Tuesday, January 24, 2017

He is Always Around

Luke 24:32

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

When you read this verse, you have to put it into context of what is going on here. From the perspective of the disciples here, all is lost. Jesus was just crucified, his core disciples had scattered, and the bulk of his followers have fallen away. With all that just happening, this story picks up. A few of his disciples are walking to Emmaus, a short seven mile walk (which takes about two hours depending how fast or slow you walk) from Jerusalem. On the way these disciples encountered who they thought was a stranger but it was really Jesus. For the remainder of the day these disciples had full conversations and discussions with Jesus about what just happened. But they did not realize that it was him the whole time. He taught them showed the what the deal was with the scriptures, they got all excited. Then it dawned, or it was revealed, that it was Jesus. In the midst of all this excitement and craziness, Jesus was there.

You know it is easy to just push it aside and say that God is always around you. We can know that intellectually, but to live as if Jesus is in every situation, in every aspect of life is somewhat a tough statement to really take a hold of. When you live knowing that Jesus is always there, now matter what, it changes how you view things. The disciples here were having a discussion of the scriptures. Then all of a sudden they realized that he was in their midst. He was there. Yet, he was there the whole time. When they realized that, things changed. Their perspective changed, their attitudes changed, and their focus changed.

Lord help us to realize that you are always around. When we recognize that you are ever present, our lives become more different because you are there.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Call to God till you hear something....

Matthew 20:31-32

The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

Sometimes it comes down to this. Calling upon God till you get an answer. Calling upon God till you hear something. Sounds desperate, but this is so necessary. It is necessary because sometimes we need to get to that point. On the surface it makes it as God that wants us to beg, but on in reality when we get to this point it changes the posture of our heart. You see, God wants us to give it all to Him. He wants us to depend on him completely. He wants us to fully be reliant upon Him and His word. Sometimes praying till we get an answer brings our heart to the point where we need to be. When we are at that point, God can be God. The amazing happens and He answers.

So what does this mean for us? It means that we have to get our hearts to the point where God is God. Were our hearts are in complete surrender to Him. When He answers, though the answer may be YES, NO, or wait our heart must not change. When all that I desire is Him, I are ready for what He wants to do. Maybe he wants to move. Maybe he wants to do some amazing things. Maybe he is ready to do something great. But what I know is that my heart must in the right place.

Lord thank you for allowing me to posture my heart closer to where you want me to be. You are God.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Great Cost of Sin

1 Samuel 21:1-2

David went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?” David answered Ahimelech the priest, “The king charged me with a certain matter and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about your mission and your instructions.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.

David was on the run. He was on the run from Saul. It was official, he became public enemy number one in Saul's eyes. In light of that revelation he runs to a temple. Great run to God! But that is not what really happened. Instead, what he does is to lie to everyone there. He lies to cover his behind and get the resources he needs to survive. Sounds logical. I mean it's not like he took a whole lot. Except, later we learn that Saul kills everyone in that town. Many people paid for the lie that David did. He lied to others in order to survive. However, other people paid the price for his survival with their very lives. Sin, regardless if even done with good intentions has consequences.

I was told once that though you may think you are taking something for free, someone pays for it. There is a price for your sin, a price for your actions. Sometimes we all get caught up in our own progress or our own forward progression and we ask people for support, we fail to see the cost for them. I was reminded in a podcast yesterday of opportunity cost that would be missed if we commit to something else. Decisions, especially sinful ones have a lot of missed opportunity cost to them. The lesson here is that sin has a cost, and that I as a Christian, must be very aware that of my actions. The saving grace though is that there will be a cost to our sin, our Lord God can turn what was meant for evil to good. Our God is great.

Thank you Lord for this reminder of cost of sin and the missed opportunity that it has.