Today is Boxing Day here in Canada. Many people have been out since before 8 am; lining up for shopping deals they couldn't get before Christmas. "Yesterday, it was all about Jesus. Today, we shop again." Hopefully we don't replace thoughts of "God and sinners reconciled" with "Where can I get a great price on a new iPad?"
Today is also Wednesday - So here is a reminder from the What Jesus Did ministry on loving the maker of the world.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
If you take time to stop and look around, you will see how people have become enthralled with worshiping not only the things of the world, but the world itself. To live here on this earth is a privilege and honor. We get to see all of God’s beauty. But we are not supposed to worship the beauty, we are to worship the one who created all the beauty. Too many commercials, ads and campaigns are designed around saving mother earth or saving the planet, when our primary focus should be about saving the lives of the people that live on it. God created this world, He made this universe, and He created you and I. However, all too often we simply destroy the things that God has built for us. I was listening to a musician on the streets perform a while back and it was funny to me that he was singing songs about saving the earth and the trees, all while playing his beautiful wooden guitar. I just had to chuckle at the irony of it, and even walked up later to share my thought with him. (He just stood there with a blank expression.)
God has shared His beauty with us and for us to enjoy so we will be amazed at what we get see as we finally enter the beauty of the heavens above that, incidentally, God has also created for us. But with all that goes on here, we get distracted so easily. We usually become so focused on ourselves and our own desires. We miss what God has for us. We have so many opportunities placed at our feet where we can and should worship the Lord, but instead we stray away from the will of Jesus. We take for granted that God has given us gifts and abilities to enjoy Him, but we take our money, time, thoughts and put all our energy in worshiping other things.
We cry out for God to help us, to bless us, all the while shaking our fist in His face, doing as we please. God has asked us only to worship Him and Him alone. Everything else should come second. It’s time to wake up and realize that you were made for more than what you’re willing to give yourself. You were made to worship the creator of all things in this Universe. You have something so amazing at your fingertips, you need to reach out and grab it. Take hold of God’s awesomeness and cry out, “Thank You Lord, Thank You!” Don’t be bashful or ashamed, but be proud that you’re a child of Christ, and know that you are loved dearly by your Savior Jesus Christ. It’s time to rise up and take hold of God’s promises for your life. Let go of the empty promises of this world. Rise up, O Children of God, and sing your praises to the King of Kings.
Jesus, I come to you today with my hands lifted high, thanking you that you’re more than what this earth as to offer. I have seen the destruction of this world, and I know you are indestructible, and I ask you to please help me and your children to take hold and cling to your words, to make them be a part of my life, not just today, but everyday, in all that I do, let me live my life to serve you and to be an encouragement for your Kingdom. Amen.
Love to you all, I pray your week will be one filled with amazing Blessings of the Lord and you get to enjoy every drop of love that Christ has placed before you. You’re all a Blessing to me, and I thank the Lord for you all being a part of my life. May the light of Christ that is in you, be a reflection to all those around you.