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I’m asking God for one thing,
     only one thing:
To live with him in his house
     my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
     I’ll study at his feet.
— Psalm 27:4 The Message


I want nothing more from you than to enjoy your company. There will be time for you to labor in My vineyard but unless it’s done from love it won’t be sustainable.

I don’t need your acts of service (I, actually, have plenty who can serve).

I need, or rather, desire your heart.

Enjoy Me and seek to sit, like Mary, at My feet.

The service part comes and goes. It’s you I want.
— June 4, 2012

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Martha was upset over all the work she had to do, so she came and said, Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself, tell her to come and help me! — Luke 10:40

Three (3) times in the New Testament Jesus was accused of not caring. One was when Jesus visited in the home of friends.

One of the hosts, Mary, just sat there listening to Jesus while her sister, Martha, was doing all the work. Where was Jesus’ sense of fairness? Maybe Jesus liked Mary more than Martha! That just wasn’t right — if everyone did what Mary was doing nothing would get done!

Sometimes we feel burdened with responsibility while others seem to go scot-free.

This story points to the real reason why we do things for Jesus. Is it because someone has to do them and everyone should have to share the burden or is because we feel called to a particular area of service, even if no one else is, and we offer our service as a sacrifice trusting God knows, cares, and will meet my needs at the right time?

Related Post: “What’s My Calling” – June 27, 2010
— fritz

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But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Many are familiar with Jesus’ story of the “Good Samaritan” — a foreigner proves himself neighbor to a man in need when others don’t — but few notice why Jesus told it.

Luke noticed. A man who already knew the Bible law was trying to justify his views by asking “Who is my neighbor?” — just who was he required to love?

His culture distinguished between people groups.

His people kept their own as hard luck slaves no more than seven years but foreigners forever. His people couldn’t charge their own loan interest but they could foreigners. His ate no unclean animals but sold them to foreigners. His called foreigners “Dogs”. This man was seeking justification for his cultural view of justice.

But Jesus told of a foreigner who held no such distinctions — He had compassion on anyone in need, not just his own. As a Samaritan, that man’s religious beliefs were way off target but his heart was spot on.

This tells us at least two (2) things:
1. Everyone deserves compassion, not just our own;
2. Jesus doesn’t justify our views on anything — he offers forgiveness, healing, and change of heart.

fritz@langgang.com

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“Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house … and I will … make thy name great …” – Genesis 12:1-2

Fame was one of the six-fold promises of “Abraham’s Blessing” and that certainly happened for our hero. The name, Abraham, is almost synonymous with faith.

Fame is one of the promises passed down to the followers of Christ1 – not the superstar, “name on everyone’s lips”, kind of fame but fame where it counts – with God.

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” – Daniel 12:3

Jesus told his disciples “your names are written in heaven.”.2 And not just them, everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord was hand-picked by God, himself.3 That means me!

When God and all of heaven knows your name for eternity – that’s real fame!

– fritz

1 – Blog Post – November 8th, “Abraham’s Blessing Like a Football
2 – Luke 10:20
3 – Ephesians 1:5

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