Prayer, Forgiveness and Xbox

But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:15 NLT

My son only gets to play Xbox on the weekends, during the week it’s all about school (he wishes everyday was Friday). On one occasion he was asked to go with his cousin to a volleyball game on a Friday evening so that she didn’t have to go alone. He refused to go and became upset with her for asking. He wanted to stay home and play. As you would guess, he was not allowed to play Xbox that night, not because he didn’t obey the rules but because he wasn’t getting along with family.

It’s Gods desire that when we pray we come with a pure heart. Often, we approach him with unforgiveness against someone else. God’s desire is that we all love and forgives each other. How can we expect God to answer our prayers when we are holding something against someone else He loves?

Who do you need to forgive today? Ask God to give you the strength to do so.

Who am I responsible for?

…God had given me the responsibility of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as he had given Peter the responsibility of preaching to the Jews. Galatians 2:7 NLT

When Paul met the church leaders in Galatia, they recognized that he was called and responsible to preach to a specific group of people, the Gentiles. This is where Paul focused all his efforts.

As I look at my life, I have been given the responsibility to teach God’s Word in the local church and be a light in the world of fitness. This is where I focus my efforts.

We all have a specific assignment to reach specific people. Ask yourself today, “To whom has God given me the responsibility of reaching?” To Co-workers? Neighbors? Close friends? Gym buddies? They are most often the people you do life with. Now get to work!

Before I was born

But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus… Galatians 1:15,16 NLT

It’s amazing to think that God knew and called me before I was born. He knew where I would grow up, what people would be in my life, and what I would go through to make me who I am to this very day. He also knew the moment I would come to know His son Jesus at a small church in Commerce City at the age of seven. This all happened by grace and for the purpose of me growing up to share the love of God with the world.

No matter where God has you in life at the moment, don’t forgot that he has called you by grace. He knew you from birth and He has asked that you to be a light in this world sharing the Good News about Jesus.

God, thank you for this reminder today!

Justice, Mercy, and Humility

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 NIV

Micah was considered one of the Old Testament minor prophets. Here he is reminding the nation of Israel what God expects of them. How to walk with God and before people.

“To be a “good Christian” requires more than personal devotions and a warm feeling inside. God wants us to show the outside world what He is doing inside of us—and that takes humble, merciful, just action.” Charles Stanley

Obedience = Blessings

1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. Genesis 12:1-2 NLT

Abram (who later became Abraham) was asked to leave everything that he was familiar with to go to a place that God didn’t give him all the details about. He would have to leave his country, relatives, and family. The only thing God did tell him was that if he obeyed, he would be blessed.

So many of us want God’s blessings but have a hard time obeying what He asks. We want specifics and details to move forward. The truth is, God will seldom give details but always associate blessings with obedience. When we respond to what He asks of us, He will in turn bless us in the process even if all the specifics are not given up front.

God, help all of us today respond with obedience so that we may be in Your will and blessed because of it.

Becoming Famous

3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” Genesis 11:4-4 NLT
 
In this well-known historical narrative known as “The Tower of Babel” the people rebel against God’s commands. God’s original intention was for mankind to have a relationship with Him, populate the earth and enjoy the world He gave us. Instead of doing this they decide to disobey by not having a relationship with Him, remaining localized, and desiring to become famous by constructing tower. God reacted by giving them all a different language to speak so that they could not communicate and continue in their rebellion. This is where the Bible explains why we have various languages today in our world.
 
What happened then, still happens today. Many people are disconnected from God looking for recognition through social media likes or through their own talents and abilities to become known or famous. This is a never-ending search for what only God can provide. God alone can give us meaning, fulfillment, and truly use our talents and abilities to become known for doing good in this world and not for selfish motives. Thankfully He turned this rebellion into all the beautiful languages that we have today in our world.
 
God, help us to draw closer to you today, find meaning in you, and become known for doing good in this world as you originally intended. Turn our rebellion into a beautiful new language that speaks of your never-ending love.