May 31, 2011 Comments Off on Summer Thoughts
- Being humble and serving is the greatest way to reflect Christ to others. //Philippians 2:5-8 “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.” Even though you may have position, use that position to reflect Christ- not leverage it against others for your own gain.
- God has you exactly where you’re supposed to be, even if you don’t think you have a purpose.// 1 Corinthians 7:17 “And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life. Don’t think I’m being harder on you than on the others. I give this same counsel in all the churches.” Even though you wish you could be somewhere else, God has a plan for you this summer and has opportunities for you- You just have to position yourself to find out His will. God is positioning you in a season of change, giving you lots of downtime to seek Him and actually study your bible- don’t waste this time sitting around all day and feeling sorry for yourself!
- God’s blessing isn’t in the act, it’s in the action.// James 1:23-25 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” We often times are willing to take on the act of something in our thoughts, but are never willing to take action in our lives. You can accept Christ, but if you never take action on your faith and share it with others you are wasting your faith away.
- Our greatest problem in forgiving others isn’t what they did to us, it’s ourselves. // Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Christ forgave you.” God has to forgive us everyday of our sins, so why wouldn’t you be able to forgive someone else? We can accept and process what happened to us and why they hurt us, but we are unwilling to let it go because we want them to think they owe us something. // Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”
- We like to judge others because it makes us feel important and all righteous. // Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven” We are too easy to condemn others for having little faith or slipping up short in their walk with Christ, but you’re too afraid to open your own eyes and see all your flaws. You hide your spiritual insecurities by judging others, but if you judge others you are asking for God to judge you with His perfect standards- you don’t want that to happen, let me tell you.
**God expects infinitely worse from us than we expect from ourselves, so don’t get down on yourself when you mess up. It’s why Jesus died for ALL our sins and not just some of them.