This morning I am sitting in the cafeteria of the school where Gracie my eight year old attends. I am waiting for awards day to begin. They have an awards day every nine weeks to celebrate perfect attendance, grade improvements and exceptional reading. Gracie and a lot of other kids from our church will be getting some of these awards and they are all very excited!
It is good for all us to remember that as we live life here on this earth that we are getting a grade. The Bible says that God’s eyes are going back and forth across the lands looking for someone/anyone who is being faithful and living in obedience. Let’s remember that all of us are still in school and there is much to learn! What can you learn today? How can you use what you have learned to show God obedience and show others His glory? Let’s get busy and grow our lives today!
The message of Jesus was very simple: REPENT! To repent means to change – we cannot stay the same! Jesus was not telling us to change for change sake. Jesus challenges us to change because He knows things and can see things that you and I cannot! Jesus knows that our lives can and should be better. Jesus knows the great things that God has in store for those that love Him. Jesus knows the change that you need to make and the great difference the change will make in your life!
Change is a good thing, especially when it is the right change! We are resistant to change because we tend to think in a negative way about change. Not all change is negative. And a lot of the change that we look at as negative is not really negative – it’s just hard! Just because it is hard does not make it a bad thing, especially if it is going to lead to good things! The key is to make sure that we are not changing just for change sake!
Everyone of us have some changes that need to be made in our lives. You know what I am talking about – you have been thinking about and fighting against some changes that you have been needing to make for a while now. Take a few moment right now to stop and pray. Just talk to God and ask Him to reveal to you the areas of your life that need to be worked on and worked out! Now take just a little more time to do what needs to be done! See – that was not so bad after all – was it?
It is obvious if you look around and practice just a little bit of observation, that there is a God and that He cares for you! If we are going to get the most out of this life on earth, then we must make and take time to be with the One that created it all! We need to spend time with the Master! Today I want to challenge you to take three steps as a part of your “Master” Plan!
First, I challenge you to actually spend time with God this week! Don’t just think about it! Don’t say you will, but never get around to it! Right now make a plan to spend some time with your Creator. Pick a time, place and make a plan about what you will do when you get there! Give God some good time in your day – some time when you are alert, awake and ready for whatever! Find a place where you will not be disturbed, a place where there is not a lot of distractions or competition for attention. As a part of you plan take your Bible and read it with the purpose of hearing something from God. Take a pen and journal and write down some of what you are thinking and feeling and what you plan to do about it! You goal is to start spending time with God and in this time to share your heart with Him and in the process get to know His heart and will for your life! God loves you and believe it or not, He does have an amazing plan for you and the life that you are living!
The second step of our “Master” plan is we want to identify and start to work on some real issues. All of us have issues and if we are honest with ourselves, we will admit it and begin with the strength of God to do something about them! Take some time this month to start identifying issues that you need to take on in your life! Start a list of things that you want to work on and need to work on and then during your times with God ask for His help and look for His insights!
The third step of your “Master” plan is to really grow and develop! If you will commit to spending time with God on a regular basis and if you will in that time start to identify and work on real issues, you will grow and develop in every area of your life! You will be happier, people around you will be blessed and God will get the glory! Take some time to think about and walk through the three steps above and you will be well on your way to living a better life – not by accident, but because you planned to!