For some reason it seems that we want to perpetually attach themes to years around this time. I wonder if anyone goes back and compares the year to the theme that was prominent, or if they just forget about it and go on theming the future? And we like a theme that is bright, big, promising and so forth. Nobody wants to hear any half steps toward the positive in prognostications! Let's make it big and bold guys, okay?
I know that some of the things I have forecast in certain years have been hard to see in the exit interview of the year I pinned them to. Probably is pretty common thing, but that doesn't make it good. I think it does us good to be honest when comparing predictions to what actually happened, instead of trying to save face or spin things. And we can also benefit from other perspectives and input, even if it is contrary. We could benefit from some honesty in our times, and acceptance of responsibility for things we have gotten wrong or misunderstood. Humility is refreshing. We learn by contrasting expectations with what actually happened, so don't stop, and don't fail to examine.
There is a process the Lord takes us thru on the path to being a useful and contributing member of his body. Keep in mind that the parable of the sower tells us two of the four seeds don't result in any fruit, one brings no fruit to maturity, and one is fruitful. (Seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. luke8:15) Notice the word patience, as it is an essential ingredient. This writing is intended to shed a little light on this process in hopes of helping you advance into ultimate fruitfulness! Continue reading “Advancing into Fruitfulness”
You may find this post disturbing, but I don't write it for that purpose.
Some years ago my family and I attended a church where we had a been for a few years which had a pretty large percentage of passers-thru. People would come, sometimes just for a Sunday morning meeting, sometimes for a few weeks, and some would come for months. This particular congregation was unique (in my experience) in this way while we were there. Seems like people from the past would just turn up, make a meeting, and then move on, and you might not see them again for years, some never. Continue reading “Trespassers”
Why do we blame churches / ministries / ministry schools for the type of lives that their former members / associates / students go on to live?
Our cultural surroundings are often looking for someone to blame. What we need is someone to take responsibility, and that person is the one with the rest of their life ahead of them.
These organizations may have been lacking or errant in their contribution. They may have not been able to positively impact the trajectory of life, or may have actually had a negative impact. Are they, therefore, responsible for any bad decision or mistake yet to unfold?
Here's what I think we know from the scriptures:
I am responsible to God for the things done in my body…. others may have a share of responsibility, but any share they or others have, doesn't compare to the share that I have. God will look primarily at me for the sum of my life.
A lot of the ongoing foolishness and perpetuated darkness in people's lives continues because they are blaming someone else and thinking that at the end someone else will be responsible for how their lives turned out. This is deception and we need to do what we can to dispel it. I am not trying to say that those who hurt you are innocent. Those who hurt will have their share, their reckoning. But don't spend your life on that now. At the same time, in the end, you will stand before God for the sum of your life. If someone hurt you, God gave you a way to dispel the impact of this hurt. It is called forgiveness. Be free now, forgive.
God make us free from blame, and shame, and give us grace equal to the opportunity that lies before us in Your Kingdom.