God is With Us {The Gathering} Megan Fate Marshman

God is With Us {The Gathering} Megan Fate Marshman

Today, with Megan Marshman (who I love hearing from, by the way), we’re going to be looking in the book of John.

Have you ever thought about how MUCH God the father loves Jesus?

Think about it.

How much does God love his son?

Perfectly, right?

John 15:9 says, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.  Now remain in my love.”

Wow.

That’s a lot of love.

God loves you so deeply.   He wants to be with you. In community with you.    In a real relationship with you.

Tuesdays with Jesus

One time, Megan wanted to do a little experiment called “Tuesdays with Jesus”.  Every Tuesday she and a friend would act as if  Jesus was literally with them all day long.

On the first day, Megan got in the car and put on a worship song.

“This one’s for you, Jesus.”

She arrived at the coffee shop where her friend had bought not one, not two, but three coffees.

Megan: “You did not pay for that.”

Friend: “He can hear you,”

Tuesday with Jesus

Tuesdays suddenly became so interesting and so focused on Christ.

However, one day Megan forgot about Jesus.  She was half-way to school when she realized she “forgot Jesus at home”.   She turned around and went back.   When she arrived home, she walked in the door and apologized the Jesus.

“He forgives me.  That’s so like him.”

Let’s think about the person of Jesus…

We are loved by him.

We are transformed by his presence.

We are transformed by him so that we can respond.

He is the great empathizer.  Because he was fully human.

When Jesus ascended, the story didn’t stop.  He’s still working in our lives.

Let’s Talk About Saul…

In Acts 8, Saul is one chapter away from meeting Jesus  (consider THAT impending transformation!)

He was actively persecuting Christians.  He consented to the death of Christians.

What About Those People?  The Church?

Acts 8:4 says, “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.”

They weren’t wasting their lives.  They knew Saul was after them and there were using their last moments to spread the love of Christ.

To tell others about Christ.

Why?

Because the gospel was worth more than their suffering.

Until My Dying Breath…

There was a boy once that had cancer.  When he was first diagnosed, his family and friends gathered in prayer around him.  He was miraculously healed and two years later… he was diagnosed again.    Healed again.  And then diagnosed again.    Three times he was diagnosed and three times God healed him.  Miraculously.

Then he was diagnosed a fourth time and God chose not to heal.

The boy asked for an audience and a microphone.

He spoke to his high school and said, “I only have three more months to live, but don’t feel bad for me.  I know I am loved.  I feel bad for because you think you have forever and you’re not thinking about your soul.  You’re wasting your time trying to get people to love you.  What good is that?  What hope does that give others? I’m telling you, our hope is in Jesus.  I know he loves me.  I know he loves you.”

The boy shared this message with everyone he met until his dying breath.   Because Jesus’ love was worth it.

Do you know you’re loved?

Do the people around you?

Will you tell them?

 

Director of Development and Production for David C Cook’s Tru Philosophy, MEGAN FATE MARSHMAN delights in sharing the gospel and empowering others to do the same. With a knack for weaving extraordinary adventure into everyday story lines, Megan speaks nationally at churches, conferences, and university chapels. Additionally, she serves as Director of Women’s Ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps, where she rediscovered her childhood love for telling stories—specifically sharing the best story of all: the gospel.

WWW.MEGANFATE.COM | @MEGANFATE

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