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Day of Jesus Christ

abstract-2687792_1280This week I have been pondering a number of truths in Philippians. What jumped out of the paragraph below are the two references to the “day of Jesus Christ”. Take a moment to read it.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:6-11)

Many things could be said about this passage but what is so encouraging to me is that the Lord is molding and shaping me. He is preparing me for Himself. He is purifying me and forming my character, heart, values and motives to be ready for Him.

Until “that day” I am in process of becoming more like Him. This encourages me. I trust it will encourage you as well.

Take a few minutes to thank Him for all He has done for you, is doing in you and will do when you see Him face to face.

Maranatha,
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To Whom Does God Look?

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“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isa. 66:2)

God is not impressed by good looks, wealth, intelligence, education, strength, or any other trait or accomplishment we humans esteem. We strive for these things. We look to one another by comparison to see if we look better, are in better condition, have accomplished more, have more wealth, bigger houses and so on. We look at the outward appearances and accomplishments.

But God looks at the heart and He knows. He knows what is in our hearts. He knows our motives, our character and what is important to us. He knows.

This verse gives me a priority on something different than the world around me. The goal or priority of humility before God and respectfully ingesting and obeying His Word.

No matter what my circumstances, accomplishments, or talents, I do have the choice. This verse shows me what is important to God – humility, contriteness and trembling at His Word.

Maranatha,
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The Contrite and Lowly

In our world, we esteem the winner, the strong, the beautiful and the achiever. The Lord has a different value system.

“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isa. 57:15)

Astounding that the Eternal One, the One who is holy, DWELLS with the contrite and lowly of spirit.

Are you feeling down today? Oppressed? Overwhelmed? The Lord dwells with you to revive you. This is an amazing reality.

Take a minute to pour out your heart to Him. He is near. He hears and is ready to revive your heart.

Maranatha,
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Jesus’ Call

Some of Jesus’ last words to His followers were in the form of a command. He said, “As you go, make disciples, of the peoples, teaching them to obey all I have commanded you…” (Matt. 28:19-20). He said this in the context of His position as Lord, “All authority has been given me in heaven and on earth” (Matt 28:16). So when the King, the Lord, and the One to whom every knee on earth will bow says something, it is priority. These are not optional words, nor are they to be treated as simple wishes for his undershepherds. These are words of action and words by which we will be held accountable when we stand before the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

To put it another way, making disciples is a big deal to Jesus. He did not say, give them content or make them feel good, but rather teach them to obey all I’ve commanded. The discipling process is not left to our invention, either. Rather, He shows us how to do it in principle. He was with them, patiently interacting with them in their struggle to believe and apply the truths He taught. He did not say, make them attend a church. A church attendee is not necessarily a disciple.

He said, “Make disciples.”  A disciple is one who obeys Jesus and follows Him. Disciples of Jesus are those who delve into the Word and obey what He says. Their heart, values, motives and character come more aligned with Jesus and His kingdom ways as they grow in Christ.

Many of us think we are doing right things in our ministries because we compare ourselves and our ministries with those around us. However, the question is “What does Jesus want?” There is a different calling for each of us. Our part in making disciples will look different from person to person and culture to culture. If He is Lord, and He is, then what He wands and how He measures ministry is what counts. The Lord HImself will evaluate us with how we did in making disciples.

– Excerpt taking for Stacy’s book, Lead in Light of Eternity: The Jesus Model.
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