Archive for February 2014

Treasure in Heaven

Do you treasure your relationship with God? What a wonderful thought to be so enthralled with a personal relationship with God, that it is your treasure. When it is, it takes your eyes and your heart heavenward. I believe our strong faith and deep relationship with God can bring heaven to earth in a sense.

We are not perfect here on earth and never will be. Yet we can focus on making our lives God-centered. Not because we are legalistic and do all the right things at church or earn our spot in heaven. As followers of Christ, He becomes the director of our lives rather than the co-pilot.

Is your life sprinkled with faith or focused on it?  How often do you ask God what to do, or invite Him into a situation? He wants us to be that dependent on Him. He really does know best and is ready to direct our lives if we will let Him.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

My dear Mom loved the song, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. It’s a simple and great message. The lyrics say, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

What if we did that in every situation? Wouldn’t it give us a different view of things?

Having a bad day at the office? Turn your eyes to Him. He will show you exactly how to handle people and whatever is making your day bad.

Did someone act unethically toward you? Turn to the Lord before you respond.

The more we turn to Him with everything, the more we can see the world through His lens. The worries of earth grow strangely dim when we back up a minute and put Him in the middle of  every situation.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. The things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!

Be a Good Steward of Time

As Christians, we know we need to be good stewards of the resources God provides for us. Yet, do we think about time as a resource? I’ve been examining how I spend time lately because I don’t seem to get everything done when I want to.

What occurred to me in one of my quiet times is that I need to use my time the way God directs. It is every bit as much a resource as the money I earn. And I believe each of us may need to be spending our time in a unique way that fits our situation in life and our calling.

God has called me to write and speak in order to encourage His people, so activities that don’t add to that may be a misuse of my time. Exercise is very important to stay healthy, and I know God wants me to help and encourage people to stay healthy, so I need to fit that into my day.

I realize that I may have to give up some things. I would love to spend hours working in yard (not mowing!), planting flowers and other plants, but I may just have to give that up sometimes. There will always be another planting season!

Look at your time. Are you using this resource the way God wants you to?

Jesus Our Cornerstone

The prophet Isaiah, in chapter 28, quotes the “Sovereign Lord” to say:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, 
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
 the one who relies on it 
will never be stricken with panic.”

In Ephesians 2:18-20, the apostle Paul says:

For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

Jesus is our rock, our chief cornerstone. Not only is He the foundation of the church, the body of Christ, He is our personal cornerstone. As the prophet Isaiah quotes God, “the one who relies on it (Jesus, the cornerstone), will never be stricken with panic.”

So when life brings you concerns, worries, think of your cornerstone, the solid ground under your feet. Circumstances may look bleak, even hopeless, but Jesus will always be your rock, your foundation, when you turn to Him.

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