‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. ‘
My buddy Dillon sent me this gold awhile back and dang! Just felt the urge to share this awesome message with you again!! THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth, and we will love with him forever. Until then, his Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us gives us hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship, and to avoid giving into temptation. This world is not all there is. The best is yet to come!
“You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.”
2 Samuel 22:29-30
I used to say this about my life, I feel like I’m stuck in a hole and every time I feel like I’ve started to dig my way out, I fall back in the hole even deeper. Myself just like many of you and many others around us in the world, there’s pieces of darkness in our lives whether we won’t to admit it or not. I used to have a lot of darkness, stuff I just couldn’t get past and it would have me going deeper and deeper into that hole. I would try so hard to dig myself out of the hole and fail every time when the Lord says, “with my help you can scale the walls.” How cool is that? He’s saying put down your shovel, you can’t dig your way back up to the surface, only with His help you can have the tools you need to climb, the guidance on which way to go, and the strength to keep moving forward leaving that life stuck in a hole farther and farther behind. I’m not saying I’ve got it all figured out cause I’m still falling back in the hole all the time, but what’s awesome now that the Lord has made all my darkness LIT, I know He’s the way back out and He’s bigger than anything that pushes me into the hole. This isn’t important to me so I can tell people about my climbing skills, because I can’t climb at all. It’s important so I can tell people about the God who climbs for me and daily brings light to the darkest corners of my life. Without Him I’d be nothing. What gets me is that there’s so many people around us that are stuck in that same hole, they don’t know how to get out so they only dig deeper. I’m guilty of walking by and looking in at those people then just keep going about my day. At some point we all are, but we don’t have to be. We are God’s hands and feet. We can’t climb for someone else but we can point them to the one who climbs for them. Jesus Christ. I don’t know what your story is or how many holes you’ve had in your life but just know if you can’t get out, there’s only One who can help. And if God has already lifted you out of the hole, don’t just walk by someone else’s hole when they need you and Who you know. Honestly don’t just talk to them from outside the hole, get down in there and help them climb. Let’s stop digging and let’s climb with God together
Here’s a little Bible study video today where Craig Groeschel is discussing what it looks like to follow Christ in this world. It’s far from normal, but it’s actually super WEIRD! This is something we looked over last week and as we continue to strive to be weird and learn from God on what His kind of weird looks like in a world of normal, dig into this today! I promise you, it’s only going to get weirder from here!!! Also, I HIGHLY recommend checking out Craig’s book called “Weird,” that this Bible study is based off of! If you haven’t read it already, check it out! It’s a huge perspective shift in the right direction towards Christ in our daily lives!
“What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?”
Heard this today and it was like a light bulb went off for so hope it can do the same for you! Under the sun its meaning, on the earth, worldly vision and labor. Not saying we’re not supposed to work or anything like that but what do we really gain when our primary focus and heart is in the work we do on earth, or the desires and things we chase and work so hard for? We may gain money, awards, success, or a few compliments but in reality none of these things will ever last. What if instead of laboring under the sun, we labor under the SON. By SON I mean the Son of God, Jesus Christ. What do we gain then? May not be all the things that seem real nice and shiny to us at the moment but living a life dedicated and focused on Jesus, we gain His presence in our lives. The only things that really matters. We have Jesus living with us now and forever in eternity. I thought about what would change in the way I live now if I change my focus and purpose more from here on earth to heavenly things, to Jesus. Everything changes. What we gain living under the Son, is peace in times of struggle, joy in times of sadness, the list goes on and on mainly because those things are the only ones that last. Jesus is the only One that lasts. Ask yourself daily, am I living and putting my focus under the sun or under the SON?