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In the beginning of Luke chapter 7 the Roman Officer sent Jewish elders to lobby on his behalf, it's as if he felt that Jesus wouldn't listen to him if he went. These Jewish elders begged Jesus, they even went as far as pointing out he "loved the Jews" and "built them a synagogue," as if these things made him worthy of Jesus' help. "If anyone deserves your help, he does."
I wonder what Jesus was thinking when they were lobbying for this Roman officer - what really caused him to go along? He must have thought if you speak so highly of him, he must be worthy. Side bar thought that just popped into my head and is taking me in a totally different direction for one moment... bare with me... this just goes to show that EVERY ONE is loved by God, Jesus shed his blood so that ALL might be saved, there isn't anyone God is not willing to help, you just have to be willing to accept him. A fair exchange I think! Here we have this Roman officer who didn't know Jesus at all, yet upon hearing about him, his faith was ignited in trusting this man to save his servant. He already had hope because he was searching for a way and when he heard about Jesus he knew his search was done, he knew that all he had to do was get to him and his servant would be healed. Isn't that wonderful? What faith, what love... what trust this man had in Jesus. We should be like this Roman officer, trust God and know that his promises hold true, you are not excluded from his love, even if you are not a believer, or a part time believer, an atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, whatever you are he still loves you and wants you to believe in him, to trust him, to love him and obey his commands.
Ok, I digress... back to the original post.
So the Roman officer didn't feel worthy enough to be in Jesus' presence, so he sent more people out to speak on his behalf. First the Jewish elders and then some friends. "I am not even worthy to come meet you." He had his friends explain to Jesus how trusting he was, how deep his faith was by discussing Jesus' authority, he felt he could relate since he shared that same authority over his servants and fellow officers who were under him, all he had to do was say the word and they did what he said. In that same way he told Jesus that all you have to do is speak and it shall be done. He truly believed this in his heart.
Jesus never even met the man but because of who he knew, he got Jesus' attention and his servant was healed. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think that Jesus was impressed by these people, but I am sure that he was intrigued by their persistence and their high regard for this officer. Never the less, Jesus showed up and showed out! We know God and we know who Jesus is, we don't need anyone to lobby for us because we have direct access to him, yet we walk around like we don't know him.
We tell everyone but God our problems in hopes that Jesus will show up. We feel that we ourselves are not worthy to be in God's direct presence and so we go to our Pastors or ministers for intercession. We don't need anyone to speak highly of us, no one needs to explain on our behalf - we have direct access to God; our faith needs to be as strong as that Roman officer. We need to know that all God has to do is speak into our lives and it shall be done!
Jesus died on the cross so that we could have direct access to God, use him and trust that he will answer. No more weeping, no more wailing, let go of depression, of anger, let go of that person that is weighing you down, invite God in and let him work in you. I know for a fact that he will show up and show out in your life! He always does with me! He makes me eat my words sometimes, hang my head in shame for even doubting his word. God is the same yesterday, today and forever more, he is always faithful and he keeps his word! It's not what you know, it's who you know! And knowing God makes all things possible!
Don't be afraid to talk to him, he wants to hear from you. So what if it's been a long time since you called his name for the purpose of prayer, we all know we call his name on several occasions and no prayer follows, I'm just staying! Get on your knees and call his name... Jesus, I need you. Start there and let the rest flow from your heart. Even if it's just for a minute, talk to him. Invite him into your heart and watch how he moves.
I love God and I know that he loves me, the same as he loves you and wants to be in relationship with you. If you feel that tug, that pull towards Jesus, it's ok, take the plunge! You don't need a minister, you don't need to be in church, all you need is your sincere heart and your willingness to have him come into your heart. Tell him and he will send his Holy Spirit to lead the way.
Romans 10:9-10. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
If you want to know God for yourself, if you want to give it a try, here is a little prayer you can say to get started:
Dear God, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
We are all sinners saved by grace and I am just grateful that he allowed his son to die for me and for you!
Thanks for reading, be blessed!
Keisha Natalee Cole
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