As the time of His departure was coming closer, Jesus issued to those who were with Him and generations to come a new command to love one another. He said that this would be the way that people would know that we who profess Him as Lord of our life are His disciples. What great wisdom He shows us because He had already explained on another occasion that the Greatest Commandment was to love the Lord and to love your neighbor just as you love yourself. All of the laws, all of the rules, all of the standards that we establish can be processed through the filter of authentic love. Others have tried to remove God from this process by telling us that we cannot love someone else unless we first love ourselves. Unconditional love has its foundation in the love that God has for us. In spite of our faults, sins, or disobedience, God continues to extend His love to us. Show the world who you follow today by doing something from a perspective of authentic love that does not look to be paid back.
Celebrations are usually a time of friendly fellowship, joyful remembrances, expressions of hope, and declarations of deliverance. God desires for us to worship Him. Worship means that we are to celebrate His presence in our life. Therefore, it would be reasonable to expect a Sunday church worship time to be one of sharing about your life and the people in it with the people who are celebrating the presence of God with you. Let the real worshippers stand up and declare the hope, the joy and the deliverance that a relationship with God will bring.
Gathering things together creates abundance. Whenever there is an abundance of things the possibility of sharing increases. Sharing will produce an atmosphere of satisfied needs. Satisfaction generates rejoicing. The Lord is gathering believers in His Son. The believers put their trust in Him, which allows them to abound in many things. Believers share what the Lord has given with others. The needs of the community are met by tangible and intangible ways. The celebration of God’s faithfulness draws others to become believers. At the heart of these celebrations is the spiritual reality that you must gather before you can give.
The blessing that God has for each person, work in a complimentary way, when those people work together. Spiritual gifts may have been prioritized in order of need for the people, but they are designed to work in cooperation with the people who have the gift. Finding your area that you are suited to work in, is important to finding out how God wants to use you in the place where you are. Far too often, people are hindering their development, by not giving their maximum effort, where they are for the Lord. Victory is the result of completing what you are doing, because not all finish the assignment.
People want to know that they matter to their family, friends and associates. When there is a time that a person begins to feel that no-one is concerned for them, a sense of isolation and sadness overcomes them. God has created us in His own image and God already knows whether, or not, He matters to us by how we regard His Word. The greatest level of stewardship that we can exhibit is not in how we handle our tangible assets but in how we handle the true spiritual riches that God has left for us. It all comes down to a matter of the heart and whether, or not, we have truly opened our heart up to the occupation by the Holy Spirit, then we can be prepared to enjoy how we experience the manifold blessings of God.
Can you handle it? A simple enough question that carries with it a tremendous upside when IT is accomplished. We are all taking care of things on a temporary basis. Each one of us will eventually have to give a report on how well we handled the IT we were responsible for. For as far as the eye can see, and beyond, the true owner of everything is looking forward to a time when He can reward each of us for what we have done with the things that we have been entrusted to handle. On the occasion of the Ark being brought to a placed prepared for it Psalm 24 reminds us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Jesus has prepared a place for us to go. We are now the place where the Spirit of God desires to make its place of residence, therefore, we should be preparing ourselves for Its’ occupancy. Can you handle it?
Fruit trees are different than vegetables plants. Fruit trees grow for a number of seasons before they bear fruit. Vegetable plants bring forth their harvest in the present season. It is interesting how the Bible often compares us to fruit trees. Whether it is a vine that is trimmed or a tree that is along the way, God expects us to bear more fruit. We go through many things to bring us to a point that we can hold up under the stress of fruit bearing. Life issues, tests, trials, and tribulations strengthen us just as the change of seasons prepare the fruit tree to hold up under the weight of great expectation. God has promised to not put more on us than we can bear, so we should look to the opportunities that are coming for us to bring nourishment rather than worry about the storms that we are in or are approaching.
An old song says that everything must change and that nothing stays the same. Over time we see that people change, levels of knowledge change, facts change, and abilities change. What makes this so interesting is the reality that the world and the things that inhabit it are dependent on some things remaining the same. The solar system depends on the constant pull of gravity. The seashore depends on the coming and going of the tide. Relationships are built on the sense that there are things that can be depended upon, we call them standards or norms. The Bible teaches us that one of the attributes of God is that He is immutable, which means that He does not change. Therefore, we can count on His Love, His Faithfulness, His Power, His Forgiveness and His Grace always being available for us. If there is going to be a change in your life, shouldn’t you connect to something that can regulate the rest of your life for the good like God through His Son, Jesus. He will always be there for you because He said so and He never changes.
The hope that brings inspiration also produces dedication to a calling that others often do not understand. Before there was a heaven or an earth there was a thought within God about us that was uncontaminated by acts of sin. The beauty in a relationship with God is knowing what He desires for us to be and He will make available to us what we need to become just that, if we choose to. The child from poverty who becomes a world class neurosurgeon, that’s what God sees. The child born without limbs but tells of the Good News of Jesus Christ all over the world, that’s what God sees. The victim of abuse who overcomes it and excels in life to be a voice for the weak, that’s what God sees. The political prisoner who spends 27 years locked up then becomes president, that’s what God sees. The people born into slavery who then become leaders and rulers, that’s what God sees. What does He see when He looks at you?
God is Sovereign
Lord, I know that you don’t always use the most qualified person to do Your work. Sometimes You use ordinary people like me, and equip to work in Your harvest. Amen!!