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Have you noticed that, as you get older, the MEANING
of things changes?

Just yesterday, as I was buying a shirt, I noticed for
the first time: the Roman Numeral for 40 is "XL!"

John 19:17-18
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called
the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him,
on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

LIGHT from the WORD.

Christian, as you grow in Christ, the MEANING of the
CROSS should be BIGGER!

In a recent study, the George Barna research group showed
that 61% of Americans believe their MAIN PURPOSE
is to have a sense of personal enjoyment in life.

Did you know that while Jesus was on earth, He was under
Roman authority?
Because of this, He paid TAXES.
He also paid PETER'S taxes!
(See Matt. 17:27)

Jesus also placed Himself under GOD'S authority!
He made it His custom, or practice to be in the
Lord's house on the Sabbath day! (See Luke 4:16)

Jesus was driven by LOVE & DUTY, not
personal enjoyment!

Richard Foster said, in his book “Prayer, Finding the Heart’s
True Home,” that: “We want to pray as we feel drawn to it.
We fear that commitment (to prayer) will make it seem like
compulsory exercises rather than freewill offerings.”
Then, Mr. Foster quoted Dietrick Bonhoeffer to make a point:
“Prayer is NOT a free-will offering to God: It is OBLIGATORY
service, something which God REQUIRES!”

I might add that personal Bible study is also obligatory service.
(See John 8:31-32, See John 14:15)

Jesus associated His love for us with DUTY!

How are you doing with: prayer, Bible study, church attendance,
giving, and telling others of God's salvation?

As you GROW in Christ, are the meanings of those things

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce