What all do you have clogging up or cluttering up the stage of your life? What do you have up there that is competing for your time? What is your focus?
Last night there was the start of a conference where Scott Wilson was preaching. Throughout the night I posted many tweets with hashtag #2014inspire. A few of the nuggets and there were many included:
- Will you get out of the way and letting God raise the ceiling in your life?
- Will you show who you are or will you get exposed?
- Partial obedience isn’t obedience at all.
- Isn’t obedience better than sacrifice?
- He is at the door. He has a catered dinner for you. What are you going to do? http://bible.us/Rev3.20.amp
- Rev 3:14 – it needs to be done in you before you can do it in the lives of others. Don’t be lukewarm.
- Take this serious and change. Quit telling yourself it’s ok.
- Don’t put other gods beside God. Get rid of the idols, clear the stage
It isn’t God+, it’s all God. What else do you have in the way? What else do you have being idolized that needs to get out of the way? Pastor Scott mentioned something that made me ponder, it wasn’t that the people didn’t know God it was that they added to Him a bunch of other “gods”. Consider life and what is in it. What’s in the way from being all in or following fully after God? Clear the stage of the other stuff and do what God calls you to do. We don’t need to compare ourselves or be concerned with what other people need to or should be or could be. Consider when Peter was asked if he loved Jesus and how on the third time his response was more: Jesus you know me inside and out, you know my heart, I think I love you.
15After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”
17-19Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. I’m telling you the very truth now: When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you’ll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, “Follow me.” — John 21
Consider when Peter asked about John and the response he received from Jesus:
20-21Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved following right behind. When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?”
22-23Jesus said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me.” That is how the rumor got out among the brothers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that is not what Jesus said. He simply said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you?” — John 21
God doesn’t want us to be wasting our time, our efforts, our lives worrying about His plans for other believers. He wants us to focus on the calling He has put into our lives. He wants us to be obedient to His Word and His calling. He wants us to be on fire for Him, not lukewarm. So let’s follow Him. Let’s make everything we do, everything we say, every thought we have be about what can we do for Jesus. Are we glorifying Him with our efforts? Are we removing the illusion and being transparent to others so they can see Jesus? Have we cleared off the stage of those other idols that get in the way? that distract? that distort? and keep us from everything God desires?
I am not sure if you know, but the messages I post daily are God’s Word to me. It is from my time alone in the morning preparing for my day and seeking God’s wisdom. People know if they see me before this time, because this is my fill up. This is making sure that my taking is filled to overflowing before I start my day. Without God, it’s hard to get the day started. With God, the possibilities are endless. I hope my notes, my blog, my testimonies help to encourage you. God spoke to me that I was supposed to have this public blog, not for my glory but for His. Not as my note taking place, but some reason that is bigger than me.
This morning’s reading comes from 1 Chronicles 25-28, Psalm74 and kicks off speaking the leader selection for worship. Everyone has a place and a purpose. When we focus on our piece, our purpose, our plan, God is able to take it, bless it, multiply, and make it an incredible moment for so many others. Don’t be looking for special treatment, God’s selected you for a purpose, for such a day and such a time as this. Everyone has a purpose, everyone has a role. They are all important and when we focus on it and do what God tells us to do, it is more powerful than if we tried to do it alone and in our own power. You aren’t all that so be willing to let God’s will direct you and guide you. You don’t have all the answers, but He does.
Jesus, have your way in me today. You are prompting my heart and I want to be fully obedient to You. Grant me wisdom and courage to step up and step out to be all that You desire of me. Help me not to sway to the left or the right. Help me to keep my eyes on You and focus on what you desire of me. I stepped out of the boat and don’t want to miss the opportunities, the miracles, the plans You have for me by losing focus. Lord, thank You for Your Word. Lord, thank You for this time. Thank You for my life. Thank You for my family. Thank You for my friends. Thank You for everyone who is brought to this site and is encouraged and directed to You. Lord, help me today as I prepare for it, go before me I pray to prepare in advance the good works You have for me. Grant me the wisdom and the courage to get it done. Help me Lord with full obedience. Help me Lord with Your Spirit so that I am not lukewarm. May this day be a day that will bring the Father, the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Words of wisdom from a father to a son:
9-10“And you, Solomon my son, get to know well your father’s God; serve him with a whole heart and eager mind, for God examines every heart and sees through every motive. If you seek him, he’ll make sure you find him, but if you abandon him, he’ll leave you for good. Look sharp now! God has chosen you to build his holy house. Be brave, determined! And do it!” — 1 Chronicles 28
Plans…God’s prepared in advance, He got things setup for you to get it done
20-21David continued to address Solomon: “Take charge! Take heart! Don’t be anxious or get discouraged. God, my God, is with you in this; he won’t walk off and leave you in the lurch. He’s at your side until every last detail is completed for conducting the worship of God. You have all the priests and Levites standing ready to pitch in, and skillful craftsmen and artisans of every kind ready to go to work. Both leaders and people are ready. Just say the word.” — 1 Chronicles 28