Archive | January 2014

Deep Thought: Ministry and Outreach

Often times we think about ministry or outreach or even ministering as being other people’s job.  However, Matthew clearly says that we are all to go out and make disciples of  “all” nations.  Now this verse is not saying that all of us are supposed to be a cross cultural missionary, but this does mean that we are suppose to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in our everyday living.  If you think about this with me for a minute;  if you see a great TV show, you will most likely tell your friends, if you find a beautiful dress on sale at the local department store, you will likely spread the good news of the sale, and if you are a new mother, you will most likely post pictures on Facebook  so others can share in your enjoyment of your new family member.  It always boggles my mind that when it comes to Jesus, we tend to shy away from sharing His love with our friends or even strangers who might not know Him,  rather than being the Christians that God intended, sharing HIS  love with people we know need Him.  Which in reality is “everyone”.  Now, I am not trying to convict you and me unnecessarily, but I am trying to say that when the opportunity arises, rather than run away, run toward sharing the “Good News” of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.  I have a hard time just going up cold turkey and talking to people I don’t even know and witnessing, but I am able to gladly share with someone when an opportunity comes my way, and they can see and hear from my heart that I truly am sincere in what I am telling them then from my personal experience.

Thought for today: God is Thinking About You

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I am conscious of my thoughts about you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope at the end.” This is such an amazing verse that actually shows us that God not only loves us, cares about us and has plans for us, but imagine this: God actually is “thinking” about us!  Wow!  How awesome is that?  Then the verse goes on to say the he has thoughts of “peace” and “hope at the end”. That is so comforting when I am facing situations in life that seem impossible. There is one thing that I have learned, through experience, that God is a God of truth and the assurance of His peace and hope is absolutely wonderful.

New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, I often times think about the resolutions we make in order to make our lives better, our weight lighter or our finances bigger.  Then I think about the Word of God and how much He desires 100% of us, every year, all the time.  Although I personally do make New Year’s resolutions for the sake of having “goals”, I pray that as we make our New Year’s resolutions, that we will keep in mind that our relationship with our Lord means a renewed devotion and commitment, a seeking to know Him better and better and to become more Christ like than we have ever been before because we love Him so much.  This renewed devotion and commitment comes from a true desire to want to please Him and bring Him joy, and an obedience to His will instead of ours, so that He can be proud of us, and also so we can useable and chooseable in His sight to do many wonderful things that will bless others and show what He is truly like to them.  If we make a New Year’s resolution to read our bibles every day, but we do not act like a Christian in our hearts, then our resolution is more for “appearance” or to make ourselves feel “more spiritual”, rather than  having a true devotion.  I know one thing, as I seek the Lord and draw closer to Him, I am blessed beyond measure and my resolutions no longer seem necessary. Praise God for His amazing love!