No. 121
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.


When Jesus was on earth He:
healed the sick; made the blind to see; raised dead people up to life again; showed the snooty, self-righteous people that God forgives sinners; kept on loving when no one cared about Him at all; gave and gave of Himself for every one else; walked on water, fed crowds of hungry people with a few loaves and fishes and He gave hope and peace to the broken hearted and wretched people who learned to love Him.

Jesus is still with us through His Spirit - the Holy Spirit.
He wants us trust Him now, even though we cannot see Him like His disciples could long ago. He said this, when He was praying for His disciples:
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” (John 17:20).

Do you realise that the ones who have believed in Jesus as Saviour and Lord through the disciples’ word are US? His disciples were the authors of the New Testament of the Bible. He was praying for all the adults and boys and girls who have been saved and have read the Bible since those times long ago. That means that Jesus prayed for you and me when He was on earth.

Richard was a new Christian. He thought that being God’s saved one was real cool!
But he had some funny ideas about it. “How come if God loves me,” he said one day, “how come if He loves me that I can’t get enough money together to buy a new trail bike!” Morris, his big brother, moaned and rolled his eyes. Richard snapped, “OK, you can look silly if you want to. But, I have asked and asked God for a lot of money and none comes. I need a new bike, Mike and Danny have better ones than me, and it just isn’t fair. Why doesn’t God just zap me some money, if He loves me?”

Dad called out that the lawn needed mowing, but Richard got out of there[left the house] as fast as he could. Morris showed him the $3 he got for mowing the yard at dinner time. “Why didn’t you mow the lawn if you wanted some cash for a bike?” “What!” yelled Richard, “I need a lot more than three dollars for a whole trail bike, you know.” Richard was cross with everyone. He was disappointed too, he had thought God would be like a rich Dad Who would give him anything he wished for.

The pastor at church next Sunday was talking all about how God deals with His children. “When we belong to God,” he said, “it is more important to Him that we grow into Christ-like people, who love and care and serve others, than it is that we get what we want all the time. Why if God just gave us everything we wanted, we would become spoiled, greedy, selfish, lazy and down-right horrible individuals!”

Richard thought about it in bed that night. He wanted a trail bike, but he wasn’t willing to wait and work for it himself. God had given him lots of times when he could have earned money, it was true. He had been asked to deliver papers for the scouts. Mrs Bennett next door couldn’t walk to the shops, but he wouldn’t go and get her a bottle of lemonade that hot day - and she had offered him fifty cents. He had a good skate board he didn’t use, he could have sold it to Ben last week. He thought of all the times God had put a chance to make money in his way over the last months, and he saw how he could have had a bike already. That night he changed his attitude, and trusted God’s great love for him. God will never do anything that makes you a greedy, nasty, selfish, spoiled kid. He doesn't just pour out treasures from heaven. Oh, one treasure He gives us right now is the Life of Jesus as our very own. The Holy Spirit living in us.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels (our earthly bodies), that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (II Corinthians 4:7).

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