Jesus Did It First

Everything is upside down in God’s Kingdom. The first shall be last. The least shall be greatest. He who humbles himself will one day be exalted. And this backwards way of living begins here on earth.

Bless those who persecute you.

Love your enemy.

Forgive those who aren’t sorry.

Pray for those who hurt you.

It isn’t easy. It doesn’t always feel fair. Our flesh wants to respond in anger and bitterness.

Yet, we have this example of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples many who, out of fear, would abandon him. One, out of greed, would betray him. And he humbles himself, washes their feet, and says, “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done.” (John 13:15)

It isn’t fair. It isn’t fun. It isn’t at all what our flesh wants to do. But we can humble ourselves and serve those who may abandon or betray us knowing Jesus did it first.

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It’s Always About God

Exodus 3:11-12

When God tells Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that he let God’s people go. Moses’ initial response is, “Who am I that I should do such a thing?”

Most of us have had similar thoughts. Who am I to be given such an opportunity? Who am I to enjoy such pleasures? Who am I to be used by God?

I love that God doesn’t say, “Look, Moses. You’re gifted and talented. You’re charismatic, popular, and, doggone-it, people like you.”

No. God never answered Moses’ self centered question. He simply said, “I will be with you.” In other words, “Calm down, Mo. It isn’t about you.”

Sometimes, we want to make everything about us. Spoiler alert: it’s always about God.

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Be Prepared

It happens every single year. Summer begins to come to an end and I keep telling myself to check the status of my children’s fall wardrobes. I need to make sure they are prepared for colder temperatures.

Then, one morning, I wake to an inch of snow on the ground and one kid whose winter coat no longer fits and another that only owns sandals and flip flops. Let me say that, once cold weather has arrived, is not the best time to begin preparing for it.

Likewise, once a trial or tragedy has arrived is not the time to begin preparing ourselves for it. It’s far harder at that point. We need to know, in advance, what we know to be true of God. We need to be certain, beforehand, of what Scripture says about Him and His love for us.

We make it far harder on ourselves when we enter a cold season unprepared. Take a moment today and consider what you know to be true of God. What truths and promises would bring you strength and comfort in a difficult time? Be prepared, sweet friends.

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What pleases the Lord?

“But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalm 147:11

There is freedom in knowing that the Lord doesn’t delight in things which can be taken from us.

He can still be pleased with us when our earthly resources are limited. When our physical bodies are weak. When we’re weary and worn.

We can still place our hope in Him. We can still live in awe of Him. And that brings Him pleasure.

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Press On

I was talking to a sweet lady not too long ago. She was saying how she had been going to the same church for over 40 years. She had friends that she had known since childhood. She had deep roots.

I responded by telling her how I often envied people with her story. How I wish I had lifelong friends who “knew me when” and with whom I had history and inside jokes.

She didn’t respond with pity. Do you know what she said? “God has clearly called you to something different and his plans are good.”

Y’all. It’s been over a month since I spoke at that church and met that precious woman in person. But her words ministered to me and I’ve repeated them to myself on more than one occasion since then.

We aren’t all given the same assignments. Or gifts. Or life paths. Or testimonies. Or family history.

But, as Christ followers, we all have the same goal.

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

There’s no time for playing the comparison, woe is me, would have, could have game. Let’s press on toward the goal. May we be found faithfully pressing on when He returns.

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