February 5, 2014
Remember Yesterday To Claim Today’s Rewards
This morning I want you to take a moment and think about that common scene of an old cranky man talking to a young boy, and it always starts out […]
This morning I want you to take a moment and think about that common scene of an old cranky man talking to a young boy, and it always starts out with, “When I was your age I had to walk 10 miles in the snow, barefoot and uphill to get to school.”
And while these depictions are often exaggerated, it’s absolutely true. Even in my generation, life was so much easier than it was for my grandparents. Most of them struggled through the Great Depression, lived through two World Wars. Everything was made by hand and hard work.
Now we are a society of convenience. We don’t take the time to make a meal from scratch, we just pick something up at a drive-thru window. We don’t have time to help others, we’re too busy. We don’t even have time to call up our loved ones – we just shoot them a text or post on their Facebook wall when it’s their birthday.
The Book of Judges, Chapter 2 discusses a new generation that rose, and while they heard the stories they did not know the hardships or suffering of the Israelites in Egypt. They didn’t know the miracles of parting the Red Sea, how God provided manna and water in the desert. And because they didn’t understand, they turned to other gods.
Live your life with purpose and as if every day were your last…
There are probably a lot of things you’d like to do but just don’t have the time or money to get it done, right? What if I told you, that’s wrong! You have the resources to obtain anything you could ever want. What’s holding you back is just you.
“Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals, and they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the Lord to anger. So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtaroth.” (Judges 2:11-13)
They weren’t suffering, so they forgot about God. They didn’t have time for him. They turned to other idols, other gods. What idols have you turned to in your life? A texting addiction? The god of money? Stuff? Personal recognition, fear, anxiety, hatred… Facebook?
These are all intense things that take your money and your time, and then I hear people saying “Oh I wish I had the time to pray, read my Bible and give more help to orphans and widows…”
We are lucky to live in this generation. Most of us have the opportunity to live without hardships like the generations before us. And yes, there is suffering around us, and our society teeters on the brink of BIG changes.
So are you going to be one who doesn’t give God the time of day until hardship sets in? Do you ignore the work of God when things are great and return to your idols and selfish desires? Or are you ready to start a real relationship with your Creator and walk with Him?
I promise, it is much more rewarding. Look, you don’t have to be one of those taking our world of convenience for granted. His desire is to blow your mind with huge miracles and blessings. All He asks is for you not to worship other gods!
I encourage you to take the time today. Renounce your idols! Not only is it freeing, but it will save you time and money for greater things. Leave me your comments below and Like and Share it with your circle of influence. Let’s help this generation wake up!
If you’re looking for a way to build your relationship with Christ, start by joining us tonight for The Spiritual Equipping Show with Dani Johnson at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT. Make the time!
In great faith,
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