Making it Worth it

Whatever I am up to in life is costing my life.

If I am just living for myself, I expect to answer for that one day. If I am living for others, it would probably be wise to be focused and committed.

I should probably have some sense of why I am here – what kind of work I should be doing. It would be valuable to have some sense of who the beneficiaries should be of the work I am here to do.

The more I can grasp of the purpose, the more I can see the faces of the people who are going to benefit from my commitment to my purpose, the more likely it is that I can bear the cost of spending my life on it.

Most encouraging is Jesus saying that if I do something good to His people, I am doing it TO Him. Not just FOR Him. Blessing Him is worth my life. That’s a good thought to think often. Especially on the days that its especially costly or painful being me.

Being Successful

Kodak, the film & camera company, sold shares of their stock for $90 or so in 1997. At end of day on January 3, 2012, shares were 76¢. A few months later, Instagram was sold to Facebook for $1 billion.

It pays to periodically check to be sure that the horse you are riding is not dead. On the days when it does appear to have died, do not kick it. Dismount and ask Jesus where your next horse is.

It is more efficient to move to the next horse before one dies and before wasting time burying the dead. In hockey terms, skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it was when you started moving.

It is not always possible to be right. It is usually at least possible to learn something through every mistake, though. Keep asking the Spirit of Him Who knows the end from the beginning how you are progressing. You will learn more about discerning His voice even through the mistakes and dead ends.

Pay attention. Be strong. Be courageous. Yahweh, your God, is with you, and He intends to take you into the place He promised you.

God Told Us

However, among the mature we do speak a wisdom, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, which God predestined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age knew it, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:

What no eye has seen and no ear has heard,
and what has never come into a man’s heart,
is what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Now God has revealed them to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the concerns of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the concerns of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, in order to know what has been freely given to us by God.
(1 Corinthians 2:6-13 from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Holman Bible Publishers.)

God has already told us what He has prepared for us to walk in as His wisdom. If you are not sure what your purpose in the earth is, ask Him to repeat it. He wants you to want it. If anything is unclear, ask Him to help.

The Lord is my Helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews13:6)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26)

Expect to be told everything. He has already given to you the treasures that the wisdom speaks of. He isn’t going to hide from you what He has already freely given you.

Brace up! Step up! “Come up here!”

Confused

There is an old proverb about confusion: Someone who is confused will confuse you.

Our God doesn’t author confusion, as Paul wrote to believers in Corinth (1 Corinthians 14:33). He authors peace!

He is, however, seemingly very fond of chaos. It is a fountain of rawness to Him from which He can author peace and wisdom and beauty and purpose and destiny. That may be why when He calls us to Canaan’s property we immediately enter the land of the scorpion. The chaos we encounter is usually a baptism through which we find the Author at work, being creative and wondersful. He only does wondrous things.

Psalm 136 describes the process a bit.

If we are confused, we should probably have a talk with Jesus to gain perspective and hope.

Envy and Selfish Ambition

Who is wise and understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and lie in defiance of the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
(James 3:13-18 from Holman Christian Standard Bible®  Holman Bible Publishers.)

If you find it difficult to let people finish their sentences, you may be suffering from a selfish condition. Interrupting people when you disagree with them is not always “defending the faith.” Sometimes it is just being fearful. If I know the truth, and your speech exposes the fact that you don’t, I may not help you by correcting you.

We have to be born of God to see the Kingdom (John 3:3). We have to be spiritually minded to receive spiritual communication from the Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:1). If I have a spiritual word to deliver to you, it will be good for you if I wait until you are spiritually minded before I try to deliver it to you, or you will not be able to discern the truth in it.

I am dishonoring your right to have an opinion if I interrupt you with corrections constantly. I am preferring being right or being known for being right perhaps. If I want everyone to know that I knew “that” before you did, my ambition is selfish. Ambition is not evil. Selfish ambition opens doors to enemies, though.

When Jesus encountered the disciples’ argument in Luke 9:46 about which of them was the greatest, He didn’t rebuke them for having ambition to be the greatest. He taught them the different values set of greatness in the place where He is King: simply be like a child – no rights, no voice, nothing but dependence and servitude – and you will be the greatest in the crowd.

Let people talk. Even if they are not right. Ask the Spirit whether to speak or wait. Love them deeply and patiently. Exercise generous ambition.

Besides, people love it so much when you bless them by listening to them, sometimes they actually pay you the honor of wanting to hear what you have to say. Then you can say anything.

How Deep

O the depth of the riches

and the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How inscrutable are his judgments!

How unsearchable are his ways!

 

For, ‘Who has known the mind of Adonai?

Who has been his counselor?’

Or, ‘Who has given him anything

and made him pay it back?’

 

For from him and through him

and to him are all things.

To him be the glory forever!

Amen.

 

 

Romans 11:33-36 from Complete Jewish Bible

 

Good Friends

Friends love all the time. That’s Proverbs 17:17. Agape. They don’t have to want to be around you all the time to still be loving you. Agape.

Friends will help you become your full level of awesome. They won’t let you quit. Your mistake doesn’t offend or alienate them.

Until we teach a generation of believers how to skate past religion and love one another it will be miraculous if you are loved by 5 friends your whole life. That is going to change.

You can’t effectively engage with more than 20 people at the genuine friend level at one time – in a way that you know what is going on in their lives. Invest heavily in the ones you can reach. Teach them how to do it.

When the unbelievers see us loving each other it will be such a contrast to what they have seen in the past that they will turn aside to see why the bush burns.

They will take off their shoes and meet the Lord.

What do You Think?

At times when you are not responsible for thinking about anything, you are still thinking about something.

What do you think about at those times between projects or work or ministry or while you are resting? Those things that float to the surface of your mental pool are your most clear images of who you are and what you will become.

Use those times on purpose to dream about your future and your identity being awesome. Dream about the people who will help you become successful. Dream about the people whose destinies are locked until your help releases them to be successful.

Think about how awesome Jesus is, and how impressed He is with the future He dreams about you stepping into. Step into it by faith so that you can step into it.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV