He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Matthew 11:15 NKJV
Has, let, hear
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Matthew 11:15 NKJV
Has, let, hear
For all the required atoms, enzymes, compounds, cells, nerves, organs plus all the invisible things such as intelligence, spirit, soul, imagination, feelings, etc to even exist in their complex nature yet alone to be organized in such a fashion to create and sustain life is amazing. Furthermore when all these things work synergically, in systems, often autonomously, and sometimes harmoniously is mathematically impossible without God’s intelligence and power.
The fact that I can possibly comprehend an iota of these concepts, write it and that you can read and understand this paragraph is miraculous. Ponder that!
Some people think it takes faith to believe in God. It does but its not without merit. It takes much more faith to believe in evolution. Faith is only as good as what is behind it.
God lives! God loves!
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.
Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV
Blessed, trust and hope
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
1 COR 16:13 NLT
Be on guard
Stand fast / firm
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Mark 8:34-35 NKJV
Desire Jesus, deny self, take up cross, follow Jesus.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Psalms 100:5 NKJV
LORD is Good
Mercy (love) everlasting
Truth (faithfulness) Iendures
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
II Corinthians 9:15 NKJV
ACTION / KEY WORDS
Thanks – appreciative, From chairo; graciousness, of manner or act.
Indescribable – too wonderful for words, unspeakable
Gift – A (free) gift, a gift (without repayment). From doron; a gratuity.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many!
2 Corinthians 9:14
And their prayers for you will express their affection for you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.
The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too.
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.
Blessed be God for the unspeakable gift of his grace, whereby he enables and inclines some of his people to bestow upon others, and others to be grateful for it; and blessed be his glorious name to all eternity, for Jesus Christ, that inestimable gift of his love, through whom this and every other good thing, pertaining to life and godliness, are freely given unto us, beyond all expression, measure, or bounds.
‘Oh what a Savior, oh what a divine, that would save a soul, such as mine.’ some hymn that I sure love.
After the fall of man, we were all doomed after our physical life passes. No hope of an eternity of wonder or bliss. But then, at the right time Jesus appeared and gave us all the gift of salvation. When I right all, I am mean all you have the opportunity. Since you are reading this, that includes YOU. All is all. If you haven’t been born during this time span God has made or aren’t reading this, that may not be you. Otherwise, it is YOU.
Being that in John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” it says EVERYONE and that is a cause for celebration! Hallelujah! What a precious gift! Its value and meaning can only be partially conjured by us mere mortals. It is glorious, wonderful and divine!
But, yes, unfortunately, there is a but, not everyone realizes and accepts this gift of God. Jesus describes it The Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-15)
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, while all the people stood on the shore.
3And He told them many things in parables, saying, “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
5Some fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun rose, the seedlings were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7Other seeds fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the seedlings.
8Still other seeds fell on good soil and produced a crop—a hundredfold, sixtyfold, or thirtyfold.
9He who has ears,a let him hear.”
Perhaps in this context, one could relate, ‘he that can see his gift better open it before its too late’ and then ‘he that has his gift should not ignore, trash, or waste it but rather love and cherish it because it didn’t come cheap’.
If you can’t see this gift, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Its mean that you are hindered. Check these words Christ said in Mathew 6,
The Lamp of the Body
22The eye is the lamp of the body. If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Yes, the world can be hard and dark. That isn’t our fault per se as we were born into sin but it is our predicament for sure. Thus pray for a candle, a light bright enough to see the gift. Like Christ said, ‘seek and you will find’.
I have been thinking about this analogy for a few weeks which pair nicely with this verse. Though imperfect, perhaps it will be of some benefit.
Lifetime gym fitness analogy
God has bought us a lifetime membership at the greatest gym in the world with locations all over the place. Being our goal is to be in shape and fit, this is the only place to be. Great trainers, the best equipment, free membership, etc…the ultimate!
But just knowing it’s there isn’t enough. We have to go. Go and work out. Then, and only then, we are using our gift. Now some people, just go and sit there in the gym. They don’t even break a sweat. Well, that is better than nothing. It’s a start but dare not stay relaxing too long because of it a waste.
Some go and burn it up. That’s great, they are regulars. They are taking advantage of the membership.
And some go work out and then volunteer to help others, encourage their friends and maybe even get a job at the gym. That’s fantastic!
But many, too many people, they just stay home or stay too busy and miss it. That is what the devil wants the most; for us to squander our membership.
Upon researching this topic, I came across this video series on the Gift of salvation. If you are curious, these teaching are a good to explore: https://vimeo.com/channels/gos/56764795
LORD, Your gift is simple yet too awesome for our full understanding. Help me to never take it for granted. Help me to make the most of it. Thank YOU to infinity and beyond.