Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just you wait

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2, ESV)

Every day we need this promise.

Every day we need to know that this isn't everything. We need that assurance in our blessings, we need that assurance in our trials.

In our blessings, we need to know that Christ promised more. Don't fill up on the appetizers, the feast is yet to come.

In our trials, we need to know that we were promised more than suffering. In fact, these dark valleys pale in comparison to the glory to come.

One day we will see Him. One day, we will be like Him.

Just you wait.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When there’s no one else

For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in. (Psalm 27:10)

What defines your life?

We build our lives around our relationships and pursuits and things. Whatever it looks like, we find our sun and orbit our lives around it.

The reality of this world is that all those relationships and pursuits and things can’t last. Even the sun will fizzle out one day.

But the Son never will.

When all our relationships are gone, He is still there. When the pursuits have petered out, he persists. When the things are dust, He lives.

When there’s no one else, He will always be.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Again and again and again

“...because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me and have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 34:27, ESV)

Most of us know what it is to be broken. We know what it is to be guilty...again.

In those times, we weep. We scream. We despair of our own hearts and weaknesses.

To be betrayed is one thing, to be the betrayer is another altogether. Standing in some mess of our own creation, the betrayer cries out to the betrayed:

“Forgive me again. Cleanse me again. Heal me...again.”

And He does.

He sees the prodigal returning and He runs to welcome him.

He hears the cries of the lost and He draws near.

And by His wounds, the broken are healed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cheap with God

“And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.” (Exodus 36:3–7, ESV)

I don’t often need to be told to stop giving.

For me, the natural questions are, “Isn’t that enough?” or “Why is that necessary?”

How… unbecoming.

In this passage, the exodus generation had one of their few highlight moments. With faith, gratitude and purpose they poured out their treasures for the building of the tabernacle. With the work of God so clearly happening before them, the people of God responded and then some.

I want to be like them.

I want faith to follow God’s call. I want gratitude to give back from the riches He has given me. I want the purpose of serving in the work of God.

I believe in the One who conquered death for his people. I believe I traded my filthy rags for perfect righteousness and certain hope. I believe that a generation of the lost will only believe if someone tells them the good news.

May I never again be cheap with him. I want to give until he says, “That is enough.”