July 19, 2011 Comments Off on Right//Wrong Thing
So here’s a little story: This past weekend I was driving a close friend to Atlanta, while we were driving we were listening to music. I knew there was a bad word coming up in the song, so I turned down the song, but ended up blurting out the very word when the time came because I was thinking about the lyrics so hard to know when to turn it back up.
Have you ever had a time when you were trying to do the right thing, but all you were thinking about was not doing that very thing. And because of concentrating all your attention on avoiding that action, you actually ended up doing it because you were so focused on it?
So often times all we think about in life is trying to do the right thing, trying to never mess up. However, it will never be about what you’re going to do, but what has been done for you. We negate the idea that it’s about the heart of doing things- not the actual action itself.
Life isn’t about doing good things for poor people…
It’s more than that.
I think so often times we tend to give up on God once we mess something up because we think that God doesn’t want anything to do with us. We believe just because we lost our purity, accumulated significant death, have poor health, or didn’t get the high paying job that God doesn’t want anything to do with us because that’s what the world is tell you. Read this verse: Luke 17:12-14 “Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.”
These lepers were deemed as dirty, useless human beings by their society. Having no worth and no purpose, which caused them to stand far away from everyone else. Yet, Jesus still wanted to heal them. Jesus still wanted to make something of them and give them new life!
Over and over, we try to do the right thing but it always seems to turn out wrong. You feel like you can’t ever do anything right, but God isn’t pushing you away. In fact, He wants to bare your burdens for you and take on your sickness because He is capable and a loving God. No matter how messed up, bad, or sick you think you may be; no matter how many of your friends are pushing you away, God wants you. He wants you to come as you, He wants to heal you today and give you joy for tomorrow. Believe and receive Jesus.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8
May 9, 2011 Comments Off on Weighing In
When we step on the scale, we fear that we going to weigh a lot…However, we step on the scale for God, we need to hope to break the scale.
So often times in our life, we like to look to numbers as a representation of how we are doing in life. For example, we step on the scale to see if we are eating too much, too little, or how much muscle we’ve gained. We fear being overweight because our society sees “fat” people as a negative superlative/characteristic of a human being. We carry extra weight with us, our weight builds over the years, and eventually we almost max out the scale and are embarrassed. However...
Have you ever considered being “fat for God”? When we step on Gods scale, He wants us to carry as much weight as possible- He wants our life to have significance. Moreover, God wants our life to carry weight for the glory of His kingdom. God doesn’t want us to be going on a spiritual weight diet or lowering our spiritual calorie intake.
I think so often times, we are guilty of going on a spiritual weight fast. We take God out of our life for a day, a week, a month, or a season in hopes of losing our spiritual weight to be able to do whatever we want. We want to live a little and have some fun without having the responsibility of answering to God or stepping on the spiritual weight scale. We want to live our life however we want without having to be accountable to anything- especially not a scale. We want to indulge ourselves in whatever we can get into and feel the freedom of being alive. But there is many dangers in fasting…
When you fast, your body begins to shut down and your metabolism slows down. When you fast, you feel light headed and weak in strength because your body isn’t getting the necessary fat and calorie intake it needs to function and process. Moreover, your body isn’t fully functioning because not all the organs are engaged because they are not having to break down and process food. Much like a food fast, the effects are the same for a spiritual fast: you begin to shut down your connection with God and feel weak. You aren’t living your life to the fullest and are wasting away the holy spirit and God inside of you because you aren’t feeding yourself the word of God. Slowly and slowly you begin to fall away before you know it- even though you only planned to fast for a week. A week turned into a year and then a lifetime away from God.
So, my challenge for you today is: Are you going to be FAT on God or are you going to live your life hoping just to show up on the spiritual weight scale? Are you going to max the scale out because the weight of your life for God means something?