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Watcha gonna do?


Do you have a plan? Do you have a goal? Do you have a purpose?

Whatcha gonna do?

Finish high school? Learn a trade? Get a college degree? Go to university?

Have you gotten a call? Has God put something into your heart that you are now going to pursue?

Everyone doesn’t find value in the same things. Some find value in what can be acquired or how much money can they make. Some find value in how they can help others and serve in their communities or around the world.

Do you have priorities? Do you realize the impact on the rest of your life because of them?

Think you don’t have priorities? Think again! Where are you spending your time? What do you spend your money on? Seems that is where your priorities are!

Why not seek first God’s kingdom and God’s ways? And then let God help you take care of the other needs of your life?

Achievements people value vary too! Are you looking to achieve something that can be lost, stolen, or destroyed? Are you looking to achieve something that can never be lost, stolen, or destroyed but rather will last forever? Longevity! Eternity! Focus! Calling! Purpose! Plan!

Where are you at today? Do you view each day as starting with “Happy” and ending with “day” and so whatever ends up in the middle makes it today?

Whose promises will you pursue? Where are you going to build your life on? The world’s? God’s?

The world’s which as you can tell from everyday life sways like the waves in the sea based on popular opinion? God’s which never changes and is like the solid rock that can’t be moved!

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

–from Matthew 7

Whatcha gonna do? Jesus is calling out to you! The devil is speaking lies to you!

What will you value? How will you show value? Whatcha gonna do?

Have you been called to serve in the workplace? Have you been called to serve in the church, in missions, on the field? There is ministry to be had everywhere! They are all important! They are all through one body! They are all for the body of Jesus working together that the world will come to learn the truths and the hope and the love and the purpose of God!

So what goal are you pursuing? What call are you answering? Beyond the job, the career, the title, what is the goal you are pursuing?

Whatcha gonna do? Don’t waste your time and efforts! Don’t waste your life without purpose, meaning, and goals! Don’t waste your life pursuing the wrong goals that will fade and disappear but rather pursue goals that will have purpose and last for all of eternity!

Whatcha gonna do? Why not choose with that free will you have to pursue something meaningful! Why not choose to have meaning, purpose, and goals that will make a difference not only to you but also to your family, friends, and community?

Life is so much more than stuff! So much more than property and possessions! So…

Property and possessions shouldn’t be your goal or purpose, they would be the byproducts of your obedience and purpose of pursuing God and His kingdom and His righteousness! Remember how we are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…

Teaching about Money and Possessions

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

–from Matthew 6

Whatcha gonna do? … Why?


 Find Your Purpose in Life

Day 244: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Pursue righteousness and love … Proverbs 21:17-26
  2. Aim to please God … 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
  3. Rise to Micah’s challenge … Micah 5:1-7:20
    • It is possible to have a wasted soul. God warns, through Micah, against:

      ‘Obscene wealth…

      piled up by cheating and fraud…

      shady deals and shifty scheming…

      No matter how much you get, it will never be enough –

      hollow stomachs, empty hearts.

      No matter how hard you work, you’ll have nothing to show for it –

      bankrupt lives, wasted souls’ (6:10–14, MSG).

      At times, the prophet Micah looks forward (for example, see 7:7–20). At one point he unknowingly prophesies about Jesus (Matthew 2:5–12). He sees a ruler coming from Bethlehem, ‘Whose origins are from of old, from ancient times… And he will be their peace’ (Micah 5:2,5a). He will be known as ‘Peacemaker of the world!’ (v.4b, MSG).

      At other times, the prophet Micah looks back. He looks at all that God has done for his people (see 6:3 onwards). He redeemed them. He led them (v.4). He urged them to ‘remember’ (v.5).

      God is a God of astonishing love and mercy: ‘Mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most. And compassion is on its way to us. You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing. You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean’ (7:18–19, MSG).

      Through Jesus your past is totally forgiven. Don’t keep looking back with regret. God has ‘hurled all [your] iniquities into the depths of the sea’ (v.19) and there is ‘no fishing’ allowed.

      What will our response be to this amazing grace? Micah presents this challenge: ‘To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’ (6:8c). This threefold challenge gives us the purpose and goal of our lives.

      Act justly

      Justice is very high up on God’s agenda. Injustice causes so much of the world’s suffering today. I have to make this a higher priority in my own life and in our community. We must do more to see that the poor, the marginalised and the voiceless receive justice.

      Love mercy

      God has shown us such mercy. Our response should be to show mercy to others. As Joyce Meyer puts it, ‘People do not need to be pressured to perform perfectly; they need to be loved and accepted.’ We need to bring the message of the gospel of God’s love and mercy to as many as possible, including the prisoners, the homeless, the elderly and the poor.

      Walk humbly with God

      Never see yourself as better, above, or more important than other people. A proud person overestimates their own importance. They cannot laugh at themselves. ‘Don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously’ (v.8c, MSG). We cannot do any of this unless we are walking in a relationship with the Lord.

       

      These three go together. True faith is evidenced by how you live. This is why Paul writes that ‘the things done while in the body’ (2 Corinthians 5:10) really matter. You will be judged by them. They are the evidence of your faith.

      –from Day 244: Bible In One Year 2017


Today’s Bible Reading…

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What drives your ambitions?


Do you know what Ambition means? So let’s get started by looking at the definition…1.a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. So after looking at this, what is creating your drive? What is creating your determination? What is your initiative?

What are your aspirations? intentions? goals? objectives?

One thing the definition out of diction misses is purpose and what God says about it? We know that we are supposed to run to win the prize, right? We know that we are supposed to press on towards the goals God has called us to, right? Not for selfish gains, but align with the gifts, the talents, and the purpose God has called us to!

So, what the goal you seek? What is the prize you want to win?

Today’s reading from Philippians 3:7-8 starts with this direction…

7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

–from Philippians 3

I extended the content to capture all that Paul said in this area. When we put first things first, it makes a difference! When we have our priorities straight, it impacts how all of our life works out! When you have the top priorities in place and live in alignment with them, the rest of the things tend to take care of themselves! Without the priority list and the desire to live in alignment, you can run into challenges and struggles you were never meant or needing to have to deal with! Imagine if your priorities were out of whack and your health suffered. Imagine if your priorities were out of what and your relationships suffered. How bad would it have to get before you stopped and re-evaluated? How deep would you have to go before you stopped and started looking up? I learned the hard way and found that by putting God first, my wife and our marriage second, my kids and family third, it made it so that everything else would get taken care too. God tells us this when we read in His Word “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

So we need to make sure we don’t have selfish ambitions. We need to make sure our ambitions are aligned with God’s plan and purpose for our lives! And do our best and trust Him for the rest!

The focus and the purpose is to know Jesus! The goal and purpose is to live lives that allow us to follow after Jesus in every part of our lives — from when we get up to when we go to sleep, from our time in church to our time at work — every part! There shouldn’t be different versions of us! I remember a friend asking me about why I post my blog on LinkedIn since that is a professional service not personal. I answered there is only one of me – not a work me and a non-work me. I asked didn’t I live this way in the office too? We should live lives that shine the glory of God into our environment! We should allow our behavior to speak to what our ambitions are! So if our ambitions are to follow and know Jesus, then every day the things we do, the things we say, the way we respond should align to that purpose and goal! And why? It’s not all about us remember, that is where not being self-centered is key! We need to concerned for others! We need to make sure we aren’t living by selfish ambitions! We will grow and develop in a way that will build up a passion for sharing the redemptive power of Jesus into the lives of those around us! The power of forgiveness thanks to Jesus who first gave His all so that we could be forgiven is a big key! Through Jesus we are forgiven and redeemed back to God! It’s not all about us! God has a greater calling! You didn’t find Paul after he had the revelation of Jesus holding onto it and keeping it to himself! He had to go out and share it! So what is driving you? How will your ambitions direct your steps? What difference will you make because of them?

Today is the start of a new devotional and it speaks into ambition and work this way…

Like Jesus, we are called to look not only to our own interests, but to the interests of others:

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:1-4)

–from Ambitions and Your Work

This subject is a 6 day devotional, so we will get to explore this for 5 more days.

So what drives your ambitions? Will you allow God to change it and help you to achieve everything He has planned for you?

Are you setting up for success?


A big key to the setup is receiving wisdom to make the right decisions. Are you setting your goals? Are you setting yourself up for success? Do you know what success looks like? Do you have contingency plans? Are you trying to do it all on your own or do you have someone to go to for wisdom and advice? God will provide! God’s ways are higher than our ways! God’s plans are better than our plans! So we need to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be taken care of!


In typical fashion today I am completing the Old Testament readings for the week from 1 Kings 4-12:

1 Kings 4:

1 Kings 5:

  • David had a vision to build God the temple, but God’s plan was for Solomon to do it.
  • David prepared the resources and the plans provided by God so that it could be done.
  • All the fighting kept David from being able to or allowed to build the temple
  • Wisdom to get the right people with the right talents for the right jobs to be able to get it done

1 Kings 6:

1 Kings 7:

  • God desires that we have a good life too.
  • We need to make sure we keep our priorities straight though
  • #1 – God, … what does your list look like?
    • As for me, it has my marriage #2, my family #3, …
  • Will you go out of your way to bring in the right people with the right skills to get the right work done?

1 Kings 8:

  • God’s timing is perfect. Things will get done, they will be finished on just the right day at just the right time for His purposes
  • Remember to Keep God as the center, as the first, and in your heart!
  • Will you be one who is a conduit of blessings to the people God has surrounded you with?
  • Will call blessings down upon them?
  • Will you allow God’s blessings to flow through you into their lives?
  • Give it all up to God! Consider this prayer from Solomon

“Lord God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven above or on earth below! You keep your covenant with your people and show them your love when they live in wholehearted obedience to you. 24You have kept the promise you made to my father David; today every word has been fulfilled. 25And now, Lord God of Israel, I pray that you will also keep the other promise you made to my father when you told him that there would always be one of his descendants ruling as king of Israel, provided they obeyed you as carefully as he did. 26So now, O God of Israel, let everything come true that you promised to my father David, your servant. 27“But can you, O God, really live on earth? Not even all of heaven is large enough to hold you, so how can this Temple that I have built be large enough? 28Lord my God, I am your servant. Listen to my prayer, and grant the requests I make to you today. 29Watch over this Temple day and night, this place where you have chosen to be worshiped. Hear me when I face this Temple and pray. 30Hear my prayers and the prayers of your people when they face this place and pray. In your home in heaven hear us and forgive us. 31“When a person is accused of wronging another and is brought to your altar in this Temple to take an oath that he is innocent, 32O Lord, listen in heaven and judge your servants. Punish the guilty one as he deserves, and acquit the one who is innocent. 33“When your people Israel are defeated by their enemies because they have sinned against you, and then when they turn to you and come to this Temple, humbly praying to you for forgiveness, 34listen to them in heaven. Forgive the sins of your people and bring them back to the land which you gave to their ancestors. 35“When you hold back the rain because your people have sinned against you, and then when they repent and face this Temple, humbly praying to you, 36listen to them in heaven. Forgive the sins of the king and of the people of Israel, and teach them to do what is right. Then, O Lord, send rain on this land of yours, which you gave to your people as a permanent possession. 37“When there is famine in the land or an epidemic or the crops are destroyed by scorching winds or swarms of locusts, or when your people are attacked by their enemies, or when there is disease or sickness among them, 38listen to their prayers. If any of your people Israel, out of heartfelt sorrow, stretch out their hands in prayer toward this Temple, 39hear their prayer. Listen to them in your home in heaven, forgive them, and help them. You alone know the thoughts of the human heart. Deal with each person as he deserves, 40so that your people may obey you all the time they live in the land which you gave to our ancestors. 41-42“When a foreigner who lives in a distant land hears of your fame and of the great things you have done for your people and comes to worship you and to pray at this Temple, 43listen to his prayer. In heaven, where you live, hear him and do what he asks you to do, so that all the peoples of the world may know you and obey you, as your people Israel do. Then they will know that this Temple I have built is the place where you are to be worshiped. 44“When you command your people to go into battle against their enemies and they pray to you, wherever they are, facing this city which you have chosen and this Temple which I have built for you, 45listen to their prayers. Hear them in heaven and give them victory. 46“When your people sin against you—and there is no one who does not sin—and in your anger you let their enemies defeat them and take them as prisoners to some other land, even if that land is far away, 47listen to your people’s prayers. If there in that land they repent and pray to you, confessing how sinful and wicked they have been, hear their prayers, O Lord. 48If in that land they truly and sincerely repent and pray to you as they face toward this land which you gave to our ancestors, this city which you have chosen, and this Temple which I have built for you, 49then listen to their prayers. In your home in heaven hear them and be merciful to them. 50Forgive all their sins and their rebellion against you, and make their enemies treat them with kindness. 51They are your own people, whom you brought out of Egypt, that blazing furnace. 52“Sovereign Lord, may you always look with favor on your people Israel and their king, and hear their prayer whenever they call to you for help. 53You chose them from all the peoples to be your own people, as you told them through your servant Moses when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt.”

  • Let’s give it up to God! Let’s allow our lives to be living sacrifices to who He is and all of His purposes! Let’s grab a hold of His promises so that He is glorified and so that we are encouraged!
  • Let’s not be so self focused that we look to be blessed, but that we can bless in God’s name! In Jesus’ name! For there is power in the
  • What type of an offering will we give up to God?
  • Will you walk this day with the joy and of knowing that God’s blessings are upon you?

1 Kings 9:

  • God hears our prayer!
  • Are you ready to hear from Him?
  • There are blessings for obedience and there are curses for disobedience
  • Is it really a gift if it isn’t liked? Or if it is called displeasing and dirty?
  • Never forget what God has done in and through your life!

1 Kings 10:

  • How will you deal with fame and fortune?
  • Will you be able to keep your humility and grace?
  • The queen of Sheba came and was impressed by the wisdom God had given Solomon
  • God’s blessings over Solomon went beyond beyond!
  • Silver became so common as stone in those times

1 Kings 11:

  • Be careful where you give your heart
  • Be careful how you set your priorities
  • Be careful what you idolize
  • You may be walking away from God and then what…
  • Will you miss the mark? Will you sin against God? Will you even realize that you have stepped away? before it is too late?
  • Are you ready to have to deal with the consequences?
  • Do you want history to show you coming in on a high note and then falling off in the end?
  • What do you want your story, your testimony, your legacy to be?

1 Kings 12:

  • When there isn’t unity, division arises
  • When you surround yourself with the wrong people for counsel, the advice you get won’t be sound!
  • Will you live in obedience to God’s will?
  • Some people start strong! Some people finish strong! Will you choose to live strong?

Is it the end or just the beginning?


Today is the 31st of December of 2014. Today is New Year’s Eve of 2015. Is today the end or just the beginning?

Did you finish 2014 strong? Do you know what you want to change or improve upon? Do you know where you missed the mark? Do you realize the impact you have made on the world around you? Do you know what things you should keep doing? Do you achieve your goals for the year?

Are you preparing? Are you getting prepared for a new beginning with 2015 just around the corner? Do you have a list of things to consider? Do you have a list of things you want to accomplish? Are you setting new goals for the coming year? Are they realistic? What will 2015 have in store for you?

So what is today for you? Is it the end? Is it a new beginning?


This morning’s reading starts at an interesting crossroads too. Is it the end of Jesus’ ministry or is it just the beginning of what is yet to come? We see people trying to make things happen but unable to do so. We see Jesus make a statement which opens the door for them to move forward in their plans to find Him guilty and put to death. We know the rest of the story, but today’s reading from Mark finishes here…

Jesus before the Council

(Matthew 26.57-68; Luke 22.54, 55, 63-71; John 18.13, 14, 19-24)

53Then Jesus was taken to the High Priest’s house, where all the chief priests, the elders, and the teachers of the Law were gathering. 54Peter followed from a distance and went into the courtyard of the High Priest’s house. There he sat down with the guards, keeping himself warm by the fire. 55The chief priests and the whole Council tried to find some evidence against Jesus in order to put him to death, but they could not find any. 56Many witnesses told lies against Jesus, but their stories did not agree. 57Then some men stood up and told this lie against Jesus: 58“We heard him say, ‘I will tear down this Temple which men have made, and after three days I will build one that is not made by men.’”
59Not even they, however, could make their stories agree. 60The High Priest stood up in front of them all and questioned Jesus, “Have you no answer to the accusation they bring against you?” 61But Jesus kept quiet and would not say a word. Again the High Priest questioned him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed God?” 62“I am,” answered Jesus, “and you will all see the Son of Man seated at the right side of the Almighty and coming with the clouds of heaven!” 63The High Priest tore his robes and said, “We don’t need any more witnesses! 64You heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?”
They all voted against him: he was guilty and should be put to death. 65Some of them began to spit on Jesus, and they blindfolded him and hit him. “Guess who hit you!” they said. And the guards took him and slapped him. — from Mark 14

Perspective is what let’s us know if it is the end or just a new beginning. Perspective is a point of view, so where are you seeing this from? They thought it was His end. He knew it was a new beginning! As we look at today, what is today for you? Are you wrapping things up? Are you getting ready for what is yet to come?

This past year was incredible for  me. It’s been a year of change, not only with it being my first full year at the new company, but also in the things that my children have chosen to do. It’s also a year of preparation as God has positioned me for 2015 to step in and step up not only at work, but also with church and with Hope Alliance for Kids. God’s plans are better than my plans! God’s plans are bigger than my plans! His plans are for good! His plans are to give me a hope and a future! So as 2014 comes to an end, I am preparing for what God has for me in 2015! Greater things are yet to come here! Let’s not try to do it all in our own power, but let’s do it with the power of the Spirit that is within us! The Spirit given to us by God! Let’s walk in faith believing and trusting God at His word!

Today’s reading continues into Galatians…

Law or Faith

1You foolish Galatians! Who put a spell on you? Before your very eyes you had a clear description of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross! 2Tell me this one thing: did you receive God’s Spirit by doing what the Law requires or by hearing the gospel and believing it? 3How can you be so foolish! You began by God’s Spirit; do you now want to finish by your own power? 4Did all your experience mean nothing at all? Surely it meant something! 5Does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you because you do what the Law requires or because you hear the gospel and believe it? 6Consider the experience of Abraham; as the scripture says, “He believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous.”
7You should realize, then, that the real descendants of Abraham are the people who have faith. 8The scripture predicted that God would put the Gentiles right with himself through faith. And so the scripture announced the Good News to Abraham: “Through you God will bless all people.” 9Abraham believed and was blessed; so all who believe are blessed as he was. 10Those who depend on obeying the Law live under a curse. For the scripture says, “Whoever does not always obey everything that is written in the book of the Law is under God’s curse!” 11Now, it is clear that no one is put right with God by means of the Law, because the scripture says, “Only the person who is put right with God through faith shall live.” 12But the Law has nothing to do with faith. Instead, as the scripture says, “Whoever does everything the Law requires will live.” 13But by becoming a curse for us Christ has redeemed us from the curse that the Law brings; for the scripture says, “Anyone who is hanged on a tree is under God’s curse.”
14Christ did this in order that the blessing which God promised to Abraham might be given to the Gentiles by means of Christ Jesus, so that through faith we might receive the Spirit promised by God. — from Galatians 3

So let’s build our faith this coming year! Let’s become righteous oaks that will stand the tests of time! Let’s become pillars of righteousness for God! Let’s allow our faith to grow and the Spirit received from God to shine in and through us! Are you still breathing? Then He’s not done with you yet either! So let’s learn from the past and prepare for what is yet to come! Lean not on your own understanding, but put your trust in God! Don’t try to go it alone, God’s plan is that we will depend on one another! Lean on Him if you aren’t sure what to do! Ask Him for wisdom and He will give it to you without finding fault.

If today is an ending or today is a beginning, let’s allow the joy of the Lord be our strength! Let’s finish strong! Let’s prepare for a new beginning! And let’s trust and see all that God will do in and through us!

The Happiness of a Good Person

1Praise the Lord! Happy is the person who honors the Lord, who takes pleasure in obeying his commands. 2The good man’s children will be powerful in the land; is descendants will be blessed. 3His family will be wealthy and rich, and he will be prosperous forever. 4Light shines in the darkness for good people, for those who are merciful, kind, and just. 5Happy is the person who is generous with his loans, who runs his business honestly. 6A good person will never fail; he will always be remembered. 7He is not afraid of receiving bad news; his faith is strong, and he trusts in the Lord. 8He is not worried or afraid; he is certain to see his enemies defeated. 9He gives generously to the needy, and his kindness never fails; he will be powerful and respected. 10The wicked see this and are angry; they glare in hate and disappear; their hopes are gone forever.

— from Psalm 112