Show and Tell

Impact Question (IQ): How valuable is Christ to share with those we love?

make-disciplesMatthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,…

Christmas seems to be a lot about showing and telling those we know that we love them.  Commercialization has even been able to put a value on items to tangibilize our worth of others.  My question is how valuable is Christ to share with those we love?  He is a gift that keeps on giving.  Not only in our lives, but actively in the lives of those who follow Him.  His position and posture in life reflects an ordered and submitted sacrifice which proves to gain more than imagined.  Christ offers more than possession but paradise.  We introduce a number of things to each other.  Be sure to introduce people to Jesus.

  1.  Examples are better shown than told.
  2. Doing requires continual action rather than passive delegation.
  3. Discipleship can’t afford time off.  It’s too expensive.
  4. Discipleship is an option, but we are commanded to at least give people the choice.

 

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Sow What Now?!

Impact Question (IQ):  This year didn’t go like you planned…sow what now?!

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Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. (Psalms 126:5 NASB) 

Waiting on the Lord is never easy, but it has eternal benefits.  Sowing seeds of righteousness promises an everlasting reward, but not because of our goodness but God’s grace.  This is for those who have been faithful and have yet to see your season change.  The text speaks of those…is that you?  The praying and waiting has not been in vain.  This year may not have turned out the way you wanted, but God didn’t ignore what you wanted.  He is preparing a harvest, but seeds take time to grow.  God calls for not only the seed to grow, but also the sower.  This season was designed for your maturation not regression.  Here are a few lessons from the text:

  1. Those doesn’t include everybody.  Who are you with? (Ps. 126:5)
  2. How are you investing your God-given resources? (Ps. 126:5)
  3. Don’t let your weeping stop you from working (Ps. 126:5)
  4. God will turn your weeping into reaping (Ps. 126:5)
  5. You’ll have something to shout about (Ps. 126:5)
  6. God’s return policy is iron-clad: you get more than what you invested (Ps. 126:5)

Wait patiently and expectantly on the Lord and you will be renewed.  This is not a prophesy, but a promise.

Rev. Eric R. Levels