What kind of risks have you taken lately? Most of us by nature are not “risk takers”! When we do get around to taking a risk it is usually by accident and not because we planned it! Having a relationship with God is all about risk! Think about it: The relationship is started and maintained through faith!
Faith is the thing that makes risk possible! Risk is the thing that allows God to show Himself through the accomplishments of our lives! When I take a risk and step out in faith trusting God, I see things accomplished that I never would have believed could happen. My faith leads to the risk and the risk grows and strengthens my faith! Both faith and risk are necessary for my growth and development!
God wants to accomplish great things in and through our lives! I refuse to believe that we are here by accident and without purpose! God created us, gifted us and placed us upon this earth for the purpose of living lives that glorify Him! God will provide whatever it is that we need to accomplish His calling, but it is our job to proceed forward by living a life of faith that takes the risks that allow God to accomplish in and through us more than we could ever dream or imagine!
What risk do you need to take today?
I must admit – I am a little dismayed today! It is really hard for me to understand how a person can look you in the face and tell you how much they love you and then turn around and with their actions say just the opposite! I heard someone say the other day, that earth would be a pretty cool place to live if it weren’t for all the people – there are days that I would agree!
I have been sitting here for a good part of the morning trying to figure out how Jesus did not just throw up His hands and say “FORGET YOU!” And while I am sitting here feeling sorry for myself, I know in my heart that I cannot stay this way. I love God – it’s not just words – I really do love God and because I love God – I love people, even when they disappoint, frustrate and irritate me!
My morning has not started out the best, but that is okay, because it has helped me to focus my heart and life in the right direction and as I continue to travel in that direction – God will heal and grow me into what he wants me to be! I thank God for loving me, especially when I am unlovable and as His love flows to and through me, I will share that love with others, even when they are unlovable! To God be the glory in all things!
I so want to see people let God get a hold of their heart and bless their life! The greatest desire of my life is that people would really get to know and be known by God! Day after day and year after year, I put my heart out there, not because it is the fun thing to do, (sometimes it is and sometimes it ain’t!) but because I believe that it might encourage others to live a life that GIVES GOD GLORY!
The things that I teach, the warnings I share, the council I provide and the agenda I pursue flow out of God’s Word and Spirit! For most of my life, I have lived this life – a life of trying to teach, encourage and grow others! I am more excited today, than I have ever been about God and His work and His plan! But I am unsure and a bit frustrated at how it will all be accomplished! (It will be accomplished – but will we have a part?)
We are God’s people! He created us and sustains us! He allows us to be challenged and He fills our life with blessing! He deserves better than what we give Him! It is about so much more than going to church! It is about so much more than the motions that most are going through! I am looking for men, women, boys and girls that want to really do something for the God that has done everything for them!
God has given me a gift! God has placed a WORD in my Spirit and a FIRE in my bones! I love Him and will continue to serve Him with all that I’ve got! Talk is cheap and I have heard more than enough talk in my life as a pastor! What I am looking for and what God is desiring is ACTION! And not just any action will do – it has to be God-Ordained and God-Blessed Action! What God wants from you and me is our WALK, not our TALK!
Come on and really think about it! WHAT REALLY MATTERS? Answer that question honestly and it has to change your life!