Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Choose better

I have been plagued with a situation for a while now. Finding myself consumed with the idea of it has caused me to be very unsettled and playing lots of mental chess. I find myself grumbling throughout the day about it and I just haven't been able to shake the thoughts that come over me.

Today in my reading I came across the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10 when Jesus came with his disciples to visit. Martha was in a bustle toiling over preparations and tasks while Mary sat at Jesus' feet. I can just picture it in my mind: Martha is washing dishes, straightening up the house, looking for finger foods to satisfy her company until dinner is being prepared. And I can also invision Mary who is quite content gleaning from every Word that Jesus spoke. Although Martha is a good woman, full of ambition and excellence, I do see her as a worrier. She concerns herself with matters that are unimportant and trivial. Like her, I sometimes do the same.

When Martha complains to Jesus about Mary's unconcerned attitude, Jesus replies:

"Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:41-42

Wow! Just when Martha was hoping that Jesus would chastize Mary, He defends her! Mary had a revelation that Martha didn't. She understood that she was in the presence of the Saviour. She knew that her time spent with Him was much more important than tussling away at frivolous tasks. Mary chose better.

Today I want to encourage someone who is like me. To all the Martha's in the world, if you have been preoccupying yourself with unimportant situations and circumstances, readjust your priorities and put Jesus first on the list. Give your concerns and cares to Him- He's the only one who cares and has the power to fix it. Get lost at the feet of Jesus because only in Him will you find peace for all your chaotic circumstances.
Today, choose better. Choose Christ!

Friday, May 11, 2012

The blessing of a complete work

Sleepy and grumpy. Two feelings I try to avoid. Today I sat at my desk wanting and wishing all of my work would go away for the rest of the day. Wanting to put my files away for some other time, something in my spirit urged me to finish until the days tasks were done. I heard, "There's a blessing in a completed work."

What if God, in all His glory and forgetlessness, did not finish His holy work in and through us? I mean, what if He literally gave up dealing with the matters of our souls? I recall to mind the scripture that says:

"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.." Phillipians 1:6

I am so grateful to serve a God that is complete and whole, in return making us complete and whole. Like Him, He desires that we have the faith to push and press through our own physical emotions and limitations to trust Him enough even for daily tasks- but more importantly with our hearts.

Today, I encourage you to finish the tasks that lie before you. Those things you put on the back burner for "another day." Take control of your life by responsibly pursuing the God given assignments in your life. Don't ignore them. The work God has for your life is good. Allow God to also complete the work within you. In due time, the work will stand sure of masterpiece of the hands of a complete God.

God equipped you to finish your life assignments!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I am a cracked pot, a light for God

I want to spread light. Everwhere that I go, in everything that I do, I want God's light to shine in, over and through me. That is the only way people will see Him through me.

Cindy Trimm, author of Commanding Your Morning said it like this:

"Light is not only the absence of darkness, but it is also the yoke-breaking presence of God, the liberating essence of truth, and the mind-transforming potential of every revelation of God- it is all that is good within and among us."

It's amazing, yet peculiar how God can literally use anything to share His light through His people- even our own brokeness and imperfections. Today I got back from work and a woman stopped and asked me about my hair. Very simple conversation, right? Well, the conversation just seemed to bubble over into a total God moment when I was able to talk about how much God really doesn't care so much about our appearance, but rather that our heart's be pure and honor Him. It was such an inspirational moment even for me because I didn't even plan on saying those words- but God used me to spread light in a dark place.

"For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." II Corinthians 4:6-7

My relationship with God has become so exciting over the years. I love the opportunity to be used by Him. I am so thankful for holy boldness. I remember as a kid I was so shy. I had to pray to God to deliver me from the fear and for the boldness in Him. Now when I tell people that, they laugh because there's nothing shy about me! I appreciate the evidence of a prayer being answered in my life.

Today I am thankful to be a light for Jesus. Are you willing to yield and let God use you to do the same?