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Journey of a Lifetime

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child reaches far beyond the gift boxes delivered to millions of children each year. A 12-week Bible study provided through local churches and volunteers in countries all over the world titled “The Greatest Journey” is made available to the children who receive the boxes . Through the Bible study over three million children have made decisions for Christ, lives have been changed, and homes restored since 2010. This video documents those changes as the Gospel goes forth into all the world. “The harvest truly is plenteous” (Matthew 9:37).

 

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

Here am I; send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

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As Many As Received

As Jesus walked the dusty trails of Judea, many came to Him for various reasons. There were those who came to Him for the healings He provided; others for the food He multiplied; while others came to genuinely hear what He had to say as He spoke His parables to those who were gathered around Him. But not all came to receive His free gift of salvation.

His fame spread abroad as the lame began to walk, the blind began to see, and the deaf began to hear after their one-on-one encounters with the One Who called Himself, The Son of God. Over 5,000 men, besides women and children, had been fed by a little boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fishes (Matthew 14:13-21), and another 4,000 men, besides women and children, were fed from seven loaves and a few fishes on another occasion (Matthew 15:29-39) after Jesus blessed the food and gave thanks, instructing the disciples to distribute the nourishment to those in attendance. The people were amazed and astonished at what He could do on their behalf.

But then the road grew difficult as Jesus asked the multitudes to take up their cross and follow Him as He made His way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:23). It was then the people began to leave Him and fade away from following Him. Those who had been healed returned to their families; those who had been fed found their sustenance elsewhere; those who listened to His words closed their ears to His voice. The crowd who followed Him to Calvary dwindled to only those who believed He truly was the Son of God.

John wrote in chapter one of his book, “He was in the world… and the world knew Him not. He came to His own, and His own received Him not.” The world did not receive Him as the Son of God; neither did His own people, the Jews. Isaiah tells us “He is despised and rejected of men… we hid as it were our faces from Him; we esteemed Him not” (Isaiah 53:3).

 Then John gives this Truth in the next verse, “BUT as many as RECEIVED Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name (John 1:12). Those who had not received Jesus as the Promised Messiah to come did not become His children. Only those who truly believed and received Him as the Savior were brought into the Kingdom of God.

Just as those who lived during Jesus’ time, there are those today who believe in His existence, experience His healing, eat of His bounty, but reject Him as Lord and Savior. The majority of mankind are unwilling to surrender their lives to Him, take up their cross and follow Him, just as those who walked away from Him almost 2,000 years ago. Jesus said narrow is the gate for those who follow Him; wide is the gate for all others who don’t that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). For those who receive Him, the narrow gate awaits that leads unto everlasting life. Jesus warns there are few that find it, just as there were few who found their way to the foot of the Cross on that long ago Good Friday.

Seasons of Life

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, tell us in the Book of Ecclesiastes there are seasons in life. King Solomon wrote there is a time to laugh; there is a time to weep. There is a time to plant; there is a time to reap. There is a time to speak; there is a time to keep silent. One’s life consists of seasons of life not only in day-to-day activities but in a lifetime of living.

As newborn babes we are born into a season of complete dependence on another for life. There is nothing we can do for ourselves except cry, smile and coo. If it were not for the loving care of others we would die.

As we continue to age we become children who enter into a season of learning and growing. Everything around us is intriguing and mystifying, bringing questions of “why,” “what’s that” and “how come.” We look forward to getting older and growing stronger.

Entering into young adulthood finds us in a season of marriage, establishing a home and raising children. Life’s biggest decisions confront us as we ground ourselves where God has put us, looking out for the welfare of our household above all others.

Middle-age comes when careers are established and the training of the next generation takes place. Mentoring opportunities present themselves, as a desire to pass a legacy on to those who come behind remind us life is short, even as a vapor.

In the retirement years the successes of a life well-lived are enjoyed and thoughts of eternity become more focused. Contemplation of one’s lifespan become sharper and regrets or rejoicing are needed to be determined before leaving this world.

To every thing there is a season, but in every season of life thoughts of our Creator should permeate our lives and the sin that so easily besets us should be dealt with by accepting the forgiveness found in Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2). Not a day should go by that thoughts of the Savior should not enter our minds, for without Him we are lost and without hope in this life and the Life to come.