July 07, 2020 5 min read

Harmony & Balance Everywhere

Don’t you just love the diversity God put into the world? He created harmony and balance everywhere, including our individual “best time of the day” to be creative and productive.

Some of us are “up with the chickens,” as they used to say. Others burn a candle late into the night. Whatever time is your time to connect in positive ways, God made you to shine for His purposes.

Isaiah 60:1 says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

Embrace your uniqueness! Just because your eyes don’t focus until later in the morning—after cups, plural, of coffee—doesn’t mean you won’t hit the mark today.

You were built for this, to be a light to others and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. So, rise up, whenever that is for you, and make a promise to God that you will get everything out of today that you’re supposed to. Rise and shine!

Let’s pray.

Lord, you made us to be a light in a world that is all too often dark. Thank you for the opportunities to make a difference for you. Amen.

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The First Marching Orders

Think of what Jesus was asking of His followers.

He had just risen from the dead. That doesn’t happen every day.

His ministry had been destroyed, so they thought. He wasn’t coming back. But then He did. Only days after being killed on a brutal Roman cross, Jesus was standing in front of his friends, looking very much alive. And He was telling them their futures were dicey.

Mark 16:15 says, “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Jerusalem at the time was under occupation by an unforgiving empire. The empire required all from each individual, and never gave anything back. Jesus was telling His disciples that if they would give up all for Him, He’d give it back and more.

Forever.

This was the first great command to preach the Good News everywhere. The first marching orders for a spiritual army.

We are called to be in that army, to give our all in order to shake things up for eternity.

Let’s pray.

Lord, thank you for giving us the chance to share your love with others, all over the world. We love you! Amen.

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A Singular Presence in the World

Nothing is more basic to life than creation itself. The Bible tells us that God alone has the power to truly create, and the beauty of language in Psalm 139 explains this fully. Some believe the psalmist was writing in part about the creation of Adam.

Psalm 139:1-3 says, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”

The writer marvels at the ways in which God understands each of us intimately, and is present everywhere

Are you aware that God loves you with a supernatural love? He created you to be a singular presence in the world…what we call “unique.” You might feel sometimes that you are worthless, or that no one cares.

Not so.

The Creator of the Universe, in that vast space, took time to make only one of you. You are precious to Him and you should never forget it, even when things look depressing.

God sees you when you sit in that chair and when you get up. He knows what you’re thinking and what’s in your heart.

You are on His mind.

Let’s pray.

Lord, it’s comforting knowing that you are with us in each moment of our day. Help us to live in that moment. Amen.

God Has Called You

Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ means that we don’t just sit in our houses and shut away the world.

Scripture is an action item.

Isaiah 60:1 says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

If the Bible is true—if God’s story intersects with our story—then a hurting world is in need of a Savior. The pain many are enduring will have no end until they meet the God-Man, Jesus. He is our healer and His glory fills the earth.

We all have different personalities and various methods of engaging with others. But whatever personality God has given us, we are tasked with sharing the life-giving news of Jesus and His sacrifice.

Get in the game and do that very thing! God has called you to share His salvation with anyone and everyone. Darkness can be oppressive.

The Light has come!

Let’s pray. Lord, you showed up in our world at precisely the moment we needed you most. Help us tell others that eternal story. Amen.

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Flying At Night

One of the best benefits about flying at night is to look out the window and see millions of lights against the black backdrop. The lights signal that a city or town is down there — a place where families live.  

Our spiritual lives are the same way. This world has its share of darkness, but God looks down and sees His lights. He sees the good that says, “Love lives here.”  

Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

We are told in Scripture that as believers, we have indescribable joy. Jesus Christ lives within us, lighting us from the inside out.

With that gift comes responsibility: We don’t have the option of staying hidden. When Jesus told His followers they were “the light of the world,” they understood what He meant, sitting there on the mountainside above the Sea of Galilee.  

Many of them took this to heart, shining a light in the spiritual darkness and sharing the Good News every chance they got.

Let’s pray.

Lord, help us to continually shine the light of your love and your Gospel in our world. Amen.  

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