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For the sake of the elect

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | August 20, 2023 | *Matthew 24:15-22*

KEY VERSE:

"And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened" Matthew. 24:22 (NKJV)

MESSAGE:

In Matthew 24, Jesus provides insight into the signs of His coming and the end of the age. In verse 21, Jesus describes this period as unparalleled, saying, "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." It's a sobering reality, revealing the challenges believers might face. While the prospect of such tribulation is daunting, verse 22 offers a glimmer of hope: "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened." Here, we witness God's sovereignty and mercy at play. He intervenes to limit the duration of the tribulation for the sake of His chosen ones. Even in the midst of difficulty, God's compassion shines through. Jesus' words remind us that life can bring us to challenging crossroads. We might encounter trials that seem insurmountable, tribulations that threaten to overwhelm us. Yet, just as God shortens the days of tribulation, He remains faithful to us in our struggles. This passage calls us to trust in His plans, even when circumstances appear bleak. Our faith enables us to go through these challenges, knowing that God's providence is at work.


As followers of Christ, we are not passive observers in times of tribulation. We are called to be lights in the darkness, extending hope to others. In times of trouble, we can find purpose in ministering to those who are hurting, offering comfort and encouragement. Our actions remind us that even when the days are difficult, God's love shines brightly through His people. Jesus' words teach us about the endurance of faith. Despite the trials we may face, our faith enables us to persevere. Just as the days of tribulation are shortened, God sustains us through the challenges of life. Our trust in Him transforms difficulties into opportunities for growth, reflection, and drawing closer to our Savior.


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

What is your status in relation to the Kingdom? Are you part of the Elect? You can be one today by accepting Jesus as your Saviour and repent of your sins. "But for the elect's sake those days will be shortened" is a reminder of God's power and mercy in the face of adversity. As we journey through life's challenges, may we remember that God's sovereignty reigns supreme, and His compassion is ever-present. Let us trust in His plans, find purpose in ministering to others, and endure with unwavering faith.


PRAYER:

Gracious God, thank you for your love and mercy that never fail. May your abundant grace guide and keep me among your chosen ones. Please lead me on the path of righteousness, that I may always walk in your light. May your love and mercy surround me, as I strive to live in accordance with your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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DAILY word study: THE ELECT

The term "the elect" in this verse is derived from the Greek word "ἐκλεκτοί" (eklektoi).

"ἐκλεκτοί" (eklektoi): This Greek adjective is derived from the verb "ἐκλέγω" (eklegō), which means "to choose" or "to select." "ἐκλεκτοί" refers to those who have been chosen, elected, or selected.


The concept of "the elect" signifies a profound truth about God's sovereignty and His personal relationship with His people. It emphasizes His intentional choice to call certain individuals into His family and purposes. It's a reminder that salvation is a divine initiative—an act of God's grace and love.


In the context of tribulation and challenges, the mention of "the elect" reassures believers that God is actively watching over and protecting them. This truth provides comfort and strength, knowing that God's providence and care are extended to those He has chosen.


Reflections

How does the assurance of being among "the elect" impact your faith during challenging times? How can this knowledge inspire you to trust in God's sovereign plan and care, even in the face of difficulties?

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