“For everything there is a season, a time
for every activity under Heaven…a time to search and a time to give up, a time
to keep and a time to throw away…”(Ecclesiastes 3:1,6)
This week’s reading: Philippians 3:12-16 /
When was the last time you set about
ridding your house or apartment of the debris that gathers through time? I’m
not talking about the dust that gathers daily but the stuff of time that builds
up in life. Things that you have trouble throwing out although you haven’t
touched or worn or used them in years. Stuff that were important back then but
have little significance now. The things that continue to have a powerful pull
upon you for some reason or another although they may no longer be relevant in
your life. “Someday” comes to mind but that someday never seems to arrive. It
is the story of the blue jeans that are now two sizes too small! King Solomon
once said, “There is a season for all things under Heaven.”
This is true in our walk with Christ when
“someday” stops us from living today for Christ. The Lord is calling you into a
new adventure but you are still living through the glory days or the pain of
the past. Your life is cluttered with the (good and bad) experiences of the
past so you fail to heed the calling of Jesus or postpone it indefinitely to
someday in the future.
A season for all things is worth
contemplating in your life in Christ! The Lord may be calling upon you to bring
something to an end and into something of change for a new season in your life!
God has always been remarkably creative with seasons!
This week’s reading: Luke 18:18-30 / James
When Jesus heard his answer, He said,
“There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give
the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come and
follow me.”But when the man heard this he became sad,
for he was very rich. (Luke 18:22,23)
This week’s passage in the Gospel of Luke,
is about a rich religious leader who is obviously talented in many ways. He has
gained a leadership role in the religious establishment, has the skills and
ability to produce much wealth, and was also meticulously detailed in the
following of the Law. In other words, you would call him successful.
But when Jesus challenged him to let go of
all that he possessed to move into a life of significance it proved too big a
shift. His possessions proved to have a possession over him greater than the
desire for eternal life and a life bigger than his own. A life of significance
will involve resisting the pull of the immediate and allow God’s abundance in
your life to overflow into the lives of others – and it’s not just about your
wealth! Your experiences, skills, wisdom, time and listening ear are all
valuable in the service of God!
“But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33,34)
This week’s reading: Psalm 57:1-11/ Matthew 6:33,34.
In this week’s Bible passage, we took a look at a psalm written by David about his time hiding in a cave from King Saul. In the midst of sudden fear and death, David chose to take refuge in God until the sudden threat had passed. With a heart that was steadfast in God, he even chose to praise and exalt the Lord on high! This can only come from getting in that personal time with God through the mundane as well as those sudden chaotic times that pop-up in life. David had learned to embrace the discomfort and to celebrate disorderliness - trusting God with the unknown.
What’s your typical response and reaction to the sudden unknown changes in life? How do you cope when things don’t go according to plan? Jesus’ response would be to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness first and allow the provisions to follow. First Him and then everything else and in that order. To embrace the unknown with Jesus is to embrace a life of significance!