Send me?

Whom shall I send? Is it I Lord?                           from the hymn Here I am Lord

Sometimes we are brave enough to actually ask God to send us. When we do we don’t know what might happen. It is certainly possible that he will call on us to do something that surprises us. I may be something that we never expected and might not really want to do. Are you strong enough to say: send me?

We are not really sure that we want to answer God’s call. We may not be ready to do it. Lord let us not be afraid to ask and answer.

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Are we holy?

“Holy” has the same root as “wholly”: it means complete. A man is not complete in spiritual stature if all his mind, heart, soul, strength are not given to God.                  R. J. H. Stewart

holyWe seldom think about what we give to God. Are we willing to let go of our whole person to God? This quote doesn’t mention body but I think it is contained in “strength.” We have to surrender everything. How do we do that? By letting go of small pieces at a time. Give up what you can each day and every day.

We are so caught up in ourselves that we can’t step outside. In order to be holy and whole we have to give everything. Loving God help us.

Learn and grow

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.       Proverbs 1:7

We can’t ever stop learning. God gave us our brains for a reason. By learning we grow. Don’t be afraid to study and learn new ideas and new thoughts. There is so much that we can learn and never grow close to knowing all about God. His wisdom is so far above ours.

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Jesus, we learn so much from your teaching. Help us to continue to seek knowledge and growth that we may draw closer to you. AMEN

Choose the difficult path

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.  G.K. Chesterton

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Have we really tried to follow Jesus. For most of us its’ not that we don’t know how to be good Christians. We will do the little things. We will try to be kind to each other. – except when it gets in our way. We will give away things to Goodwill- things that we don’t need any more. We will pledge money to the church – but not so much that we don’t have enough for what we want. So we do follow Jesus –sort of. We wold’t want to be fanatics after all.

Help us Lord, not to be half-way Christians. Give us the courage to step out of the norm and be fanatics for you. AMEN