Monday, January 4, 2010

some focus for those who follow Christ

I was re-reading Francis Chan's book  Forgotten God and came across an observation that won't leave my mind.  He was talking about how we as modern day Christians often think about the characters of the Bible as untouchable.  What it means is that we think that we can't have prayer lives like them or ministry like them.  But Jesus said this:

John 14:12 (NASB) --- "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

There is not a separation.  Yes, these are great people ... Peter and David, Ruth and Mary ... the list goes on.  But they were people just like us.  Spend some time with these next two verses:

James 5:17 (NLT) --- Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!

Romans 14:17 (NLT)--- For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Elijah was a human like us, but God answered his prayers in huge ways.  I spoke from 1 Kings 18 yesterday where there was a contest between Elijah, the prophet of God, and the prophets of Baal.  The contest ended with God showing up and the people being stunned by God.  They worshipped God.

Our lives ought to lead people to worship God.  Our prayer lives, our ministry and work ... all we do ought to lead people to see God.  Yet one of the reasons that does not happen is because we are so obsessed with the things around us and not obsessed with God.  

It is time to obsess over what really matters.  And I am praying that people will see God in and through our lives.

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