In Mark 12:30, Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength."
This is the first commandment. Do we take it seriously?
As a Believer, we have had a heart transplant. We should have a different heart beating inside of us than when we were born.
Honestly, we should have a passion to pursue God more than a passion for eating.
I just don't see it. Don't get me wrong, I know it is out there. I just don't see it enough. Not in the world, not in churches, and more times than I would like to admit it, I don't see it in me.
I want it and my prayer for you is that you would have a vibrant relationship with Jesus and REFUSE to get in a rut.
I want us to surrender EVERY part of our hearts to the King and REFUSE to let the world back in.
I want God in the center of my heart.
How we line up our priorities determines how close He is to our heart beat.
How we see the world in which we live determines if we see with God vision or our own glasses.
Help us God. Let us fight to stay out of ruts. Let us stand and refuse to let the world back in. Let us pursue you with all that we are and see with your eyes. Be our center. Amen
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I read an interesting encounter between Albert Einstein and one of his students the other day.
The student asked Einstein, "Professor, how many feet are in a mile?"
In response, the genius said, "I don't know." The student was absolutely stunned and thought him to be joking.
So, the student pressed him about knowing the answer. Finally, Einstein said, "I don't know. I don't trouble my mind with the trivial facts of life that I can look up in any book in 5 minutes."
Einstein was more consumed with searching out the deep things of the universe. That was his passion.
We are called to a similar passion. To know God.
Psalm 42: 2 says, "My soul thirsts for God, the living God."
Unfortunately, our appetite for the trivial things of life hinders us, gets in our way, and tries to consume us.
In fact, few of us are in danger of being consumed by our passion for the living God.
Can we say that our thirst for more and more of God is our driving passion in life?
I wish it was more of mine.
God, please ignite my heart for a greater passion for you. Make me thirst after you. Make me desire you more and more. Amen
Friday, November 5, 2010
Last Friday was one of those days. Everything was going wrong at work. If it could mess up, it did. When I finally got home and sat down on the couch for a few minutes, the phone rang. The alarm was going off at the store.
Yep, it was one of those days.
Jesus says in John 16: 33, "In this world you will have trouble! But take heart, I have overcome the world!"
Think about a piece of grain for a minute. A piece of grain is pummeled and pulverized before it can be used to make bread.
Could we be the same? Do our bumps and bruises prepare us to be the light of the world.
In this world we will be pummeled and pulverized, but we can take heart.
Jesus has overcome the world and He is shaping us and transforming us into His likeness.
The problem is that we lose our Kingdom mindsets. We start thinking that our existence is for this lifetime only.
We forget that the world and its trappings are not about us.
The KINGDOM is the MAIN EVENT! The world is just our training ground.
We must not put our hope in this world, but in the one who has overcome it.
I like what Matthew Henry said: "This world is our passage, NOT our portion."
Let us live like it.