Does God Read The Fine Print?

I was sitting in a meeting earlier this summer and the person who was talking said these words…

“Selective surrender isn’t surrender at all.”

OUCH!!!!!

How true. How hauntingly true.

I think that we all can take some of the blame for being guilty of doing the same. We come to God in our church services or our prayer times and we convincingly say, “God, we’ll do anything you want us to” but we unknowingly (and sometimes we must admit, knowingly) throw in the fine print “… as long as we are in control.” We wave the ‘white flag’ to God but the truth is that it really isn’t ‘that’ white. We surrender our lives to God but we’re always keeping an eye on the back door to boot out of there!

The prophet Samuel was talking one day to Israel’s first king, Saul, about Saul’s intention to serve God ‘his own’ way… “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1Sam 15:22 NIV)”

I think that God sees through our feeble attempts to ‘really surrender’. We give it up… we take it back. We give it up… we take it back. Truthfully, it’s a life-long struggle to give up our desires to seek the desires of God.

But His love endures… forever. He is patient with us… because He knows what He will get when we ‘finally’ surrender… US.

And that’s been the plan from the beginning. Creation. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Jesus’ promise to return again… for US.

Does God read the fine print? Yep. He just can’t wait until we finally strike it from the deal!

At least that’s how I see it,

C

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Who’s Job Is It?

Here is a question I got today. I thought it was a great question and might generate some feedback and discussion.

Q: Does Luke 4:18 (The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,) apply to us as well or just Jesus? If this is why He came is it also what we are here for ideally?

A: Without exploring all of my theological options, this is MY take on it.

Jesus came to accomplish these things (as He pointed out). He told the disciples that we would participate in ‘even greater things’ than Him (John 14:12). I believe the ‘greater’ means quantity, not quality, as there is nothing we can do ‘greater’ than Jesus.

So… how ‘we’ fit into Luke 4:18 is that we get to actively witness Jesus’ continued work as HE continues to fulfill His changing work in other people’s lives still today.

It doesn’t apply to ‘us’… but we get a front row seat!!!!

At least that’s how I see it,

C

God & Disposable Cameras

My son and I were talking the other day about a ‘crisis’ he faced… he needed batteries for the game controller.

I know… stop the world… Actually, if it were me, I’d be looking in drawers and old remote controls as well to try and find batteries to finish playing the game. The guys he was with put their money together to get more batteries at the store but didn’t have enough to buy them.

Then the unthinkable happened… (‘unthinkable’ meaning that ‘I’ would never have thought of it). They started opening up disposable cameras that had been already emptied. The film was out and already processed but the batteries were still in the cameras and were serving no use at all.

Problem solved… GAME ON!!!

Then it hit me… How TRUE is that with God and us as well. God has placed the ultimate power source in the cheapest vessel. No one really cares about the camera… They worry more about what the camera is able to produce. The camera is just going to be thrown in the garbage some day but it’s the film and the memories that will live on forever.

One day we will all die. It’s a written guarantee (Hebrews 9:27). When we do, what will REALLY matter is the life and fruit that came from that cheap vessel. He gives us the power within to make it all work through His Holy Spirit. The ‘camera’ will be cast aside… The ‘film’ will live on thanks to the power of the ‘battery’ within it.

At least that’s how I see it,

GAME ON!!!!

C

Forgot Your Password

You, like me I am sure, have been prompted from time to time to re-enter your login / password combination. I can start to feel my blood pressure begin to climb as I start frantically thinking of password / login options fearing that I will somehow never be able to access my account.

It just happened now when I was trying to log into my blog. I couldn’t remember what I had decided to make my login / password for my blog…

Then it hit me… um… what is the REAL reason for not remembering?

Unfortunately I can’t chalk it up to short-term memory (which I have from time to time used as an excuse for other things I’ve forgotten to do). The REAL reason why I forgot it is because I didn’t make it part of my routine… I waited too long to access my account.

I think that we can sometimes fall prey to that same problem when it comes to our discipline of seeking God. We ‘open the account and create a password’… we say we’ll read three chapters of the Bible a day and get up a little earlier just to be able to spend time with God. For a few days it actually works. We log in without any problem because we had just done it the day before.

Then a day goes by… a couple more… before you know it, we are now leafing through the Bible wondering where we left off. We try to find our prayer journal. We struggle to remember what we prayed for last.

Joshua 1:8 says “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Routinely seeking God as a priority is the source of prosperity and success… not running after the tyranny of the urgent or frivolous.

Wanna remember your password / login? Keep using them.

At least that’s how I see it,

C