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ROFL at God

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Have you ever laughed at God?  Be honest.  Has he ever asked you to do something so ridiculous or promised you something unimaginable that you literally laughed out loud at God?

I have.

There was a time years ago when God was calling me into full-time ministry.  I had all the excuses in the world…and good ones.  I had a shady past.  I was a licensed EMT and had a secure, good-paying job at a hospital.  I had not gone to seminary (and didn’t plan to, either).  I wasn’t perfect, we all know that pastors are perfect (insert sarcasm).

You name it, I had every reason in the book to not do what God was asking of me…and laugh in his face in the process.

Well, thankfully I’m not the only person who’s ever done this.  There’s a relatively small character in the Bible.  You might have heard of him.  Abraham  (more sarcasm)?  God had a specific plan for mankind in this piece of history, and he was going to use Abraham and his wife, Sarah, to do it.  They screwed it up the first time by taking things into their own hands.  So this was round two.  God (again) tells Abraham that he and Sarah will have a son.   Abraham was 100 years old at the time, and Sarah was 90 when this passage comes into the picture…

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”   Gen. 17:17

See, ROFL  (rolling on floor laughing) was started by Abraham even before Twitter.

So, has God made you a seemingly ridiculous promise lately?  Is he asking you to do something for him that is way beyond your own capabilities and imagination?  If so, I’ll pray for you.  I’m in that season myself.  Recently, God has been calling me to transition into a Campus Pastor roll as our church begins moving toward a multi-site church model.  Intimidating?  Yes.  Beyond my own capabilities?  Oh, yeah.  But…

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.   2 Cor. 9:8

God will come through when you and I are in his will.  He is able.  Do you believe it?

May you have the courage and faith to say ‘YES’ to his call on your life today.

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3 tips for a meaningful devotional time

I was eating at Panda Express recently (while on a Sabbatical) and noticed a couple eating lunch together but not saying a word to one another. I couldn’t help wondering about their situation. Is their relationship so bland and boring that they have nothing at all to talk about? Are they simply too exhausted to interact (btw, this was lunch time)?  Do either of them desire to continue developing their relationship, or are they content with ‘good enough?’

I think that we can often  come to God in our quiet time the same way. I know I do.  We come, sit in His presence, and maybe even engage in reading some of the Bible. But we really aren’t interacting with Him.  This was what went through my mind as I observed (judged) this couple.

Wait, I’ve done this.  I’ve sat down with Jesus and looked like this couple.

So I got to thinking.  How can this be prevented?

1.  Be intentional – Awareness is always the first step to better.  So be intentional with your quiet time.  Avoid simply reading quickly through a few verses and praying the Lord’s Prayer without any connectedness.  Desire true fellowship with God in these moments.  Pray for it at the beginning before you even start.

2.  Make eye contact – Seriously.  Envision yourself looking into the vary face of Jesus when you are praying.  This makes it so much more personal.  Doing this also virtually illiminates all ‘surfacy’ talk with Him.  It’s hard to look into His eyes and ask Him to bless us with an ‘A’ on a semester final that we didn’t study for without literally seeing Him laugh at us!  See what I mean?  Try this sometime.

3.  Communicate – This involves both talking and listening.  Sure, there are times when we need to simply poor our hearts out to him.  He’s  loving and compassionate.  He can and will take our verbal, all-about-me vomit.  But don’t forget that He longs to talk to us as well.  Sometimes He just wants us to listen.  These are rich moments because He usually has something HUGE  to share.  Other times are meant for dialogue.  He talks to you…and you talk to Him.  Cherish these moments.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  John 15:4

What would you add to this list?

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You have a ‘friend request’ from God

facebook-friend-request“The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.” (Joan Baez)

In our current world of mobile technology and online networking, it is literally possible to have conversations with tens or even hundreds of people a day. Whether its email, cell phone, texting, Facebook, Skype, or Twitter…our connectability with others has become virtually unlimited. In fact, I’m Facebook chatting with a friend as I’m writing this blog. There are some definite drawbacks, however, to take notice of.

With most of this online networking, we lose so much of the voice tone, body language, and sharing of emotions. If there’s a problem in a relationship, we’ve grown to take the ‘easy’ route and simply email our concerns and frustrations to the offending party. If the issue is too uncomfortable to deal with, we then simply ignore emails and texts as if there were a technical problem.

Now let’s turn this around to examine this dynamic between us and God. Do you suppose that many of us tend to treat our relationship with Jesus in the same manner at times? Sure, we may Skype him via video chat when we REALLY need him, but most of the time it might just be a simple prayer text or wall post on Facebook that he might happen to notice. Check out this Bible Tweet…

Romans 5:11 reads:

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (NLT)

Jesus intentionally made us (you and I) friends of God! It doesn’t stop there though. This is not the same reference as the kind of friend you went through school with. Looking deeper into this text, especially at the Greek translation, the issue of atonement comes into play. You see, we are not just BFFs with God the Father, Jesus made us RIGHT with him. He ‘fixed’ our relationship. All God asks of us is to actively enjoy growing close to him!

This week, may you NOT miss out on some personal time with God. Invite him to Starbucks and chat over a hot latte. Ask him to go for a walk with you in the park. Whatever it is, may you discover the joy in that ‘wonderful new relationship’ this week. He’s got his cell phone on….and he’s not screening his calls!

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