“That they may be
called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that He may be
This morning my heart is full of joy knowing I have a redeemer
who not only loves me and rescues me, but embraces me, inviting me into His
family. How about you?
Looking back over the timeline of my life, I see His arms,
carrying me, prodding me, lifting me, focusing me, correcting me, and loving me
before I even knew Him. How about you?
Just as Isaiah
prophesied in the book of Isaiah, chapter 61, verses 1 through 3, Jesus’ loving
arms are reaching out to set me free from despair, from myself, from others
opinions or judgments of me … free in my pain, free in my suffering … to
what? Free to rejoice in all things, in
all circumstances, because I know who holds me and walks beside me. How about you?
Not only do I have freedom, but I exchange all the ugly,
shameful things of my past, my present, and my future, for the beauty found in
the sacrifice and the love of Jesus Christ.
I know where I should be and the life I should be living, but He rescues
me. How about you?
I become His daughter
and He becomes my Father; therefore, I live like I belong to a royal
family. Not in prideful arrogance, hoarding
all the Father gives me, but in humility, remembering I am adopted and the
Father longs to adopt more children. So,
I too must follow in His Son’s footsteps, focusing on our heavenly Father’s
business; spreading the Word and extending His love to everyone I met. How about you?
It’s not my choice who to invite in because my Father has
already said everyone gets an invitation …
“I love the world so much, I gave my only Son so that whoever believes in Him
may have everlasting life.” (John
3:16) I hold the invitation and have been commanded to deliver … it’s our
Father’s business … but too often, I forget, I get busy … becoming deaf to the
cries of the hopelessness, to the lost ones, surrounding me waiting to be rescued. How about you?
Palm Sunday ushers in a week of rejoicing over freedom,
salvation, and hope: It also ushers in a
week of focusing on others who need to know about Easter Sunday. How can I not be about the Father's business? This week especially. So my prayer is for the Father to help me recognize someone’s cry and respond with His
invitation to join our family. How