May 30, 2011

Now what?

The Gospel is a powerful message; That God, the Creator of the Universe, loves us enough that He provided a way for us to live in a relationship with Him; by covering our sins through Christ's work on the cross... so many times we stop there, we think; God paid for all my sins; so I'm good to go do what I want now. We like to be a sponge of the Gospel, focused on us and trying to get something. But God didn't save us so that we would just live then to make ourselves comfortable and relax here and now and become focused on "the good life" 

There are too many people who are going to die without knowing Christ for us to sit back and live THE GOOD LIFE! 

How many times do we make excuses for this sponge behavior, not sharing because of what people will think, because it takes our precious time, because it's inconvenient. 

How much do you have to hate someone to NOT share the Truth that will save their life?! 

What if a proper response to the Gospel is that of an Explosion. An explosion that is focused not on trying to get ourselves to a high place, (a life still centered on us) but rather a life focused on God, and trying to give Him Glory (Does He not deserve it?!) A sponge can have a reaction and go unnoticed, an explosion is hard to ignore.
Who do you love?
When people come in contact with you, do they leave that moment thinking of Christ, or have you wasted your time and theirs? Are you so focused on using your time (or money, or skills) to make yourself look good, or do you care about people enough to share your friendship; 

Matthew 28:16-20 "Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Introduce someone to God! Live out The Gospel!

May 27, 2011

Adopted into Grace

I was adopted when I was 3 days old, So I don't remember vividly what it was like without my adopted parents, kinda like how I was adopted into grace at a young age and don't have a large memory of life without Christ. So my perspective on being adopted is mostly in retrospect, rather than comparing two lives. When I look back, I am so grateful that my biological mother didn't believe in abortion, and hadn't bought into the lie that I was just a clump of cells (the argument in her day was probably whether I was human, compared to today's calling me a parasite) God used a "mistake" to bring me into the world... I'm glad God doesn't make mistakes. His plan is perfect, and though we still sin, He is still in control. He was in control when my adopted mother wanted children but couldn't have one, He was in control when my biological mom didn't want a child but was given me.
Adoption isn't the same as parents having a child of their own (also a gift from God) but rather it's parents seeking out a child. This is amazing to me, when I was unable to walk/talk/live on my own and unaware that I was in a helpless state, my parents sought me out and rescued me, much like God when I was sinful and opposed to Him.
Adoption shows Grace - we are given life (1.21 million (in 2008) children were not given that privileged) it also gives us a smaller picture here of God's masterpiece of salvation; God loving us when we are born into a different family (sin nature) and legally making us His own.

  Adopted into God's family, Derek

May 23, 2011

Today's Devo's

Today, while looking out at God's beautiful creation of the Mountains from Denver CO, I started reading Matthew again. Matthew 7 really stood out to me, as I think of my life.

"Judge not, that you be not judged. (how often do people use this verse to justify sin...) For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not noice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye," when there is a log in your own eye? You Hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."

Growing up in a Christian home, and going to a Christian School and studying the Bible, it become so easy to think that we (speaking personally) have it figured out completely, that we should be eye surgeons. But I'm still young, (and so are my peers) ((not to ignore 1st Timothy 4:12)) but to think that we in our youth are wiser than others is just a modified "christian" version of the rest of the world's youth who think they are the smartest. The world doesn't revolve around us. Living out the Gospel is just as important as making sure it is known.