Thought from Jonah 4:5-11

Through the week of preparation to preach the last half of Jonah 4, "The Vine Centered Life", I came to a humbling conclusion.  It seems those things that I found least desirable about Jonah's character became more evident to me about myself.  To be vine centered is to be more concerned with self than with others.  In enjoying God's blessings I can get forgetful of the need of others, or I may find myself less than thrilled when someone else receives the very blessing from God He has given me.  The anger that Jonah exhibited towards God's mercy for the Ninevites is no different from mine over someone else's blessing, regardless of how they have treated me or my family.  God is God and I am not and He does what is pleasing to Him.  His ultimate blessings are mercy, grace, and love, of which none of I deserve.  As I have freely received them, freely I should extend them and rejoice when others receive them as well.  Before God saved me, I was no different than any other lost person today.  There are billions of people on this Earth that need to hear of the mercy, grace, and love of God and a vine centered life won't get it done.  

Robert

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