Thursday, October 30, 2008

beyond my reach [+] Thursday E-Devotion

In Brand Heath's hit song "Give Me Your Eyes " there are a couple lines that I just cannot get out of my head ...

Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted 
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten

God wants us to think God's sized, big thoughts.  His desire for us is much more than we can create or work up without some divine intervention, guidance, help and more.  This song says that for me.  You see I want The Community Fellowship to touch lives that are way out of our reach.  To do more than we can do with what we have.

God's eyes see it all.  His resources are endless.  Nothing is too hard, too big or too far from Him.

So, think with me: what are you attempting that will fail unless God's helps?  I pray this pray, the song above, for myself and the people I lead.  God, give me your arms for the broken hearted, the ones that are far beyond my reach.

Strange but true.  We are reaching people we couldn't reach without God doing something.  Love those testimonies and love those connections.  They are so, so good.  I want to challenge the people of The Community and each of you to reach further than you ever have before.  There are people seeking Jesus.  

They may in line in front of you at the store.  They may be riding their bike in front of your house.  They may eating across the table from you.  They be calling you on the phone.  So, turn the conversation.  Point to Jesus.  You don't have to do that with a Bible in hand and a memorized sermon or some presentation.  Just ask.  Just talk.  All about Jesus.

Want an awesome story about that?  Read a story from Perry Noble at this blog post.

Ask God to improve your reach for Him, your impact on the people you meet.  Ask Him to open conversations about Him with people seeking Him.

1 Chronicles 4:10 (nasb) --- Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.

Jeremiah 15:19 (nlt) --- This is how the Lord responds:"If you return to me, I will restore youso you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman.You must influence them; do not let them influence you!

2 Corinthians 4:15 (nlt) --- All of this is for your benefit. And as God's grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

Again, I have to tell you something that Perry Noble said (pray for him as some of his team is leading a conference in Australia this weekend).  His life goal and he leads his church by this call ... "make the name of Jesus famous."

There it is.  Beyond my reach.  But right there in front of us, around us and ready for the taking.  We just need His eyes to see and His heart to feel and His arms to reach.  "God, help me reach people that are just "beyond my reach."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hey its karri. im at work. i just found your e-devotions and i really enjoyed reading them. it was a quiet night..thank God. I just want to say THANKS!! for all that you do for me and my family. I never knew that church could feel like family. Please keep my mom in your prayers..we wait about 20 more days now to have the scan and see what chemo and radiation did for her cancer. Im looking forward to sunday and remember.. GOD IS SO GOOD! have a blessed and joyfilled day! mrs. karri burnette.

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