Monday's Ministry Morsel

I read an article the other day by David Jeremiah that is worth sharing with others. It comes from his source on 'Turning Points with God'. It reads as follows--

"Nineteenth-century humorist Josh Billings said cleverly, 'Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.' As Christians we can apply these witty words to our goal of living for Christ until the day He returns. We are surrounded by distractions every day, and we can easily let them cloud our vision and take our focus off of Christ. But we must learn to recognize when that is happening so that we can put aside those distractions and fix our eyes on Him. As with any area of life that needs to be mastered, focusing on Christ takes discipline and preparation. If we start out by turning our day over to the Lord, it will be easier for us to be aware of His presence throughout the day, and that awareness will help us avoid becoming distracted. Glorifying God should be our focus in everything we do. The only way to accomplish that is by giving Him 100 percent of ourselves 100 percent of the time, and like the postage stamp, sticking to the goal until we reach heaven."

A wise man named Solomon once said, "Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil."

Proverbs 4:25,27

There are many things that the church has room to improve on but not one of those areas will see progress without disciplined devotion to our Lord. When we get distracted by the world or by the flesh, a detour is inevitable. That detour always takes us away from pursuing God's will. The next inevitable step is a pause in God's work. Time, energy and resources are always redirected when one chooses to chase the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:17

In the next few weeks there will no doubt be many distractions in our journey with Jesus. And if we are not careful--even our prayers can be shaped and shifted to "Lord walk with me today in my journey and watch over me," INSTEAD OF "Lord, take me by the hand and lead me where you would have me go, doing the things you would have me do and help me to stick with it till your purpose in me is done."

To ask God to bless you in your walk and/or your work without any real desire for His will and His work reveals a distraction has taken you on a detour of chasing the wind of 'want'.

God reminds us that all of that it is an exercise in vanity and striving for the wind! Ec. 1:14

So when the distractions come in the next few months, and they will, "fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, and lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares, and run with endurance the race that is set before you." Hebrews 12:1-2

May the Lord bless His church with people who stick with it till we get there!

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58