A good brother wrote that we must “move beyond the hypothetical and create the reality.” No what-ifs.

Take action. Do something. (Actually, do the will of God.)

Discard the hypotheticals and the possibilities and the fears and the imagined blowback.

Read and discover the truth.

Act upon it.

Use it.

Take it live.

Plunge into the grace of God.

Declare all the things that God has done, Psa 73.28.

Depend on the power of God’s Spirit. Launch yourself out into the deep, Lk 5.4.

Dare to believe that God will keep his promise to perform great things through you.

Speak. Touch. Serve. Live to die for Jesus, and die to self for God.

Take hold of God’s hand.

Strap his shield upon your arm. Wield the spiritual sword. March forward to win a soul, to rescue a life for all eternity.

And in so doing, save yourself. Faith-only potatoes rot. God preserves forever the moving, breathing, serving follower of Christ.

Be one of his.

Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to” Lk 13.24.

In an email this morning, the writer stated, “And just like in any other area of life, when you ask yourself questions, you must get answers.”

So I ask,

  • How can I nudge someone toward obeying the Lord today?
  • Who needs a special word of encouragement?
  • How can I direct people’s attention to the love and power of God?
  • What great words of hope can I offer?

If I can keep these questions in mind today, the Lord will answer and use me for the gospel.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.” Mat 7.7

 

The Church offers itself as the human space of fraternity in which every believer can and must experience that union among men and women and with God which is a gift from on high. The Acts of the Apostles is a splendid example of this dimension of the Church: there we find described a community of believers profoundly marked by fraternal union, by the sharing of material and spiritual goods, by kindness and sentiments (Acts 2, 42-48), to the point of being of “one heart and soul” (Acts 4, 32).

If every vocation in the Church is a gift to be lived for others, as a service of charity in freedom, then it is also a gift to be lived with others. Therefore it is discovered only living in fraternity. via New Vocations for a new Europe

I might tweak that quote by saying that it is God who offers the church as this human space, but obviously she offers herself if the Lord does. Sometimes we’re ready to live for others, but not with others. Our gifts can be employed only as we do both. So I agree with the sentiments expressed here, in spite of its source.

MinistryMinistry has become the exercise of power. Minister, both in politics and religion, is now an aggregator of privileges. But ministers like these can’t call God as a witness to their service, as does this servant:

For God, whom I serve with my spirit in [telling] the good news about His Son, is my witness …
Romans 1:9 HCSB

In the original language, the term for “serve” has a wide meaning, of worship or work, of praise or proclamation of the message. The context in which it appears determines the type of religious service. In Matthew 4:10, for example, it is generally translated as “worship.” Here, the service seems to be announcing the Good News of Christ (as in 15:16). Continue reading

lessons at breakfastEvery morning, in homes across the land, someone gets up, sets the table, buys bread, prepares breakfast for the family. One beautiful morning, at the water’s edge, Jesus also prepares and serves breakfast to seven disciples.

Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.
John 21:13 NTL Continue reading

serving othersWe learn by repetition of movements and information. Jesus teaches us by repeated words and actions throughout the course of his ministry. And, although he is Master, he wants us to be like him.

For I have given you an example – you should do just as I have done for you.
John 13:15 NET

The emphasis today is on the distance between us and Jesus. The Biblical emphasis is the closeness between us and him.

Jesus performs a miracle and the disciples follow him from a distance. Jesus serves, and has their feet in his face.

Be like Jesus, give the example of what a Christian should be like, and people will get close to you.

 

Each day a different opportunityEach person ought to do what he can, but nothing less than this. Each moment calls forth a different talent, and he who has today the main role, tomorrow will provide support. One day for the preacher, another for the bricklayer, to adapt an old Brazilian saying.

Then the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo prophesied concerning the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel who was over them. Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak began to rebuild the temple of God in Jerusalem. The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.
Ezra 5:1-2 NET

The prophets prophesied one moment, and another helped to rebuild the temple. We don’t know how they helped. Do you suppose they laid bricks, or used their gifts of the word to encourage others? However they may have helped, they did what they could so that the work progressed as quickly as possible. They didn’t rest in the shade after their prophecy was done.

There is a place for all gifts, at all times. There is something we all can do, every day.

God of Israel, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, make me useful in your kingdom every day of my life on earth.

Last night on Facebook, I posted this status, modeled after one sporting the names of four honor-worthy military men who’d given their lives for their country.

Charlie Sheen is all over the news because he’s a celebrity drug addict, while Roy Davison in Belgium, George Jensen in Tanzania, and Arlie Smith in Brazil have given or gave their lives to preach the gospel and had no media nor brotherhood attention. Honor THEM, their wives and families by reposting this status. http://nlt.to/php.2.29-30 See also: http://is.gd/qWrmI6