Jesus said; “And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”(Revelation 22:17).You know the old saying you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. Jesus does not force himself on anyone. He wants us to come to him from our own free will. I have been learning that lesson lately. I so want everyone to come to Jesus and live for him, but most don’t really want to. I guess they just want to use Jesus as a fire escape and not help many others if any out of the burning building as long as they just get themselves out. You want your children to all serve the Lord and you pour into them over the years and want them to turn out to be flaming evangelists, but it doesn’t always turn out like that. Maybe that is why Jesus cursed the fig tree which is symbolic of Israel. When he came to it to see if there were any figs on it or fruit and found none he cursed it and it dried up and withered. Here in America it is like finding a needle in a hay stack, if you can find anyone who is sheepy and hungry for the truth of the Word .Most are indifferent. Can you imagine what would have happened if the Disciples hadn’t immediately left their boats and their father and followed Jesus? They would have disappeared and fallen into oblivion never to be heard of or accomplish anything, but instead they went on to change the world and will be great in heaven forever and even have their names written on the twelve foundations of the Holy City. “And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”(Revelation 21:12-14). God’s word says; “While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”(Matthew 12:46-50). Jesus said;  “ For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39) ” He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life,and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.”(John 3:36).“ For many are called, but few are chosen.” ( Matthew 22:14),( because so few choose to be chosen).This message was not meant to be a discouragement, but a challenge. Some lights are bright street lights, some light bulbs are 60 watt, some are 40 watt, some are 20 watt, some are 5 watt, and then you have Christmas tree lights, even Christmas tree lights can be seen along ways off in total darkness.Too bad some people aren’t ready yet. I guess they believe they have all the time in the world. Maybe they need to have more of the school of hard knocks. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples; ” And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke 9:23,24.) Who or what do you love most?



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