(January 15, 2020) Dr George Forbes, missionary statesman, reminds us of Jesus’ challenges and warnings …
We’re already almost halfway the first month of 2020! Christmas is over… and whatever gifts we were given are parts of last year’s history.
However, thinking of gifts given reminds me strongly of the greatest gift ever, that of God’s gift of salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
What a glorious free gift from God, all because of his love for us (Ephesians 1:4) and his incredible grace (Romans 5:15)! Unworthy though we are, we have received so much!
As I meditate on God’s goodness, I recall afresh just how much we’ve been given. And I’m also reminded that as disciples of Christ it is our responsibility to share this good news with others – as required by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20, those scriptures known as the Great Commission.
Much given, much required!
In Luke 12 Jesus told a parable about responsibility that speaks of blessings to those who have been given much when the master returns… but also of warnings. (more…)
(August 26, 2019) Dr George Forbes, missionary statesman, reflects and challenges…
For many years now, as it has been my joy to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, I have been guided and constrained by his words as found in the gospel of Luke, chapter 12 verse 48. They ring in my mind and spirit every time I read them or think of them.
Those challenging words from Luke’s gospel are – ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’
These are sobering words indeed – challenging words, clear words – about our responsibilities as servants of God.
And when we consider it we have indeed been given so much –
- Forgiveness of all our sin
- Born again by the Spirit of God
- Washed by the atoning blood of the lamb of God
- Peace with God
- Adopted as children of God.
Every believer experiences the grace and mercy of God from the moment of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Then we grow in his grace and every day we experience his mercies. We also grow in the knowledge of Christ, finding more of the power of his love and the fellowship of his sufferings. (more…)