What If?

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People at the end of life usually talk about what is really important to them. Some of Jesus’ last words while He was in this world were, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

Although Jesus said these words in the presence of His friends, they were not only for them but for us too. Once we experience the amazing love of God, it is too good not to share. It was meant to flow through us to others. Think of springs of living water welling up in us and spilling over and onto the people we meet. People on the other side of the globe need to know about God’s love, and so do the people in our neighborhoods. Who will tell them? Will you invite them into your home or to church or to a Christian event? Will you be around to answer questions or teach a class or mentor a young person?


What if Moses had not written down his experiences with God on Mount Sinai? What if he kept the tablets of the Ten Commandments as souvenirs from his time on top of the mountain? What if Jacob or Isaiah or Jeremiah or Peter, James or John had kept God’s message inside of themselves? What if Jesus hadn’t spent time talking about the Father’s love? What if Paul hadn’t written letters to the churches to explain the truth of the gospel and what it meant? I am so glad these people didn’t think their faith was a private thing and that they took time to teach and to write down the stories of what it means to experience God’s love and how to live for Him.

Why are we afraid to talk about God or His love or His ways? Are we afraid we might offend someone or that we might get rejected or persecuted? All the people mentioned above did offend people. They were rejected, persecuted and even martyred. Did they think it was worth it? Yes, God’s amazing love meant enough to them that they wanted others to receive it. Praise God!!

At the end of time, will you regret that you didn’t tell someone about Jesus? Did that person die before you took the opportunity? Will you be sorry about the things God called you to do that you left undone?


Heavenly Father, thank you for your prophets, preachers and teachers who went before us and told the truth about you and about Jesus; about your love and forgiveness; about peace and hope and blessings. O Lord, empower us with confidence and peace to reach a dark and dying world to help people come to know you and receive your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let the Children Come

It was customary for parents to bring their children to Jesus on their birthdays so He would bless them. This happened one time and the disciples sent them away, which made Jesus indignant. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:14). Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them.

The disciples thought Jesus should spend more time with the religious leaders, not children, to improve his status, but He didn’t have to improve His status. He was true man and and true God. I don’t think the disciples really understood this until He ascended into Heaven, and they received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Then they were empowered to pick up the ministry of salvation and take it to the ends of the world, which was Jesus’ last will and testament: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).


Jesus said the Kingdom of God belongs to such as kids. Children trust willingly and are dependent on their parents. Jesus wants us to look to Him as a child looks to His parents and teachers. He wants to have a relationship with us. We can do that when we spend time reading His word and talking with Him in prayer. Max Lucado said, “If He (Jesus) had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.” You are precious in His eyes!


Holy Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for your amazing love and care for us. Teach us to be more like Jesus, flexible with our time, even with children. In Jesus’ name, Amen.