THE ULTIMATE GOAL
LIFE 'IN' JESUS CHRIST
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV)
Seasons of Life In Jesus Christ.
'For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven' [Ecclesiastes 3:1].
Every year the world goes through seasons. Some more dramatic than others. Our lives mimic these patterns; we too pass through seasons.
But change is not always easy, especially when it means a transition into difficulty or the unknown. Further, it can be 'harder' when we 'try' to 'live the Christian Life', including changes, in our own strength.
Continuing from Sunday, May 6, 20, 2018, let us see how Jesus responded to the questions on 'seasons', as He teaches in stories or parables that those with open hearts would understand.
[Continuing from May 6, 20, June 3, 2018, our bi-monthly Sunday Series].
Jesus answered them for their 'hearts' by telling three stories. In the first parable, Jesus explained that in life there are seasons. Some seasons require feasting, others require fasting; seasons of abundance and seasons of struggle. Significantly, for God's purpose, neither is better than the other. [Luke 5:33-35]
That is right, for God is working in all things for salvation purposes. [Romans 8:28]
[This is a continuation post, the Scripture, Luke 5:33-39, was posted in detail, on the first post, May 20, 2018.]
The second parable explained the importance of enjoying your current season. You will destroy the season if you cut it up and sew it onto the old. Don't wish for the past or longingly pine for a better future. Enjoy the season you are in. Make the adjustments, and embrace, accept it. [Luke 5:36, 39]
And in the third parable, Jesus said, 'When a new season comes, change.'
37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
What Jesus 'says' admittedly 'sounds easy and obvious', but sometimes changing 'bottles or 'wine-skins' is much harder than it seems. We have to 'learn' that we are a 'work' in the 'hands of the Lord', and must rely upon the strength that comes by our 'submission' and 'surrender' to the Holy Spirit. As it is written:
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. [Philippians 2:12, 13]
We do not work for salvation, but, once we are saved, we are being changed by what we do - just like Jesus did. This is the 'perfecting of our faith', as we remain 'branches on the vine'. [John 15; Ephesians 2:8-10]
Otherwise, we will continually, and miserably - fail. After all, as it is written, from Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane with reference to our own ability, when we attempt to do something in our own strength:
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.'
[Matthew 26:40-41; Romans 7-8] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Now that you know this, and you are 'in Jesus', 'Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.' [James 1:20] Amen. Amen.
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