A friend of mine and her husband (that I don’t see often enough) are always writing for someone. In a very casual conversation, she asked if they could do an article on me about my faith. I was quite intimidated about that. I mean, after all, who am I?
First, let me say “thank you” to all of you for the kind words. To Jesus Christ be all the glory. One comment in particular got my attention. It was from a high school friend who said something to the effect of ‘I’ve known you, but never knew you’.
Isn’t that true of all of us? We all know someone in our life that we think we know pretty much everything, but do we? Probably not. No one knows our most intimate thoughts and feelings. No one knows the fear and insecurity or the hurt and anger that we try so desperately to hide.
But there is Someone Who does! And He loves us in spite of ourselves. Jesus sees and knows our hearts. Why, He knows us better than we know ourselves. And He loves us anyway! Our pastor always says, “There is nothing you can do to make Jesus love you more and… there is nothing you can do to make Him love you less.”
So with that being said, why don’t we do the best we can and leave the rest (well, all of it) up to God?
He has told you, O man, what is good;And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 NASB
Most of us are very familiar with the poem above. If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you have certain experienced times when Jesus carried you.
Sometimes folks think that salvation will be giddy happiness for the rest of their lives. Or they think that since they are “saved” no problems will ever come their way again. Or maybe they think that God would never ask them to step out in faith to do something so beyond their capabilities and comfort.
Not so. Instead of giddy happiness (we do have that at times), we have the joy of the Lord that cannot be taken away or explained. Life’s problems still come. After all, the Bible tells us that “it rains on the just and the unjust”, but we are never alone in life’s problems. And sooner or later we realize that our loving Father did not save us so we can be ever comfortable or so He could use us in whatever ways we are capable. We understand that salvation is our gift, but it’s all about Him. We learn that He has all POWER and He covers all ZONES so He can stretch us well beyond our capabilities and well outside our comfort zones. He is not limited.
In this faith journey with Jesus, we have some assurances:
- We are never alone
- We are loved
- We belong
- We are called to a purpose
- We are forgiven
- We are not our own
- We are to tell others about our great Savior
I’m so glad that Jesus is holding my hand on this journey of faith. I’m so glad I am never alone. I’m so glad the He gives PEACE that passes all understanding, even in the midst of this world’s chaos. Aren’t you?
I came that they may have
and have it
Meet Kojack. Yep, this dates you if you remember a TV show about Kojack. The white face is known as a “bald” face; hence, the name.
Kojack is a little bull (now steer) born to our family of cattle. For folks that have not grown up on a farm, you would never want to name your little ones. And if you have a large herd, you just resort to numbers rather than names.
Kojack’s purpose is to be sold at auction to cover the cost of raising all the cattle. We only have a few so one should do it. We have another calf named T-bone. I’m sure you can guess his life’s purpose. Already, my adult children ask, “Is this…?” when we eat steak. Our answer…”Not yet.”
The point I want to make is that of purpose. Jesus was born with a purpose. He, too, was born to cover the cost of a sinful world – all mankind. He gave the ultimate sacrifice – separation from His Holy Father. Oh, we think dying was the ultimate and it would be for a mere mortal, but Jesus IS God. And until that fateful day on the cross, He had never known anything but perfect union with His Father. No, I can’t explain it. But for God, who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf to pay our debt is mind-boggling. Yet, that was the purpose of our manger baby Jesus that angels and shepherds worshiped.
Jesus had a purpose. I have a purpose. And you have a purpose.
As believers, we may not be called on to die a martyr’s death, but we are all called for the purpose of dying to our self, taking up our cross and following Jesus in life. We are called with a purpose to live obediently.
Are you fulfilling your purpose? Are you seeking to live life on purpose? If not, it’s not too late. Give your life to Jesus Christ. As you surrender to Him, He brings purpose to you!
Is your glass half full or is it half empty? Do you look for the good in a situation and in people? Or do you see what’s bad?
Funny thing is that often the “bad” that we see was just a WRONG perception. That’s right! We may have been in a foul mood so we saw what we perceived to be bad – when that wasn’t the case at all.
You know the idea of “looking through rose colored glasses”, right? It’s that we naively see all as bliss. Well I, for one, would rather be “blissfully” happy than sour and unhappy because I choose a negative perception.
Most situations and people have some good in them! Sometimes we see it right off and other times we have to dig a little. But, trust me…you can find the good if you want to find the good.
Today, let’s look for the good. It will let the joy of the Lord shine through you. And that’s what life is about – letting other see Jesus in us!
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor… Proverbs 11:27 NASB
We see her at church or work or down our street and she is nicely dressed, clean and smiling as we talk. But let us not forget that the battle is real.
What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack. Maybe it was a terminal diagnosis of her loved one or maybe she just found out that her child was hurt by someone she trusted or she lost her job this week. What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.
We see her at the market and she hurls painful words at those around her. She is mean and hateful. We, too, want to lash out at her, or someone, when she said spiteful things to us! But let us not forget that the battle is real.
What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack. Maybe everyday she’s told by her husband that she is not good enough and never will be, or she found herself in a compromising position and she compromised or she was betrayed by someone she never thought would betray her. What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.
The battle is real – but the battle is not with them.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
Therefore, let us take up the whole armor of God:
- the belt of truth
- the breastplate of righteousness
- the gospel of peace
- the shield of faith
- the helmet of salvation
- the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Let us pray at all times in the Spirit, to keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18 paraphrased)
Don’t leave her to stand alone. The Battle is Real.