God will use who you are, and what you are, where you are for His glory and not yours.
I found this quote by Thomas Merton
“A man who has been killed by one enemy is just as dead as one who has been killed by a whole army. If you are friends with one habit of mortal sin you live in death, even though you may seem to have all the other virtues.”
When you stop and think about what it says it is very true. A man that dies by one enemy is every bit as dead as a man that dies by an army.
Now think about sin.
A man that has one sin is just as much a sinner as a man who has many sins. It only takes one for us to be counted as a sinner. The amazing part is that weather you have one sin or one thousand sins, Jesus is still willing to pay the price for you.
I had someone tell me today that they do not want to be “the guy that buried his talent in the ground.”
You may remember the story from Matthew 25:14-28. The servant that only got one talent from the master was afraid of him. He hid the masters talent in the ground burying it in the dirt until the master returned. Look at what the master said,
The Parable of the Talents
26“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28” ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.”
What are you doing with the talent (Abilities and gifts) that The Master (God) gave you? Are you hiding it in the dirt until He returns or are you using it with all you have got so as to someday show a return on the investment?
Did you ever have an Etch-A-Sketch?
You know the fun little drawing machine that had a red frame and two white knobs at the bottom. By twisting the knobs you could cause the “cursor” to draw lines in the mystery powder.
( Aluminum powder by the way.) http://www.howstuffworks.com/question317.htm
When you were done or wanted a new drawing you would simply give the Etch-A-Sketch a good shaking and the “screen” would be blank again. Ready for a new drawing.
I feel like God is about to shake my Etch-A-Sketch. I may have an incredible GOD SIZED opportunity that will require a leap of faith like I have never taken before. Lets just say it involves the words house for sale, moving to D.C. and fund raising for the support of my family for about 1 year.
I could use all the prayers I could get. There can only be 2 outcomes. This will either be the biggest move of God that I or anyone I personally know has ever done, or the single biggest, most disastrous decision that I could ever make for my family.
So I am called to full time ministry. I think about it alot. I think about were I might end up in ministry some day. Maybe even this year. Who knows. I think alot about my church and the move to the second site that they are planning this fall / winter. I want so much to be a part of that and fell that I am supposed to be a part of that new move of God. I keep thinking that God is going to move where I am at. It hit me tonight that it is not up to God to move where i am at unless I am where God is.
Thinka bout that for a while.
Something that has been on my mind lately is that if I am following God’s call then I should be praying for the ridicules things that I think could never happen. Things that are so outside of my tiny understanding and faith that ONLY God could possibly make them happen.
For example I would have never thought even just 1 or 2 years ago that I would be going back to school. I hated being a student in high school. I was so bad in high school that I actually brought flowers to one of my math teachers so that she would pass me and I would not have to retake the class. BTW it worked. Yes I kissed butt. I did much better in college because there was more freedom I think. Fast forward to now time, I am in the middle of the admissions process to get a masters degree from Liberty. A Masters degree….. I had a high school counselor tell me I would never make it in college and here I am with a B.S. and a teaching certification and going for a masters degree.
Back to praying for the ridicules. I have been trying to figure out what would be the most ridicules thing I could and should be praying for with regard to my calling. Once I figure it out I am going to start praying for it.
What is the most ridicules thing you could be praying for and are you praying for it?
Three words that describe me. Relational, Experiential, and Intentional. I like relationships. I like to get to know people and have them get to know me. Take my students at church and school. They know things about me and my family and my life that they probably don’t know about their other teachers. I live my life in front of those around me, the shiny spots and the scratches as well. I am experiential in nature. I teach thru hands on experiences. I am a firm believer in learning by doing. In the medical world when they teach interns new procedures they say “see one, do one, teach one”. They want those new doctors to see a new procedure, do a new procedure with guidance and then teach a new procedure to someone else. Intentional…..I am intentional in some of the things that I do in my life but should be more intentional in other things I do. I am intentional about where I put my keys down in my house so that I could find them in the dark in an emergency if I had to. I am intentional about those that I associate with and those that I do NOT associate with. I want to be intentional about what I do and say as I live my life for Christ. I need to be much more intentional about my relationship with my wife and my kids. Saulnier