Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sold out

Being sold out to God is the hardest thing for a Christian to do. I mean completely sold out. As in total abandonment to God, to drop anything and everything for Him. To be reckless and extreme.

What stops us? It's often fear. Fear of what others will think sometimes, but often, it's deeper than that. It's the fear that He might ask us to do something we can't do or don't want to do. It's the fear that we will fail Him and/or ourselves and others.

We know because we have failed before.

When I said "If I follow you wholly and fully, what would you want me to do?"

He said, "Why do you worry about the shoes you might wear when you don't yet walk?" 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Only Mercy

Why do we hold our salvation so lightly? There is nothing between us and sure damnation but mercy... only mercy. There is nothing we can do, nothing at all, except to accept that mercy and hold to it.

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10

Even then, we will answer for our sins. Thank God that we have an Advocate Who will not forsake us, either now or then.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Acts 13:2a

"As they ministered to the Lord and fasted,"

How does one minister to the Lord?

Ministering and serving are the same thing. Remember when Jesus washed the disciples' feet? He was ministering to them (serving them.)

Serving is used so loosely these days! "We serve a mighty God." We go to a Sunday morning "service." "Serve the Lord by (cleaning the church, being a greeter, paying your tithes..)..."

What a great leap from doing the humble task of a servant to shouting about what an awesome God we "serve."

How do you serve the Lord? What do you do? I can tell you, I had to think long and hard about this. Because we are in a certain position or we do a certain thing in church or in a group doesn't mean we are serving.

A servant is tuned in to his master at all times. He anticipates and tries to prepare for tasks without getting ahead of his master. He waits and moves at the appropriate time, never taking on himself to do anything that the master does not command or want.

Serving the Lord is an "always on call" occupation. How do you serve the Lord?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

He will

Remember the "loaves and the fishes." It was just an example of... not of what God can do. Anyone should know that the God who created the heavens and the earth and mankind itself can do anything He wants, including feeding people from nothing. Of course He can.

The story of the loaves and the fishes is an example of what God WILL do - for you and me and anyone who believes Him. It's not what He CAN do, but what he WILL do, that changes the picture for those who trust Him.

He WILL do it for you. Believe Him.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

With good will

With good will doing service, as to the Lord and not to men
Ephesians 6:7

It's easy to do service, i.e, help and support others when you love them or even like them. It's easy to have compassion on faceless groups of people after a hurricane or flood or earthquake. It's not always easy to reach out to an enemy, even when he/she is hurting.

We are told to pray for our enemies and that's hard sometimes, but we can do it.

Praying should lead to doing. Have you "felt led" to send money or support in other ways to people who are your enemy? Have you been angry with someone and found out they had been hurt and gone to them with help in your heart?

If not, you're not alone.

Why should we feel compassion on those who oppose us (think politics, criminals, football)? Because God cares. He loves every human being on this earth, and yes, that includes the ones who called you names and the ones in prison for crimes we don't even want to think about. It includes the guy who cheated you out of money and the woman who slighted you in the store.

God loves them. And if we love God, we can grow to feel that love toward them, deeply and sincerely.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Silver and Gold

Going through some old choruses and songs we used to sing, I came across one that went: "Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

It's from Acts chapter 3, when Peter and John went to the temple and a lame man was there. If you don't remember the story, read Acts 3:1-9. The lame man was healed and began leaping and praising God!

What they had was so much more precious than all the silver and gold in the world.

That's easy to say, isn't it? Too many churches depend on "silver and gold" to survive instead of the power of the Holy Spirit. Too many pass the offering plate instead of the prayer request plate.

But it takes money to run the church business! Sure,  it does. Peter and John didn't have a business, but what did they do?

What's the most important thing to do?

Revelation 3:17 - Because thou sayest I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

Read the rest: Revelation 3:13-19.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's harder

Quite some time ago I was praying that God would let me know what He wanted me to do, and He spoke plainly to me: "I don't want you to do. I want you to be."

You know, it's harder to be than to do.

Try it.