Read thru the New Testament 2018
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids
Bible Reading: Matthew 9:18-38
In Matthew 9, we continue to follow Jesus as He ministers to the needs of people. Real people, with real needs.
- He heals a man who is paralyzed.
- He brings a dead girl back to life.
- He heals a woman who has been sick for 12 years.
- He heals two blind men.
- He heals a man who was possessed by demons.
Then, Matthew gives a summary of His ministry. Jesus was…”teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel in the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness” (verse 35, NASV). Jesus was constantly on the move…going to where the people were, from village to village. He was teaching them the truths about God. He was spreading the Gospel, the good news of God’s love and forgiveness. And, He was meeting the physical needs of people.
There was so much ministry, so many people in need. Everywhere Jesus looked…He saw people with problems and issues. At times, it must have seemed overwhelming. And it was His compassion, His love for people that came straight from His Father’s heart…that motivated Him to do all that He could for them. But He knew that He didn’t have long…that time was short. So, He implemented a plan so that His ministry would continue even after He was gone. He called His disciples to join Him in His ministry. Not to just observe it. Not just to benefit from it. But, to be a part of it.
As followers of Christ, we are included in His plan. The call continues. We are called to continue the ministry that He began. It is the greatest call, to the greatest ministry, to the greatest need that has ever existed. Every believer is called to be a part of the ministry of Jesus…right where they live, right where they work, right where they go to school, right where they associate with other people. Those are our villages…and those are the people where we are to be teaching the truths of God, spreading the Gospel, and meeting needs.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
I read an article the other day that listed what are supposed to be some of the most “fun” jobs in the world. People actually get paid to do these things. For instance:
- Ice cream taster
- Theme park water slide tester
- Fortune cookie writer
- Baby panda bear baby sitter
- Luxury bed (mattress) tester
- Professional chocolate taster
- Video game tester
- Blimp pilot
- Disney Imagineer.
If it was my list I would probably add…
- Professional fisherman and hunter
- Worldwide travel guide
- Professional athlete.
I had some interesting jobs as I grew up. My first job was working for my father in the orange groves. Between the heat and the humidity and the hours…that was a tough job for a junior high kid. Another time I worked for my grandfather. He had a company that rebuilt huge valves that were used in the phosphate mines in central Florida. My job was to cut off old nuts and bolts with an acetylene cutting torch. When I was in college, I worked as a volunteer National Park Ranger in the Red Wood National Forest in California. Now, that really was a fun job.
As you grow up, there is a good chance that you are going to have some interesting jobs, as well. Eventually, you will probably decide on one job that you plan to have for the rest of your life so that you can make money and a living. It may have something to do with your abilities, your experiences, your interests, and your education. Hopefully it will be a fun job. Something that you enjoy doing. But did you know that your job can be more than just a way to make money and even more than something you do because you enjoy it? Your job, where you work, what you do for a living…will become much more important and have much more meaning for you…when you realize that it is the very place where God wants you to serve Him.
Sometimes people think that the only ones who serve God and who are in the ministry are preachers and missionaries. But that’s not true. God calls all of us, every one of us to be in the ministry…that means that we are to serve Him. For many people, the place where God has called them to serve is the very place where they work. Why? Because where they work is where they know people. And God wants us to minister to those people for Him. That means that we teach them the truths of God, we tell them about His love, and we do what we can to help them when they have problems.
That is what Jesus did all of the time. And He intends for us to be a part of what He was doing. So, as we go about our lives…we do what Jesus did.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,