Feb 26 2021

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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Feb 19 2021

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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Feb 12 2021

Even the simple things matter

So many of the physical miracles in the Bible deal with big diseases like leprosy, blindness, deafness, or being crippled and it’s really easy to think that more simple sicknesses are not miracle worthy. I remember offering prayer to a guy once who refused because he didn’t want God to waste any time or power on his relatively minor problem and that He should instead focus on bigger issues. It’s pretty easy to fall into that way of thinking; it’s easy to say “it’s just a cold, it will go away by itself in a few days.” Or “the doctor can take care of it so I don’t need God to intervene.” I love modern medicine but why would we ever take this perspective? When Jesus went to Peter’s house He healed his mother in law of a fever. He didn’t say, “it’s just a fever, it will be gone by tomorrow.” His perspective is different and His compassion is unreserved. And it’s the same in any other part of life. There really is nothing too small or too big that God can’t handle and there is nothing we need that he doesn’t care about. Jesus gave this great example about how God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers; if He cares about flowers, then he definitely cares about every need of every person on the planet. So no matter what you are in need of, God is ready to help. And when you encounter someone else with a need you can confidently declare His goodness because when we minister out of love it doesn’t matter what the problem is; there should never be a time where we pass up an opportunity to reveal God’s goodness even in the midst of the simplest of problems.