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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sorry it has been so long since my last post.  I enjoyed these.  Some are funny.  Some may hit a little close to home.  

- Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.
- When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.
- Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your door forever.
- God does not propose to judge a man until he is dead...Why should you?
- Some minds are like concrete...Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
- We are called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.
- Be ye fishers of men.  You catch'em.  He'll clean 'em.
- Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.
- God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
- Don't give God instructions -- just report for duty.
- The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
- The will of God never takes you where the grace of God will not protect you.
- We don't change the message, the message changes us.
- Simple math:  1 cross + 3 nails = 4-given.

Thanks Bill.
3:54 pm edt 

Sunday, June 1, 2008

What Do You Have?
I was reading this morning in Mark 6.  Jesus had just spent the day teaching all who came to him.  His heart had gone out to them because he saw them as "sheep without a shepherd" (Mark 6:34).  It was late in the day and the Apostles were getting hungry (This is my interpretation of the motive for them suggesting that Jesus send the crowd to go find food).  Jesus replied to them: "Give them something to eat yourselves." (Mark 6:35-37)

Whenever we place ourselves ahead of Jesus and His agenda, he will challenge us to realign our priorities.  (Matthew 6:33)

The Apostles didn't like the suggestion.  It could have been that they didn't understand how to do it.  It could also have been that they we unwilling to part with what they had brought for themselves.  After all, the parable of the virgins implies that planning on our part is something godly (Matthew 25:1-13).  Jesus next statement changes the game:  "How many loaves do you have?  Go and see."

Jesus wants us to know ourselves.  To take account of what is getting in the way of doing what he asks.  In this case, it was 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.

You may know the rest of the story.  The Apostles give it to Jesus. He blesses it, breaks it, and they serve the masses with it. (Mark 6:39-41).  If I'm correct, the initial concern of the Apostles was satisfying their own need over regard for the needs of those they were called to serve. Notice in verse 6:42, the conclusion... "They all ate and were satisfied..."

Jesus never asks us to give up more than he can and will provide.

The story ends with the Apostles collecting 12 baskets of left overs.  Let's see... 12 Apostles, 12 baskets of left overs... coincidence? 

Jesus asks us to see what he sees, to give what we have, to let him do the miraculous, to allow him to satisfy us.  When all is said and done, He will have used us and all we have to do something miraculous for the good of those in need of Him and will have satisfied them, us, with plenty to spare.

God never "short sheets" us when He asks us to do His will.  He always uses what we have, gives us all we need with some to spare.

If you find yourself wishing you had more of something, ask 2 questions... Am I using it for what God intended?  Have I given it to Him for His purposes so He can do something miraculous?  I believe that when we get these 2 questions right, we will be "satisfied" and have a personal demonstration of God's abundance left over.
7:53 am edt 

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