distract you, but strain your ears to listen to the commands of the Author of life. Nothing else matters, not cars nor riches nor fame, not strength nor intelligence nor looks, for all will fade away like a flower, but your soul will live on somewhere; where, oh where will it dwell for eternity!? That is the question you must ask. Ask yourself before it is too late; Tomorrow is not promised, and even today was a gift of grace.
What are those things that weigh you down?; Those terrible weeds that grow in our hearts; silly stupid troubles that strangle the truths spoken by God. Is it a job that takes all your focus in life? What about your financial status? Is it entertainment that consumes all of your time so that you do not spend it with God, and therefore do not know His will that you may do it? There will be no Television in hell, nor money nor pleasure, so why do we sell our souls for these things?
Jesus left us here on earth so that we might be salt and light. If therefore we do not give light to others, what good are we? Do not let the deceit of riches rob you from eternal wealth! Do not let these passing pleasures blind you from seeing eternal life! Cast aside this filthy world, flee from lust and follow hard after Christ! Seek first His kingdom and be only concerned with that. Do not let worldly troubles fog your vision; for any branch that produces no fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire (John 15:5, 6).
Therefore, fear God and set your eyes on His kingdom, do His work and be ready for Him when He returns. His reward is in His hand, and He will repay each man according to his deeds, whether good or evil.
Love Jonathan Ball
open air preaching Hollywood
“The saving of souls, if a man has once gained love to perishing sinners and his blessed master, will be an all-absorbing passion to him. It will so carry him away, that he will almost forget himself in the saving of others. He will be like the brave fireman, who cares not for the scorch or the heat, so that he may rescue the poor creature on whom true humanity has set its heart. If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”
Charles H. Spurgeon
Charles H. Spurgeon’s burden for the lost, which should be ours also who are in Christ.
“Men have been helped to live by remembering that they must die.”
Charles H. Spurgeon