How Do You Make Spiritual Compost?

O.K. Not everyone is into gardening like I am.  But you have to admit, Jesus said several things with an agricultural twist.  You might argue that he was talking to a bunch of farmers, shepherds, and fishermen and he chose to use examples they could relate to.  What about us city folks that never get our hands dirty?  How does this apply to us?  One particular parable stood out to me as I have been gardening this spring.

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable,  “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it.  And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it.   And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.”  Luke 8:4-8

I grew up on a small plot of ground and learned to do organic gardening as a teenager.  I quickly learned that one of the most important parts of organic gardening is the making of compost.  If you are going to avoid synthetic fertilizers, you have to make your own fertilizer. Many things can go into a compost pile, the least of which is manure.  Fallen leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen vegetable and fruit scraps along with egg shells will turn to compost when combined, even in a city backyard composter.  The only other ingredients are air and water.  When these ingredients come together, they eventually make rich, life-giving soil.

Back to the parable of the seed and the sower. What made the “good soil” good?  It was not a path that had been packed with footsteps.  It was not a rock, that had been hardened by pressure.  It was not full of thorns that had choked out its usefulness.  The good soil had been carefully tended by a farmer with an expectation of an abundant crop.

So how can we prepare the soil of our hearts to receive God’s word and thus produce fruit?  Jesus said in Luke 8:15, “As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”

The first thing is to believe you do have a good heart.  One that wants to do what God wants you to do.  Paul said in Phillipians 2:13,For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

The second thing is to be honest and understand that making compost is a process.  It goes through stages. You make it slowly, not overnight.  The fastest we ever made compost was 14 days but that was too much effort.  Knowing and trusting that like Paul “learned” contentment in Philippians 4:11, we are in a learning process.  It takes time for good soil to be made.

There are some ingredients that you can use to speed the composting process.  We added a little dry molasses to our compost, maybe a handful of organic fertilizer, or some blood meal to speed things up.  Reading our Bibles, praying, and meeting with other Christians are ingredients that will likely enhance the speed with which the soil of our spiritual lives becomes useful and productive.

I seriously doubt that the earthworms and bacteria in our compost liked being in a compost pile, especially on days when the pile got turned upside down. Remember, we need air and water to make compost?  In life we will have situations that turn everything we know and think upside down.  Some days the rains of life come in sheets instead of soft drops.

If you think of your life being like a compost pile, it not only contains some “manure-like” things but behind the scenes, in ways you and I can’t always see, God is at work make our soil fertile.  When I go out to add my “compost bucket” of kitchen scraps to the pile, I scrape back the top layer and dig a hole.  I am always amazed that the pile is working alive with all kinds of bacteria, fungi, earthworms, and other microorganisms that I can’t see, even with my glasses on and my nose almost in the pile.  I add my collection to last week’s refuse, cover it with compost in process, and walk away.

Even if I don’t turn the pile for a year or remember to water it occasionally, God has set in motion through nature a process that causes it to produce good soil in my pile.  Think about a fruit tree in the jungle.  Maybe a human has never seen this tree.  It grows, drops its leaves, they rot, and make their own fertilizer for the next season. Some ingredients don’t even begin to release their contribution for a year or more.

Are we willing to trust that He is at work in us and that His work will be accomplished in and through us? Can we trust the life He has put in the seed, buried in the good soil that He has created in our hearts? Do we believe it will produce crops that we will eat and that will feed other hungry souls?  Is our faith in our ability or His?

 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.  Philippians 1:6

Where Were You Born?

Doesn’t that sound like a computer security question?

I was born in a town that makes a great answer when you need one for this purpose.  I can barely spell it myself.  For the second security question, where I was married is just as hard, if not harder.  How many people are born in Thibodaux and married in Nacogdoches?

Maybe you use the question “where were you born?” when you meet someone and want to get to know them better, especially if they say they are from another state or country or it is obvious from their “accent” they are not local.

This morning as we were worshiping in song at church, it dawned on me where I was born and what a difference that makes.  No, I am not talking about Louisiana, bayous, or crawfish or Texas with its bluebonnets and cowboy hats but which side of the Cross I was born on.

Soon we will be celebrating Easter in the Christian faith but what if I had been born in Israel during the Old Testament times when Jewish Levitical priest offered bloody lambs or goats to ensure that one’s sins were forgiven and God was not mad for at least another year?  What if I was living in fear that I had used the wrong dish when preparing the Passover or forgot and put leaven in the bread?

What if I had been born during the New Testament times before the Cross, depending on myself to be able to keep the Ten Commandments or the 613 that had been added to make sure I kept the 10 and make me right with God?  What if I prayed to be seen by others or my right eye kept causing me to sin? Maybe I judged others or had money and made sure others knew about my giving?

My heart rose in gratitude and worship to God for allowing me to be born on the side of the cross where my sins were nailed and I have been forgiven. (Colossians 2:14) The Bible clearly says in Hebrews 9:22b “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.”  And the beautiful part is that nothing else is necessary. Not penance, confession, spiritual disciplines, keeping days or giving tithes.  In fact, Hebrews 10:8-10 says, “When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.  And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Where were you born?  Maybe down South or up North, in a hospital, a taxi cab, or at home?  None of that matters.  What matters is that you are born again.  Every human has been made in God’s image but only those who receive Him “are given the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

I pray you are enjoying the place of your birth into His kingdom.  It is the place of hope, joy, and freedom. He loves us and knew we could never keep the rules so Jesus kept the rules for us and because we are in Him, we are righteous (II Corinthians 5:21).  As we celebrate Easter this year, we can be thankful for His love, grace, and sacrifice to make us His, along with all our brothers and sisters who were “born from above”.

Welcome home!

 

 

 

The Gravity of Our Depravity

Most of us have heard the word “gospel”.  Until last week when I asked a question on Facebook about the gospel, I had no idea so many people either 1) didn’t know what the gospel was, or 2) had it confused with their favorite Bible verse.  The short and sweet definition of the word gospel is “good news that brings great joy”.  Does that remind you of the words of the angels the night they visited the shepherds around Christmastime?  “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10.

Why was their announcement such good news?  For several thousand years before, much of the news had been bad news.  It all started with the fall in the Garden of Eden and seemed to go downhill from there.  Then Moses went up on the mountain and came back with 10 commandments written in stone and it got worse.  The people were just sure they could keep them.  Like everyone since them, they failed miserably.  Maybe they could keep a few, most of the time, but when it came to that last one, coveting, they were in big trouble.  They coveted each other’s stuff, their wives, and even their kings and gods.

So along come several prophets who warn them they need to straighten up or they were doomed.  Romans 3:10-18 quotes several passages this way. “As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”  “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”  “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.”  “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Isaiah summed it up this way in Chapter 53:6. “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned, everyone, to his own way. “

It was looking more hopeless than ever.  God must have been upset with them because we have no record of him speaking for 400 years, from Malachi to Matthew.

So where does the good news fit in? The rest of the words the angels said that night were, “ For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” A Savior.  Only someone who is lost needs saving.

At some time in our lives, we begin to notice that our best efforts are not enough. All the self-talk in the world doesn’t make us content.  The best parenting can’t make our children prefer wise choices. Attending marriage conferences or reading books doesn’t produce wedded bliss.  Gravity takes its toll and aging occurs.  People move, get sick, and die.  Careers end abruptly or in an unintended boredom. The stuff we have accumulated doesn’t thrill us anymore.

The best news is that God never intended that we save ourselves. He knew we really needed to be saved from ourselves.  We need to be saved from our propensity to believe that we are the center of the universe, that everything and everyone is here to serve us, and that we can find fulfillment outside of being in intimate relationship with our Creator.  He sent His Son to fix the fall just like He said he would do in the beginning.  He told the devil, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15

Until I grasp the gravity of my depravity, I can’t begin to understand the gospel.  Without bad news, we don’t know what good news looks like.  The Good News is Jesus.  He is the Gospel.  Our only hope is that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice of His life on our behalf.  The Gospel is the greatest story ever told.  It is a love story, a tragedy, and an adventure, all rolled into one.  It is the one story that fits every audience and culture.  It explains questions we don’t have the presence of mind to ask.  It gives meaning to the mundane, purpose to the perplexed, and hope to the harried.  The good news is that God is not mad at us because Jesus took the wrath we deserve. On top of that, He offers to live in us and change us from the inside out.

I hope we will all explore what the gospel really means. The word is used in the Bible over 90 times.  It must be important. What if it is better news than we can imagine? What if it brings deeper joy than anything the world offers?  The best part, it is FREE!  You don’t do anything to deserve it and you can’t earn it.  It comes pre-paid by the blood of Jesus.

Has the gospel become good news to you?

 

 

#Me Too and Don’t Waste Your Sorrows

I have been trying to figure out how to write this blog for several months.  As more and more people come forward to say they have been victims of sexual abuse, I have felt the desire to write about my experiences with this subject.  If I only had a few words and was inclined to Tweet, I guess I would say #Me Too.  But there is more to the story than this.  I want this to express the deep sympathy I have for those who are survivors of sexual abuse, their families, and our society as a whole that has to face this subject with ever increasing frequency.  At the same time, I want to say that the news we see in the media is not the end of the story.  In many ways, each person gets to write their own.

I could bore you, scare you, or make you sad with the details.  The details of who, when, where, and what are not important.  Whole books have been written on the why.  That is not my purpose here.  I want to tell you what I have learned from my experience and how it has gone from being what our enemy (Satan) meant for evil to being what God is using for good.

As a child I was sexually abused.  More than once.  I came from those experiences believing that it was my fault, I was ruined for life, and that I was unlovable.  My response to being abused only served to reinforce those beliefs.  The shame I carried for the abusers obscured my real self.  I began my teenage years trying to prove that I was not a bad, ugly, dirty little girl.  My obsession with performance, approval, and acceptance drove me for over 30 years.

People often asked me where I got the drive and energy to accomplish what I did.  Excelling at education, marriage, parenting, and spirituality were my efforts to change the reputation I had acquired during my teenaged years.  In the middle of rearing my own teenagers, I began to explore the effects of what had happened to me and began to realize the impact my childhood was having on my children and my parenting.  My marriage had suffered for years and my very patient and loving husband was paying dearly for something he had not done.

Through a series of events, many tears, and being honest with myself and God, I came to the place where I no longer blamed myself for the abuse, allowed myself to feel  the anger over the sin that had been committed against me and God, and grieved my losses. There was a lot of grief work involved and many days I wanted just to stop and pretend it hadn’t happened to me. I had to work at forgiveness. I not only had to forgive the people for the events, but for the effects their actions had on me and my family.  And finally, I had to believe that God had forgiven me for my sinful response to my abuse.  Owning my responses took some time but closed the door and helped me turn the corner.

The last 20 years, I have taken lemons and made lemon pies.  I have felt and seen the pain that sexual abuse causes.  God has put me in positions to help others whose lives have been impacted by this particular crime.  At age 65, I work with sexual assault survivors because I know there is healing and I want that for them too.  It is a long road but worth the trip.  Shame is no longer my middle name.  Replacing the lies about myself and my abuse with the truths of Scripture has been an important factor in my personal recovery.  Years ago I read a book whose title has become my mission.  The book is by Paul Billheimer and the title is “Don’t Waste Your Sorrows”.  We all have sorrows and they vary in many ways but we each have the option to waste them or use them wisely.  My prayer for you is that God grant you what you need to use yours wisely.

Of No Value?

“I am going to throw everything out and just start over!”

“Beginning January 1st, I am no longer eating carbs!”

“I will be in bed by 9 every night.”

“I am going to read my Bible and pray every day.”

“I am going to make that gym membership I pay for every month count and lose weight.”

In the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I have caught myself saying such things almost out loud but certainly to myself.  Others are asking on Facebook “What is your word for the year or New Year’s resolution?”

It is the time of the year that we re- evaluate our lives, make promises we can’t keep and then feel guilty for breaking them.  I have been asking the Lord, “Is there is not a better way?”

As I was pondering Colossians 2:20-23 this morning, I ran across some interesting verses.  They say, “If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations- “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.”

Of NO value?  Are you sure, Paul? None at all?  Is this connected to Romans 7:5-6 that says, “For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.”

Is it possible that the more I make rules and resolutions for myself, the worse my behavior will be?  Is making all these rules and resolutions inciting my flesh to sin?

Is there a better way?  I hope so.  What about this? Galatians 5:16 says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Would walking by the Spirit address gluttony, compulsion, self-pity, self-absorption, greed, addiction, pride, or whatever the particular manifestation of the flesh mine or yours might be?  How can walking by the Spirit make a difference? Can being more aware of the mercies of the Lord, His amazing grace, and His life in us bring the changes we resolve to make?

II Corinthians 3:17-18 says “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”  Maybe a better way than rules is to concentrate on the glory of the Lord, the fact that we are being changed from one degree of glory to another, and that the Spirit is helping us if we will just receive His help.

Since food and the comfort that comes with it is my particular struggle, I began to think about Jesus and His relationship with food.  We know that His very first recorded temptation involved food in Matthew and Luke.  Dr. Luke tells us that “After the devil had finished tempting Jesus in every possible way, he left him until another time.”  Luke 4:13

This verse tells me that Jesus was tempted with food again. Yes, I know, He possibly walked everywhere He went except for Palm Sunday when he rode on a donkey.  Maybe he could eat a lot due to His level of activity but, with all the parties and dinners He attended, with Martha likely pushing food on Him when He was visiting her house, His ability to multiply small lunches into large baskets with leftovers, and having no need to fish to have food for breakfast, food was part of His temptation too. He had a human metabolism and calories and fat worked in His body the same way they do in mine.  He was limited by His humanity and yet never sinned.  He understands and cares.  Hebrews 4:15-16 tells me, “ For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

He also knew that the Cross was ahead of Him.  Surely that would be enough to make Him overeat!  I know I would be looking for comfort food if I knew that kind of suffering was ahead of me. That same Jesus who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross (Hebrews 12:2)  now prays for me (Romans 8:34) in my temptation to use food for purposes other than energy to operate my body. Being healthy for His sake is very different from the commercials I have been seeing on TV this week.

Are some of these changes I want to make a glory issue? Our society applauds those who are thin as intelligent, capable, and self-disciplined.   Is my motive for change the glory of God or so I will get the glory I desire by having a Weight Watchers body, Pinterest perfect closets, and be known as Bible Study Betty or Praying Paula?

The Lord’s word that has challenged me most this past year is Luke 16:15.  Jesus said, in red letters, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable (an abomination) in the sight of God.”

That sounds like I need to be less aware of my goals, rules, and resolutions and more aware of the Helper and the life of Christ in me.  I am so glad that He has given me a new heart that wants what He wants.  Paul said in I Corinthians 10:13, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Praying Jesus’ Prayers

I don’t know about you but I have never found anything harder to do consistently than pray.  Well, maybe exercise runs a close second.  Is it possible that we have a lot to learn about prayer if we are to follow St. Paul’s mandate to “pray without ceasing”? Is it possible that praying is actually easier than we have made it to be?

I have a lot of questions about prayer as I would imagine you have.  Below are some of my top questions:

Do you think all of Jesus’ prayers got answered?

Why did Jesus need to pray if He is God?

When Jesus prayed, was He just talking to Himself?

What did He need that He couldn’t just make if He is the Creator and was there the day the world was created?

Was He trying to twist God’s arm about something He wanted but was afraid God had not noticed?

Did He pray one way before the cross and the resurrection and a different way afterwards?

In our efforts to understand prayer better, let us look at some of His prayers.

At the end of the Sermon on the Mount he said, “Pray then like this:

 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,

your will be done,[b]
    on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.  Matthew 6:9-13

That was certainly short and sweet.

Another version of that prayer was because of a request his disciples made.

“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
    for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

That was even shorter but still sweet and to the point.

Isn’t The Lord’s Prayer as we call these one of the most familiar, memorized, and often quoted passages in the Bible?

Another time we see Jesus staying up all night before He made a big decision.  He was about to appoint 12 of His many disciples to be His apostles.

“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. ” Luke 6:12

Being fully human as well as divine, He prayed like a man.  It also seems that He needed to reconnect with His Father often, needed wisdom and direction to carry out their mission, and likely spent time telling the Father about these 12 young men he had chosen and about their antics. Wouldn’t you love to have listened in on His prayers?

He seemed to have great confidence in His own prayers and ours.  There are multiple passages that indicate that if we ask in His name, our prayers are heard and answered.

This morning in my church the visiting speaker talked about prayer.  It was not hard to take away from the sermon that prayer is important and that we need to do more of it. He actually gave us time to practice as we went along.

As I was praying and thinking about prayer, it came to me that now that He is my life, He is still praying through me, as me.  That is why I feel compassion, sadness, and joy as I become aware of what is going on around me.  My eyes see, my ears hear, and my heart is moved like His for people and situations.  It is just natural that I would talk to “Our Father” about what I see and hear and what He might have me do about the need.  He doesn’t answer based on how hard or long I pray (actually He advised against long, loud and attention-getting prayers because our motives get questionable) but because of what Jesus did on the cross.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

As we become more aware of His life in us and how to live out of that life, I believe our prayer lives will be affected accordingly.  We will pray His prayers, knowing greater dependence on “our” Father and becoming more  aware of His kingdom on this earth.  His glory will be our aim and we will believe that our daily needs are met from His storehouse.  The forgiveness we were afforded on the cross will be passed along to those who sin against us.  The one who resisted temptation perfectly will impart to us His righteousness and we will look forward to talking with God whenever or wherever the opportunity happens. We will see and hear what our Father is showing us and saying to us.   No longer will our prayers be said at just mealtimes, bedtimes, or quiet times.  Prayer will become as natural and regular as our breathing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Do I Get Life?

Have you noticed the places in the Bible where people tell Jesus what to do? I mean like give Him orders?  Those places always intrigue me.  Like in Luke 10:40 it says, “But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

“Sure, Martha, I will get right on it.”

NOT! He said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

In Luke 12:13 “Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”  Was this a grieving younger sibling that thought that the will of his deceased family member was not being executed correctly or promptly?  Surely Jesus would execute justice and demand prompt payment.

 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Is Jesus avoiding getting in the middle of a potentially messy family squabble?  Does He not care that someone is possibly being defrauded or mistreated?

Maybe He has a higher agenda? See something none of us can see?

“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  Who is them?  Everyone listening? Those who are trying to catch Him on something?  All of us?

A couple of weeks ago when my pastor read this passage at church, during his weekly sermon, I caught the word LIFE.  Or maybe it caught me.  My mind began to be more full of questions than answers.  I thought, “o.k, if one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions, what DOES life consist of?  Specifically, what does my life consist of?  Off-handedly I could have said family, work, meals, very occasional exercise, gardening, etc.  But what gives me LIFE or where do I get LIFE?

When I had time for further reflection I asked myself, “do I get life from my reputation as a good  person?  Do I get life from the success or failure of my children?  From my degrees and license to practice counseling?  From the house I live in or the car I drive?  From the length of my marriage or my ability to influence others?  From the balance in my bank account or the number of likes my posts on Facebook get?  From my ability to keep most of the Ten Commandments, most of the time, or how much I do or don’t read the Bible or pray? From what size slacks I wear, the color of my hair, or the number of wrinkles on my face?”

All of these places are temptations for me of places to get life.  They are places where I have tried to get life. The problem was not that I did not try hard enough or long enough.  The problem was that there is no life in them.

In the garden of Eden, God breathed His life into Adam.  When God made Eve from Adam’s rib, she also had His life.  What was lost when they fell?  God had clearly said, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”.

Who or what died?  They obviously didn’t physically die because we see them making clothes from itchy fig leaves to cover themselves and having babies and tilling the ground.  But the Life of God in them died.  They were left to live by their knowledge of good and evil, not the Life.

Fortunately, for us, Jesus said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost”. Luke 19:10.  In John 10:10 He also said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father, except through me in John 14:6.

John 1:12 tells us that, “all who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. When we are born again, we receive the life of God again.  In John 20:31 the Scriptures tell us, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

Colossians 1:27 reminds us,” To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

So where do I get life?  That is the $64,000 question.  Actually, it is what makes or breaks me in these years on earth.  Do I get my life from the One who made me or from the things He has made or the blessings He has given?

Do I trust that His life in me is enough?  For some strange reason, it is easier to trust that His life is enough to get me in to heaven than it is to believe it makes me right with God while I am on this earth.  It is enough to secure my mansion but not enough to get me through an especially difficult counseling session.  It is enough to buy my pardon for my sins but not enough to make my mortgage payment.

Thankfully, His life is enough.  Ephesians 1:3 says “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  II  Peter 2: 3 says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence”.

It sounds like I need to ask Him to reveal more of what I already have instead of asking Him for more.

He is my LIFE and He is enough.