Tuesday, March 19, 2019
I received an offer in the mail from Chevrolet yesterday for $3800 off a truck. I want a truck and I’d really like to justify getting one. But even after $3800 off, it’s still over $40,000. I want, but I’m not compelled to spend.
What compels me has changed over the years. Maybe I’m old, or I’ve grown up.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Cor. 5:14-15)
Paul says what compelled him was Christ love in him. The King James says the love of God “constraineth us.” It’s interesting language, as it means love holds us together. Without it we would cease to exist, immediately. We would fall apart!
But more than that, Paul says it is Christ’s love, His sacrificial death, and His resurrection life that compels him to live as an ambassador for Christ. As such, he lived as a minister of reconciliation – compelled to share Christ and see others come to know and experience the forgiveness of sins and mercy of God in Christ. He gave his life to it, because he was so consumed and compelled by the love of God for him.
May we be compelled today by the gift of Christ’s love and offer it to one another.
Monday, March 18, 2019
“And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority!” Mark 1:27
“And as he passed by, he saw Levi…and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.” Mark 2:14
As you start your Monday, remember that there is One present within you who is more powerful and potent than anything or anyone anywhere, ever.
Consider this, the God who spoke life into existence, the God who spoke and called a deadman from a tomb, and the God who spoke but a few words and men followed him is present to you, now.
David Benner says: “The potency of Jesus’s teaching and the fact that others recognized him as carrying astounding authority came from his presence and the way it bore witness to the truth of his being. The power of his presence – not rhetoric, manipulation, hypnosis, or any other source of influence – is the basis of the most powerful natural authority and source of influence we will ever encounter.
Jesus is with you, in you and able to do abundantly more than you ask or think. Take on Monday full of His love and potent presence and let His glory shine.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Do you ever wonder what you’ll need for a secure life? A good education, a great house and job, a partner with bunches of money in the bank? Would that make you secure?
Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. John 6:37
and then the Apostle Paul said:
For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! Romans 8:38-39
The reality is, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, YOU ARE ALREADY SECURE.
Coming off of the madness of a Monday in the broken world – maybe you could use a reminder of the security of your eternal life in Kingdom of God because of the power and love of Jesus for you.
You will never be a cast away and never separated from the most powerful and satisfying love in the universe. Today – risk living in and out of that love – and take on the day with bold confidence in your security.
Monday, March, 11, 2019
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to lead you to repentance.” Romans 2:4
I grew up in Roman Catholicism and I also have a pervasive critic in my mind. I don’t blame Catholicism, though in my experience the church sought to control through guilt. Maybe that contributed to my internal critic which guilts me. I easily see and critique what is out of place, disordered, broken, needs fixing, and just plain wrong. Internally, the critic responds to me with self-judgment that sounds like this: “You aren’t doing enough, you didn’t do it right, if you don’t get it right, you are not valuable.”
Repentance, in this distorted view is about penance and punishment for not measuring up. But, God does not operate this way through the love of Jesus. Rather, he extends mercy and kindness to all – for all have sinned and not measured up (Rom 3:23). Unlike the non-resourceful critical one in my mind, God extends kindness and grace. He patiently encourages us with kindness to turn from our false and sinful ways and bring our brokenness and our humanity to Him. Why?
Because God love you, that’s why. And because God knows He is the source of healing and wholeness and life and joy – AND HE WANTS ALL OF THAT FOR HIS CHILDREN!
Today, as you start your week, will you welcome the loving kindness of God for you? Breath in His grace and your security in His love, and let the joy of the Lord fill you as you follow Him on your journey.