Living for Jesus

A Change of Profession

Levi, better known as Matthew (Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:14), was a number cruncher turned preacher; he went from collecting state debt to preaching the forgiveness of the spiritual kind. But the most important change of “profession” that took place in Levi’s life wasn’t what he did for a living – it was who he started living for!

Now, we don’t all have to quit our jobs if we want to improve our relationship with God, but we do have to change our profession by living for Jesus instead of self. So if you’re looking for a way to better yourself in 2014, there’s you an idea. EA

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

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He Left The Ears For Us

Terribly wounded though counting it a joy on our behalf (Hebrews 12:2) almost every part of the Lord Jesus’ body was pierced (John 19:37) in one way or another due to our sin:

His hands and feet by nails.

His head by thorns.

His back and torso by the scourging tools.

His side by a spear.

But one point that needs to be pierced was left for us – our own ear!

Under the Law of Moses a slave who chose to stay with his or her master past the time of required service could come before the area judges and allow the master to pierce their ear thus symbolizing their willingness to live out their position in life as a lifelong servant to the master’s house (Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy 15:17).

It’s an analogy that only goes so far since Jesus requires a lifelong servitude from the beginning but the point can still be seen that a pierced body in exchange for a pierced ear is much more than a good deal – it’s a deal that leads to an eternal home in Heaven. EA

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – NKJV)

But now, being free from sin, and having been made servants to God, you have your fruit in that which is holy, and the end is eternal life.” (Romans 6:22 – BBE)