Encouragement for Fellow Bloggers

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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!

Engages With The Church

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Romans 12:5In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV 1978)

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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”

Inconsistent Profession

Ezekiel 33:32 – “My people come to me, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Our profession of faith in Jesus Christ needs to result in changed lives and changed behavior. We must not profess devotion with our lips and then act (or fail to act) in a manner that is inconsistent with our profession.

My Advice – Make sure that your actions are consistent with your profession.

Special Edition – Mentors

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2 Timothy 2:2 – [T]he things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – I’ve had a handful of mentors in my walk with Christ. First off were my mom and dad who Continue reading “Special Edition – Mentors”

Getting Off The Couch

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1 Corinthians 1:26-31Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”  (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Not feeling too wise?  Not very influential? Not of noble birth? Weak and lowly?  Then perhaps God can use you.  That’s not to say God cannot use those who are.  But sometimes our wisdom, influence, stature and strength can get in the way of being used by God.  Perhaps maybe because we do not think we need Him and can manage just fine with what we have.

But life in Christ is full of oxymorons.  The poor are rich and the rich are destitute.  Gaining the whole world can cost you your soul. Those who give out of their want give more than those who give out of their wealth.  The foolish shame the wise.  The older (Esau) serves the younger (Jacob).  The least of the lowliest clan (Gideon) becomes the judge that delivers all Israel.  Ordinary fishermen (Peter, John and James) and a hated tax collector (Matthew) become disciples of the Messiah. The King of kings is born in a stable and raised in backwater Nazareth (can anything good come from there?).  The Apostle Paul is given weakness so he can be strong.  The persecutor of early Christians (Saul) became the Apostle of grace (Paul).  The Savior had to die on a cross (cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree) in order to offer the blessing of eternal life to all mankind.

So, maybe we should not feel so inadequate after all.  Maybe we don’t need to be up on the couch where it is nice and comfortable.  We’re needed more down in the trenches.

My Advice –  Go in God’s strength.  His grace is always sufficient.

Even If I Perish

Esther 4:16 – “When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – As harsh as it may sound, this should be our attitude when responding to God’s call. If it costs us everything we must still be willing to answer the call. This is not being fatalistic. It is being faithful to the One who sent His Son to die for our sins. We can never pay back that debt, but we can make down payments.

My Advice – Be devoted to God and obedient to His call. The cost will usually not be this high. He is more interested in the willingness than He is in the execution.