Friday, January 20, 2012

Little Becomes Great

The Kingdom of Heaven is powerful. It doesn’t take much to make a difference. Little acts can be used by God in amazing ways. It’s like yeast in bread making. It only takes a small amount of yeast to permeate every part of the dough. Small things grow to have great impact—that is when God is involved. God’s work is often subtle. Changes aren’t always visible right away but there will be a difference. If a lump of dough can turn into fresh, warm, fluffy bread, then people can change too.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Newness of a New Year

God dislikes complacency. He spits lukewarmness out of His mouth. Being content with the riches of this world ushers in complacency. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the riches of the world but being content with them alone is a different story. Not realizing that you’re poor, blind, and naked leads to complacency. Thinking you’re okay on your own and you don’t need God takes away joy because joy comes from loving God and seeking to please Him.

The cure for complacency is:  1.) Get “gold” from Christ—the riches of His Word and Spirit.  2.) In humility, realize that you need to be cleaned up and accept the “newness” that Christ can give you.  3.) Let His Spirit open your eyes to the “riches” of His Kingdom--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Repent of complacency—seek to really see God—seek to feel life again—seek to hope—seek to do what you’re called to do. Sow goodness with enthusiasm and reap a bountiful harvest.

Christ is knocking on your heart. Are you listening?