Embrace the “boring”

Just Breath and Be

The summer is flying by.  With family vacationborings, work, school and so much more, we find ourselves at the end of it before we ever knew that it began.  Well I want to encourage you, as I have challenged myself to stop, breath and be where you are for a while instead of stressing about where you are going or want  go.  I am thankful for the moments of quite community that many in the world would call “boring”.   Embrace the boring and realize that it may just be God ordained “Sabbath”.  

In other words…..there is no such thing as boring… just unrecognized rest opportunities. thinking like that may just be, well, …..boring

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It is essential to know that God, through Jesus, is perfect in his forgiveness.  However, because we are not, there is practical counsel we need when experiencing and giving away this precious grace gift from God.  Please take a few moments to view the discussion/conversation in the link below that may be relevant to your life now or in the future. 

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/must-we-forgive-those-who-sin-against-us-if-they-dont-repent

Costly Forgiveness

Forgiveness Is Costly to Givei am sorry

Forgiveness is freeing.  The freedom comes at a great price.  Anyone who has had the incredible opportunity to forgive has quickly realized that it cost the one who gives it.  Check out this passage from Tim Keller.

“It is typical for non-Christians today to say that the cross of Christ makes no sense. ‘Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t God just forgive us?’ Actually no one who has been deeply wronged ‘just forgives’! If someone wrongs you, there are only two options: (1) you make them suffer, or (2) you refuse revenge and forgive them and then you suffer. And if we can’t forgive without suffering, how much more must God suffer in order to forgive us? If we unavoidably sense the obligation and debt and injustice of sin in our soul, how much more does God know it? On the cross we see God forgiving us, and that was possible only if God suffered. On the cross God’s love satisfied his own justice by suffering, bearing the i forgive youpenalty for sin. There is never forgiveness without suffering, nails, thorns, sweat, blood. Never.”

Partners and friends, as we consider the forgiveness given to us, please know the cost of it…

JESUS IS FAITHFUL EVEN WHILE WE ARE NOT…

Romans 5: 21 says “For OUR SAKE he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

God the Father did what…

wrath of godHave we ever considered what God did to His son?  Have we also ever considered that God the Father also did this to His son for our sake?  Finally, have you ever considered that He did this “while we were still sinners”  (Romans 5:8)

I believe that when we allow our heart to understand this deep truth, we either are moved to the core and are never the same or we reveal our eternal rejection and apathy.  I pray that we communicate the truth of the Gospel mentioned above and ask the Holy Spirit to open hearts to understand.  Please proclaim this good news that Jesus took the BAD (receiving the consequences for our sins) so that we could receive the GOOD (freedom from that sin and life eternal)

Leverage or Loving

Have yleverageou ever wondered if our desire to see our friends follow Jesus was Leverage or loving?  I am not real sure where this idea is going so if you want to hitch your wagon for a little while i am going to warn you, it could end up in a ditch.

MAKE DISCIPLES OR LOVE 

We are called to “make disciples” teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded right?  If this is the case, then is our motive to make disciples or love.  (space for thinking)…..  Does this question boarder on CRAZY, possibly, but i did warn you?  Should we even question our motives to see if we are “leveraging the Gospel to get people to Jesus” or truly loving people with the hope and prayer that they see and hear the Gospel and be opened to the truth and opened to TRUE LOVE..

USING GOSPEL TO GET CONVERTS OR POINTING CONVERTS TO JESUS and the GOSPEL

I am not quite sure where this line of reasoning is going but remember again that I WARNED YOU.  I am concerned, as I am sure that you are (or maybe not) that we push Jesus for our true agenda (ie.  to make converts).  I am more and more convinced, but still learning, that maybe this is a sin to be repented of.  I am sure that you have heard it said that conversion is not our goal, Jesus is our end goal.  Put another way, our end goal is not to get salvation, our end desire is that we get Jesus and this is all we ultimately need and want, right.  When I remind myself of this I feel less like a salesman working on commission and more like a loving child of a father that has invited me into the GREAT commission. (hope that was not too hoaky)

OK SO WHAT

Could I do a better job of introducing others to the truest love of my life? (Jesus)  At the same time, putting to death the desire to fill like I am builing a resume that looks amazing to the ministry world.  I guess what I am saying is whose resume am I promoting, mine or His.   If we are leveraging anything it should be from a posture of humility.  This posture is stooping to lift/leverage others to the see the greatest, most loving one of all eternity…… by the way that would be JESUS, the author and finisher of our Faith…

Relax and just serve and share because it is Jesus’ Kingdom not yours and mine.

just thinking out loud and hope someone can come along and drag you out of the ditch.

 

 

THERE IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT

transformedTOTALLY DIFFERENT

From Sinner to Saint.  This transformation is pretty amazing.  Have you ever seen a caterpillar turn into a butterfly?  That ugly, slow, worm completely turns into a butterfly that is beautiful and very mobile.  With that in mind, have we ever stopped to consider the great task of taking the old us and making us into someone TOTALLY DIFFERENT?  This is what Jesus does when he chooses to save us.  We go from a worm to a beautiful creature that is totally different, inside and out. 

COMPLETE REWIRING  

Jesus doesn’t just fix us up, he completely remakes us.  This is why after salvation, some things don’t make sense to us anymore.  For instance, the sin we used to thrive on tends to break our heart’s now.  The language we used with no effort before just doesn’t feel or sound the same from our lips.  I could go on forever about this REBIRTH (John 3:3).  In fact, I probably will in eternity.  (John 3:16)  

Now What?

Have you experienced this kind of radical change?  If not, respond to the Holy Spirit through belief, repentance and follow Him. (Acts 3:18-19)

images-1what!!!? marriage and sex are not ultimate…

Someone needs to teach that to well……everyone.  Now don’t get me wrong I believe completely in what the Holy Spirit wrote through the author of Hebrew.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. ” —Jesus

As a married man who loves his wife very much (those 2 words don’t even do it justice how much), I want to pray, live, and think in such a way to have that view of marriage.  I also teach it to our sons and also to students that i have the honor to serve with.

However, good things, if not kept in proper perspective, can become GOD things. (aka IDOLS)  I believe this is why Jesus also (because He also said it through the writer of Hebrews)

“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” –Jesus

It seems that marriage is a gracious gift that we enjoy and glorify God with here on earth.  It also seems that it is suppose to be a beautiful picture of Christ and the Church (Eph. 5).

“till death do us part”

I am reminded of Jesus words in Genesis and in Matthew when he said

“He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” –Jesus

Just thinking out loud here but it seems that the only thing that should separate the “two that have become one” is DEATH…

Could you imagine that counseling session when you tell the couple that no matter what, and i mean no matter what, Death is the only thing that should break the bonds of marriage.

From my experience with godly individuals who have walked the unfortunate path of divorce, it seem to be true that you never stop being one with the person you no longer call spouse, they alway seem to be a part of you ..

wait, what about sex and all sexual activity

It’s sole purpose is the be ENJOYED in marriage.  A fire is great if it is enjoyed in the proper place (ie the fireplace).  A fire in the wrong place (ie the back of you car) will cause an explosion that will lead to destruction…

just thinking out loud…. feel free to go “grammar check” on me.  there is plenty to pick from