June 30, 2011 Comments Off on Plan B
13 “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” -1 Samuel 13:13-14
In our life, we are always given many different options. Each and everyday you wake up, you have an option to wear a different colored shirt, eat a different cereal, choose which shampoo to wear, or what colored socks to put on.
We have two options:
Plan A) We give into what we want because we’re insecure and like to cover things up. We go to church, but don’t pay attention because we don’t like the church we go to and don’t want to make an effort to try and get something out of the sermon. We can seek out our life goals, live to further ourselves, and make our wildest dreams come true. We can go after the easy things in life, finding out things that take the least amount of effort to get the most recognition… (90% of people choose Plan A everyday…)
Plan B) We die to ourselves, waiting for what God has for us. We respond to the calling in our lives, regardless of whatever it may be or how few benefits it will actually help us in our material lives. We treat others with respect and trust that God will provide all things in his timing, not ours. We let God fill our dreams and aspirations, rather than society, and seek to find the straight and narrow path. (10% of people choose plan B for their life)
Saul chose Plan A for his life in the verse above because he was unwilling to wait on Gods promise that Samuel was going to come to him on a certain day. God isn’t a fan of us making plans for our life and leaning on our wisdom. Why? Because He created us, created everything that keeps us going everyday and clearly knows us better than we know us.
So what did God do when Saul didn’t do what He asked him to do? God found someone else to fill the purpose that He had originally set for Saul.
God has a special calling for your life that He wants you to embrace, but are you going to actually seek it. He has something much greater than you could ever think you could accomplish, but how awful would it be if He let someone else accomplish it because you weren’t willing to live a life for Him?
The silly things you are chasing after on the weekends, the small amounts of happiness you find after drinking that only leads to a worse feeling, or the abusive relationship you allow yourself to be in because you feel you don’t deserve any better…These things will keep you from your purpose, these things that are completely in your control will make God pick someone else.
Don’t think that the first plan/option for your life is the only one, there is more to life than what you see on TV. I promise. God isn’t afraid of picking someone else for the awesome purpose He has in store for you if you aren’t willing to live a life for him- it’s biblical
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
June 10, 2011 Comments Off on Choose Today
As you enter college you are presented with two choices and two choices alone: 1) God 2) Yourself. College is a time of becoming the man or woman you want to be, not your last ditch effort to party your guts out. While it is important to have a good time, you must recognize that you are forming habits that are going to stick with you for the rest of your life- whether they be good or bad. Studies have shown that it takes anywhere from 18 to 256 days to form habits and you can imagine how many times you may repeat a certain action of the course of a few years of college, so I caution you to be careful what you’re doing.
Often time people talk about wanting to “get out” their party side, but really they are putting more crap into their life because they’re creating memories or emotional scars that could last them for their entire life. God never meant for us not to have fun and never said we couldn’t be social in college, but it is important to consider the choices you are making because they can affect you emotionally, physically, and spiritually for a life time. Now is the time to rise up and become the person you want to be.
You can choose Gods way for your life and choose to seek him in all that you do and all that you put your day into or you can choose to seek yourself first and your own desires. People often ask me why they have to do it Gods way, why they can’t do just whatever they want and ask for Gods forgiveness later. While this is technically true and Jesus died on the cross to cover ALL of our sins for the rest of our life, that’s not the way God intended it and you will have no opportunity to ever see Gods greatness in your life or be able to effect the others around you for the greater good. “One who says, “I know him,” and doesn’t keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn’t in him.” (1 John 2:4) The bible explicitly tells us that even though we may say we know God, but do not keep the commandments of being a Christian and serving God first in our life is considered a liar and the truth of Jesus and his plan for the life of others isn’t inside him.
The second option is to serve yourself and your own desires, which is not right in the eyes of God. If you only seek to gratify yourself you will never be satisfied, and while it may seem fun or fulfilling in the beginning, it will never satisfy you for a life time and will continue to sin as you seek to fulfill yourself and your bodily desires. “Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” (Romans 16:17-18)
Choose this day whom you will serve because if you don’t have a plan going into the next day, you will surely be vulnerable to anything ungodly.