I know you’ve all heard the saying, “A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out.” I’ve heard it many times and think about it often when going over my daily routine. The life we have created for ourselves binds us to a path that becomes that rut. – A DEEP rut. And, it can be a monumental challenge for us to pull ourselves up and out of it. Then when we actually do climb out, there’s a mighty force and gravitational tide that pulls us back in.
Throughout Christ’s time here on earth, he talked about moving from where we sit to actively changing our lives, the lives of those around us and intern change the world.
He asks us to pick up our cross and follow Him. What a powerful, life-altering request that is! It is absolutely impossible to “take up our cross” and stay in the rut. It takes movement! It requires you and ME to step out in faith, climb out in faith for Christ! It requires us to fully submit ourselves to the will of God. – That does not include doing your time in Sunday morning church service.
Are you doing something today for God that requires you to walk on faith in Him? If so, I would LOVE to hear about it! If not, I would LOVE to help you walk closer to God and be there when you do take that leap! I cannot think of a higher, scarier, more exciting purpose for anyone’s life than actively working for Him.
My thought for your week: If you feel God calling you to take up your cross and follow Him and haven’t done it, why not? Have you felt like you’ve been called into some form of ministry for God and think that…it’s just too risky? Maybe, too much to lose? Maybe…new cultures and new situations are…a little scary?
I put Him off for many, many years. He called me for a long time…I finally surrendered, and I am more than glad I did! I’d love to tell you about it.
I’m going to ask you this question even though I, more than likely, know the answer. Have you ever thought about “out-giving God?”
My guess is that your answer is, “No.”
When we think about God’s unending ability to forgive, His incredible ability to love, His unfathomable power to create, His…We’ll, we all know that we could never stand a chance. We could never come close to out-giving Him.
As Christians, we struggle daily, just to keep up with life. In the overall scheme of things, we have a difficult time giving much to Him or others. Giving time and love to family and friends doesn’t seem to add up too much here. In talking about love for others, including your enemies, Jesus said:
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? (Matt. 5:46-47)
In our current history, one of the greatest examples of “all-in” love of God and generosity to others is Mother Teresa. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in India which has over 4,500 nuns and is active in 133 countries around the world. Thousands, if not millions have received aid in some form or another because of this mission.
Yet she would have told you that she and the people working with her are nothing compared to God’s ability to give, and love.
Here’s a thought for your week. (Not mine this time.) "We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love." —Mother Teresa
On January 20th, 1961 John F. Kennedy said during his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
In this great American society, everything a person could ever need is incredibly easy to get. If we have the income and means, all we have to do is wheel the car into the fast-food drive-thru, and 5-10 minutes later we’re eating. Everything in our world is geared to getting us what we want when we want it!
The business world has learned that if we are expected to jump thru a hoop before we buy a product, we won’t. The company that doesn’t charge shipping gets the sale. We don’t even have to get out of bed to buy…just about anything.
We have become a “consumer culture, and I believe we need to fight that culture flowing into our churches. Just believing in Christ and thinking that’s enough can lead us to become “Consumer Christians.” Just believing doesn’t require action but following Christ does!
We cannot followChrist and remain a consumer Christian. Following requires movement. Movement in Christ requires service for God and others. Service for God and others means getting up from the pew and asking God, “What can I do for you today?”
There are 1,000’s of small, struggling churches in this country of our who need you. They need you to be an “on-fire” follower of Christ! My thought for your week: Mathew 20: 26[b]-28 (NIV) [Jesus said] whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” If we are to reallyfollow Christ, we’ve got to follow His lead.
I have found, the older we get the less we get into the “new year’s resolution” thing. When we were younger, we would really dive into it and say, “This year I’m going to get down to my ideal weight!” Or, “I’m going to start working on my book!” Or, “I’m going to save more and spend less!” Or, “I’m going to get in shape and run a 5K!” Or, “I’m finally going to conquer that addiction………”
And, then we fail…Over and over.
When we’re older, we don’t even try. We put it behind us because we know we won’t succeed.
We do the very same thing when it comes to following God’s will for our lives. We fail Him over and over. And the older we get, the more complacent we become. We say to ourselves, “Why do I even try. I’m going to continue to sin. I’m going to continue to fall short of who God wants me to be…”
Amazingly and fortunately for us, God continues loves us with His incredible grace. We fail Him over and over and He takes us back over and over.
God is incredibly full of love for us! He is unbelievably forgiving! Why? Because He know us better than we know ourselves. He knows our weaknesses better than we do. He knows our every flaw…and He STILL loves us.
This year, I believe you and I really need to resolve to walk closer to God. We need to make plans to pray more, read the Bible more, go to church more, light our faith on fire and get active in His church more!
My Thought for your week: Go to church! Get involved! Put your love for God into action! Why?Because 2,000 years ago He put His love for you into action!