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It's March 3; Good Morning Union

“IF you keep my commands…”  John 15:10

OK, enough of the “commands” of Jesus. There are a bunch more but I feel adequately fortified with this priority to move on to something else. I’m going to look at something different after break! But before I do I want to share one more thing about following Jesus—I found 6 specific blessings or “rewards” from obeying Jesus and following His commands. If I follow His commands:

It's March 2; Good Morning Union

“Feed My sheep.”           John 21: 15,16

It's March 1; Good Morning Union

“Love the Lord your God… and love your neighbor.”        Matthew 22: 37-40

Two really significant “commands” from Jesus that summarize the whole gospel, the whole Bible, the whole experience that Jesus calls me to. He adds that these two directives summarize the whole of the ten commandments given on Sinai and expanded in His Sermon on the Mount. Two priorities, above all else, for life:

 

Love the Lord your God
Love your neighbor

 

It's February 28; Good Morning Union

“He who has ears let him hear.”                Matthew 11:15

It's February 27; Good Morning Union

“Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden…” Matthew 11: 28-30

I love this text! It gives me so much hope AND direction. I actually see two “commands:”

COME unto Me
TAKE My yoke upon you

It's February 24; Good Morning Union

“Ask the Lord to send out workers.”       Matthew 9:38

It's February 23; Good Morning Union

“Beware of false prophets…”     Matthew 7:15-16

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of “Swimming Against the Current,” if necessary to be sure I am following Jesus and not the latest trends in society. That’s an easy thing to say but sometimes a hard thing to do. The “current” is not always the same and it’s not always easy to decipher. Jesus’ follow up “command” looks like it was intended to assist me knowing God’s ways.

It's February 22; Good Morning Union

“Enter by the narrow gate.”        Matthew 7:13-14

Chris Blake’s book, “Swimming Against the Current,” I think appropriately describes today’s command from Jesus. If I pick the popular way, or the convenient way, or the selfish way, I’m probably going to struggle through life, ESPECIALLY if at the same time I am trying to retain my commitment to Jesus and my desire to follow Him all the way to the Kingdom—and beyond!

It's February 21; Good Morning Union

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”     Matthew7:12

It's February 20; Good Morning Union

“Ask, seek, and knock.”                Matthew 7:7,8

It appears to take some intentionality in this journey with Jesus to His kingdom. I can’t just sit back and passively “let it happen.” Jesus commands me to do three things in today’s passage:

Ask
Seek
Knock

And IF I do:

It WILL be given me
I WILL find
It WILL be opened for me

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