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How To Enter Into A C.I.P. With Jesus-Part 7

Greetings, Army of Youth! In today’s class, we shall continue our study on Satisfying Jesus’ Thirst. In our present day, with limitations on basic necessities (due to Covid-19), find out the one way that we can all have enough!


Satisfying Jesus’ Thirst

We have in our hearts the need to be needed. God made us that way because He needs us not to run errands for Him, but to love Him, to understand Him, to have fellowship with Him, to talk to Him and listen while He talks, to counsel with Him, to comment on what He does. He likes to know how we like it. And when we tell Him we love Him, oh, that makes Him so happy. You see, He has given us so many experiences in this world, to try to help us to understand that.

 

You, parents, aren’t you glad when your children tell you they love you? Aren’t you? Why, sure. Yes. Of course, you could put it on a tape recorder and play it over. Every time you feel hungry for some of that, you could just turn on the tape recorder and hear somebody say, “I love you,” and that would take care of it, wouldn’t it? No, it just wouldn’t be quite the same, would it? No. It wouldn’t be the same at all.

The response of a loving heart that does not have to respond, the love of a human soul that can choose whether or not it will give love: that, friends, is the priceless gift. This is of such value to God, that life to Him is not worth it unless He has that. This is the meaning of Calvary. He will risk His life rather than lose your love forever. He will give His life that He may not only pay your debt, cancel your sins, but win back your love.

Oh, yes, friends: As we discussed in our previous lesson, He has nothing to draw with in your heart. He can’t make you love Him. Love can’t be forced. Only by love is love awakened. And as He sits there by the well of your heart, thirsty, will you give Him to drink? Will you tell Him, Oh, yes Lord, I do love you. If this is what You want, to come all the way from Heaven to Sychar’s well, yes, Jesus, here is some water. Here is some love. Here is some sympathy. Here is some appreciation. Here is some understanding. Here is some fellowship. If this is what you want,  Lord, here is all I have.

Let’s take another picture of it. Revelation 3:20. You remember that in Revelation 2 and 3 there are seven messages to the seven churches. The last one is for Laodicea. That is you and me, the Remnant church. Now, let’s see what His message is to you and me, down here in the last generation:

“Behold, I stand at the door, and …” What? “… knock” Revelation 3:20. Who is it? Jesus. Where is He? At the door. What does He want? Well, what do you want when you knock at a door? You want to come in, don’t you? That’s what He wants. “Why doesn’t He come on in? Isn’t He strong enough?” Oh, yes. But that isn’t what He wants.

“If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Ibid

How easy it is to look out the window and see Jesus there at the door, and say, “I wonder what He has for me, anyway. I wonder if it is worthwhile having Him come in. I am afraid if He came in, He might want to make some changes, and I am not sure that I want Him too. What is in it for me, anyway?”

But friends, today, let’s put all that aside, and let’s see what He is coming for. He is coming for supper. Isn’t that what He says? “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will …” What? “… sup with him.” {Ibid} What does sup mean? Well, it means to drink, to eat. In other words, we are going to have a meal.

If I were to come to your house and you decided to invite me in for supper, who would furnish the supper? Would I furnish it, or would you furnish it? Would you feed me? I believe you would, friends.

And Jesus has come to Laodicea. He has come to your heart, and He is hungry. He knocks at the door. He says, “Would you open the door and let Me come in, and let’s have supper together?” Have you enough to feed Him, friends, or is it all you can do to take care of your own problems? Have you enough love to give Him any, or are you using it all up just on yourself?

You remember that widow who the Lord sent Elijah to? The water had run dry over there in the brook Cherith, in Gilead. And the dear Lord said, “Elijah, I have another plan to take care of you now. The ravens have been feeding you, but I am going to send you over to Zarephath. There is a widow over there with her son. They are going to take care of you.”

He got over there and found the woman out there by the city gate, hunting for a few sticks of wood to build a fire. And she had just enough meal and oil left to do what? Make one cake, just one little pancake. And who was going to eat that? She and her son. And then she said what was going to happen next? They were going to die.

I want to tell you something: If you take all your love and use it just for yourself, you will die, too. You will starve to death. There isn’t enough. There isn’t enough to keep you alive. And there is many a starving heart that is thinking, “Poor me. Oh, I wish I had somebody to love me. Poor me, poor me. I wish I had somebody to love me. Just enough to feed myself, and then I am going to starve and die.”

 

And what did Elijah say? “In the name of the God of Israel, I am telling you something. Go ahead and make the cake, but make me one first.”

You know, some people wouldn’t understand that at all. They would say, “That selfish preacher. There he is, taking the very bread out of a widow’s mouth.” But Elijah knew what he was doing, for God had told him to do it. And God knew what He was doing. He was seeking to teach this great lesson that our first job is not to take care of ourselves. It is to take care of Him. That is what we were created for.

And friends, don’t worry. If we will take care of His problems, He would take care of our problems. But, if we insist on taking care of our problems, all God can do is let us do it. We always make a botch job of it, don’t we? There isn’t enough to go around, whatever it is.

Oh, friends, I am so glad the widow did what the prophet said. Yes, she fed the man of God first. And every day there was enough for her, and her son, and for the man of God. They kept eating out of that barrel and out of that cruse.

“A miracle!” you say. Yes, it was a miracle. The greatest miracle is love. And if you will take what little love you have and give it to Jesus, He and you and your house will eat many days, oh, until He comes again. But if you insist on taking your love and just bestowing it on yourself and on those around you, and leave Jesus out, ah, friends, you will starve to death in the famine. Oh, yes. There is not enough. There is only one way to have enough. And that is to feed Jesus first.

All right, we are back to our text: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with me” Revelation 3:20.

Let’s invite Him in to supper. What do you say? Even if it takes all we have in the house to put on His plate, let’s do it. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” Mark 12:30.

Let’s give Him everything we have. Let’s feed Him. Nothing less can satisfy. Nothing less can fill the vacancy in His heart, that you were made -on purpose- to fill.


                What Stands Out To You?

What stands out to you from today’s lesson, that can help you in entering into a C.I.P. with Jesus? Please let us know, in the comment section, below! God bless!


* This study has been adapted from classes taken by Elder W.D. Frazee.

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2 Comments

  1. Kenneth

    Hi, MOL Family!
    Bro. K!
    Thank you for providing us with more spiritual food for thought. Today I learned of the sacrifice we are willing to make for Jesus. I think of the patriarchs and prophets of old who after God delivered them from there enemies. The first thing they would do is make an altar to offer a sacrifice of a peace offering unto the Lord. Now that’s what I call selflessness.

    Until next week
    :) Enjoy this day the Lord has made!

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      Thank you kindly for your participation! Blessings!