Monday, September 24, 2012

Inadequate

Have you ever felt inadequate? Your not alone. Many of God's chosen vessels did not feel up to the task to which they were called. One example is that of Moses. God appeared to Moses after forty years of dwelling in the desert. He had no idea what the Lord would call him to do. The Lord revealed to Moses that He was calling him to go back to Egypt and deliver the nation of Israel from bondage. Moses' initial excuse for not going was, " Who am I that I should go?"(Ex.3:11). The Lord responded with, "I will be with you" vs.12. Moses was still reluctant, he had already tried forty years ago to stand up for the Israelites and he failed miserably. However this time it would be different the Lord would be with him. The truth is Moses felt completely inadequate, and incapable to do anything for God. 

I read a story of a celebrated violinist named Paganini. On one occasion he was playing his violin during a concert, and had broken three out of four strings on his instrument. For some reason he had brought no replacements with him. So he continued to play on one string, and although obviously restricted, he was still able to produce magnificent music. 
Inadequate people may feel like the violin with only one string. Yet in the hands of the Master, there is still possibility of fruitful service. In fact it is far better to be like the violin with one string played by Paganini, than like a four stringed instrument in other hands. So the question is not, "How adequate am I?"but "Am I completely in the Masters hands?"1

Affective ministry is not dependent upon my own sufficiency. My sufficiency is found in Jesus, He alone is all that I need. 





1 Perils of Leadership, Kenneth Prior 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Feeling Forty

I guess in one sense, turning 40 is another mile marker for me on the road of life. I am thankful to my Savior who has walked with me every step of the way and blessed to know that He will continue to walk with me. 
I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to my church family for their amazing demonstration of love last night.  For all the hugs, cards, letters, prayers, encouraging words, and friendship. I am so thankful to be at CCSJC. I have grown a lot over the last 5 years at our church, and I am still growing. The Lord isn't done with me yet, but thankfully He is committed to the task. He also promised to complete it. I am humbled that the Lord would use someone like me, and I am grateful to my Lord. Again my deepest thanks. I love you guys.. PJ

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Challenge to Love

LOVE is a word that gets used quite a bit in this world. In music for example, the word love is used millions of times. It was estimated that the Beatles used the word love 613 times in their songs. Many book titles contain the word love as well. The Bible has a lot to say about love. I believe that is because God is love. I have found however in life, its a lot easier to sing about love, or even read about it then it is to walk in it. 
Jesus gave a command to His followers concerning love when He said,  "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." (Jn.13:34).
Jesus also spoke about the challenges of love, "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?"(Mt.5:44-46)

Jesus pointed out that it is much easier to love people that love you. In fact He said that it really wasn't that big of a challenge to love those that love you. No, the real challenge is loving those people that do not love you. The challenge of love is loving someone when they curse you, or say spiteful things about you. What are you to do under those circumstances? You can become bitter and resentful. You can react in the flesh, and do the same thing to them in response.  Or you can follow the example of Jesus. Jesus gives us a pattern to follow. 

First He says to LOVE them. This is a choice that we have to be willing to make. No matter what is said or what is done, you have to make a conscious decision to love. 
Secondly Jesus said to BLESS them. Don't try and overcome evil with evil. Don't do what they are doing. Don't try and defend yourself. Don't try and call every person that they have spoken to. Simply make a choice to bless them. 
Finally Jesus said, PRAY for them. Pray for God to continue His work in and through their lives. Pray that the Lords will would be done. Take it to Jesus.