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Morning Coffee with Jesus - October 10, 2011
Greetings loved ones! Welcome to another week of opportunity to serve our Lord!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Matthew 6:33-34. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
While standing in line at the grocery store on Sunday I overheard a conversation between two men - friends who bumped into each other there. They were greeting one another when one said, “Yeah, I put in my hour at church this morning so I’m done until next week.” His comment, at that moment, made my heart sink!
Is God a “thing” we do on Sunday? Is God an activity in which we participate on Sunday, just as we participate in a soccer game, a cooking class, a lunch date with a friend – a “once and done” activity? What about God being God Monday through Saturday?
Jesus’ ministry was a ministry that largely focused in the moment. He encountered people and healed them. He spoke words of encouragement to them. He was spiritually minded all the time. He was involved in the day-to-day lives of those in which he came in contact. He was active in ministry every day of the week, not only on the Sabbath.
If Jesus is to be our Lord, He needs to be Lord of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as Sunday! He needs to be the Lord of all of life. Jesus should touch our social, financial, emotional, our physical, and our spiritual life. He cannot be confined to a building because we carry Christ with us no matter where we go, no matter what we do.
Knowing this, what we say, the words we choose to speak to others must be chosen very carefully! Words that build up rather than tear down, words of encouragement, words that encourage others to seek you out as a “go to” person for positive feedback are what we should ask God to give us and rely on Him to communicate positive attitudes towards others. We need to remember that serving Christ is our purpose for living.
We serve Christ by serving others. Our lives, once given back to Him through receiving His precious gift of salvation, are no longer our own. Therefore, we need to prayerfully seek the direction in which God is leading us and not give into the temptation to “do our own thing.” Our lives should be one big “Thank you” to God. We need to allow Christ to be seen in us by others. How do we do this?
By walking with God each day, today. As you spend more time with someone, you take on his/her characteristics. I’ve often heard it said (and witnessed it too!) that couples who have a strong marriage look like one another! What a tremendous compliment! The same is true of our lives with Jesus.
This week, take at least five minutes each morning to ask God to direct your day and make it abundantly clear what His plan is for you. Meditate on His words and pray His promises. An earnest heart God will not turn away!
As it turned out, the person in the grocery store was kidding with his friend. Their conversation turned out to be a warm friendship between two brothers in Christ. What a joy it was for my heart to hear it, and more so, for Jesus to hear it!
Have a close encounter with Jesus today!