This is Your Wake Up Call!

Stand up and stretch out your hand!

3open_handsFelecia Teasley
Mark 2:33-3:6 (NIV)
23One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
27Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
Mark 3:1Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”
4Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sabbath! Yes, Sabbath! For some, their day to rest and worship comes on Saturday and others Sunday.

As a child I thought that on the day of Sabbath there were certain things that I was not permitted to do. I would hear “Don’t do this nor that” on Sunday, in respect of the day for the Lord. In my childish mind not understanding that my day of rest and worship was actually made for me not me for it. Childishly, I also thought that on my day of rest and worship that Jesus was resting and worshipping too. Work was only to be done during the week.

Becoming an adult and have grown in spirituality through study my childish tendencies have faded away. I’ve found myself needing the Lord more and more regardless of the day. I’ve needed him during a midnight hour, before the morning sun, at work, and while driving. To be honest, some of life’s circumstances have made me stand up and stretch out my hand to cry out, have mercy on me Lord! Realizing it doesn’t matter what time on any day Jesus is still Lord. Even on my day of rest and worship.

Don’t sit and do nothing if there is a time that you need Jesus. Stray away from your childish tendencies. He’s here for you in your time of need always. Stand up and stretch your hand!

Felecia Teasley
Nashville, Tennessee

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  1. I hear you my sister….I need Him ever hour…as it is we make the mistake of doing nothing because we can do little…We must do what we can…we must work while it is day, for the night commeth, when no man can work. Thank you for this wake up call.

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