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Coming To and Becoming Like Jesus

Jesus welcomes anyone to come to Him. Even the small and insignificant members of society. Even those who feel unworthy of God’s blessings or are deemed so by others. Jesus’ invitation is issued to all. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).

Those who come to Jesus do so with absolutely nothing to merit their salvation. They are totally dependent on God’s grace, just like the children who came to Jesus to be blessed by Him (Mark 10:13-16). When people come to Jesus and believe in Him, right there and then, they receive from God eternal life and forgiveness of sins (John 6:37-40Acts 10:43). They become children of God (John 1:12). In a very real sense, it is coming like children – without pride and inhibition – to Jesus. If you have yet to entrust yourself to Jesus, stop holding back, come home to Jesus today.

God’s people soon learn that they have been chosen by Him. Chosen not because we are good. Not because we are better than others. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Every one of us is a sinner. It is not primarily that we are sinners because we sin. Rather, we sin because we are sinners, born with a sinful nature. You and I are part of the fallen human race that has from the beginning exercised our free will to rebel against our Creator’s rightful rule over our lives. We have wilfully chosen to disobey God’s commands which were given for our provision and protection, our good and blessing. No sinner is worthy to live in God’s holy presence and enjoy His blessings.

Notwithstanding His people’s rebellion and disobedience, God chose them in an act of mercy and grace consistent with His character. Yet the Holy God is also supreme in justice and righteousness (Isaiah 5:16). Sinners cannot be accepted by God without first having their sins atoned for, their guilt extinguished. Under the Mosaic Law, there is no forgiveness of sins unless blood is shed through the sacrifice of a life (Hebrews 9:22). The penalty for sins must be paid before forgiveness can be received by the guilty ones. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was the Father’s Chosen One to be the perfect, once-for-all sacrifice for the sins of God’s people. At the Father’s appointed time, Jesus willingly went to the cross, bearing all our sins and suffering unthinkable shame and unimaginable pain. His death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins. His resurrection to life on the third day secured our victory over sin and death. As a result, salvation and eternal life are ours, provided that we believe in Jesus – who He is and what He has done for us – and repent of our sins.

The Bible makes it very clear that we are justified, that is, declared to be righteous by God, on the basis of our faith in Jesus Christ. No one can be justified by his or her works, no matter how good and how many those works are in one’s lifetime. The Bible also make it very clear that faith in Christ cannot be separated from obedience to Christ. The person who trusts and loves the Lord will obey His commands and teaching. Therefore, a Christian’s progressive growth in Christlikeness in thought, word and deed is good evidence of one’s sincere faith in and genuine love for Jesus Christ. The Christian pilgrimage has always been one of becoming like Jesus. Are you a pilgrim on the way?

Written by Pastor Ivan Ho

 

We hope that you will check out the recommended resources below. May God bless you in your spiritual journey ahead.

SERMON

Kingdom of God”, by Rev Barney Lau: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/1582

 

SCRIPTURE

Psalm 103

Romans 3:9-28

Romans 5:1-11

Galatians 3:10-14

Ephesians 2:1-10

Philippians 3:4-9

Colossians 2:8-15

 

SONGS

Grace”, by Stuart Townend: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oygySsyFx3I

Flawless”, by Mercy Me: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wjLlLPZderk

Bridge”, by Casting Crowns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odxPj1_LuMQ

One Awkward Moment”, by Casting Crowns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_IBVPFvNVQ

The Strength to Let Go”, by Switchfoot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RaPd9nUoN0

Prodigal Soul”, by Switchfoot: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB6lA_zEEGs

 

ARTICLES

Is Salvation a Reward or a Gift? Yes.”, by Mark Jones: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/salvation-reward-gift/

(This article considers the question: Salvation – a gift of God’s grace or a reward for good works? What do you think? What does the Bible say?)

Cultivating Christlike Virtue in a Virtue-Signaling Age”, by Dustin Crowe: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/christlike-virtue-virtue-signaling-age/

(This article encourages Christians to grow in godly virtues based on the life and example of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ-following. Real. Genuine. Authentic. World-impacting.)

Ethics for the Digital Age”, by Jason Thacker: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/ethics-digital-age/

(How should ethics for technology be formulated? Should it be conceived from the popular opinions of the day? Or should it be based on the timeless truths in God’s Word? The ethical framework by which Christians make decisions in the digital age has great implications for how they are to relate with and do good to the people in their society.)

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
Jonah 4:1-9
Fri, 28 January 2022

The Angry Man

Observation:

What question does God ask Jonah twice in this passage?

Deeper Reflection
IN CHAPTER 4 WE GET A GLIMPSE OF THE REBELLIOUS prophet’s true worldview and values. We would expect Jonah to be delighted that the Ninevites experienced God’s mercy, as he himself did (Jon 2:6). Then, the first word of chapter 4 – BUT – hits us like a sledgehammer. BUT Jonah was exceedingly displeased! He was angry! Why? Because, as verse 2 reveals, Jonah the rebellious prophet had not truly changed his perspective, even after his fish belly experience. He tells God: I told you so! That is why I never wanted to preach to the Ninevites – because I knew that You would forgive them. Jonah had preached, hoping that God would not be gracious to Nineveh, or that the Ninevites would not repent, thereby incurring judgment. Jonah resented God’s grace to the undeserving – except when he himself was the recipient.74 God asks Jonah a rhetorical question twice in verses 4 and 9: do you have a right to be angry? The second time, Jonah actually answers this question – YES, I DO, I’m angry enough to die. Aren’t we all somewhat petulant and immature like Jonah? We love God’s grace – primarily when it is extended to us. When we see others receive God’s grace, our first instinct may be to cry “Unfair!” rather than rejoice with them. Or we think it unfair when we do not receive the grace we (ironically) think we deserve. Jonah was very happy when God graciously provided him a plant (v.6), but furious when God took it away. God’s grace is His prerogative – we never have a right to demand it. And He is gracious to all!
74 Stuart, Hosea-Jonah, 443.
Application:

How do I deal with feelings of “unfairness” when I do not receive the blessings that I think I deserve, or when I see others blessed “more” than me?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for SGI leaders: That all small group leaders will depend deeply on God’s grace and serve others because of it
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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