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Light Switch

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“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” – John 3:17

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:14

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light…See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:8, 15-17

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5


A part of me has been avoiding this. To speak in the aftermath of the unspeakable is trite at best, and at worst, does more damage when the damage is already beyond measuring.

You don’t need me to recount the events of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I know the images are burned into your brain as they are into mine. But something else is burning in me as well. It’s not anger or emotion – though I’ve felt those, too. This burning is a sense of urgency, a sense that I don’t want to miss another wake-up call, a sense that I can’t press the snooze button again, and I need to turn the light switch on.

I’m not here to try to give any explanation. To try to read the mind of God at a time like this only incenses the hurting and insults the God Whose thoughts and ways are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). And I’m not going to touch the political issues, because I believe there is a far more eternal issue for those who know Christ.

It comes down to this – for the Christian, tragedy should be a light switch. We are called to be light, and that calling is never louder than it is at moments like this. I’ll admit, there are times that I catch myself hitting the snooze button, thinking that I have all the time in the world to reach the people that God has put in my path (Matthew 26:41, Mark 13:33). But when we are reminded how quickly and unexpectedly life can be snuffed out, when we are reminded how fragile even the strongest and liveliest among us are, when we realize just how unsure our existence is outside of the grace of God, we have to redouble our efforts, redeem the time, and reach the lost (John 9:4-5, Ephesians 5:16, Jude 1:23).

I’ll admit, too, that there are times when silence feels safer. People are so enraged with grief that a Christian can’t say anything right, and our faith-fueled insights are unwelcome in most forums. But today, the world is a darker place than it’s ever been, and God’s children – the children of light –  need to shine brighter than ever before. We need to avoid the temptation to engage in hate-speak, (I Timothy 2:1-3), but more than ever, we are called to a ministry of mercy and reconciliation (II Corinthians 4:1-4, 5:18-19).

Don’t you see? These awful moments that leave people searching are divine appointments for believers. Light their way to God. We may not have all the answers, but we have The Answer for a lost and dying world (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Don’t miss the moment. Don’t be so busy defending your position that you lose sight of your mission.

Love – even when confronted with hate. Pray – even when they don’t want your prayers. Pray that God will soften hearts, open doors, and grant boldness at just the right moment – not a boldness that bullies or responds to every jab, but a boldness that loves the not-so-lovable and reaches into darkness to pull people towards the light (Proverbs 15:1-2, Colossians 4:5-6).

Live a life that unashamedly points people to God. Give the Gospel every chance you get. Resist the urge to fit in and fly under the radar. Embrace your place in this world as a “city set on a hill” (Matthew 5:14-16), but be a city without walls – open and approachable. Always speak the truth, but never without love. And when God sends a softened soul your way, be ready with the gracious, scripture-based truth that they need (Ephesians 4:14-15, Hebrews 6:19, James 3:17, I Peter 3:15).

God will surprise us with His grace again. Souls will come to salvation, and His purposes will come to pass, in spite of evil. Keep the faith. Share your faith. And always keep your light-switch in the “on” position.


YOUR PRESCRIPTION

Ask God for the wisdom, strength, and grace to be a light in the darkest of times. Pray for the hurting and the searching – and light their way to the cross.

Growing Pains

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“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” – Psalm 119:71

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” – James 1:2-3

Scripture Reading: James 1:1-14


I was recently torturing my 6-year old with a flurry of tickles and unsolicited smooches, when he responded breathlessly, “You’re right, Mommy. It’s not easy being loved.”

“It’s not easy being loved.” It’s a line that I use on my guys all the time, because I believe it points to the ever-growing pile of overlooked blessings in each of our lives. It’s a paradox that pits human nature against the unrivaled goodness of God. We bemoan the constant demands and interruptions posed by the people in our lives, while missing the truth that it is a blessing that God has filled our lives to overflowing with people to love and be loved by. So many of the things that annoy us in this life are really evidences of the love of God (and even of the flawed human love of the people God has placed in our lives), but Satan loves to paint our blessings as burdens. And too often, we are overwhelmed by those blessings in a bad way – viewing God’s opportunities as inconveniences.

I’ll be honest. We’ve had some hard things going on in our home in recent months. I don’t want to overdramatize. Everyone is well, and by God’s grace, Paul and I are stronger than ever, but we’ve been tested in unexpected ways on many different fronts, and our little family has been aching with growing pains.

In James 1, the author talks about the gift of growing pains and the easily-overlooked evidences of God’s love in our lives.

This book was written by James, the half-brother of Jesus. Though he likely did not become a believer until after the resurrection of Christ, he became a pivotal leader in the early church at Jerusalem (Acts 1:14, I Corinthians 15:4-7, Galatians 1:18-19).

And there was nothing easy about being a part of the early church. It’s believed that the Book of James was actually the first New Testament book that was written, and it was penned in the aftermath of the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7). The church was still in its infancy, and particularly in Jerusalem, Christians (though that term had not been coined yet) were being hunted. Enemies such as Saul (who had not taken his life-changing trip to Damascus yet) had forced the church to scatter (Acts 8:1-3, 9:1-2, James 1:1), but James charges them to find the blessing in their burdens.

He tells them to “count it all joy”, and to embrace the constant exercising of their faith muscles, knowing that the stress and strain of their trials will only serve to strengthen their faith (James 1:2-4). He tells them that wisdom is available for the asking, and their steady storm of trials is God’s way of prompting them to ask, to lean in, and lean on Him (Verses 5-7).

They are going through endurance training (Verse 12). And after coming from a religion that was driven by rules, law, and mere repetitive motion, they are learning to live a life of active response – listening for the voice of God and looking for opportunities to live out their faith through obedience to God’s Word and right responses to the assignments that He gives them on a moment-to-moment basis (Verses 18-27, James 2:14-20, Ephesians 2:10, 5:2, Titus 3:8).

And so it is with you and me. Growing pains are a gift. Trials are training. And the things that you and I haven’t planned for are often the most pivotal pieces of His plan for us (John 16:33, Romans 5:3-5, 8:28, 12:12, I Peter 4:12-19, 5:10, Hebrews 9:14, 12:5-6).

It’s not easy being loved. It’s not easy having a God Who invests in you by uprooting you, Who is forever pulling your comfort zone out from under you and challenging you to test His promises by being tested. But make no mistake, it is love. It is the love that left a throne and surrendered to a cross, so that we could be spared a cross and offered a crown (Romans 8:35-39, Philippians 2:7-8, James 1:12). It is the deep and wide love that little kids sing about in Sunday School. And it is the love that will guide you through every growing pain.


YOUR PRESCRIPTION

What growing pains are you experiencing right now? Make sure you are using them to grow. Ask for wisdom, lean into the God Who loves you, and praise Him for the training in your trials.

 

A Better Window

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“And he [Jonah] said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.” – Jonah 1:9-10

“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” – Habakkuk 2:14

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

Scripture Reading: Jonah 1


I often miss the mission field around me. I have a friend who reminds me of this on a regular basis. Actually, she reminds me of my dad. My dad rarely missed a chance to give the gospel. I remember him sitting at the kitchen table, paying bills, and putting a gospel tract in the envelope with each check he wrote. My friend is equally mindful, pulling a tract out of her purse every time we get the check at a restaurant or buy a cup of coffee.

It’s easy to plow through life completely self-absorbed, head-down, with little regard for the world around you. But as Christians, we’re kidding ourselves if we think that the world isn’t watching, and whether we notice the world or not, they are constantly taking note of us.

In Jonah 1, the prophet is self-absorbed and he is most definitely kidding himself. You know the story backwards and forwards. God tells Jonah to go to Ninevah. Jonah refuses and defiantly runs from God, booking passage on a ship to Tarshish, the furthest point he can reach in the opposite direction of his God-ordained destination (Verses 1-3).

Jonah then goes below deck and falls asleep. Jonah thinks he has left the mission field. He thinks he has abandoned his calling, and now that he’s mad at God, he’s just going to keep his head down, take care of himself, and ignore the world around him. He falls asleep in the middle of his mission field, until God begins to rock the boat.

The storm that ensues is one of biblical proportions (pun intended). It drives the sailors to toss cargo overboard, and more importantly, it drives them to their knees. These sailors don’t know the One True God, but they’re frantically praying to every god they can think of. They wake Jonah up and tell him to pray. And sensing that the storm has to be about more than the weather, they cast lots to divine the source of the trouble (Verses 4-7).

And here’s the part that really gets me – the trouble is the prophet of God, the guy who was sleeping, the guy who still hasn’t said any prayers. Now exposed, Jonah is finally forced to acknowledge his association with God (Verse 9), “I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.”

But he offers no prayers. It’s heartbreaking. These sailors are having their first encounter with the Living God, and God’s prophet is in the middle of a selfish phase. There’s no doubt they are struck by the power and might of God, but they are equally struck by the willful rebellion of God’s man (Verses 10-11).

And Jonah doesn’t soften. He still doesn’t pray. He doesn’t beg God for forgiveness or beg Him to spare the sailors. Instead, it’s the sailors who are trying to save Jonah, as they row desperately to avoid throwing him overboard. They beg God for mercy. And after the storm stops (and Jonah literally becomes fish food), they cement their relationships with the One True God (Verses 13-16, Romans 1:16, 10:13, Revelation 1:7).

But it’s no thanks to Jonah (Isaiah 55:11, Ezekiel 33:6, Matthew 18:6). And it makes me wonder – how many times have I been so wrapped up in me that I missed the chance to be part of God’s work? How many times have I been in a selfish phase? How many times have I fallen asleep in the middle of my mission field?

When I was a kid, we used to say, “You make a better door than a window.” We used that line anytime someone stood in our way and blocked our view. God forgive us when we are closed doors that block someone else’s view of God. God forgive us when we are self-absorbed distractions from His glory (Isaiah 43:10, Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:15, II Timothy 2:1-4, I Peter 3:15, Jude 1:23).

May we be ever mindful of our mission fields. May we all be better windows for His light to shine through.


YOUR PRESCRIPTION

Have you fallen asleep on your mission field? Are you going through life head-down? Ask God to wake you up to His work, and ask Him to make you a better window that He can shine through.