Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flee from all this...

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance,and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you mad your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Tim 6:10-12

Paul instructs his young disciple Timothy to run away from the desires of money. He instructs him to pursue the good things in life. Not so much in riches but in character and love for God. It’s kind of interesting there that right after Paul says that money is the root of all kinds of evil, he immediately says to pursue righteousness and all the other qualities. Not saying that money is bad but he suggest that it can consume you. You can make it all about money and then at the end of your life, nothing. I can see though that money is a strong influence. You need it to live and you need it to survive. But you don’t need to consume your life.

I can relate to this. There are some days I wonder why the heck can’t I just go out and make a money instead of sticking to the calling. But I know that sticking to your convictions is necessary. But really, it looks fun to make a lot of money. All most all my friends make a good amount of money, most of them making a six figure income. They own houses, cars, have families, and are living what I would say the typical normal life. I’m not going to lie, I would love to have that kind of life. Not that I don’t like my life now, but if was in my mid 20’s this would be cool, but I have been like this since my mid 20’s and it’s getting pretty old. Not that I don’t like being in ministry, but even being in ministry gets draining and I want something different. But here I am reminded that I must continue to pursue God with all my heart. Continue to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Continue to fight the good fight. Because in a fight, you do get tired, you also think thoughts such as “why the hell am I here?” But it is a fight, and one I’d like to come out on top.

Lord thank you for the message today. Help me stay true, and fight the good fight.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Stay True

“If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.” Ecclesiasties 10:4

This is an interesting verse, here you have a situation where there is great stress, but Solomon here says that under great stress remain calm and think with your brains. Now this is nothing new, you hear this all around today. Be calm think it through. But what I think Solomon is getting at here is that emotions can get the best of you. In tough situations you or in situations where something shocking happens, we all tend to either get angry, become afraid, or in most situations, just tense up to what is going on. It also doesn’t get a lot to get us frazzled also. It could be anything, our boss yelling at us, unexpected news coming in, traffic, heck even a hot girl coming up to talk to you. It takes something that will send us over thinking with our emotions rather then thinking with our brains.

Think it through and stay straight. Okay for me this is easy to say but not easy to do. What I think Solomon is coming on to here is that I must be have this ability to think through high degrees of stress. But what I find important here is that he sad “do not leave your post.” Meaning for me, do not leave what God has called you to do. Do not leave the assignment that was given to you. Stay true to it. For me I need to write down the assignment and know exactly what it is. That way under stress I have a road map, I have a guide post. I have direction.

Lord thank you for all this reminder.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Work the Land

“He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.” Proverbs 28:19

Here the wise man is offering that those who work the land will have abundance of food. You must work the land you have to get out there and put physical labor, hardship and pain behind the production. You have to do this daily, you have to do this constantly, you have to do this right. All three must be considered in order for this to work right. Contrary to that those who just plan, or just dream up a project, or just hope that it will happen. It isn’t. You need to work the land to produce fruit.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to plan. I love to think up of things but often what I forget is that if I want my dreams to pass, or if I want things to get done, well, I have to actually have to work, and work hard. Recently I read an article about Kobe Bryant and how his absolute goal and dream was to win the NBA Championship this year. But besides dreaming about it, he hired the trainer that trained Michael Jordan and worked his butt off this year. Now a recent quote he said “I feel stronger” He put the time and effort in. Now he is on a path to win an NBA Championship. So me? I love to dream. You know how many plans and to do list I have. Lots! But it’s not a to do list it’s do list. I have to take what Nike says and “Just Do it”.

Lord thank you for the reminder and help me to just do it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Know Your Flock

“Be sure you know well the condition of your flock, give careful attenion to your herds for riches do not endure forever and a crown is not secure fo all generations.” Proverbs 27:23

I like what Solomon is saying here. Know well the condition of your flock. Not only to know it you makes it a very important point, “BE SURE”. This is stresses that it Solomon highly regards this as important. Take every percaution to know what is going on in your financial life. Be sure that you know exactly what is going on so that you can make wise decisions or you know that nothing crazy is going on.

So what does this mean for me. For years I have been dogging the responsibility of being a wise steward. Yes, I know kind of what is going on in my financial situation. But often I just ignore it. Just waiting for a check or waiting for what is coming up next. Only till recently I have been doing well in this area. Today is just a reminder. Know exactly what is going on in your financial life.

Lord thank you for this reminder of what I need to do. Help me be wiser in what I do so I can make better decisions as my life moves forward.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Different Levels of Faith...

“One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.” Romans 14:2

Wussy. Nah, just joke. But what Paul is talking about here is some of the practices that were probably going on in Rome. What was common during that time was that the Romans would offer food sacrifices to their various gods hoping that the gods would show them favor. However, what often would happen was that the cleaners of the gods would turn around and sell the food in the market place for a profit. Kind of resourceful if you ask me. But I guess with certain Christians who had issues with those eating the meat from sacrificed idols, the did not find this practice approving. They were probably super offended at those who did such a thing. But I love this verse, it shows much more then what is said.

Contrast this to today. Okay, there is one movie that I really want to see this upcoming week that I know that we have to sneak around and see. Not that the movie is pornographic, but I know that there will be scenes in that movie that some will argue to the tee that it is immoral and is a tool from hell to drag us to spiritually down the path of immorality and debauchery and then Sodom and Gomorrah will arise. Yes, I heard it all. But what is important is that you recognize what Paul was saying. Some of the believers in our mist do not have the some of the conviction that I may have, or they may make a certain issue that is dear to them. What is important is that we must love others beyond ourselves, and think of how our actions may affect the most weakest of Christians. The paranoia of my public action is that I will be doing something I find okay, but someone will have a faith shattering expereince. So should I see this movie? Well, how much do I love my brother?

Lord love above all should trump all. Help me make wise decisions and love my brother beyond myself.