Thursday, October 15, 2015

Have you been Rejected?

God is Love

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. II Corinthians 4:8-9

No one likes rejection. But it seems more common than we’d like to think – a rejected business proposal, a rejected invitation; a rejected date, or rejected affection….the list goes on.

Even Jesus was rejected. After his arrest, some of his best friends would not claim they knew him for fear they would suffer. Isn’t it ironic that Jesus, the one who will never reject us is the one we so often reject? He stands at the door and knocks, he wants to be a part of our life but so often we are too busy, too prideful, or perhaps, too foolish to accept Him….So why not run to God if you never have; or run back to God if you have strayed away? Man may reject us, but God’s love for us is unchanging and we do not have to fear being rejected no matter what we do or say or think.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

Because God is Love, He will never reject you.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Passion for Service and Excellence

God is Gracious

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15

Since creation, God has given us work to do. Knowing that God created work should shed new light on our approach to the work week. And, if we focus on this truth, it is possible that even the most difficult aspects of work can become a passion.

Are you passionate about your work? Do you strive for 110 percent or is complacency lurking in you? Take a look at what is being asked of you today and think of how God has been gracious to you. As He changes your heart and mind, you will have the ability to transform an undesirable or mundane task into one full of joy and excellence. Passion comes from the heart, a heart humbled by the knowledge of God’s grace and mercy.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, Colossians 3:23

Because God is gracious, He can transform our hearts and enable us to serve passionately.