Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 287
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Brian Doerksen singing … Just As I Am, poignantly singing of God’s willingness to receive any/all who come to Him for His saving grace.
Highlight Passage: Luke 5:32 [NKJV] …
32 “… I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
… Matthew certainly was not one of the righteous ... but Jesus pursued him anyway.
Highlight Context: Luke 5:27-32 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Jesus even was willing to take Matthew as His disciple - a hated tax collector, showing His willingness to save any/all who come to Him in repentance and surrender.
Reference Passage #1 … John 3:16-17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Jesus declares that He came to save WHOEVER believes in Him.
My Journal for Today: … Our Daily Bread author, Marion Stroud, used Jesus’ inclusion of Matthew, a hated tax-collector, as a Disciple in Luke 5… to illustrate that any/all who believed in Him and were willing to repent and receive His saving grace would be saved … ANYONE!!
That’s what’s depicted in the attached photo and what Brian Doerksen so poignantly sings about in the song linked above (PLEASE take the time to hear it!). Yes, if our Lord would call and receive a hated tax-collector like Matthew, and He would pursue and receive a former atheist and sex-addict like me, He will receive ANYONE into His family.
And all I can pray today is that any who read here have surrender in faith and repentance to receive God’s free-gift of saving/sanctifying grace.
My Prayer Today: Lord, thank You for taking any of us here today into Your family who believe on Your Lordship as our Savior, including one like me. Amen
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