Saturday, March 26, 2011

Swimming Upstream...

Luke 14:26
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple."

While walking this morning I had a divinely inspired thought about this verse...

When you read this verse, if you are like me, it makes no sense at first blush. Why in the world would the God of the universe command us to hate (even connect it as a hinge of discipleship) when we are created in his image and put on this planet to display his splendor and bring glory to him and he, at his very essence, is love and incapable of hate...confusing isn't it!

As I thought about it in light of things the Father is doing in my life I realized it's not a literal hate of these people that the Father is commanding but, the ability to step away from the traditions and patterns of behavior- ultimately the world system and its way of doing things that he is demanding...

Many times -if not always - the Father's calling and mandate on our lives, as believers, goes against that which the world surrounding us would encourage, support or even understand (including those closest to us) and we have to be willing in surrendered obedience to swim against the current. Our relationship to the Father supersedes earthly ones and He expects our full affection as we live according to the full counsel of His word in every aspect of our lives.

Whatever He is calling you to step out in - take courage and start swimming!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Our True Source...

2 Corinthians 9:10

"Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness."

Father God is the absolute true source for all things -through Jesus he made the way back to himself for us - something we cannot do for ourselves... the word says [of Jesus] that everything has its being in him and nothing that was made was made apart from him...

God is our supply and this word implies that not only does he supply what we physically need...seed to sow & bread for food...he is our sole resource eternally and spiritually - "the harvest of your righteousness"

This word is active present tense and future tense as well... "who supplies" being present tense and the "will" being future - demonstrating the Father's continual action on our behalf.

The cool thing here is he is the one who accomplishes this in us and for us and through us and will continue to do so!

This is not only us personally who are transformed by his power but implies that that the transformation in our lives radiates out to those we influence and reaps a harvest in their lives, too.