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"The Messiah"

February 27, 2004

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Today's Reading: John 1:40-51 & Psalm 47

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:41-42

Andrew’s need is fairly obvious. He needed someone to whom he could be loyal, someone to serve. With that towering statement, “We have found the Messiah,” he announces: “Finally there is Someone in my life big enough, worthy enough, and challenging enough to command my loyalty and my service.”

Andrew voiced a need we all have. So many people, however, give up before they have found a cause big enough to demand and command personal devotion, service, and even sacrifice. They settle for too little too soon. Would to God that more people would look until they found a cause that matches, equals, and challenges the God-given talents they have! God-given talents. Truly such a big, worthy, and challenging cause is in Him—the Messiah! the Christ!—who has given body, soul, talent, time, and treasure to us.

In a Sunday school class of kindergartners, the children were singing their closing hymn, “Praise Him, Praise Him, all ye little children….” You know that one? The second verse says, “Love Him, Love Him …” Third verse, “Serve Him, Serve Him …” Just as they were getting ready to sing the fourth and final verse, the bell rang. As they bolted for the door, one of the little ones shouted out, “Hey wait! We forgot to Crown Him, Crown Him!”

We praise Him—He has been good to us. We love Him—He loves us so richly. We serve Him—yes, some of us serve Him faithfully. But have we forgotten to crown Him Lord of all? He is Christ, our Messiah. Crown Him, Crown Him, by letting Him be your all!

Almighty God of all people and nations, continue to pour into our hearts a lively faith in Jesus, our Messiah, so our day-to-day words and actions encourage believers and witness to unbelievers that He is Lord of all. In His name we pray. Amen.

What God-given talent can you bring to the Lord of all today?

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 8-10    Mark 6:30-56

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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