Someone once said, “There is no such ‘instant maturity’ available in this earth. God does not offer a formula that produces fully mature Christians overnight. Christian growth comes through hard-core, gutsy perseverance of applying what you hear and obeying it.” There is nothing else that will do in this life except hanging in there through the power of the Lord! Think with me, if you will, about five (5) questions concerning perseverance.
There is no day like payday! The rush of landing a huge client or your boss handing you a few weeks’ reward for your hard work, is always satisfying. It constitutes a deep feeling of worth and masculinity when you know you did your job well and your labor merits a good reward. So, you strut your way to the bank with your “millions” in your pocket, and you come home with a bag filled with so much money, you don’t know what to do with it all! Right?
Frequently I am asked if I plan to continue in evangelism, if I want to pastor, or if I miss what I did in the past. They are good questions that all have the same answer. I love what God has given me to do and plan to do it as long as God desires. As I have reflected on the work God has called us to do these are my thoughts…
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like the psalmist when I think of all of life’s trials; “… Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest” (Psalm 55:6). But then so softly and tenderly God seems to always bring me back to Calvary’s cross.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus unveils to His followers exactly where they could discover rest for their souls. These verses mean a great deal to me, and I’d like to share with you some of the lessons God has taught me through this passage. I challenge you to make these verses a purposeful meditation throughout the day. They have literally changed my life, and I know they can do the same for you.
Have you ever been to New York City? If you have, you mostly likely know of a little suburb called Chinatown. Chinatown is a densely populated neighborhood that attracts many tourists with its Southeast Asian restaurants and shops. I remember my visit to Chinatown as a senior in high school, and I can assure you it was an interesting experience.
Who is The Saddest Man on Earth? We have discovered it is not the lost man, but the saved man that chooses to live as the lost man: restless as the sea (Isaiah 57:20-21). There are many of God’s people who trust Christ with their eternal soul but do not trust Him with their lives. They choose not to live in the rest that can only be found in the presence of Christ. They make a poor substitution that costs them true joy and soul rest.
We are living in a day where “machoism” is much debated. On one side we are seeing the decline of manhood, and on the other side, we see some very misleading conceptions of just what it means to be a man.
So, is it possible that a Believer can be restless? Can a Christian experience an unsettled soul through life’s journey? Unfortunately, yes. And it all can be traced back to one thing; sin!
God created you who you are, and He gave you a gender. Be who He created you to be. Men and women are different (understatement of the year), but each of us have a special purpose.