Daily Archives: September 2, 2009

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Hi!

Yesterday I was surfing the web looking for some quotes to use in the newsletter I was working on.  I ran across one that asked the question:  

 Are we neglecting our roles from God Almighty?

That’s a powerful question!  Webster’s says that the definition of neglect is: to give little attention or respect to; DISREGARD; to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness.

OUCH!  That hits a nerve!  Let’s think about this question for a minute…first of all we need to know what our God given role is.  When we are born we are a child of God and our parents have the responsibility to raise and nurture us in the Lord.  As we get older we begin to ask questions and discover who we are.  Once we become aware of God in our lives it is then OUR responsibility to build that relationship with Him.  It’s kind of like our dog Trouble,  he longs to be petted, talked to and played with, God wants this from us too.   He is always there, patiently waiting for us to come to Him.  When our dog runs off and we call him, he comes back to the sweet sound of our voice.  God is constantly drawing us to him with his tender touch, his soft whisper and his command on our hearts to GO and DO. 

When we  have had the blessing to be able to discern God’s voice and build a relationship with Him then it is our responsibility to help others know that there even IS a God.  There is so much pain and hurt in this world that more often than not God ,cannot be seen or heard, because there is this thick haze of doubt, grief, despair, addiction, depression, hatred, abuse, illness, pain, prejudice, divorce, bankruptcy, childlessness, homelessness, loneliness, confusion and chaos.  As stewards of God’s Word, it is up to us to help peel away these layers so the light can shine through.  We do this with gentleness, kindness, patience, love, self control; by being joyful & peaceful with goodness and faith. 

Galatians 5: 22-23

 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Secondly, when we know God then it should become our lifesong to serve Him in all that He is asking us to do.  We do this by reading our bibles, studying God’s Word, attending a bible study and going to church, by being imitators of Christ.  we should do this  with ALL of our heart and soul, expectant and waiting to meet Christ.   We should attend church, it helps to hold us accountable to one another.  Not because we think we should attend church on Sunday, or to meet up with friends. or hear the praise band.  We should be there BECAUSE OF CHRIST and no other reason.  It requires a 24/7 committment.  Not just on Sunday morning.  It’s NOT about church, it’s about meeting our Lord and Savior in the fellowship of the people,  hearing His voice in the preaching of the Word, in the music of the people, in the receiving of communion, in the tears that slide down our cheeks when we are convicted by God’s Word, in the silence of our reverence and in the embrace of our Lord as we feel His presence among us. 

 It’s about reverence.

It’s about expectation.

It’s about love.

It’s about urgency.

Are we careless in our roles to God Almighty?

Have we given little attention to the Greatest Commandment?

Matthew 22:36-39

36″Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  

38This is the first and greatest commandment.

39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

May you be encouraged to be INTENTIONAL in your walk with Christ.  Seek HIS face, hear HIS voice and FEEL His embrace as you strive to live out loud for the Lord.  Pray without ceasing, BE His  HANDS and FEET!  Be IMITATORS of CHRIST JESUS!

May you receive God’s abundant blessings with open hands and arms!

Donna

 “God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life, that I may burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like You, Lord Jesus.”   – Jim Elliot