Wednesday, April 13
Read Matthew 19

I once heard George Gallup talk about his personal faith. In the course of his message he read this quote from John Stott, the wonderful pastor and theologian:

When we meet some people we know immediately and instinctively that they are different. We are anxious to learn their secret. It is not the way they dress or talk or behave, although it influences these things. It is not that they have affixed a name tag to themselves and proclaimed themselves the adherent of a particular religion or ideology. It is not even that they have a strict moral code which they faithfully follow. It is that they know Jesus Christ, and that he is a living reality to them. They dwell in him and he dwells in them. He is the source of their life and it shows in everything they do.

These people have an inner serenity which adversity cannot disturb; it is the peace of Christ. They have a spiritual power that physical weakness cannot destroy; it is the power of Christ. They have a hidden vitality that even the process of dying and death cannot quench; it is the life of Christ.

How can we experience this life?

In Matthew 19 we meet the “rich young ruler.” All he owned was not enough to ensure his salvation, so he asked Jesus, “what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” (v. 16). Jesus focused on the great obstacle between him and God: “go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (v. 21). At this the man “went away sad, because he had great wealth” (v. 22).

The key to spiritual victory lies in surrender. Each day we submit our lives to the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), our Father will do far more with us than we can do with ourselves.

Here is what Billy Graham says of himself: “I have often said that the first thing I am going to do when I get to Heaven is to ask, ‘Why me, Lord? Why did You choose a farmboy from North Carolina to preach to so many people, to have such a wonderful team of associates, and to have a part in what You were doing in the latter half of the twentieth century?’ I have thought about that question a great deal, but I know also that only God knows the answer.” He has preached to more people than anyone in Christian history.

For reflection
Have you made Jesus your King yet today?


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