Our Pastor's Devotional - 2019.1
Being a Christian is not learning what our parents believe or what the church believes, it is a personal encounter with Jesus. When Nicodemus approached Jesus in John 3:7, he was told if he wanted to see the kingdom of heaven he would need to be born again. The Amplified version of the Bible says in 1 John 5:1, ‘Everyone who believes (adheres to, trusts, and relies on the fact) that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) is a born-again child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him (His offspring).’
In Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the ten virgins, the scripture says half are wise and half are foolish, is this a warning to the church today? Half were accepted by the bridegroom and entered in through the door, while the other five were told, “I don’t know you,” and were left out in the cold! Could it be the five foolish made all the pretence of being Christians, going to church on the Sabbath etc. but never actually had a personal encounter with Jesus?
How well do you know Jesus? Do you spend time with Him on a daily basis? ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16) Today take time to meet Jesus, as you daily study the word of God, and make Him Lord of your life.