My Master

Embed from Getty Images “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24 NIV

This one has been ticklish for me. The world reinforces some very bad behavior that serves the world well.  The problem is that it doesn’t serve God. It’s everywhere.  The truth is, it wears me out.  I read this scripture during a particularly tiring week. In addition to the demands of the week, I was struggling between my old way of operating – performance oriented, self-sufficient, frantically rushing to meet deadlines — and God’s way – a more elegant flow that is thoughtful, intentional and efficient.

In the middle of my shame attack, I recognized a nudge.  I heard the words “Yes, you slip…but you catch it.” I paused for a moment to reflect.  I feel when things are off.  I really do try to tuck into God as a check point. The shame melted away.  I realized I had cause to celebrate! There had been a shift inside of me.  It had happened so subtly that it was not discernible to anyone watching.  The big shift was inside. It was in my heart.  My heart was searching for a better way.  There were now alerts that went off inside me when I began to toil and struggle.  That was my cue to check the rule book I was using.  A peace washed over me.  I am so thankful! I realized that God was pleased too. He knows my heart and my desires. I am the apple of His eye.

God, help me to be bold and courageous walking in Your ways.  Continue to nudge me as I grow and shift.  Thank you for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit as my comforter, guide and intercessor. Thank you for teaching me a new way! A kinder and gentler way of operating in You!

Proverbs 8:32, 23:26; Isaiah 55:8, Joshua 1:9, John 14:26

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My Master

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 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24 NIV

This one has been ticklish for me. The world reinforces some very bad behavior that serves the world well.  The problem is that it doesn’t serve God. It’s everywhere.  The truth is, it wears me out.  I read this scripture during a particularly tiring week. In addition to the demands of the week, I was struggling between my old way of operating – performance oriented, self-sufficient, frantically rushing to meet deadlines — and God’s way – a more elegant flow that is thoughtful, intentional and efficient.

In the middle of my shame attack, I recognized a nudge.  I heard the words “Yes, you slip…but you catch it.” I paused for a moment to reflect.  I feel when things are off.  I really do try to tuck into God as a check point. The shame melted away.  I realized I had cause to celebrate! There had been a shift inside of me.  It had happened so subtly that it was not discernible to anyone watching.  The big shift was inside. It was in my heart.  My heart was searching for a better way.  There were now alerts that went off inside me when I began to toil and struggle.  That was my cue to check the rule book I was using.  A peace washed over me.  I am so thankful! I realized that God was pleased too. He knows my heart and my desires. I am the apple of His eye.

God, help me to be bold and courageous walking in Your ways.  Continue to nudge me as I grow and shift.  Thank you for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit as my comforter, guide and intercessor. Thank you for teaching me a new way! A kinder and gentler way of operating in You!

Proverbs 8:32, 23:26; Isaiah 55:8, Joshua 1:9, John 14:26

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Gentle and Humble

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Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29 NIV

Yoke: to join, couple, link or unite; to attach, pair; a part that secures two or more components so they move together; a link, tie or bond; to secure or harness.

When we take on the yoke of Jesus it means we are putting His teachings into practice in our lives. We trust Him with our life. It means we are joined with Him when the storms of life come. We are united. We are secure in Him.  We move with Him as one. This is also how we demonstrate our love for Him.

When I was a teenager, I had lots of opportunity to get into trouble.  The only reason I didn’t get in more trouble was because I knew how much my mom trusted me.  She demonstrated gentleness and humility.  It was just an unspoken part of her. It was her heart. Her trust held me in check more than any punishment could have.  I did not want to break her trust. Believe me, I was far from perfect.  Her trust kept me out of harm’s way many times.

It’s no different with Jesus.  He trusts us to choose.  He leaves the choice in our hands every day.  We can demonstrate our love by choosing His yoke and releasing the ways of this world.  Releasing the desire to criticize others, serve ourselves first, push our own agendas, and rush to our own conclusions. We demonstrate our love by walking in faith and trusting Him with our lives on a daily basis.

Father, help me see how much You trust me every day to act like You would.  Help me carry the trust You have in me deep in my heart. I pray it directs my actions in every way.

Matthew 7:24, John 13:17, 15:10-17

Active Love

“Most of all, love each other steadily and unselfishly, because love makes up for many faults.” 1 Peter 4:8

God’s word describes love in a way that we can act on.  It’s different than our culture looks at love.  It’s strong and vibrant and selfless.  It’s a mighty force to be reckoned with.  Yet it is kind and gentle.  I have found that it melts even the toughest and thickest walls around a heart.  It is calm in a storm.  It is peace in conflict. It is non-defensive in times of insecurity.  It is confident and bold.  I have really had to look at these principles in order to understand how to love in a healthy way. Loving without an expectation or outcome in mind. Not using it as a negotiation tool. It is generous without expecting anything in return.  It is not used as a price of favor.  For me, the perfect expression of love only exists in God.  Everything else is a counterfeit.  Counterfeit dilutes the truth.  True love died on the cross for our sins, whether we accept it or not.  This Love is ours for the taking, anytime anyplace.

1 Corinthians 13