Monday, October 31, 2016

Something BIG!

At the end of this blog, I’m going to ask you to participate.  I want you to email me at alan@lifepointlebanon.com with your responses.  It may genuinely help someone else.

We all want God do something big in our lives.  We want that miracle that huge something to show everyone His power in our lives.  
Sometimes it’s something we really want like the healing of a seemingly hopeless disease. Sometimes its that new building, or position. 
A lot of the time its selfish stuff, it’s more money and better car. A status symbol we can’t afford only to hang it on ourselves and tell people “humbly” that it’s Gods blessing and favor.

We want BIG things.  We pray (when we do pray) for BIG things.

We want BIG things from Him but we won’t do little things for Him.

Prayer, reading our Bibles and tithing are all little things. Things so often we try to shoe-horn into our life rather than scheduling them.  
If you have time and you aren't too tired maybe you will read your Bible before you go to sleep.  It was a long night though so I’ll catch up in the morning.
Maybe you pledged more time on the pray10k than you really intended to pray.  
Maybe "if" you have extra money you might give a little to God so people don’t see the plate pass you by.

We ask for the BIG and we don’t find time to do the little.  

If you have met Jesus and have accepted His gift of salvation, if you have made Him Lord of your life you have salvation.  I’m not writing about salvation. I’m writing about blessings.  The things you ask for or want from Him apart from the salvation he has already graciously provided to our undeserving selves.  Rather we tack on these wants and these desires.

It reminds me of when a parent gives their teen a car but the teen complains about having to pay for their own gas. Or doesn’t want to get a job or work enough hours at a job to pay for the fuel.

We get this gift but we want more.  Like any parent though God wants us to come to Him and ask for help. He wants us to rely on Him and expect things from Him but he also wants us to do some work.
To take partnership in our relationship with Him. 

This has been gestating in my mind for a while now.  One of my best friends recently moved back to town and he was talking about working from home and his schedule.  He is a very detail oriented person and thrives with a schedule.
I want to be that person. I want to schedule and make time for the things that will bring me closer to God.  You can do these things anytime you want. If you are more disciplined than me you can read your Bible in the evening. You can pray in the middle of the day. 
My problem is I don’t.  I want to, I just get lost in the days tasks and I don’t.

Then last week with this rolling around in my head I got a chance to sit down with some leaders and friends and ask how they do it. How do they find time everyday to spend with God.

That was when pastor Kelly said that he used to have a problem getting up early to spend time with God.  Until he realized that he had no problem getting up early to go fishing or hunting.  He could get up with a glad heart at 4:30 in the morning to go hunting but getting up early to spend time with God was harder.  This revelation changed the way he thought about getting up and greeting the day.

Just hearing him say that changed my way of thinking.  I felt selfish and stubborn.  I want BIG things but I don’t make time in my life for the little things. 
You can’t reap the harvest if you don’t plant the seed.

Kelly’s words and my friend Johns actions encouraged me to step up and change my life to find a new normal.  

I want to know where and when you find time for God. What is your routine? How do you manage to be a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister or a teen and find time for God?

Maybe your way will encourage someone else to change theirs. Together we can ask as a  body for the BIG things knowing we were faithful in the little.

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. Luke 6:10 esv 

Maybe you don’t have a way yet. Now is the time. Talk to others and find a way that works for you.  

Thanks for Reading.
Alan



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