Jesus shows favor to those who want it and need it

Genesis 6:8 – But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

It is a blessing to find favor with God

Back in the days of Genesis, Noah found favor with God in a world flooded with darkness

 

Here is a list of good news about finding favor with God

  1. No need paper qualification to find favor with God
  2. No need money and wealth to find favor with God
  3. No need credential to find favor with God

 

Here is what we need to find favor with God

  1. desire to be with God
  2. hunger and thirst for righteousness with God

 

Noah may be living in a generation of low tech and primitive, but the hearts and minds of people faces the same problems of daily life.

 

Desire to be with God or the way of darkness?

 

Noah found favor with God and how did that happen?

God looks at a man’s heart and show him good.

Noah had the desire to find favor with God and God answered.

Noah acted on the instructions of God and was blessed of God.

 

Jesus invites us to find favor with God

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Today we can find favor with God through Jesus

How?

Through the words and promises of God proclaimed by Jesus

 

Matthew 5:3-10

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

We find favor with God through believing and obeying the words and preaching of Jesus

Jesus is source and guarantor of eternal blessing

 

In-His-Service

David Z

Jesus reward those who seek first the kingdom of God

Matthew 5:46 – for if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

How can we best describe the world we are living in today?

“Give and take”

“Retaliation”

“Protectionism” 

Jesus was teaching a different attitude

But Jesus was not teaching us to act different for the sake of being different

 

Jesus question us “what rewards do you have?”

 

I believe Jesus is teaching us to consider our actions and attitude with regards to

1. Our relationship with our Father in heaven

2. Our rewards of eternal values as against world values

First I want to discuss about “world values”

When we get to the kingdom of God, there is something we have here on Earth that will never be there

Money

In our world, people work hard for money!

 

In the kingdom of God we work hard for our relationship with our Father in heaven!

 

The world we are living in here on earth uses economic valuation to judge people.

This world has a system to classify people based on monetary wealth.

There are serious problems with economic inequality in this world, the ever increasing gap between the rich and poor.

It is very unfortunate the love for money have driven people to pursue evil and injustice instead of good.

 

How can we ever get ourselves out of this huge massive economic problem that has engulfed the whole world today?

 

Looking forward to our future in Christ in the kingdom of God

Imagine yourself in eternity with Jesus

It is a place that money do not exist

But a place where people are full of these kind of attitudes

 

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control ….

 

Therefore we need to believe in the Gospel of Jesus, continue to abide in faith in Christ.

Now I want to discuss on the 1st point

 

Jesus is teaching us to consider our actions and attitude with regards to our relationship with our Father in heaven

 

Jesus is teaching us to do good not to show off we are different, no.

Jesus is teaching us to be kind and share, because of our faith and relationship with our Father in heaven

when we get to meet Jesus, we will be there with all the like-minded people who serve God and love people for Christ.

Amen

 

In-His-service

David Z