June 21, 2016

Are we willing?

My mission in life is, has been, and will be to help others, but especially the hurting, the abused, the neglected, the outcasts of society. 

And, if my involvement with such people requires me to be "poor" or to live in an "unsafe" part of town; if it means I might become more "rough" in my appearance, or that I hang out with the people who society, and sadly, even the church has rejected, if all of that means we can't be family, or can't be friends anymore, please take a look at your heart. 

I am not going to change into someone I am not, just to satisfy someone's desire to control.  If I am sinning, tell me, otherwise I am who I am, and if you don't like the real me, I'm sorry.  I just can't stand to have other people planning my life and spitting on my dreams, because they won't make me rich, won't mean I'm safe, won't bring the family pride over my accomplishments.  My life is going to be shaped by the vision God has given me to serve Him in this scary world. 

As a matter of fact...

God has called all believers to be involved in ministry.  Our very existence is to be ministering to those who need Jesus.  Inside of the "church" and outside.  If we think that our little time spent in "church" on Sunday mornings or on Wednesday nights is all the ministering we "need to do," we've got it wrong.

Our lives are to revolved around sharing Jesus.  Our homes should be centers of grace as we share meals (and the gospel) with our yet-to-be-saved relatives, neighbors, and co-workers.  We should be known as the best party-throwers, the kindest hosts, the most generous neighbors, the most humble employees, the most patient uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. 

Why?  Because Jesus was all of those things as He interacted with the "tax-collectors and sinners."  And we are called to look like Him, to be like Him.

So, Lord, ignite our hearts so that we are no good for this world.  May our hearts blaze with one flame, one passion, one vision - to see Your name exalted in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, government agencies, and churches.

Because loving You, and loving others in Your name is all that really matters. 
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"Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”
Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent."

Luke 5:29-32 

June 20, 2016

Favorite quotes

To round out the final post of the "quote tag" (thank you S.F.), I thought it would be neat to share with you all some of my favorite quotes which I have collected over the years on my Pinterest


This reminds me of the verse where Jesus says there are only two ways - the way of Life, and the way of death.  We can either choose life (Jesus), or death (Satan).  It's really that straightforward. 

Two powerful promises from God's precious word. Take them in. Believe them. Act upon them.

 For those of you who know me personally, you know how much I love to talk.  I have been prodded by the Lord to be a better listener.  Sometimes the biggest thing another person needs in a patient listener.  That is one thing I am working on becoming. 

"Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
    but trusting the Lord means safety."
Proverbs 29:25
 
 This is a lesson I am still learning.  
























Relinquish control 


June 17, 2016

~ Love ~

So, I really have no idea what I'm doing here, and have never been tagged.  But, thank you to S.F. from On Solid Ground for tagging me, and we'll see what happens...

The theme for the quotes I picked today is love, because my favorite Bible verse talks about love.  I will share that at the very end.  Enjoy! 

(all quotes and pictures are via Pinterest

The ultimate reason we love is because Jesus first loved us.

Jesus' words about love.  We are to love like He loved.



Something to ponder.  Never is a long time.



Everything.  Our mind, then, must be love-saturated.


And this is based off of my favorite Bible verse, Colossians 3:14, "But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection." (NKJV)  I love that phrase at the end, "bond of perfection."

Another "above all things".  In other words, LOVE is the most important thing we can ever do.

June 16, 2016

Hope

Thanks to S.F. from On Solid Ground for tagging me!

The theme for the quotes I picked today is Hope 

(all quotes and pictures are via Pinterest)


Jesus is the ultimate Hope - He is the reason we exist


Salvation comes through Jesus Christ, the One true Son of God, and because of His sacrifice, His resurrection and His reign, we have hope 

 Because God is with us always, "to the end of the age" we have hope, for today, for tomorrow, for each period of our lives no matter what we are going through. He is with us, always. 

A great reminder


As 1 John 4:18-19 says "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us."