Good morning all-
Well I woke up pretty tired today. I don't know about you but cleaning is exhausting and then having to go back to work and sell, wow! And yet, I am still present, thinking about my Lord, even before my first cup of coffee. I would say that's a very successful day, wouldn't you?
I rely on that first cup of coffee to rejuvenate me every morning. It's like my manna. I need it so that I can drive hundreds of miles, cook dinner, clean up, walk with my husband and work for eight hours. It's what makes my heart start beating faster, my eyes get wider and my disposition for the day go from tired to raring to go. I'm like the little engine that could, I just need my java to move forward.
What is it that you need? Have you asked yourself that question of late? For me, I could get away without drinking my coffee for the morning, I've done it before. There is one thing I can't substitute or live without besides water, it's Jesus! I need water to hydrate, air to breathe and Jesus to guide me today. I can't live without Him. Millions of people do but I can't imagine waking up and drinking my first cup of coffee without Him. He is vital to my being and without Him I would feel lost and alone. He is my hope, my future, my everything.
What about you? Where are you today with Jesus? Did you wake up with Him on your mind? Simple questions but they tell us where we are with Him when we answer. If you're not thinking about Him as you wake, you might want to sit with Him for awhile. This life is much too difficult and the things that happen to Christians happen to non-Christians. Where is their hope today? What makes them wake up and smile?
A life apart from Christ is empty. In many religions you must work your way to God. Our God says that He is the only way. Our hope, our faith and our sight are given to us because of the sacrifice Jesus made. We would still be sacrificing animals otherwise. Can you imagine how many dead carcasses there would be? Too many to count. YUK!
God knew that we would need a Savior, it was prophesied long before Jesus came. He knew that we would be lonely, confused, and sinful. We were born into sin. It's even hard for Christians to understand that but we are. Our sinful nature might not show up until two but it will show up and we will all have our cross to bear. So we have a choice, if we are chosen, we can choose to follow and carry our cross or sit still and do nothing. We can choose to be part of the call or not. Millions are without Christ, don't you think we should spread the word, the hope and the future God has promised. Why do we wait? Christians are the only ones sitting back and waiting. Everyone else is stating their opinions loudly. We are wrong for our beliefs. Really?
I was thinking about this last week when I was getting my oil changed and a report was given on a High School in Texas where the cheerleaders put Scripture out before each football game. They had to go to court to continue to profess their free speech. Crazy? They won for now but I'm sure the fight has only begun. The attorney's used the right of free speech as their foreground and for now the cheerleaders are rejoicing and thanking God on television. We can thank a whole bunch of 16-18 year olds for their profession of faith. Would we be as bold?
That's what I want us to think about this week. As you go about your day, think about what you would be willing to do for Jesus. Will you be strong enough to hear the call and profess your faith? I think it's a question we should all be asking. Is our pride and our reputation worth it if we don't profess that Jesus is our Lord. I don't think so. I was once apathetic and careful of everything I said but today, I don't want to leave one person without the knowledge of who Jesus is and what He means to my life. I am nothing without Him!
I hope today challenges you and that you look into your life. If you don't speak about Jesus at least once today, is He really that important? I'm not talking about going out and shouting it with little discretion, in some countries that would be murderous. I'm just saying that if you ask Christ to lead someone to you, He will, so be bold and confess your faith. You may just have one opportunity!
May God bless you and keep you today.
Matthew 28:19 NKJV:
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 10:23 KJV:
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised;
My prayer today:
O, Lord, You are my Shepherd and I shall not want. My prayer today is simple. Please help Your chosen women to carry Your cross. Guide us and grow us into mighty women of You. Make us bold where we aren't and give us a heart for the millions that don't know You. Help us to stand on faith and believe that You are the only way. Take the blinders off so that we can see what the world has done to mold us into apathetic creatures. We desire to profess Your name. With each morning come to us and make it new. Our light is sometimes dim, make it bright and allow Your chosen to see. Bring forth the hurting, the lost and Your children that need to hear of a Savior. I pray that the gospel would be revitalized and that women would profess You in every country and in every tongue. I know that You love us Lord and that we were born for today. Lead us Lord because without You we are nothing, we have nothing and we'll be nothing. At the end of us is YOU! May You bless the nations as we unite for one cause, YOURS! In Jesus name, AMEN