July 18, 2022

What will you do with Jesus

Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone? Mark 12:10

We all will face this same question at some point during our lifetime.  What will we do with Jesus?  Will we surrender our will and lives over to Him and invite Him to be our Lord and Savior?  Or will we reject and ignore the longing of our heart to be connected to Him and find the real reason we were born into existence?

Throughout the scriptures the Hebrew people were faced with the dilemma of following God’s way or living like the other nations.  God sent people to the people to steer them in the right direction, but many were rejected by their generation.  Prophets, kings and priests gave warnings and rebukes to encourage the Hebrew nation to follow God’s designed planned to living on this earth.

In today’s reading, Jesus told the Pharisee’s of His day a story symbolizing the rejection of God’s ambassadors.  He told them how many were sent to do the work of the Lord, but were rejected, beaten and some even killed by the authorities of the day.  Lastly, Jesus told them about the Master sending His only Son, the heir, hoping that He would be respected.  Only to find out that He was despised and put to death, greater than all the others that were sent.  The passage says that the Pharisee’s knew He was talking about them, but they still wanted to lay hands on Him instead of surrendering to God.  So sad that they were given so many opportunities to follow the path of righteousness but rejected it every time.

What about you?  How many times have you had the opportunity to surrender your life to Jesus and follow His blessed way?  He will continue to call no matter how long you reject Him.  Not because He wants to punish or shame you, but because He loves you and gave His life for yours.  He paid the penalty for your sin, so you never have to.  He doesn’t want you to die in your sin and spend an eternity paying the price that He already paid for you.  His love can bring peace into your world, His love will bring healing to your relationships and His love will cleanse you from every wrong you have ever done and every hurt you have ever experienced.  His path is the blessed way of living.  He has the secrets to successful living in this world because He designed it and set up the order for it to prosper.

Today I want to encourage you to ask yourself what am I doing with Jesus?  Have you taking the opportunity to invite Him into your life to lead you in His perfect place for you?  I can promise you it will be a greater life than you could ever plan for yourself.  Maybe you have already invited Him in, but haven’t really surrendered to His place and purpose?  Trust Him today to walk out each day of your life to the fullest!  Only then will you find the greatest joy in living your days and only then will you have great success.

Pray a prayer like this today, Jesus will come into your life and turn you in a direction of the greatest adventure you will ever experience while you are living here:  Jesus, I invite you into my life today.  Take the things that I have accomplished so far and turn them to something of purpose of impacting others.  I surrender my will and my life and ask you to forgive my sin and cleanse me from every stain and pain.  From this day forward I receive all things new and believe by faith that you will empower me to walk out the rest of my days in the plan for which I was born to fulfill.  In Jesus name: Amen!

You are now a child of God!  Welcome to the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Today’s scripture reading: Mark 12:1-12

1 Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. 

2 Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers. 

3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 

4 Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. 

5 And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some. 

6 Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 

7 But those vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 

8 So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.

9 “Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others. 

10 Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

11 This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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