Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Walking by Faith...Today

So Jesus explained,  “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. John 5:19 NLT

Jesus makes a startling statement here.
He says that he can do "Nothing by himself." Nothing? Really? I mean, this is Jesus we're talking about here, right? And yet, that's exactly what he says.

What does he mean? Well, I think he means that he doesn't want to do anything except what he sees his Father doing. He only wants to busy himself doing what his Father is doing. He wants to move with his Father as if they are one (funny, I mean they are one. Wait...oh).

In other words, it's so important to Jesus to do what he sees his Father doing that he "Can't" imagine doing anything else with his precious time. After all, he only lived about 35 years. And he only ministered publicly about 3 years. So he didn't have time to waste saving the world, right? That's not much time to save the world.

What about me? Do I have time to waste? Based on what you see me doing day in an day out, you might conclude that I have lots of time to waste. But I don't.

So how do I decide what to do with my time? How do I simplify and prioritize my day? I limit myself to only do what I see my Father doing. If he's not in it, I move on to something else. If I'm having trouble discerning, I need to stop and pray. I need to unstop my ears and listen to my Father for further direction. I may even need to confess sin and ask Father to fill me with his Spirit.

How different would my day look if I actually lived this way? Walking by faith moment by moment listening and acting.

Yes, I'd still be responsible for my family. But my Father already knows about them. Sure I'd need to take breaks to rest. But then that's his idea by design. I'd need to eat but he might prompt me to skip a meal here and there. And that would be okay, wouldn't it.

Father, I confess that too often I rush into my day without really listening to you. And as I go through my day, I confess that I often don't listen expecting you to direct me. As a result, I busy myself doing a lot of things that just don't matter as much as I think they do. I repent of such a presumptuous and arrogant posture. I repent of such foolish behavior!

Lord, transform my thinking about my schedule, my calendar, my To-Do list and my day. Cleanse me from such wicked sin. Forgive me for not walking by faith as if you weren't trustworthy.

I want to walk with you today. I begin now. Holding my daily agenda loosely, I move forward with fear and trembling because I so don't want to disappoint you. I want to really LIVE today! By your grace...I will. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Dangerous Question

Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it. But, I'm afraid He would ask me the same question. 

- Anonymous

Friday, April 05, 2013

VIP Funny

Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine there to transport him to his home.

As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver. "You know," he said, "I'm 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?"

The driver said, "No problem. Have at it."

Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway. A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap. The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone. The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo. He then got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure.

The young trooper walked up to the driver's door and when the glass was rolled down. He was surprised to see who was driving. He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor.

"I know we are supposed to enforce the law...but I also know that important people are given certain courtesies. I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person."

The supervisor asked, "Is it the governor?"

The young trooper said, "No, he's more important than that."

The supervisor said, "Oh, so it's the president."

The young trooper said, "No, he's even more important than that."

After a moment, the supervisor finally asked, "Well then, who is it?"

The young trooper said, "I think it's Jesus, because he's got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!"


Thursday, April 04, 2013

Thomas Jefferson goes to church...in the Capitol

In 1800 when the seat of federal government moved from New York to Washington, DC, the Congress authorized the Capitol building to serve also as a church building.  [The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1851), 6th Congress, 2nd Session, pg.797, December 4, 1800.]  

John Quincy Adams, a member of several Presidential administrations, a Congressman, a Senator and finally a President himself as well as President Thomas Jefferson,  who coined the phrase "Separation of Church and State," attended there. [The First Forty Years of Washington Society, Gaillard Hunt, editor (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1906), pg. 13.]

I found it interesting that the author of the "Separation of Church and State", Thomas Jefferson, attended worship services in the Capitol. 

Your thoughts?