“Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and satisfied with life” – Gen. 25:8 (NASB)
When Abraham died at the ripe old age of 175, he was satisfied with life. No doubt this was due to his relationship with God. Are you satisfied with your life?
“My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.”
— Edward Mote (1834)
Mote worked most of his life as a cabinet-maker in London. He was in his 50’s when he was called to pastor Rehoboth Baptist Church. He pastored there for 26 years.
The congregation liked Mote so much that they offered him the church building as a gift. Mote replied, “I do not want the chapel, I only want the pulpit; and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that.“
Mote went home to the Lord in 1874 and is buried in the church yard at Rehoboth Church.
“Many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” – John 2:23-25
Jesus did not put up with halfhearted faith.
He deserves better.
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. No one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” – Jesus (John 6:44, 65)
No one, unless. Wickedness is so ingrained that apart from Divine Grace, no one would ever believe.
“Does this offend you?” – Jesus (John 6:61)
Jesus did not worry about offending His audience.
Would Jesus be welcome in our modern pulpit?
“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” – Jesus (Matt. 7:19)
Strong words of condemnation. Do you really know Jesus?