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Anything Worth Doing

The other day I saw a car with a magnetic advertising sign on the back.  It listed the company name and the agent’s name and phone number.  The thing that caught my attention was the slogan:  “Anything worth doing is worth doing rite.”  The letters r-i-t-e had nothing to do with the company or agent’s name or phone number.  I began to wonder if the sign had just not been worth making.

It seems everywhere we look, we have turned into a world where “doing things right” has become “close enough.”  When our parents bought a new car for $15,000.00 dollars, there was a full tank of gas.  We spend $30,000.00 on the same car and there is just enough gas to get us to the station.  Instead of shopping for just the right gift, we go straight to the register and buy a gift card.  Example after example – and while we know it is true, we give them little more than a passing thought because it’s “close enough.”

The Bible tells us: For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God, Romans 14:11,12.  That means every thought, every word, and every action.  But when we measure ourselves as Christian men, do we use the world’s yard stick or God’s?  You see, there is no place on God’s yard stick for “close enough.”  He takes us as we are, so He can make us as we should be.  He wants all of our baggage, problems, and struggles so we can leave them with Him.  Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light, Matthew 11:28-30.

“Sure, Cary, that sounds great.  But how exactly am I supposed to dump everything on God and leave it when it won’t leave me?  I can pray ‘till the cows come home and I’ll still have the same job, the same traffic, the same bills and the same life.”

The short answer is Ephesians 6:10-20…every single day.  Get out of bed and fall to our knees.  Pray for our loins to be girt about the truth.  Get the breastplate of righteousness of the hanger.  Stand up and shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  Grab the shield of faith hanging at the foot of the bed.  Pick up the helmet of salvation sitting on the table and harness the sword of the Spirit as we head out the door.  Any piece of our armor we forget, leaves a weak spot Satan can and will exploit.  Put on the whole armor of God every day.  He left nothing out because when it comes to our protection and salvation – He will never settle for “close enough.”  If you believe being a Christian is worth doing, then it’s worth doing RIGHT!

 

Article by C.S. Depew

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Why I Took a Sabbatical…

The problem of sin has brought the consequences of the curse – one of which is that the ‘new’ never lasts (or costs too much to keep new).  New houses lose their magic after a mortgage payment or two.  The new car smell generally wears off after about two weeks.  Honeymoons don’t last forever.  Even in the spiritual realm, the newness of conversion and church wears off all-too-soon!  The only exception is what God does in the lives of His children. 2 Corinthians 5 speaks about how God seeks to renew us, if we will allow Him. During my sabbatical, I made this a serious matter of prayer…

Lord, Renew My View of this World (v1-8)

The old view of life: get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the can!  The old view of life is one where stability and success is measured by wealth, possessions, and things.  But God has called us to walk by faith and not by sight.  We need shift our focus and trust God. Our new perspective will seek heavenly treasures.  Lord, please renew the way I see life, death, and everything in between.  Help me to see things like you see them.

Lord, Renew My Desires & Motivations (v9-15)

The old motives will only take you so far.  There are several wrong ways to keep yourself going… Works: I’m doing good to earn something important.  Fear: I’m afraid not to do what’s right.  Pride: I want to do right for right’s sake (and for mine too).  Duty: I’m supposed to do what’s right, so that’s what I’ll do.  Insecurity: If I don’t do what’s right, people won’t accept me.  But the new motive is simple: LOVE.  His love moves me to love like He loved.  His sacrifice, His grace, His forgiveness.  Christ didn’t endure the cross because He needed the salvation, He did it for our salvation and to glorify the Father.  Lord, please renew my ‘want-to’ when I lose my healthy ambition and motivation.

Lord, Renew My Attitude toward Others (v16-17)

The old way to approach relationships is usually selfish in nature. Skeptical, doubtful, judgmental, critical, and  fearful.  As a Christian, my new mindset gives others (especially Christians) the benefit of the doubt. I must understand that Christians deserve a clean slate – worthy of love and of trust.  Lord, please remove my prejudices and renew my appreciation for your image-bearers.

Lord, Renew My Perception of Self (v17-21)

The old perspective is usually out of balance in one of two ways: either I saw myself as a worthless human being or I felt too highly of myself.  Both views are too extreme to be new because they either lead to ‘self-esteem’ issues (self-pity or pride).  My old perception begins with ‘who I am without God,’ but my new perception of myself begins in God.  I am what God says I am and I have what God says I have.  I am forgiven.  I am an ambassador.  I have been reconciled to God and have been called to reconcile others to God.  Lord, please renew my understanding of who I am in you.

A salesman once had a difficult time selling an old, rundown warehouse.  As he showed a prospective buyer the property, the agent took pains to talk about all he planned to do in renovating the broken windows and cleaning up the garbage.  ”Forget about the repairs, said the buyer, “I’m not interested in the building.  I just want the site.”   … God isn’t interested in the repairs that we can make to ourselves, He wants to totally renew (restore / rebuild) us from the inside out!   Give up the rights to your site and see what God will build on it.

 

Article by Patrick Nix

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