Dark verses light, the most basic and complete of oppositions. This concept can be applied to so many facets of life. In the light there is energy. In the dark there is a void. In the light all actions are transparent; there is nothing to hide. In the dark actions can go undetected and be hidden.
Dark verses light, how could we appreciate the light if we did not know the dark? As humans we are all sinners. We have all spent time in the dark and have all wished to keep some of our actions there. But what actions do we truly enjoy? As a Christian I know I most enjoy that which is done in the light: spending time with family, doing good for others, writing this short article, asking that the Lord use me to do His work and His will here on earth.
We are made in the Lord’s image but we are not controlled by His will. He has given us free will, so it is up to each of us, every action of every day, to decide how we want to spend it.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks Be to God for His indescribable gift.
Sometimes life here on earth can be complicated, demanding, and frustrating. When the demands of life leave us rushing from place to place, with scarcely a moment to spare, we may fail to pause and thank our Creator for the countless blessings He bestows upon us. Whenever we neglect to give proper thanks to the Giver of All Things Good, we suffer because of our misplaced priorities. Friends, God’s gifts are too numerous to count. We should attempt to count them anyway. We owe our Heavenly Father everything, including our eternal praise…. starting right now.
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20
You have been bought with a price.
When we came into the world we were all born with a big question mark over our heads. The question was –What is my value? What am I worth? Unless you know your identity in Christ you are always asking, in one way or another, What is my value? What am I worth? Sadly, that’s how most people go through life…trying to assure themselves that they really are worth something to somebody. It’s a sad and misguided way to live. The fact is, there is a way you can know your value. Bring yourself before the expert. Come to God and say, “Can You tell me my value?”
God says, “You have been bought with a price and I am the One who bought you. What I paid for you was the life of Jesus.” You can be assured that your heavenly Father treasures you like He treasures His own Son, because Christ is your life. You are one with Him. You have tremendous value.
He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”
Todays verse hits me extremely hard….
Spiritual rest becomes impossible when a person reaches the place where there is very little physical rest in his life. The greatest and maybe most difficult obedience some of us need in response to Christ is to slow down. If the very idea provokes mental objections within you, this may be a good indicator that this truth is particularly applicable to you. The things you spend your time doing will still be there after you are done resting. The world system won’t fail if you take a break in order to be refreshed and renewed. Take a day off and spend it with your children. Visit a friend who lives out of town. Go on a date with your spouse. Or just get alone for a while. It may surprise you to hear the exciting things God has been waiting to tell you.
This is something that God is revealing to me…..How about you?
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
“I’m thinking of entering professional ministry,” a young man said to me. “What do you want to do?” I asked him. “I’m not sure,” he replied, “but I want to do something in ministry full-time. I want God to use my life and don’t see much opportunity for that in my work.”
I didn’t get into a lengthy discussion with him since his remark was made casually in passing. It did remind me again, though, of the deception that so many people have fallen for in regard to their work. Like this young man, they think that the routine work in their job isn’t that spiritual, compared to the work of those who are pastors, missionaries, and so on.
This common viewpoint is a ploy of the enemy to dilute the effectiveness of Christ expressing His life through our lives. The truth is that your profession, no matter what it may be, is holy. The word holy means “set apart.” There is no dualistic world where some things are spiritual and some aren’t. Whether you are a teacher, a doctor, a clerk, a salesman….it makes no difference. Your work is holy because of who you are. You are holy, and as you express Christ’s life, whatever you do is holy.