Thursday, June 2, 2016

John 12:26

John 12:26

“If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”

“Him My Father will honor?!” This is kind of a lofty thought. What could possibly permit the Honor of God to fall on a human being, especially one in the likeness of me? I don’t mean to sound so pitiful but seriously, I understand receiving His love and grace, but His honor? I can think of only one reasonable explanation, He (the Father) sees me as Christ, and He sees me as His Son the most when I serve Him. When this verse states “and where I am my servant will be also” I believe he is speaking of the cross, not being with Him in location but in position. As a servant I should be with Him as living sacrifice to God. (This could be conjecture) I believe that God honors us when we imitate His Son, and by doing so He honors Himself. The honor of the Father falls on His Son and those who are with His Son. If I want that Honor I must first seek the Son.

Luke 17:7-10

Luke 17:7-10

“And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘come at once and sit down to eat’?
“But will he not rather say to him, ‘prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterword you will eat and drink’?
“Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.
“So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘we are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”

Reading these verses reiterate the 5 things that we as a ignite class 10 learned from Pastor G. the five things are; thing upon thing, not thanked, not charging overseer with being unfair, not being prideful, and Christianity 101. These 5 things are what a servant of the Lord should have on his mind constantly, if we are to increase our faith. In this passage Jesus is giving this story in reply to the disciples request “increase our faith.” To increase in faith is to serve God as a bondservant, a bondservant who has no rights aside from the service he partakes in. This passage increases my confidence in this theory “There are no hero’s in Christianity.” If any man does anything worthy of heroics in our eyes, let us not be fooled, for he was just doing his job as a servant of Christ. To view or be viewed in any other light is to take Glory away from God.

On a more personal note this verse is so divinely timed in my life. To be reminded that the duty given to us by God is for His glory and is just, regardless of our disposition. I have been over whelmed as of late by thing upon thing. These things God has me dealing with are heavy and beyond my qualifications, yet the manner in which I handle them has nothing to do with me, if I do well it means nothing, if I do poorly it means nothing, unless all glory goes to God. For by enduring these things I will prayerfully increase in faith. Is that not enough to satisfy my hope? Is it not enough that my faith might increase?

John 15:15!!! John 15:15!!!! John 15:15!!!!!!!

John 15:15

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

            Gods gift of friendship, is my personal favorite gift. Grace and spiritual gifts are extremely important and my gratitude for them is not lesser than what I think is appropriate. But I see grace and other gifts as Gods means to make friendship with Him possible. The perfect world of Eden was a place where God was a friend to humanity. Salvation is here now and we have the ability to partake in friendship with God right here (on earth) right now (this very second) once again.
            When I step back for a second and really examine what it means to be a friend of God, I see how blessed I truly am. There is no friendship closer or more enjoyable than the friendship we can have with God. To make this reality more tangible, I’m going to present the five gifts of Gods friendship (any good friendship should have these).
            The first is protection. When you have a real friend they become someone worth guarding. Psalms 91:2 “I will say to the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God I will trust.”  God protects his friends just as he protected his friend David. And he is trust worthy to protect us in every storm. I am here as a product of Gods protection, preserving my weak faith, so that I might survive faith crushing trials.
            The second is his nourishment. Jesus was compassionate to the needs of his disciples. He fed them physically, mentally, and spiritually. We watch him pour out wine and pass out bread to represent his nourishment for our souls. He also spoke of how He would clothe us and feed us even when we don’t have the ability to provide for ourselves. Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” The answer surly is that we are, and he is faithful to nourish us. When I dropped out of college I had fears of how I would ever provide for myself, let alone a family if I ever had my own. But God gave me this verse and has been true to His promise. I have had shelter, food, and clothing ever since I left.
            The third is rest. Friends should bring rest to our souls, something is off if our friends cause us to be uneasy. God is a friend of rest, even in the season of war. Read Psalms 23, which is famous for comforting and giving rest to the soul of the uneasy believer. Or look at the example of the apostles resting in the Lord while imprisoned in Acts 12:6 or Acts 16:25. Many times I have been found in a similar rest that is contrary to what is natural, but it is of God, and God alone. His peace surpasses all understanding, even my own.
            The fourth is dignity. Jesus redeemed us. We were all once harlots who had left our true love to prostitute ourselves among worldly things. But Jesus came and bought us back; he paid the ultimate price so that He could offer us Himself as a covering. To take away the shame we received and have covered with clothing ever since. Ephesians 4:24 “And put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” God sees us as clean new creations, blameless with out shame, this is where we find our peace. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I know that I am redeemed, and that I have dignity and security in Christ. He is where I get my purity, and my value.
            The fifth is presence.  Immanuel, God with us. He always has been and He always will be. In every minute and in situation God is present. Psalms 34:17-18 “the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of their troubles. The Lord is near those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” David knew the Lord was with him, almost as if he had seen Him. Jesus even tells us about how close to use He will be in His Spirit. John 14:16 “and I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” God is the only friend that is always with you. He is the only friend that will always grow in His friendship with you form now until the end of eternity. I am blessed with some amazing friends here on earth, but even the best of my friendships have failed in these five gifts, the most common is presence. (Mostly because I keep moving, not there fault.) But God literally does not have the ability to leave me, no matter how far I travel. He is in me and I in Him.

(Finishing thoughts, deep breath)

            These five gifts are made perfect in God, but are still good for the use of simple people like us. I would have gone much deeper into the details of  these gifts if I had more time to write. So feel free to carry this IBS into conversation.

            God thank you for your friendship, writing this has reminded me how awesome You are. And I love looking up at this massive all-powerful friend I have who gifts to me His all. Once more thank You.

Luke 12:37-40

Luke 12:37-40

“Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.”
“And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.”
“But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would watch and not allow his house to be broken into.”
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

After a week of learning about servant hood these verses feel like a brilliant way to close. As a true servant of God there are no days off, nor are there days on. Our service should be apart of everything we do, as we do it for the glory of God. We don’t know when our number will get called, and we have no time on this earth guaranteed to us. I would love nothing more than to be the servant that is eagerly watching for my master, yet more than desire should influence this action. To be on watch is our duty, our only true responsibility as servants is to be ready for our master. And what a gracious master He is.

God please come quickly to me, and please have grace to come when your servant is ready, I want to arrive as David did not as Saul did. Fill me with your strength and courage, that I might not grow weary, nor become discouraged. Oh Lord I can hardly wait. Praises to your sweet name. 

1 John 1:5-7

1 John 1:5-7

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declared to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”
 “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice truth.”
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanse us from all sin.”

            Walking in the lights is a mighty practice. Light exposes all things and makes darkness turn away. But we were born as creatures of the darkness, and were born loving it. John also wrote about this concept in his gospel, from the words of Jesus.
John 3:19-20 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
            Darkness has no place with the light, and light has no place with darkness.  There was a saying I heard a few times growing up “nothing good happens after 10 o clock” and though not an absolute truth, it has a good point. Many times I would be out at late and after I gave my life to Christ I realized I didn’t have much of reason to be out. The only activities taking place were simply not for me; I was made into a creature of light and no longer had a love for darkness. In the bible there are two types of men, those who arose early and those who arose in the afternoon. Many times we read of Gods servants waking up before the sun rises so that they may seek the Lord, even here in ignite I’m surrounded by brothers and sisters that rise before the sun so they might seek God. Consistently after that we read of victories God brings for those who rise early to seek the Him. Then there are those (David) who awake at midday and end up pleasing their flesh rather than God, almost loosing their kingdom in the process. So perhaps we should be rising early and falling early, to remain in the light. (just a thought)

            John 3:21 “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” this is the way we have fellowship with God as well as fellowship with others that are in the light. In order to be unified we must all be transparent in the light of God. Through confession and humility, we can enter into light with one another so that all our deeds may be exposed. Christ has freed me so that I might walk in the light and let my imperfections be exposed so that they might be removed.  I want to walk in the light, as he is in the light.