Did you learn to love well?

The late Bob Jones describes an experience of heaven he had in the 70s due to a fatal sickness, where for several minutes he was clinically dead. He recalls standing in a long line of people, waiting to enter paradise and Jesus asked every person one simple question, “Did you learn to love well?” What’s on the Fathers heart is often very different to what is on our hearts. How tragic would it be to spend life focusing time and energy on things other than what truly matters to God. Many of us think we know what it means to love well simply because we can explain it. Just because you understand something enough to explain it doesn’t mean you’ve experienced it. All of life’s dysfunctions find their root in a lack of experience of Gods love. Loving God, ourselves and others well is the true fruit of spiritual maturity. We will not grow into true spiritual maturity until we experience Gods love in us. Gods goal for your life is for you to love well more than achieve well. Explosive Insights!

Be Still and Know God

Psalm 46:10 ‘Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’

Being still is a lost art and therefore must become a spiritual discipline that we employ on a regular, if not daily basis in our lives. I’ve been a very busy person all of my adult life. Running here, heading there. Meeting this person, going to that event. Some of it was very productive, some of it was a waste of time.

In the midst of all the busyness, there is one thing I’ve never regretted and that is being still and listening to God. In fact, I would go so far as to say, my most defining moments have been directly shaped and influenced by what has happened in these God conscious moments.

Early on as a young Christian and pastors kid, I observed and embraced the benefit of a traditional ‘devotional time’ with God. However, even though I enjoyed it, it became more of a chore to be completed rather than something I longed to do. Not the healthiest place to be spiritually.

There is something missing in our lives when we just read the bible to find something to pass onto others or to make ourselves feel better about ticking it off the list. I think we should develop over time a growing passion to actually just sit and be still with God and learn from him.

He is longing to spend time with you. He is longing to tell you some special things about yourself and your life that you actually need to hear. Will you make time today just to stop and listen to his voice or will you put it off again until tomorrow. Have you discovered that tomorrow has a funny way of turning into next week, next month and next year.

Just stop and be still. The world will keep on spinning. The bills and demands will be there tomorrow but this moment with God won’t be. The only thing you’ll carry into eternity is your relationship with God or lack of. It’s not what you do that matters but what you do out of what God has put into your heart to do. How will you fully discover that if you don’t stop and be still and know that He is God?

I leave you with the eloquent oracle of the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.’

The Oracle!

Build an ethos of amazement!

When was the last time you were truly amazed?

The truth is, we don’t look hard enough for the amazing in everyday life. Too often we are content for the routine, rather than hungering for the mystery of God in everyday life. Life can get routine but it needs to be punctuated with shots of amazement from the presence of God.

God does amazing very well. He parted oceans, turned bitter waters into sweet, stopped the sun, shut the mouths of lions, raised the dead, opened blind eyes and revealed the secrets of people’s hearts.

It seems like this sort of amazing only happens when we watch an enthralling movie but walking with God should include moments of ecstasy where heaven makes contact with earth. To embrace an ethos of amazement in life we need to practice the presence of God each day (John 15:7) but we also need to make ourselves available for the mysteries of God to break into the mundane-ness of everyday routines. This dynamic of amazement shouldn’t just be expected in eternity but right now. Praying, ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, is a call to live with an ethos of amazement right now.

I pray with the apostle that God would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know the hope to which you are called and the immeasurable greatness of his power (Eph 1:17-18). This is a pivotal key to living in the amazing of God!

The Time of your Call!

Ecclesiastes 3:1; 11 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. God makes everything beautiful in its time.”

There are 2 dimensions of time that God has given to us: One is Chronos Time = the ticking of the clock and turning of the calendar. The other is Kairos Time = A God appointed window of opportunity that you must seize.

I’m sure you have worked out by now that God operates by a different clock to us. It’s called Eternity! Before we were, God was, when we leave this planet, God will still be. We have 70-120 years on this planet, God is eternal. We want God to work in our time and space continuum but God operates by his eternal cosmic plan. God ordains in his eternal timeline, kairos moments in our lives that he calls us to rise up and seize.

Fulfilling your call requires patience to wait for God’s kairos moments and discernment to see the kairos opportunity before you. Sometimes we can get confused with God and his eternal plan because we feel like we are doing the right things but we’re not seeing the right results we are working towards. A basic way of looking at this is with the following formula: the right action at the wrong time = confusion but the right action at the right time = progression.

As I’m writing, I can recall the words of Uncle Mordecai to his niece Esther (bit of a hottie) in the book of Esther, “Esther, you aren’t pretty darling, just so you can parade down the catwalks of the Kings palace but could it be that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

There is a right time to outwork the call of God in your life. Be faithful with what God has put into your hands while you are patiently waiting for your kairos moment.