Matthew 25:5 – “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We all want to do great things for God. So much so, that we have a tendency to neglect the small things. God measures by how faithful we are to the task, not by how big the task is.
My Advice – Pay attention to and do not neglect the “small” things of God. You are not ready for the big things until you’ve been faithful in the small things.
Zechariah 12:5 – “The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord God Almighty is their God.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We should never forget our source of strength. Serve Him and be strong and successful. Turn our back on Him and see just how weak and vulnerable we become.
My Advice – As you gain success in life, give God the glory, praise and thanks. Do not think “look at all I have done.” What you are able to do, you do because God has enabled you and granted you success.
Acts 1:8 – “You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God has commissioned us to share the Gospel, so that others may know the way they can inherit eternal life. We should view this as a privilege, for that is what it really is. Not so much a command as it is an opportunity to share the best news anyone could ever hear. People usually cannot wait to share a piece of good news with others or to introduce new friends to old friends. In the same way, we should be very eager to share the Gospel and to introduce others to the Savior. To play whatever part we can in rescuing them from eternal separation from God.
Yet all too often we are hesitant to do so. Perhaps this is because we fear rejection and ridicule. Whatever the reason, we sometimes let our burden over these fears overcome our burden for the lost. But it is not just failing to speak out when we should that prevents us from being the witnesses that we should be. It is also the way that we live our lives. Our external behavior is not always as consistent as it should be with the internal change that has taken place in us. So, if we dared to speak up to share our faith, would our testimony be credible based upon the evidence of how we live our lives day-to-day? The sad reality is that when we fail to speak out when we should, or when our conduct is inconsistent with our professed faith in Christ, we are actually being a witness – a poor one. This is certainly not the legacy we want to leave with our friends and family.
My Advice – We must be prepared to testify (witness) when called to the “stand.” In the meantime, we need to make sure that the lives we are living will be consistent with the truth that we proclaim (evidence). We must not only “talk the talk,” we must “walk the walk.”
Coming Soon – An updated version of my Bible study “Got Spiritual Milk?” will soon be available in the Store link on my home page. What you see above is a short excerpt the chapter dealing with the eleventh of twelve “steps” discussed in the study.
Haggai 1:2, 9 – “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but you are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. Why? Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – While we are busy building a life, we often neglect God’s temple – the condition of our heart, where the Holy spirit resides. Building a life is not bad, but it should not be done at the expense of not developing our relationship with Christ, being transformed into His image.
My Advice – You’ve put a lot into your education (planted much) so you can build a successful career, earn a comfortable living and enjoy the finer things of life. Just make sure that you do not look solely to these things to satisfy you (have your fill). Do not neglect God. Do not become too distracted by the accumulation of these other things. In the end, they mean little without God (harvest is little).
Amos 3:3 – Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are God’s children, but it is entirely up to us whether or not we walk with him.
My Advice – Agree to walk with God. He’s already agreed to walk with you.
Isaiah 55:11 – [S]o is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – As a blogger, it is easy to become discouraged at times. You write a blog that you feel particularly good about and receive no comments, likes or shares and very few views. You begin to ask yourself, why am I doing this? This is a question we should continually ask ourselves. If we are doing it for the comments, likes, shares or number of views, then perhaps we are doing it for the wrong reason (perhaps our own glory?). But if we are doing solely for the glory of God (soli Deo Gloria), statistics are not the point.
If God has called us to the ministry of blogging, He merely calls us to be faithful. Being faithful does not always mean being “successful.” At least in terms of statistics. Jesus had a mere twelve followers and lost one, but look what happened. When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13, NIV 1984)
But if the words we are blogging are in reality going out from the “mouth” of God (we should be so blessed), then they will not return empty, but will accomplish whatever He desires. As a blogger, I may never actually see the results, and the results can never really be measured by comments, likes, shares or views. But if He uses any blog of mine to accomplish just one of His purposes, that will be statistic enough.
My Advice – Blog on, soli Deo gloria!
Romans 12:5 – In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – While not the only reasons, some believers have forsaken the church because they feel it is full of hypocrites or they believe they can worship at anyplace or anytime. It is true that there is Continue reading “Engages With The Church”