Vision

Well, it is the fourth day of the new year.  I am sure that some of you; my readers, have already broken your resolutions.  I stopped this practice years ago and it has been extremely liberating.

My problem is that I am way too blind.  Some times I just don’t see it.  I look and I look; but, I just simply do not see it.  This really bothers me.

What vision have you been given?  There is an even more important question.  What have you done with the vision? We can no longer just sit, soak and sour.  People are dying and going to hell.  People are taking their own lives left and right.  We must do something!

We have to invest in arming ourselves for the battle that we are in.  In case you have not heard we are in a war of all wars.  It is a spiritual battle.  It is the forces of good and God against the forces of evil and the devil.  It does not matter if you want to be in the fight or not.  You are in the battle.  So, what role will you take?

We need to beg God for a fresh vision of what He wants us to do.  Then we need to just do what He says.  Look at Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”  Are you a perishing casualty or are you pressing on a faithful soldier of the LORD Jesus Christ?

So, how are you doing?

Consider Him 5

Today we will continue our series of post on “Consider Him”.  Today I want to look at the thought “Consider Him in His Calling”.  I have heard all of my life that a certain person has “missed their calling”.  It has even been said about me also.  Some think I have missed my calling to be a cook (I am no chef for sure).

Well, I can honestly say that I have not missed my calling to be a cook.  Back in 1990 there came a call in a Church service at the Dry Pond Regular Baptist Church in Ballard, WV.  When that calling came I went to the altar and surrendered.  It has not been easy, for sure.  I would not trade my calling to the ministry the Lord has entrusted to me for nothing.

What about you?  What has the Lord called you to do?  You might try to tell me that you have been called to nothing.  I know better.  We have all been called to something.  Our response to God’s call is vitally important.  When we hear the call we need to respond immediately.  Maybe you hear the words of Matthew 4:19, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Why don’t we just get together and start walking down the path that we have been called to walk?  We have the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  We have good and godly friends to help us along the way.  We have the Bible to guide and comfort us.  We have been given the Holy Spirit of the Living God to speak to us and minister the Word to us.  Let’s get on the road for Jesus, whatever that may mean.

So, how are you doing?

Do You See What I See?

Saturday I was afforded the opportunity to participate in one of my favorite pass times.  No, I was not eating.  I took my cousin’s 1950 John Deere tractor out for the first ride this year.  Some guys ride Harley’s.  Some guys ride BMW’s.  I ride a big green machine that will squash those to gravel sized pieces.

While riding I noticed that my sunglasses were beginning to get covered in bugs.  Yes, a tractor will go fast enough to make bugs splatter on your sunglasses if you do not have a cab on the tractor.  When I finally noticed this I thought about Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. ”

If my sunglasses had gotten so covered in bugs then my vision would have been so hampered that I would have had to stop and clean them off.  Then I began to think.  Dangerous territory, I know.  My mind went to the spiritual side of life.  What about vision when it relates to our spiritual life?  We just saw what God’s Word says about those who do not have vision.  They “perish”.

What vision do you have?  I don’t mean a light at the end of the tunnel kind of garbage.  I mean real vision.  What has God put into your heart to accomplish?  What have you done about it.  I know one thing.  God impressed something on me so large that I cannot accomplish it myself so I will rely upon Him and seek counsel from His men that have done what He is asking me to do before.  What is your vision?  Run with it.

So, how are you doing?

Go Home 4

Mark 5:18-19, “And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

Today we will look at the next point in the series “Go Home”.

Go home and do what – your ministry. Pastor Johnson shared a great story.  I will put it into a nut shell of you.  There was a 13 year old boy scout preparing to go on a hike with his troop.  He started to leave without his belt.  His mother told him to put on a belt or he would not be leaving home.  This same boy became lost in the woods.  The more he wandered the more he knew that he was definitely lost.  A volunteer with a helicopter began searching for the boy.  He was located.  The reason he was located was because he used his belt buckle to reflect the sunlight and catch the attention of the pilot.  Oh, by the way, the pilot was none other than Harrison Ford (of Star Wars and Indiana Jones).

We all have a ministry.  That ministry is to reflect the Light, Jesus Christ.  He is the Light of the World.  We are either pointing people to Jesus or we are driving them away.  The choice is our choice to make.  Your ministry may not be to the masses.  Your ministry might be to a loved one that is sick.  Your ministry might be to the homeless.  No matter what your ministry is you need to do it to the best of your ability.  It is a gift from the Father.

So, how are you doing?

Others Focused

The other day as  I was reading my daily devotions I came across the following verse.  Look at Matthew 14:19, “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.”

The Dead Sea is a good illustration for Christians today it seems.  The Dead Sea is dead because it is constantly taking in; but, it does not give out.  It is filling with salt; but, has no outlet.  The verse in Matthew 14:19 shows how it is supposed to work.  Jesus breaks the loaves and fishes.  He then gives them to the disciples.  The disciples are to distribute to the multitudes.

God is speaking to you and I today and feeding us spiritually so that we can take what we have been given and share it with others.  God is ministering in a broad sense to the multitudes; but, He is ministering up close and personal with the disciples.  He is equipping them to minister to the multitudes.

God is preparing us all for some type of ministry.  It is up to you and I to search out what our area of ministry is.

So, how are you doing?