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Job 17:11 “My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.”

Time waits for no one.  With each passing day, we are a little older and unfortunately, the hopes and dreams we have a little less likely to happen.  When we’re young, we look at time and the future as something with limitless possibilities…but when we’re older, or disease overtakes our body…time suddenly  becomes very precious.  Each one of us has been allotted a certain amount of time here on the earth…time we can choose to use productively or rashly.  So how are you managing your time today?  Are you using it to forward God’s Kingdom…or are you aimlessly pilfering it away?  Time is getting short…make the very most of it today.

Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

If you’ve ever had to pry the fingers of a two-year-old open around a toy they won’t share…you know just how selfish humans are about their possessions.  But I Timothy 6:7 tells us, “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”  Everything you have or have ever possessed was a gift from God.  But we consider possessions like potato chips…one isn’t enough…we want the entire bag!  So where is the balance?  The answer is contentment…happiness with what we have or don’t.  We can then look at our possessions from God’s perspective and hold on to them not with tight fists but with loose fingers.

Ephesians 2:3 ” All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.”

All of us do it…we daydream.  Pleasant fantasies that transport us from the drab and boring into over the top imaginings.  But if we indulge in these musings more and more, they will soon take over our life…for the real world can never compete with fantasy.  And it’s here in this verse we’re warned about willful pleasure-seeking thoughts.  As humans living in a sinful world –  ungodly thoughts are going to drop into our minds…thoughts that can even shock and embarrass us.  Like, “Where did THAT come from?!!)   But it’s at that moment we have to take captive that thought and make it obedient to Christ. (II Corinthians 10:5)  For if we give in and allow these thoughts to have their way in our mind…our vivid daydreams will lead us farther and farther from God into disobedience.

I Timothy 4:12 ” Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the Believers in speech, in life, in faith and in purity.”

The Apostle Paul was encouraging Timothy to stand up for himself as a Pastor,  even though he was considered young for the position.  Paul admonished him to behave in such an exemplary way, with integrity and confidence, that no one within the Church would question his assignment.  Timothy was to lead by example…his way of life on constant display for others to imitate and follow.   I would then challenge all of you who are also considered “young”…don’t think being youthful is an excuse to not set a good example.  Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t influence others for Christ while modeling  God’s love to the world.

I John 3:16 ” This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

Without hesitation I know you’d answer a resounding “Yes!”  to my question of whether you’d die for your spouse or children.  But if we look closely at this verse, we’re not being asked to do that.  Rather, we’re being directed to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians .   OK wait,  you want me to sacrifice for who?  My family is one thing, but a neighbor or friend or somebody I hardly know at Church…I don’t know if I can do that.   But when Jesus died on that Cross He didn’t pick and choose who He was dying for…He died for all.   In John 10:11 it says, ” I am the good Shepherd.  The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”   To love one another with the Agape love that Christ first showed us is to be willing to be poured out like a drink offering for our brothers…regardless of who they are.

Psalm 122:1 ” I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ “

There is much to be said about gathering together  as a Body of Believers to worship our Heavenly Father.  Whether it be in a huge sanctuary, or a quaint clapboard place of worship, or the darkened confines of an underground Church …it’s a chance for all come together.  But that’s not the only “house” that God lives in…for the Lord’s spirit lives within us. (I Corinthians 3:16)  And Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them.”  So if you think about it, we don’t need a “Church building” to have the Lord among us.  We simply need to come together in His name.   For when we do, God will act, according to His character and purpose, on our behalf.

I Corinthians 1:27 ” But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

God could easily use the powerful and super-intelligent to move His Kingdom forward…but He doesn’t.  He could utilize those who are  idolized and obsessed over…but He chooses not to.  God would rather select those who the world would view as ridiculous to direct the course of redemptive history.  Verses 28-29 go on to say, “He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.”    God uses everyday, common, ordinary people to do extraordinary work for Him on a regular basis.  He takes the nonsensical and creates the incredible.  All He needs is a willing heart and spirit.