This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. What is this?” asks the Lord. “Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is blasphemed all day long. But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them.”
I see something in this verse this morning. The name of God is blasphemed when we are ruled by other lords, enslaved by other masters. It is because His lordship, His leadership produces His likeness in us and makes us a reflection of Him. When we are ruled by other influences, motivations, when other things animate our lives, we are reflecting their “glory”, or our lives are a testimony to these other things. Continue reading “Proclaiming the Name”
We pushed Mario’s Combi (VW BUS Circa \’78) to get it started, but it was good after that! This photo is from our first few minutes of the trip.
We have been on the ground in Mexico for about 48 hours, most of our time spent in DF (the Capitol District of Mexico City). Right now we are in Cuernavaca, one of my favorite cities in Mexico. I like it here for a lot of reasons, but primarily for the friends I have here. The emerging generation has so much promise, and so much potential. It is also a target, and a very strategic one, of the enemy. I can remember my own awkwardness, my own lack of focus, and my own absent-mindedness enough to know that I want to encourage the emerging generation in every way I can. Continue reading “From Mexico – First Few Days Nov2010”
Where resources exceed purpose, waste is unavoidable. Purpose makes a way for resources to rightfully be put to work.
If we have more resources, it will not make our purpose arise. If we arise in our purpose, the necessary resources will come.
There is enough vanity around to keep us indefinitely occupied throughout the entire span of our life, and completely fruitless. Ouch.
What if the primary purpose of this life is to give us an opportunity to enter into Christlikeness? No matter what our final accounting is, if we pass through life and neglect or ignore this opportunity, we will utterly fail. Help us Lord to say yes to this our largest of opportunities.
We are at the beginning, or at least the early stages of, a transition that will completely transform Christ’s body in the earth. We will become something new. I think of Jesus’ quote where He says He has come to send fire on the earth, and how He wishes that it were already kindled. We are about to enter that fire (of transformation).
I am saddened by some things around me these days. Wanting the best and highest for people can sometimes be conflicting. Clearly, people have to decide for themselves what this is, and they are the ones who will be responsible for the outcome. Lord, open our eyes and our hearts to go farther into You.