Archive for June, 2012

WHOSE BENEFIT?

“For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established” (Romans 1:11).

A gift is meant for the benefit of someone else.  Such is the nature of the spiritual gift that the Father has imparted to you.  It is meant for the benefit of the church; the body of Christ. It’s only by the exercising of your particular gift for it’s intended purpose–the edification of others–that it becomes a blessing to you.  Don’t get stuck on the side of the road being a spiritual hitchhiker; always looking for how the church can meet your needs.  Instead, ask whose need you might meet?

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ENDING SATISFIED

“Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life” (Genesis 25:8).

The best way to come to the end of life satisfied and with no regrets is to live each day to it’s fullest–loving, laughing, giving, serving.  It’s only as we embrace the truth of our own mortality that we can possibly be inspired to live each day with the fullness that the resurrected Christ intended.

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GREED’S REVELATION

“Beware, and be on you guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

Greed has seemingly become an acceptable flaw.  What God describes as being sin, American culture labels as a Type-A personality, a go-getter, a good work ethic.  It is, however, a lifestyle that is aggressively self-centered; revealing an inferiority complex of such degree that one becomes blinded to the true Source of Life.

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A PROACTIVE VIEW

“Therefore, to one who knows that right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

Sadly, the life of faith is too often lived from a negative perspective; a preoccupation and satisfaction with just not doing certain things.  While there are, certainly, destructive behaviors and attitudes that should be put away, a fuller understanding of the life of Christ is to be found doing those things that ought to be done and best exemplify the fruit of the Spirit.  What best represents your faith?  Doing?  Or not doing?

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FAITH NOW AND THEN

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

I often hear someone say that becoming a Christian means you get to go to heaven when you die.  While the statement is true, such a long look at the life of faith is too short-sighted.  To live life committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ transforms your daily existence not just  your eternal destiny.  Looking only to the end is to miss the abundance of today.

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GENERALITIES AND PARTICULARS

“And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come, so that my house may be filled.’ Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:23,27).

While separated by only three verses these two statements express very different truths about God’s redemptive plan. Specifically, while God’s salvation is unlimited in scope–available for anyone and everyone who responds by faith and trust–it is not unconditional in demands. Salvation may be free but it’s not cheap. It will cost you your life.

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SOWING POSSIBILITIES

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree…” (Matthew 13:31-32).
As a disciple you are the presence of Christ; each day sowing the kingdom of heaven into the field God has given you to live your life.  Our tendency is to minimize the influence we can have each day for the cause of Christ, yet the Holy Spirit is able to maximize our faithful witness in unimaginable ways as the fruit of His Spirit is borne out for others to see and experience.

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