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Working for Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Colossians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:23-24

God has given us all work to do.  We have all been placed in specific places by God’s perfect will.  He has given us tasks and asked us to complete them.  For some, this may be pastoring a church or leading a mission trip.  For others, this may be serving in a church or a community.  None of this work is any more or less important than the rest – it is all work designed by God to advance His Kingdom.  When we do our work, it is easy to get burned out.  We can get tired and bored, and we may even think of quitting.  Paul’s words to the church in Colosse encouraged the believers there to work as if they were working for the Lord.  What if we did that?

What if we went to our jobs and worked as if God was our supervisor?  Would we put more into our work?  What if we served our church or the community as if we were serving God instead of other people?  Would it change our attitudes toward the work?  The secret to serving others – the secret to being unselfish with our time, money, and talents – is to think of everything we do as serving God.  If we are merely working for men, we will surely not last very long.  If, however, we are working for God, he will sustain us.  He will provide us the strength to carry on in our work and our efforts.  He will provide everything that we need right when we need it.

There have been times in the past when I thought about quitting this blog.  Just like everyone else, there are many things constantly going on and a lot of duties to attend to and sometimes finding the time and the energy to maintain this blog daily can be difficult.  There are times when I have been discouraged by soft readership or a lack of feedback when comments, likes, and shares of this blog fall off.  Every time I have started to feel this way, I remember why I started doing this in the first place.  I started this blog because I felt God leading me in this direction.  I started this blog to bring Him glory every day.  While I do not think this blog is the final destination that God is leading me to, I do believe that He is using this tool to build me for the next level of service for Him.  Every time I have felt like quitting, I have reminded myself that I am working for Jesus Christ.  He is my boss.  He is in charge.  This mindset makes me want to work harder.  It makes me want to know more and share more.  It makes me want to serve, and I think that is the whole point.

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For the Sake of Others


Daily Bible Reading – Romans 9-12

Today’s Key Passage – Romans 9:1-5

 

Some say that sacrifice is the ultimate expression of love.  As followers of Christ we are called to put others first and to sacrifice our own selfish desires for their betterment.  Today’s key passage illustrates what love and sacrifice are all about.  Paul states that he would gladly give up his own salvation if that would save his people. (9:3)  He says that he would gladly be forever separated from God and spend eternity in hell if that action would guarantee the salvation of all the other people of Israel.  Imagine that for a second.  Think about what that looks like.  To be willing to give up eternal happiness for the sake of others shows an indescribable amount of love from Paul for other people.  These words provide us with a glimpse of Paul’s true heart for others, and Paul’s heart for others is a direct reflection of God’s heart for others.  This is the kind of love that God feels for all people.  This is not the “be nice to others and smile” kind of love.  This is not the “pretend to be interested in what they are saying” kind of love.  This is not the pretend love that most of us have learned to show for others when we are not having a good day.  This is real, genuine Love.  This is capital-L Love.

Paul felt “great sorrow and unceasing anguish in [his] heart” when thinking of the unbelievers who were not saved. (9:2)  It physically hurt him to think of other people being separated from God for eternity because of his great love for them.  This is the same way God feels when He thinks of the people who will be separated from Him.  How does this measure up to how you feel in your heart when thinking of the unbelievers who are not saved?  Do you feel great sorrow and anguish?  Does it cause you physical pain to think of others being separated from God for eternity?  Would you be willing to give up everything to guarantee the salvation of others, the way God did when he sacrificed His only Son for the sake of everyone else?  Do you feel this same level of sacrifice for others every single second of every day?  For most of us, these are tough questions to answer.  I pray to our Father in Heaven to let my heart for others mirror His.  I pray that He will allow me to feel pain over the things that pain Him.  I pray for a heart that will allow me to sacrifice my time, money, and efforts to see others come to Christ.  I pray these things daily, and I hope that you will too.

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Taking Action for Jesus


Daily Bible Reading – Matthew 17-19

Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 17:24-27

 

Our Bible reading today contains many great stories.  Reading Matthew 17 through 19 we see the Transfiguration, the disciples arguing about who would be the greatest, Jesus warning against temptation, the parable of the unforgiving debtor, Jesus teaching about marriage and divorce, and Jesus speaking to the rich young man just to name a few.  With all of these great stories to choose from, it may seem like an odd choice for me to write about Peter finding the coin in the fish’s mouth.  The simple truth is that when I was reading Scripture today, the Holy Spirit kept bringing me back to this passage.  The fact that a coin was found in a fish’s mouth was obviously a miraculous thing, and that alone warrants our attention.  Even more than that, though, I think this passage really gives us valuable insight about doing our part for God’s kingdom.

God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is the sovereign ruler over the entire universe.  Everything imaginable is under the authority of God.  Everything that we have comes from God.  It all belongs to Him, and we are simply allowed to use it for a while we are here on this Earth.  Since we know this is true, Jesus could have simply reached into his pocket, pulled out the coin for the taxes, and handed it to Peter.  Just as Jesus multiplied bread and fish to feed thousands or turned water into wine, He could have also just created this coin and handed it over, but that was not His way in this story.  The end was the same as Peter ended up with the coin, but Jesus went about it differently.  To get the coin, Peter had to take action.  It was not just given to him, he had to go and do something for Jesus to get it.  To receive the coin for the taxes, Peter had to go out and do some fishing.  Do not get me wrong, that alone is some action.  He had to get some bait, get his fishing pole, go to the lake, cast, wait, etc.  Even more important than the action of having to fish, however, is the faith that Peter had to have.  If a friend of yours told you to go catch a fish and you would find a coin in its mouth, you would think your friend was insane.  When Jesus told Peter to do this, though, he did not question it.  He did not argue about the probability of success.  He did not argue about the amount of work that was involved to catch a single fish.  He did not beg Jesus for the coin.  Peter went and did what Jesus told him to do, and that, my friends, is faith.

God wants us to have everything we need, and He will provide for us, but to receive his gifts, we sometimes have to take action.  For some things like grace and salvation, God freely gives without expecting us to work for them.  For other things, God wants us to follow His directions.  He speaks to us daily about His will.  He tells us what He wants us to do just as Jesus instructed Peter.  He wants us to have the kind of faith in Him that Peter had.  When God speaks, He wants us to act upon His words, even if they seem impossible or improbable.  Listen to Him today.  What does He want you to do?  Where is He trying to lead you?  What would happen if you decided to just have faith in Him and follow His directions?  Whatever it might look like for you, take action today.  When we follow His directions, there is no limit to what we might find.

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God is Love


Daily Bible Reading – Job 39, 40; 1 Corinthians 13, 14

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

 

Most of us know today’s key passage quite well.  It is often read at weddings as it describes all of the best qualities of a perfect love.  I also believe this passage describes all of the best qualities of our perfect God.  1 John 4: 7-11 says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  From this passage, we learn that God is love.

Since God is love, when we read the passage from 1 Corinthians 13, we can also read it this way – “God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.”  Great freedom comes from understanding the true heart of God.  Praise Him today for His great love for us.  Be blessed knowing that God’s perfect love for you will never fail.

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The Empty Tomb


Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 5, 6; Psalm 146; Luke 24

Today’s Key Passage – Luke 24:1-35

 

The women who went to the tomb were bringing spices to honor Jesus, in much the same way as people bring flowers to a cemetery today.  They wanted to pay their respects to the man they had followed for so long and who they thought had died.  The “two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning” (24:4) were angels of the Lord who said to them “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (24:5)  The angels reminded the women that Jesus was not dead, and was instead resurrected just as He and the Scriptures had foretold.

Many people today still look for the living among the dead.  People hear the Gospel and believe it to be a history lesson that does not mean much to their current lives.  Many people believe that Jesus was “a great man” or “a great prophet” but are unable to see that He is so much more than that.  Like the men Jesus first appeared to after the resurrection on the road to Emmaus (24:13-35), many people are unable to recognize Jesus for who he really is.  He is not a fairy tale or a historical figure.  He is the living, breathing God who still reigns today in the hearts of Christ followers everywhere.

Following the resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples.  At first, many of them had trouble understanding or believing that Jesus was alive and was standing with them.  After these 40 days, however, these disciples went on to start the Church.  Many of them were imprisoned, persecuted, exiled, and even killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  They withstood all of this punishment and refused to deny Jesus or renounce their faith for one simple reason – they had encountered the living Jesus and KNEW that He was exactly who he claimed to be – the Son of God who washed away the sins of the world.

Have you encountered the living Jesus?  He can show up in your life in a big way and live with you forever, and all you have to do is ask.

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Kissing, lycra, and praying with your wife.


This is a great post by one of my pastors with practical advice for men on leading in the home and praying for and with their wives.

SteveChesnutBlog.com

“I felt so nervous, like when I kissed her for the first time.” I’ll never forget that comment from a guy in my Small Group as he talked about praying with his wife for the first time. I’ve led many men’s groups, pastor a lot of men, strong men, courageous men, but almost all are scared to pray with their wives. Scared of that look, or laugh of rejection. “You? Pray? Ha!”

It reminds me of when I started doing triathlons and made the jump to lycra biking shorts. I put them and pushed into the pain as I walked out to show my wife. Maybe she would say, “Wow those look good on you.” Or, “You look like a UFC fighter in those.” Nope. She laughed. Yep, that’s what I was expecting. Already pretty insecure honey, thanks for the encouragement.

Laughter. Shock. Rejection. That’s what men are bracing themselves…

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The Empty Tomb


Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 5, 6; Psalm 146; Luke 24

Today’s Key Passage – Luke 24:1-35

 

The women who went to the tomb were bringing spices to honor Jesus, in much the same way as people bring flowers to a cemetery today.  They wanted to pay their respects to the man they had followed for so long and who they thought had died.  The “two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning” (24:4) were angels of the Lord who said to them “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (24:5)  The angels reminded the women that Jesus was not dead, and was instead resurrected just as He and the Scriptures had foretold.

Many people today still look for the living among the dead.  People hear the Gospel and believe it to be a history lesson that does not mean much to their current lives.  Many people believe that Jesus was “a great man” or “a great prophet” but are unable to see that He is so much more than that.  Like the men Jesus first appeared to after the resurrection on the road to Emmaus (24:13-35), many people are unable to recognize Jesus for who he really is.  He is not a fairy tale or a historical figure.  He is the living, breathing God who still reigns today in the hearts of Christ followers everywhere.

Following the resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples.  At first, many of them had trouble understanding or believing that Jesus was alive and was standing with them.  After these 40 days, however, these disciples went on to start the Church.  Many of them were imprisoned, persecuted, exiled, and even killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  They withstood all of this punishment and refused to deny Jesus or renounce their faith for one simple reason – they had encountered the living Jesus and KNEW that He was exactly who he claimed to be – the Son of God who washed away the sins of the world.

Have you encountered the living Jesus?  He can show up in your life in a big way and live with you forever, and all you have to do is ask.

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The Empty Tomb


Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 5, 6; Psalm 146; Luke 24

Today’s Key Passage – Luke 24:1-35

 

The women who went to the tomb were bringing spices to honor Jesus, in much the same way as people bring flowers to a cemetery today.  They wanted to pay their respects to the man they had followed for so long and who they thought had died.  The “two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning” (24:4) were angels of the Lord who said to them “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (24:5)  The angels reminded the women that Jesus was not dead, and was instead resurrected just as He and the Scriptures had foretold.

Many people today still look for the living among the dead.  People hear the Gospel and believe it to be a history lesson that does not mean much to their current lives.  Many people believe that Jesus was “a great man” or “a great prophet” but are unable to see that He is so much more than that.  Like the men Jesus first appeared to after the resurrection on the road to Emmaus (24:13-35), many people are unable to recognize Jesus for who he really is.  He is not a fairy tale or a historical figure.  He is the living, breathing God who still reigns today in the hearts of Christ followers everywhere.

Following the resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples.  At first, many of them had trouble understanding or believing that Jesus was alive and was standing with them.  After these 40 days, however, these disciples went on to start the Church.  Many of them were imprisoned, persecuted, exiled, and even killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  They withstood all of this punishment and refused to deny Jesus or renounce their faith for one simple reason – they had encountered the living Jesus and KNEW that He was exactly who he claimed to be – the Son of God who washed away the sins of the world.

Have you encountered the living Jesus?  He can show up in your life in a big way and live with you forever, and all you have to do is ask.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 240,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

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The Empty Tomb


Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 5, 6; Psalm 146; Luke 24

Today’s Key Passage – Luke 24:1-35

 

The women who went to the tomb were bringing spices to honor Jesus, in much the same way as people bring flowers to a cemetery today.  They wanted to pay their respects to the man they had followed for so long and who they thought had died.  The “two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning” (24:4) were angels of the Lord who said to them “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (24:5)  The angels reminded the women that Jesus was not dead, and was instead resurrected just as He and the Scriptures had foretold.

Many people today still look for the living among the dead.  People hear the Gospel and believe it to be a history lesson that does not mean much to their current lives.  Many people believe that Jesus was “a great man” or “a great prophet” but are unable to see that He is so much more than that.  Like the men Jesus first appeared to after the resurrection on the road to Emmaus (24:13-35), many people are unable to recognize Jesus for who he really is.  He is not a fairy tale or a historical figure.  He is the living, breathing God who still reigns today in the hearts of Christ followers everywhere.

Following the resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples.  At first, many of them had trouble understanding or believing that Jesus was alive and was standing with them.  After these 40 days, however, these disciples went on to start the Church.  Many of them were imprisoned, persecuted, exiled, and even killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  They withstood all of this punishment and refused to deny Jesus or renounce their faith for one simple reason – they had encountered the living Jesus and KNEW that He was exactly who he claimed to be – the Son of God who washed away the sins of the world.

Have you encountered the living Jesus?  He can show up in your life in a big way and live with you forever, and all you have to do is ask.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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