Mar 27 2015

In to me see

I don’t know who first came up with this phrase but I’m going to borrow it: Intimacy, “in to me see.” God has extended an invitation for us to peer into his heart and see what he is all about. We have the opportunity to draw close to the one who spoke everything into existence and the privilege to partner with him in establishing his kingdom on the earth. “Your kingdom come” is not just a catch phrase. It is a cry for the kingdom of God to supplant everything else. Because when his kingdom comes everything changes for the better. Haggai 2:7 tells us that Jesus is the desire of the nations. This is true even if the nations don’t overtly realize it because, as Bill Johnson likes to say, “everybody wants a king like Jesus.” But it all starts with a passionate pursuit of the one who has invited us into an amazing relationship. It all begins with an intentional desire to know him. He wants us to see what he is doing, hear what he is saying, and reflect both of those in our daily lives. Jesus only did what he saw the Father doing and only spoke what he heard the Father speaking. He lived each day from a place of intimacy with the Father. It wasn’t an afterthought. It was an intentional lifestyle. When we live our lives from this place of intimacy it changes our perspective on everything. We teach because we love. We write because we love. We pray because we love. Everything goes back to love. When you are in love with someone you want to tell everyone you know about that person. We tell others about Jesus because of our love for him. So ask God to let you peer into his heart and then go reflect what you see to everyone you meet.

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Mar 20 2015

All you need is love

“All you need is love…” It’s a great start to a famous song and if you think about it, all we really need is love. When Jesus was asked about the most important commandment in the law he responded by telling us to love God will all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Later in 1 Corinthians 13 we see a whole chapter devoted to the topic of love. Love is the most critical component of the Christian lifestyle and if we let love take a back seat to our own desires then we will ruin the formula that radically changes lives.

Love means stopping for the one like Heidi Baker likes to say. It means putting people ahead of church programs. It means being a representative of Jesus to everyone we meet, no matter who they are or what they look like. And if we stay focused on loving everyone we meet we won’t have to worry about sinning. You can’t sin against someone you are actively loving. We can’t rob or kill someone if we are trying to love them. We can’t ignore what God is speaking to us if we are actively pouring out our love at his feet. If nothing can separate us from God’s love then nothing should be able to separate others from the love of god that should be flowing through us.

All we really need is love, everything else will fall into place if we can keep love first and love everyone on purpose.

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Mar 13 2015

Passionate Love

I love that God loves us so much that he has created a desire within us to have a relationship with him. I love that nothing that can separate us from his love. But I’m a little sad when I think about all the believers who settle for so little when they could have so much more.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

Nothing can pull us away from God’s love. And yet at the same time we often shy away from the opportunity to jump into his arms and fully experience the love that he has for us. We need more passion. We need more passionate pursuit. We love that God desires to do so much for us but shouldn’t we want to do so much for him as well? Shouldn’t we want to reciprocate that love back in a similar way. Can we flip this verse from Romans to say that nothing can separate God from our love? If we can’t, then we are probably not pursuing him passionately enough.

I have this theory that if Christians would put even one percent of the passion God has for us into our end of the relationship it would drastically change the landscape of the church. We cannot allow anything…no thought, no action, no perspective…to come between us and our relationship with the one who gave everything to be part of our lives.

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Mar 6 2015

Hungry Enough?

What would you do if you were hungry and you had to search for something to eat? How much energy would you put into pursuing what you needed? I recently read something from Rolland Baker that provides some really good insight on this:

“The hungriest people will always push and shove their way to the front of the line to receive the bread. There’s no “Well, if we get it, we get it; if we don’t, we don’t.” Sometimes the Church is like that. “Whatever God wants to do is okay with me,” we say. “I’m here if He wants to show up.” Yet, something about the person with an all-consuming desperation for Jesus touches his heart.”

There’s a tenacity that comes with hunger. There’s a reality that if you don’t get fed you will die. It’s a survival instinct. Hungry people can’t sit in a soup kitchen and wait for someone to bring them food. They go and get what they need to survive. It breaks my heart to see so many spiritually starving people who sit in a church week after week without actually pursuing what they need. Passively sitting, waiting for God to come to you might work. But pursuing him with all you have, giving up anything that gets in the way, and going any distance to find him is a guarantee that you will be fed. Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” There’s nothing passive about that statement. I often find myself asking God to give others more hunger. I want to see people passionately pursue God with everything they have because I know that level of passion will change the world.

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