Christian living

Fullness comes when we remember to be with him before going out to serve him

He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons

-Mark 3:14-15

I was doing a lot, pouring myself out for God, but not really spending time getting filled by God. Maybe you can relate?

We run around trying to do everything, and please everyone.  We say yes to volunteering and baking something for the kids school party, taking the kids to multiply after school sports or events. We fill our plates completely full. However were missing out on what God want’s for us, he wants us to slow down enough to receive from him. I don’t know about you, but I’m always praying for God to help me, help me with all of my daily task. I have a hard time saying no, and then end up overworked in the end. I love to serve, however I’m missing out on being served and left feeling empty. He really does have it all worked out. The gaps filled. The needs met. The questions answered. The problems solved.  And the parts he’s purposed for us? They’re all perfectly portioned out in assignments meant for us today. No more. No less. All he ask is that we personally receive from him BEFORE setting out to work for him. This is HUGE and I don’t want you to miss this. In doing so we are encouraged by his presence. This is the daily sacred exchange where ministry turns into pure delight. 

He is capable! We say we trust him but act like everything depends on us. We give all we have to the task at hand with only occasional leftovers of time slightly acknowledge him. It must break his heart when we work like we don’t believe he’s there to help us. Jesus doesn’t participate in the rat race. He’s into the slower rhythms of life like abiding, delighting,and dwelling. When Jesus appointed the disciples, there were two parts to their calling, as we see in Mark 3:14-15. Yes they were to go to preach and drive out demons, but FIRST they were called to be with him. Fullness comes when we remember to be with him before going out to serve him.

He wants our hearts in alignment with him before our hands set about doing today’s assignment for him.  We need to receive in prayer, worship, and truth from his word. Fix your eyes, not on a worldly prize, but on staying in love with me.

That’s an agenda that’s always completely satisfying.

Christian living

Keep it shut

I highly recommend the book “Keep It Shut” by Karen Ehman.

It contains a section about how to make sure your words are always God-honoring. Ehman says the key is making sure we spend as much or more time talking to God in prayer and through reading God’s Word as we spend talking and listening to everyone else.

She says that when God is the One we spend the most time talking to, He will become the One we most want to please—the One whose opinion of us matters most.

Wow! Talk about an “ah-ha” moment! This sage advice is so obvious, but yet so easily overlooked. When we spend time talking and listening to God through prayer, reading and studying the Bible, singing songs of praise, enjoying the beauty of creation, and enjoying the talents and abilities God gave you in ways that honor Him, we draw closer and closer to Him.

Today’s verse is to our spiritual life what the adage ‘you are what you eat’ is to our physical body.

Be mindful of what you allow into your mind, because it goes straight to your heart, before flying out of your mouth.

Pray

Dear Lord,

Fill my mind and heart with only those words that honor You.

Let my words be uplifting, encouraging, and full of love and grace.

When I speak to Your children, please let them hear more of You and less of me.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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