Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Is Work an Idol?

God is Sovereign

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:24

Unfortunately, society lures us to get wrapped up in our title, the power of our position, the size of our paycheck…. Not only do we let our work define who we are as individuals, but work often becomes the source of satisfaction in our lives.

Giving up an identity defined by work seems counter-intuitive to culture, but with Christ as the center of our affections, we are able to see a much grander vision. We end up with balance in our lives and the ability to love our neighbors when we’d otherwise be consumed by work. God does not define us by what we do or what we own, but rather by whose we are. We are God’s children -- the sons and daughters of a King! When we grasp that concept, work should no longer have a stronghold on us. We no longer are a slave to performance, but are free to think differently about the true purpose for our lives.

for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Because God is sovereign, we can find our true identity in Him.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Removing Impurities

God Is Holy

He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; ... Malachi 3:3

Let’s face it - No one likes to change their ways or habits, no matter how destructive they may be or how necessary. While the status quo is always easiest, deep down, we all admit there are some things we’d like to change about ourselves. Maybe it’s having more patience with a co-worker, or having a higher level of integrity at work; maybe it’s being more of a team player, or being more charitable….

The bible tells us that God is constantly at work refining our character. Just like the silversmith that removes impurities in metal over a blazing fire, God places us in hot spots to perfect our character. Daily, we can find ourselves in situations that challenge us to move in a new direction, to extend grace, forgiveness, or a helping hand when we would not otherwise. We have two choices – to stay on the same path or to be like Jesus in our thoughts and actions. But how many of us choose the latter? If we trust God and obey His word at times of testing, we will find that just like silver, imperfections in our character are removed allowing His reflection in our life to become real and visible to those around us.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

Because God is holy, He continues to perfect our character through difficult circumstances.

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Greatest Gift

God is All Knowing

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. Psalm 139: 1-5

God knows us completely – this makes Him omniscient or “all-knowing”. He knows every word and deed – good and bad – and yet he loves us and invites us into a relationship with Him. He does not condemn; he does not judge; he accepts us unconditionally. He guides us through every trial. He knows and loves us completely. Isn’t it amazing to know God knows it all – from the biggest issues in our life down to even the smallest of details? And, that He yearns for us to know Him.

What are you waiting for? Why not let God come into your life? Why not accept the greatest gift ever given? - a relationship with God Himself!

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Because God is all knowing, through Jesus He gives us the gift to know Him personally.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Hope Found

God is Faithful

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

With the sudden onslaught of Covid 19 and the continued fallout, one could begin to doubt that there is a God who is good when faced with these dire circumstances.

There are some things that we just can’t comprehend, but we have to trust that God is in control and that in all things God works for the good. For it is in times like these that we are given a chance to show love and compassion to total strangers. This is how hope is restored -- when we lend a helping hand to someone in need. God commanded us to love one another – to help, to care, to support and to provide for those who cannot for themselves. This is how God works – through us-- in the midst of chaos and calamity. He does not send the chaos, but He restores hope when chaos strikes.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, Hebrews 10:23-24

Because God is faithful, we can trust God is at work in the midst of calamity.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Out of Control

God is All Powerful

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

We are taught to be in control -- to take control of our lives and our circumstances. The fear and suffering generated by Covid 19, demands from sheltering in place, and the uncertainty about our economy and future was sudden, unexpected and at times is overwhelming …. What an eye opener to understanding who really is in control – an all powerful God who has the whole world in His hands! And with this revelation comes hope and a sense of peace if we trust God, believing He is good and has a plan for each of us.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:3

Because God is all powerful, we can trust that He is in control of all the circumstances in our life.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Nothing Is Impossible

God is Faithful

“If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Mark 9:23-24

Feeling uncertain and overwhelmed? Gripped with fear and no longer in control as the pandemic sweeps over the nation and globe? Don’t lose hope. Jesus’ words suggest it requires much more than our own efforts to obtain results, that it requires faith. Jesus demonstrates what is possible if we place our trust in Christ -- because nothing is too difficult for God. As we face challenges and trials, trust Christ to strengthen you and give you peace for what lays ahead. With Jesus as the source of our strength and hope, we can believe and trust in our Heavenly Father to provide all that we need.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Because God is faithful, through Christ we can trust that all our needs will be met.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fear Not

God is Faithful

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Matthew 6:27

Many of us are worried.  Worried about the economy, our jobs, our bills, our children, our parents, our health…the list goes on.  God never intended for us to worry.  Genuine concern for a matter moves you to action but worry has ill effects.  Do not let your heart and mind be consumed by fear.  Learn to focus on what God has called important and trust him to provide.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34

Because God is faithful, with Christ we need not worry.