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I just want to share a relatively brief word of encouragement with you this morning that I hope will lift your heart, mind and eyes heavenward. It’s so easy to become so bogged down with earth’s seeming drudgery, that we so often miss the very real presence of our Lord. Like Paul, and while I fall so far short regularly, I desire to reflect Jesus—no more, no less.
“But God forbid that I should glory,
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world is crucified unto me,
and I unto the world.” Galatians 6;14
We had a little crisis last evening, when we couldn’t find the charger to my husband’s portable oxygen device, and we knew we’d need to charge it to be out of the house today. Well, last night we hunted and fretted (yes, I know Jesus said, “fret not”, but sometimes it just jumps up on me, like a dog on a bone!) and couldn’t find it. It was late and I was tired, so I told my husband, ‘I’ll check the car in the morning’, for I wasn’t going to get dressed again to go out to the car! I really did rest well, because I had asked God to help us; and this morning I prayed again, for I knew I couldn’t fix this problem alone, and sure enough there it was in the car (probably having fallen out of the bag), but it was there and it’s charging as I write this now. I just praised God for all HIS amazing grace in the “small stuff”—but you see, when we truly learn to walk with Jesus—there “ain’t no small stuff” for we are HIS child, and even more than you and I, HE loves HIS children and wants the best for us. I’m thinking of the wonderful song by the Collingsworth Family, “If It Matters To You, It Matters To The Master!” (Written by Sarah McCutcheon), for its message is so true (if you haven’t heard it, check it out on the music services or YouTube—you’ll be blessed) and so needed in our culture today!
My point is, we had a choice—and so do you—we could have spent our time “doubting, pouting and dropping outing” (as my former Pastor Brad was wont to say), or we could choose to trust “The Master”—HE who holds us in HIS hands! And when we will learn to know HIM, we will come to trust HIM more and more each day, trusting Him with greater and greater parts of our lives! And that, my friends, is the thing that God desires from us—our total trust and devotion. But remember it is a choice! We can choose to fill our lives with gratitude, focusing on the cross and our risen LORD; or we can allow the things of this world to crowd HIM out! Me? I’m going to do my best to join Paul and make the cross my focal point.
“And I, brethren,
when I came to you,
came not with excellency of speech
or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing
save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness,
and in fear,
and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching
was not with enticing words
of man’s wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit
and of power:
5 That your faith
should not stand in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
I simply ask that you ponder these things today—in light of whatever crises you are facing. Who will you run to? Friends? Relatives? TV and modern philosophies? Will you choose Jesus as your counselor, strength, and confidence? Or will you settle for the world’s garbage heap?
As I’ve said before, it’s your choice, but choose wisely, there is a test! And I can’t help but believe it’s very near!
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
And in closing, the words of our Lord:
“My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me,
is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them
out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father
are one.” John 10:27-30
Whose sheep are you? Whose voice are you heeding? Food for thought. Amen and Amen!