Here Am I

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Nov 282017
 

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).

A young couple was visiting a jewelry store.

They browsed through cases of magnificent diamonds with their gleaming yellow light along with many other splendid precious stones.

Among those beautiful stones, one in particular caught his wife’s eye.

It was completely lusterless and didn’t seem to be in the right place.

“That is one terrible looking stone, do you see that?”, she said.

The curious husband asked a clerk if they could see the stone.

The clerk opened the case, took out the stone and held it in his hand for a few minutes.

When he opened it-

– there was a perfectly flawless stone.

There was not a place on it that didn’t gleam with the splendor of the rainbow.

“How did you do that?”, they asked in surprise.

“This is an opal”, he replied. “It is what we call the sympathetic jewel. It only needs contact with the human hand to bring out its wonderful beauty.”

Merely a touch brings out this stone’s beauty.

We live in a world where beauty is hidden under sorrow, sin and suffering.

How many lives only need the warm touch of human sympathy, love and compassion-

– to make them gleam with a radiant splendor?

Reach out and touch someone this week for His glory!

Share with them the love of God.

Not only will they receive a glimmer of joy-

– but you will gleam with His radiance too!

When the Lord asked, “whom shall I send?”

Isaiah replied:

“Here am I.”

Let’s say “Here am I” today!

And be used by the Lord to bring out the beauty of those around us!

(PA)

Oct 292017
 

wash

“After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded” (John 13:5).

Your boss has assigned you a task!

Come up with a creative solution to a problem that has been costing the company money.

You tackle work at night and on weekends doing the needed research.

Your boss is enthusiastic about your proposal.

Later, in a company-wide meeting, the president gives your boss credit for the solution.

You find it increasingly difficult to continue serving your boss faithfully.

Serving people who have wounded us is a challenge.

Jesus overcame that challenge on the night-

He was arrested, accused, and sentenced to die.

He had gathered with His disciples to celebrate the Passover when He took a towel and a basin of water and began to wash their feet.

In that group of 12 was Judas!

– a thief and generally disagreeable sort, whom Jesus knew was about to betray him (John 13:1-6).

Judas left the meeting early to arrange the betrayal of Jesus-

– but not before Jesus washed his feet,

– along with those of the faithful eleven who remained.

The next time God asks you to serve someone you would rather not-

– remember how Jesus washed the feet of an unlovely man on the road to Calvary.

It is a contradiction to be a true Christian and not humble!

(PA)

Oct 262017
 

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“And there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone” (1 Corinthians 12:6).

What are the best spiritual gifts for a believer to have?

It all depends.

If I am having a difficult time sharing my faith with someone, and you come along and have been gifted as an evangelist, then that is the best gift at that particular moment.

But then let’s say I am trying to understand the meaning of a particular passage of Scripture, and God has given you the gift of teaching.

For you to come along could be a great benefit to me.

Then again, let’s say that I am undertaking a complex project, and I need help.

What I really need is someone with the gift of helps or administrations.

Or, let’s say that I’m lying in a hospital bed, and I’m discouraged.

I need healing or someone to come and help me see that God is still in control of my life.

Each one of these gifts is important-

– as God has distributed them.

We make a big mistake when we think some gifts are of greater importance than others.

They all have their place.

And God has given them as He has chosen.

Therefore, we need to pray, “Lord, what are my gifts? Help me to discover them. Help me to develop them. Help me use them.”

One day when you stand before God-

– you will be held accountable for what He called you to do.

And one day-

He will reward you for how faithful you were with what He gave you.

(PA)

Oct 182017
 

” If you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern, he will give you all you need from day to day” (Matthew 6:33 paraphrased).

A man was out driving in the country during a heavy rainstorm when he came across an old farmer who was surveying the ruins of his barn.

He pulled over and to ask the farmer what happened.

“Roof fell in,” the farmer replied

“What happened with it? Why did it fall in?” asked the stranger.

“It leaked so long, it just finally rotted through,” the farmer said.

“Why in the world didn’t you fix it before it rotted through?”

“Well, sir,” said the farmer, “I just never did seem to get around to it. When the weather was good, there wasn’t a need for it. And when it rained, it was just too wet to work on.”

Isn’t it amazing that when you want to do something, you find the time, no matter how busy you are?
But when someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do, suddenly there is just no room in the schedule.

This can happen when it comes to the Christian life as well.

If we are serving God only when it’s convenient-
– then we are settling for the second-best!

If we make time for the things of God only when something better doesn’t come along first-
– then we are missing out on what God wants to do in our lives.

How much better it is to make time for the things of God-
– to put the things of God above everything else.

How much better it is to get your priorities right.

Instead of making excuses-
– make time for the Lord.

It is not only the simple way to live-
– but also the best way!

(PA)

Always abounding!

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Oct 142017
 

“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

If Satan had a barn for storing his weed seeds,

-the biggest vats would be filled with discouragement seeds,

-for he’s constantly sowing them in the hearts of faithful Christians.

Many pastors are utterly worn out.

Missionaries, seeing little tangible progress, are disheartened and ready to give up their work.

Lay workers sometimes ask themselves, “Am I doing any good or is this a waste of time?”

We don’t always see immediate and impressive results from our labour.

But God promises that our work shall be rewarded.

Paul told us to be always abounding in the work of the Lord –

– knowing our labor in Him is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

We have barns, too, filled with Gospel seed.

The Bible promises:

“He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).

So don’t give up or grow weary in well-doing-

– for in due season, we’ll reap a harvest if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:10).

(PA)