What Do You See?

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19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20 NIV

The Holy Spirit enlarges our vision.

Jesus was the son of a carpenter.  He grew up alongside brothers and sisters and many other children.  So, when He showed up at the temple the first time teaching, what did people see?  Did they see a precocious, if not very bright, child?  Or did they see the fullness of God?  Simeon saw the fullness of God’s promise in Jesus as an infant in the temple in Jerusalem.  He acknowledged baby Jesus as the Messiah.

Abraham and Sarah were in their nineties when God came to them and said they were going to have a son and that Abraham would be a Father of many kings and nations.  God saw something inside of them that they could not see for themselves.  Abraham laughed!

When Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Aramaens in Dothan, Elisha was not concerned.  His servant was freaking out!  Elisha prayed that his servant would be given eyes to see.  The hills were filled horses and chariots of fire much more numerous than the armies against them.

And when Peter looked at Jesus, he saw more; a bigger purpose.  He declared Him the Messiah.

Father, when I look at You, help me to see You in all Your fullness.  When I look at myself, help me see myself through Your eyes. Help me walk in it.  Father, when I look at others, help me see them through Your eyes and encourage them to embrace their fullness in You.

Luke 2:25-32, Genesis 17:17, 2 Kings 6:15-17, Luke 9:18-20

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Riches

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Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 NASB

God places a vision in each of our hearts.  Our culture and all the distractions around us tend to cloud that vision and take us off point.  Then there are those ugly habits we pick up along the way that cause us to compare ourselves to each other, either thinking that we all have to (1)conform, or (2)compete with each other.  We begin to judge each other, as well as ourselves.

That is not God’s intention.  We are to pursue the vision that He has placed in our heart.  We don’t need to add to it or subtract from it.  Simply embrace and become His piece of art, walking in His design.  It is an intimate journey to walk fully in His will for our lives.  We are interconnected in purpose and design. When we wander outside of that purpose it causes delays, loss, grief and frustration.

The more we focus on the vision God has placed in our hearts and the more we crystallize it through speaking it, the more real it becomes.  The impossible becomes possible.  Through prayer and meditation on His Word, the steps to make it come to fruition become more clear.  Sometimes it becomes clear one step at a time.  Sometimes a business plan develops.  Regardless, all we have to do it stay focused on God and His vision for our life.

Father, thank you for your intimate and unique vision for each one of us.  Teach us to walk in that vision, fully embracing who You made us to be. Help us to recognize the riches  you have placed within each one of us.  Give us the desire to invest those riches according to Your design.

James 1:9-18, 1 John 3:16-20

What Do You See?

Embed from Getty Images19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20 NIV

The Holy Spirit enlarges our vision.

Jesus was the son of a carpenter.  He grew up alongside brothers and sisters and many other children.  So, when He showed up at the temple the first time teaching, what did people see?  Did they see a precocious, if not very bright, child?  Or did they see the fullness of God?  Simeon saw the fullness of God’s promise in Jesus as an infant in the temple in Jerusalem.  He acknowledged baby Jesus as the Messiah.

Abraham and Sarah were in their nineties when God came to them and said they were going to have a son and that Abraham would be a Father of many kings and nations.  God saw something inside of them that they could not see for themselves.  Abraham laughed!

When Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Aramaens in Dothan, Elisha was not concerned.  His servant was freaking out!  Elisha prayed that his servant would be given eyes to see.  The hills were filled horses and chariots of fire much more numerous than the armies against them.

And when Peter looked at Jesus, he saw more; a bigger purpose.  He declared Him the Messiah.

Father, when I look at You, help me to see You in all Your fullness.  When I look at myself, help me see myself through Your eyes. Help me walk in it.  Father, when I look at others, help me see them through Your eyes and encourage them to embrace their fullness in You.

Luke 2:25-32, Genesis 17:17, 2 Kings 6:15-17, Luke 9:18-20

Riches

Embed from Getty ImagesInstruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 NASB

God places a vision in each of our hearts.  Our culture and all the distractions around us tend to cloud that vision and take us off point.  Then there are those ugly habits we pick up along the way that cause us to compare ourselves to each other, either thinking that we all have to (1)conform, or (2)compete with each other.  We begin to judge each other, as well as ourselves.

That is not God’s intention.  We are to pursue the vision that He has placed in our heart.  We don’t need to add to it or subtract from it.  Simply embrace and become His piece of art, walking in His design.  It is an intimate journey to walk fully in His will for our lives.  We are interconnected in purpose and design. When we wander outside of that purpose it causes delays, loss, grief and frustration.

The more we focus on the vision God has placed in our hearts and the more we crystallize it through speaking it, the more real it becomes.  The impossible becomes possible.  Through prayer and meditation on His Word, the steps to make it come to fruition become more clear.  Sometimes it becomes clear one step at a time.  Sometimes a business plan develops.  Regardless, all we have to do is stay focused on God and His vision for our life.

Father, thank you for your intimate and unique vision for each one of us.  Teach us to walk in that vision, fully embracing who You made us to be. Help us to recognize the riches  you have placed within each one of us.  Give us the desire to invest those riches according to Your design.

James 1:9-18, 1 John 3:16-20