serving God

Add it up and see what you get

Taking Luke 3:23 into account and then adding 3 ½ years to that (due to the number of Passover’s celebrated afterward), Jesus lived approximately 1,278 days – or 30,672 hours – for the Father during his time of public ministry.

Think about that, then add up the hours you spend serving God and see what you get. EA

So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”” Luke 2:48-49

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If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted…

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, the attendance numbers for Sunday evening worship services would be higher.

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, whether their child is a toddler or a teenager, Christian parents would look at Bible classes the way they look at math, science and social studies.

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, the church wouldn’t have to beg for volunteers.

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, our neighbors would hear more invitations to come learn about Jesus.

If the majority of Christians were actually half-hearted, the average yearly contribution wouldn’t be less than half the percentage that Abraham gave.

I’m not saying that half-hearted is a good thing, I’m saying that half-hearted may be too much credit for the majority of Christians. You can accuse me of judging hearts if you like – I’m just looking at what’s coming out of all the treasuries. EA

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

What will we do in exchange?

For us, God, in the form of Jesus of Nazareth:

What will we do in exchange for him? EA

This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:11-13)

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Don’t Forget the One Who Allows us to Make the Memories

As family centered individuals we strive to avoid forgetting to make important memories by taking family vacations, by having over friends for a meal, or by watching our children grow older and going to their school and extra-curricular activities and seeing them graduate and succeed on various levels in life. But while we strive to avoid forgetting to make these memories, are we forgetting the one who allows us to make them?

When it comes to making the most important memories of life, David once penned the importance of remembering God by saying:

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:” (Psalm 102:1-2)

As our culture rushes on, as our lives continually become fleeting and the memories that we have made increasingly become a thing of the past, we would all do well to presently remember the Lord God who calls us to love him with all of our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37).

At the end of the day no picture of our youth, our wedding, our children, our first home, our vacations, our vehicles or any “good time” can replace the memory of not forgetting the one who allows those memories to be made. EA 

Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.” (Deuteronomy 8:11-19)

Are We Sure We Don’t Have The Time?

If we have time to fight dandelions, we have time to fight the good fight of faith. If we have time to channel surf, we have time to flip through our Bible. If we have time to go on vacation, we have time to work for the Lord. If we have time to sit in the bleachers, we have time to sit in the pews. If we have time to talk about the weather, we have time to talk about the gospel.

There’s no doubt that our time can be tight, but if our time is too tight to fit in what’s really important then maybe it’s time to start buying it back, for there’s a difference in not having the time and not making it (Ephesians 5:16).

Here’s a thought: If time has no interest in waiting for us, then why do we wait so much for the time to do the things that we know need to be done? EA

Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”  Ecclesiastes 12:6-7