Gems From Pastor Jim 5/24/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 22:14 “For many were called, but few were chosen.”

This is the story of the great wedding feast. Jesus used this story to teach us what it will be like when He comes back to establish His kingdom. This was a wedding feast and all the guests who were initially invited were too preoccupied with their own agendas to bother coming when it was time for the wedding to take place. The host of the wedding was furious with those who spurned him and turned to those who did come, those who considered the invitation something special and dropped everything else to hurriedly come.

The point Jesus made is that we should never squander our opportunity to be ready for His coming. We will never know when He will show up and if we are not ready for Him, it will be too late. We should consider it an honor to be invited to be a part of His wedding party. It should be the number one priority of our lives. We must be ready so that at any given moment we can join Him.

Don’t assume anything about the Lord’s coming. He may come for His church, or He may come for you, at any moment. Live each moment as if it were going to be your last one on earth. If Jesus were to come for you today, would you wish that you had more time to get ready? Would you be spurned by Him because you passed up His invitation to be ready while you had it? If Jesus would call you home today, what would He find you doing with your life?

Many are invited into His kingdom, but few are chosen because most people do not value the treasure of a life lived in Christ.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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