Category: Message of the Day

HOLINESS: THE MEANING OF LIFE

You “have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and called to be a holy people.” —1 Corinthians 1:2 We are “called to be holy.” God the Father wants His children to be, act, work, think, talk, love, and live as He does. This is the meaning of holiness: to be like God “in every aspect” of our conduct (1 Pt 1:15). Holiness is a gift from the all-holy God. Only by His grace can we become holy. Holiness comes through the Holy Spirit, that is, the Spirit Who makes us holy. However, we must choose to accept the Spirit’s gift of...

GREAT SINNERS BECOME GREAT SAINTS

“As He moved on, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus at his tax collector’s post, and said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ Levi got up and became His follower.” —Mark 2:14 Levi, also called Matthew, was one of the apostles, an evangelist who compiled the first book of the New Testament, a missionary, and a martyr. Matthew was also a great sinner. Jesus implied that Matthew was spiritually sick (Mk 2:17). Even after Jesus had transformed Matthew’s life, Matthew abandoned Jesus on the cross. Yet Matthew repented, received the Holy Spirit at the first Christian Pentecost (Acts 2:4), and became...

WHAT’S ON THE MIND OF LOVE?

“When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, ‘My son, your sins are forgiven.’ ” —Mark 2:5 The purpose of living is to develop a deep relationship with Jesus so that we will totally give our lives to Him. To love Jesus, we must know Him. For example, it is good to know what is foremost on Jesus’ mind. When He saw a paralyzed man being lowered on a stretcher through a hole in the roof, Jesus said: “My son, your sins are forgiven” (Mk 2:5). Jesus is preoccupied with the forgiveness of our sins. He even...

THE WHY-WAIT

“After a fierce struggle Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who slew about four thousand men on the battlefield. When the troops retired to the camp, the elders of Israel said, ‘Why has the Lord permitted us to be defeated today by the Philistines’ ” —1 Samuel 4:2-3 When we suffer tragedy, it is good to ask God: “Why?” Then we must wait on ourselves to receive the Lord’s revelation. The defeated Israelites asked the right question but didn’t wait. They assumed that they wouldn’t get an answer, so they proceeded to fight another battle in which “Israel lost thirty...

LISTEN FOR GOD’S VOICE

“Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” —1 Samuel 3:9 Our modern world is filled with noise. Everyone seems to have an opinion and demands to be heard through talk radio, online comments, constant chatter on TV, chat rooms, conversations, etc. Anyone who has sat in a hospital waiting room listening to the non-stop droning of the TV understands the incessant noise of the modern world. The young Samuel learned to listen for the voice of the Lord. He “stilled and quieted [his] soul” (Ps 131:2) and listened only for God. Samuel heard God speak and became so effective in...

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