Monday, August 13, 2012
Welcome to Day 225 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Jeremiah 13:27, “Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you be unclean?”
Jeremiah 14:21, “Remember your covenant with us and do not break it. 22 Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you…”
Jeremiah 15:19, “Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me.”
John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Today I’m focusing on Christ!
Jesus came to show us the Father. (John 14:9)
How about this for a statement from yesterday’s reading, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.”
That’s a bold statement, isn’t it.
Jesus came to make a way for us to know the Father.
He came to show us the Father.
How about this for yet another bold statement? “I am the vine you are the branches. Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Well, not nothing… obviously we can do a lot, but what he is saying is that apart from him we can do nothing of any eternal value. Nothing that will last. Apart from him I am just going my own way, doing my own thing.
But with him, I am making an eternal impact. I am changing the destiny for people, for our city.
I always say, our food distributions are more than food. I would go as far to say it’s good to feed the hungry… but apart from him, it’s just good people doing good works… meeting a felt need… but with no eternal ramifications.
Keep in mind, eternity begins here on earth, not just after we have taken our last breath! It’s already begun.
I am already a citizen of heaven. I am already seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus! I just haven’t arrived there yet. (And I’m in no hurry to, just for the record!) I’ll get there eventually, but in the meantime, I’m here, doing the work God has called me to.
Funny, I think there are plenty of people unaware that they are even impacting eternity by what they are doing…
Matthew 25:37, ““Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’”
What did we do?? Huh??
Make no mistake, God is in the small things. The littlest effort to do something for the sake of the Kingdom.
When done in humility, and attached to the Vine, it has lasting impact.
Every drink of water.
Every bag of groceries.
I’m not arrogant about it, I just know it is making an eternal difference! Scripture says so! The key is to do it in humility. Not to be seen by others, but to do it as unto the Lord. To let Christ work through us… to stay connected to Him. To do it for His glory, not ours.
Apart from Him we can do nothing…
Lord, I want to stay close, connected to you… I don’t want to do anything for my glory, but for yours!