Wednesday, February 4, 2015

a choice for today

John 12:32  NLT
And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

When people talk about and live for Jesus, others see and hear and are changed.  That’s our prayer.  Right?

Everyone was praises God because of the things that they have experienced or seen God do.  Things were changing in Jesus’ day as they are in ours.  When people follow God, things happen.  I want to see things happen in big ways.  If we will simply work together and share His story, we will experience the most powerful moved of God we’ve ever imagined.

When Jesus left the earth, some people thought that no miracles would happen again, but they were wrong.  The works of God didn’t stop with the absence of Jesus’ physical body.  In fact it is God’s word through us that continues to amaze and lead people to not stop praising God. 

What’s your story? 

The struggles of this life are real.  We have all been there, yet how we deal with those struggles says a lot about faith and dictates the presence or the absence of our joy.  We must see things and people from God’s perspective.

Jesus told those who followed Him to be ready for tough days.  There would be people who would not accept them, or accept us.  That’s a difficult perspective to have.

John 15:18  NASB
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

The choice to follow Him and worship His is what will keep our joy real and strong.  It is not about our happiness or even our contentment.  Joy has to do with the choice to give our struggles and even our inner passions and desires.  God is the reason for our joy.  God is the originator of our joy.

It is our choice who we are going to serve, but the choices of who we are going to serve often are very different from the choice between good and evil.  It is reason a choice between doing it my way or God’s way.

Joshua 24:15  NASB
If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Turn that direction to when Jesus was serving and sharing what His father said with the people He encountered.  The word compassion sticks out for me.  Jesus desired to change lives. 

To be changed is a process, and the choice of who to serve and worship is a piece of it or the beginning of it.

Mark 1:41  NLT
Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”

God is willing to work in our lives.  Maybe we are right at the start or His best is just over the next hill.  But realize that when God changes you there is someone else that needs to hear your story or listen to what God is doing in your life.

Mark 6:34  NLT
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

I’ve been that sheep.  Have you?  I bet you have, yet the presence of the shepherd will change everything.  He changes our perspective.  He changes the way we love.  He changes the way we deal with people.

I pray that God will be honored in the way I look at Him and the way I serve others.  And I confess that I believe that right around the corner are some of the best days.  They won’t come my way because I’m happy.  They will come my way because I choice joy that comes for worshipping and following Jesus.

Remember that is Jesus that we lift up when we tell the story and when we share our experiences.  Nothing else will lead to God being honored and lives being changed.

Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.

May others see Jesus through our every day words and actions!!!

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