Each day we roll out of bed and make our way (half awake) through the house to start our day. First it is to the coffee pot or in my case downstairs to let the dogs out of their kennels so that they can start their day. I must admit seeing their wagging tails does perk me up a bit. As far as this scenario plays out I think you know the rest, because eventually I get into my vehicle and head to work.
As that day begins each decision we make no matter how small builds upon the path we are on. For those who believe in God we believe that no matter our thoughts, it is He who guides our feet. Now this does not mean we walk around like zombies waiting for the next message to come down from God and then act upon it. This merely means that for us there are little clues or even large ones that help guide our feet; the rest is up to us to make the right decisions.
When I look at the things I decide to do, each one is a pebble to be placed in front of me that will create the road I walk on. Some pebbles are bigger or smaller, but each one nonetheless causes the road to be built.
For some people the decisions they make will be some of the hardest of their lives and it might seem like that pebble they have to place down in front of them weighs a ton. Regardless of its weight it must be put down; we are the builders of our road and at times we will have to ask for assistance.
If you find that the pebbles to be placed on your road are too heavy, know that God sent down a stone that is the bedrock your road is being created on. Jesus Christ is that foundation and with Him all things are possible. Knowing this we must also see those times when we are too weak and must ask for help; it is okay. This is exactly what God expects from us because He has already directed someone to be on your path to be that blessing. Allow them to be the instrument God has intended them to be by receiving the blessing God has intended for you through them.
So think for a moment about all the pebbles you have laid down to build the road you are on today. Is it wide enough? Is it smooth enough? Does it have a lot of curves or is it simply straight? Is it built on flat land or in the mountains? Whatever the attributes of your road; no one road is perfect. Each are unique to the builder which makes them all the more interesting, thereby making the travel on them a wonderful adventure with God.
Don’t worry about the width of the road too much because God will always make sure that there is enough room for someone to walk on beside you and behind you.
Can’t believe I turned to Shakespeare for this one, but when tough topics come up we have to be honest with ourselves and each other. In the news all we hear about is being politically correct. What does that mean anyway? Of course the answers some learned in their secular college course somewhere will come out, but to be honest, I think this is what got us into the mess we are in now.
My intent is not to pinpoint a college for a fault, but what I am referring to is the idea that political correctness was taken to levels unseen by everyone. Now, we are stuck with it regardless of how far it has come and I have an idea that many of those who raised banners for it are now stuck eating “Crow”, but in order to save face are unwilling to upset the status quo they find themselves in. Why? Because quite frankly it could mean losing jobs, friends and their livelihood.
It seems to me in my simple mind that if I am being honest, it is a better quality than lying to myself and everyone around me about my feelings and what I consider to be right or wrong. If I give up my beliefs and betray my feelings I have just handed who I am over to someone else; something I refuse to do regardless of the consequences. Anyway, I am not mine to give away as I belong to God.
For those who are struggling with choices they know they must make to save themselves; make the choice you know your heart is telling you. God has put His Law on your heart and by this you will know that the choice you make is the right one. Do not let sin cloud your heart and repent. Let God in so that you can honestly and clearly examine yourself; remember God have given you grace through Jesus Christ – He is your gift so honor and cherish it.
For those around you who claim there is no God or God’s Law does not apply or other absurd claims; they too know that God exists. If they truly thought that God did not exist they would not fight so hard to prove otherwise. For those who would challenge you in this our foundation comes from the book of Romans 1: 18 – 25. Although you may come from a biblical world view it is simple. Do not let anyone be the judge over God and His word, but remember that our example is Christ and it is with Christian love we approach the lost; not free love as they might have you believe.
As Christians we are constantly told that we have to prove that God exists so I will simply reverse the table and use the same weighted balance; prove that He doesn’t. Theory and hypothesis do not count as fact or truth. Remember that the Laws of Nature are used by science which also agrees with Laws of Logic, so just because I believe in something that cannot be considered tangible does not mean that I am the only one in the room that uses faith as my foundation.
Praise and Glory to God as He continues to use those who know Him and those who claim otherwise – All for His Glory!
As I wade through my day and think of other things I would rather be doing, I also think of; what is it that God wants me to be doing? One thing that reminds me of how small my plans are is when I read in the book of Proverbs how man’s heart might direct his plans, but it is God who guides his feet.
Maybe what we as Christians should be concerning ourselves with is those who are out in the world standing up for Jesus, risking all for His glory. It is easy to wrap our prayer lives up in our own little world, especially when we are continually asking for things that maybe we should not. A better question to ask ourselves is; is what we are asking God for within His will for us or our will for Him?
Whatever we do it is our prayers and time studying the Bible that prepares us for each day; giving us the spiritual nourishment and strength to do what God asks of us.
Praise God and may the Kingdom of Jesus Christ reign on earth as it does in Heaven!
Not being a man of high intelligence or extreme complex thought I usually try to stick to what I understand best and will at times shy away from those things that I find too complicated or difficult for my brain to digest. This does not mean I am not willing to learn, it simply means that I choose to live my life my way as long as it falls within the confines of what God has planned for me.
In the quest for a fairly simple life I have attempted to follow God in the best way I know how, but with all the self-proclaimed Christian denominations out there I find it difficult to discern which one I am supposed to follow or none at all. One funny thing though; I have recently learned of Theonomy and find it a curious perspective that has caused me to dive even deeper into my bible There are many well-educated authors on the subject which also leaves me a very long reading list to tackle!
Discouraging at best is probably the best way to describe my experiences and none more discouraging than the lack of fellowship. This is a difficult subject because at our jobs we are to keep those subjects hushed, but I never thought that as a Christian I would consider myself lonely as one. I am also not naive enough to think that I am the only person seeking knowledge and fellowship in Christ, so don’t assume that this my version of a pity party as it is not pity that I seek.
Through these searches and during this time of difficulty I am still thankful to God for the opportunity to learn more about Him and myself. I will also count it to joy for any amount of time I have to be in prayer and in God’s Word; through these I consider myself not wanting for anything.
So in summary what I am experiencing is nothing compared to those on the other side of the world being persecuted and killed for their Christian beliefs which leaves me in a position to be nothing less than thankful. I am however, left with the task of prayer for them to have strength in love and perseverance through faith.
Have you heard about the real story of Jesus Christ and the message He brought just for you? said the smiley Christian Guy.
“Yea, I have heard of him, but I don’t believe in all that religious stuff.” Said the Survival of the Fittest Guy.
The situation is presented here for you to finish. I know how I would at least try to direct the conversation, but at some point there has to be the proverbial “sales close”. We know that even Jesus closed on the young prince with a simple, yet difficult choice.
My personal opinion as it pertains to the mission Christ gave us is that too many times we (me included) like to lean on the what I like to call the “Mustard Seed Close”. We think that by dropping a seed on the ground that it will grow, but the answer actually lies in our understanding of how most plants grow.
Most of us know from biology class that there are certain requirements that have to be met in order for the plant to grow. The first is to establish the foundation by planting it in fertile ground at the right depth.
When I think of this, I look at it as mentoring or coaching. For me in the beginning of the coaching process, motivation is a key element that must happen. This can be done by simply sharing your attitude and or positive body language as you present the idea or information with the mentee.
The next phase is observation, watering and sometimes shielding. Just as the young plant sprouts, so does the mentee. They need observation, guidance and information to feed on. Through this the plant grows and matures into the next plant that provides the seeds and fruit for the next one.
So have some fun with how you might respond and think through some ideas on how you might close on someone for Christ, which includes the work needed to ensure that the Mustard Seed you left with them was properly planted and not just thrown on the ground hoping for the best.