Everyday Life - Does She Get It?
Monday, October 29
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
The ability to give the right answer to a question is something most people look at as the sign of a mature believer. Many people who have been a Christians for an extended period of time become very familiar with Scripture so they are able to give a Biblically ‘correct’ answer to someone’s question. But, as important as it is to have sound Biblical knowledge, that knowledge given with the wrong motives is doesn’t make the one delivering the message right. The sad fact is that many people have been driven away from the Lord and the church because people with a lot of knowledge failed to deliver that knowledge with love. In today’s text, Martha interrupts Jesus to give Him the ‘right’ answer. The problem was, her right answer was not going to bring about the miracle Jesus wanted to perform. She was looking the answer to her problem straight in His loving eyes. The same can be true for anyone. While knowledge is important, it cannot save unless it’s packaged in grace and delivered with love. Is there someone you’re trying to reach? Have you exhausted all of the knowledge you have trying to ‘prove’ to them that they need Jesus? If so, take a step back and make sure that your heart is for that person and that you’re not just out to try and prove them wrong. The love you walk in will determine how relevant your knowledge is to those you’re trying to reach. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, October 30
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
What is worship? If you were to ask this question to 100 people sitting in a church service, 95 of them would tell you that it’s going to church, singing a song, or praying on your knees. Sadly enough, for church goers, worship is just that…going to church. If you’ll look at today’s text, you’ll notice that it doesn’t say that you need to present your body on Sunday mornings from 10 to 12 to the Lord. It says to present your body as a living sacrifice. What does this really mean? It means that if you profess Him as your Lord and Savior, as long as you’re alive and dwelling on this earth you should sacrifice your agenda on the altar of worship. This doesn’t mean that you call in to the office and tell them that you are going to stay home that day because you have to spend time worshiping. What it means is that you commit to worship Him by the way that you live your life. Everything that you do shows others that your life is a product of His mercy and grace. Worship is not just a ‘spiritual’, Sunday morning, song singing thing. It is your way of life. It is you loving your Father by loving others and living in a way that glorifies Him. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.
Wednesday, October 31
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Many people go through their daily lives feeling unfulfilled and frustrated. Maybe they don’t like their job, or their co-workers, or maybe they feel unappreciated by their families or employers. If you fall into this category there is an easy way out and it involves your worship. When you understand that you were created to worship, not to work, have a family, or be successful, you can find grace to continue walking through any circumstance or frustration. The way this works is that you work as a form of worship, you raise your family as form of worship, any success you experience you give the glory to God as a form of worship. When you realize that your work is your worship and your worship is your work the feelings of frustration and the need for human validation begin to fade away. You will find that your worship will provide and atmosphere which the presence of the Lord can inhabit. When you worship, you not only change your environment and mentality, you bring the presence go God into whatever setting you find yourself in. ‘Worship while you work’…kind of has a nice ring to it. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, November 1
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Nothing Jesus ever said or did was by mistake or without purpose. When you read the Bible, because it’s broken up into chapter and verse, it’s easy to compartmentalize and disassociate ‘verses’ that were meant to establish the same idea. Today’s text is a good example of that. As Jesus was teaching those on the Mount of Olives how to pray, He wasn’t giving a list of bullet points on the topic of prayer. When He said to ask for God to give daily bread immediately following His proclaiming that the Kingdom come He was establishing an important truth. The Kingdom was not going to be built on random and sporadic miracles and extraordinary events. The Kingdom of God was to be a part of the believer’s everyday life. He was teaching that God will provide for the daily needs of those who are about taking care of His Kingdom’s business. Supernatural exploits are definitely going to have their place and play their part, but the Kingdom will be built upon the daily lives of those who fully seek after Him, not the miraculous. Your daily life, your family, your job, your church, everything in your sphere of influence should be affected by the Kingdom within you. As you seek to be who He’s called you to be to those around you, He will provide for any and every need that will arise. Maybe it will involve the miraculous, maybe it won’t. Whatever that day requires, He will be faithful to see that you have what you need to see His Kingdom come and His will be done. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, November 2
John 5:19 (The Passion Translation)
So Jesus said, “I speak to you timeless truth. The Son is not able to do anything from himself or through my own initiative. I only do the works that I see the Father doing, for the Son does the same works as his Father.
The biggest disconnect between Jesus ministry and the ministry of those who follow Him is as simple as the two prepositions ‘for’ and ‘from’. While most people’s hearts really do seek to please God, they get suck in the religious mindset of doing things for God while Jesus did things as a man from God. When Jesus walked the earth He didn’t do the things He did to get something from God, He did them because He was from God. He had seen the Father and knew the Father’s heart not just for others but for Himself as well. He knew that nothing could take Him from His place of Sonship. He had daily times of communion and strengthening in the presence God through which He learned the will and plans of the Father. He then went out from those moments representing the very things that He had seen while He was in the Father’s presence. If you’ve bought into the lie that the things you do for God bring His presence into your life then you are trying to please based upon your own righteousness and according to the Word, no one is righteous outside of Him. As simply as you can change your clothes, you can change your thinking. The next time you stop to spend time with the Lord, ask Him what He sees, what He needs, and who you need to show His love to. Go and do it empowered from by His presence not trying to find a way to work yourself into His presence. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, November 3
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
A lot people, when they read today’s text, get the impression that Martha was this hard, all business, no pleasure type with a bossy streak. They see her making a fuss over everything that she had to do and everything that her sister wasn’t. But, if you’ll look more closely, you can see that most of what Martha did was right. She made a place for Jesus, she made a place for others to meet Him as well, and she was doing her best to see that all were accommodated for. In fact, Mary’s moment with Jesus doesn’t happen without Martha’s hospitality. The breakdown occurred when her opportunity turned into obligation because her focus switched to the task instead of Jesus. In your life, if you find yourself getting frustrated with commitments that you’ve made and the things you once enjoyed are now just obligations on your calendar, it’s time to re-evaluate the status of your relationship with Jesus. Serving will quickly begin to feel like slavery when your walk with Him is given less priority than the things that you’re doing for Him. If you’re currently in place of frustration and aggravation with the things that you once enjoyed doing to serve in the Kingdom, ask Him to show you where your priorities got out of place. Spend some time at His feet, let Him speak life into you, and experience the joy of life with your Savior again. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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