Send Me

Bible Reading:  Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people?  Who will go for us?"  

I said, "Here I am.  Send me".  


In Isaiah the sixth chapter we read about a vision that Isaiah had of  the LORD God on his throne.  Isaiah thought life was over for him.  He thought he was doomed because the Glory of God had revealed to him the sinful man that he himself was.   He said that he had filthy lips and lived among filthy people.   A seraphim flew to him with a hot coal and purified His lips.  Then Isaiah heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?"   Isaiah's response was, "Here I am.  Send me."  

God will never make us do anything.   He does not coerce us into serving Him.   He has a plan for our lives and the deeper we know Him the more the plan becomes clear.    The choice is still ours to make though.   If we don't do what God is asking, we won't lose our salvation, but we could lose the blessing that He has for us in that plan.    

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Maybe God's plan for your life is to be a missionary to a far away country.  OR Maybe His plan for you is to stay right where you are and witness to the lady in the grocery store check out line.  Maybe you are to volunteer at the hospital and pray with those in need.  Maybe you are to stay right where you are and be that light to those around you.  

Maybe you knew what God wanted you to do at one time and you chose your own way.   The good news, actually great news, is that God is like a GPS - he can re-route you no matter how many years have gone by. As long as you are living and breathing - there is a God given plan and purpose for your life.    

Today:  Pray for a deeper revelation into the plan that Jesus has for your life.    And then say, "HERE I AM.  SEND ME."   

 

 

 

Leaving A Legacy

READ:  Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children.   

Psalm 78:4  We will not hide them (God's laws) from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.   

I recently read an obituary online that went viral for an 80-year-old lady by the name of Kathleen Dehmlow who was from a small town in Minnesota:   

 Published in Redwood Falls Gazette 

Published in Redwood Falls Gazette 

We can be pretty certain that this mother lived with her regrets and suffered the consequences of her failures, and it is very sad that her children stayed so full of bitterness and unforgiveness for greater than 50 years that they felt the need to say such hateful comments about her after her death.   We can only pray that this daughter and son can find Jesus and learn to forgive through His Love.  

This story made me begin to wonder about the "legacy" that we leave behind.   Our lives on earth are really but a vapor - here today and gone tomorrow - but those we touch and love while here on earth .... their lives go on.      

In 2 Timothy we see clear evidence of the legacy that one can leave.  We read in Paul's letter to Timothy that Paul mentions Timothy's faith and how much it matured under the spiritual guidance of his mother and grandmother.  Paul says, "I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice...." (2 Timothy 1:5).    

Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people. - Peter Strople

Children will grow up to mimic their parents.   Do they see you reading your Bible, praying, lifting hands in worship to Your King?   Do they watch you being honest, hardworking, trustworthy, and full of integrity?    There is great truth in the statement:  Children will learn by YOUR example.    They are watching, even when you don't want them to be, and they are absorbing your life examples like a sponge!!  

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Think about the legacy that you are leaving behind and ask Jesus to help you each day to leave a strong legacy FOR HIM to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.      

 

Give And It Will Be Given To You

READ:  Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Today whilel in a doctors office waiting room, I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful, 84-year-old Christian lady, Rose.    Rose was from out of town but here visiting family.     I do believe that God put her in my path today to be uplifted and hear some amazing Godly wisdom that I was trying to quickly absorb.  

Rose shared with me many things... but the thing that I believe stuck out to me the most was how she loves to give to others.    She shared with me story after story of how she gives to others when she sometimes doesn't have enough for herself and yet every time the Lord sees that she receives back even more.      She shared of people giving her things, paying her bills, buying her lunch, etc.    

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The joy that exuberated from her was rather contagious as I sat and listened and found myself smiling and laughing with her.   She shared of making cookies and hot coffee for road workers outside of her home and how it blessed them.  She shared of serving the hungry at her church every Sunday for lunch and how she makes the country beans and everyone loves them.   But she said that EVERYTIME that she gives .... God gives her back even more!      

Rose sadly said that people today don't realize that that is how God works. He blesses us when we bless others.   

She left a lasting impression with me today... and I wanted to share some of her Godly wisdom and 84 years of experience with you.    

Be a BLESSING to someone today.   In Rose's words, "hugs and smiles cost nothing to give, but return to you in amazing ways".

No Hiding!

READ:  Genesis 3:8-10  Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"   

He answered, "I heard your in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."    

When I was 16-years-old you could say that I wasn't the best driver. I don't think that I understood that when I backed up the back end went one way and the front end was going the other.  I was backing out of the garage one day and my front end side swiped the side of my mom and dad's garage.     

When I got home that night my dad asked me what happened to the garage.  I'm ashamed to say that I "Played Dumb" like I didn't know what he was talking about.   However, when my dad went to look at my 1980 Datsun, he noticed white paint on the maroon car!!  A DEAD GIVEAWAY that I knew what had happened!!!      

We laugh about it now - but in all seriousness.... I wanted to hide the situation from my father.    I knew that there would be consequences for my actions and I didn't want to live up to that reality.

Have you ever found yourself hiding from God?   Adam and Eve did.  They were tempted in the garden by satan (as the serpent), and when they gave in to his temptation and sinned - their eyes were opened. They saw the mistake they had made, but it was too late because there was division between them and God.   

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We are lucky in that we live in a day of GRACE.    Jesus made all the difference for us.   He was God's plan to bring relationship back between God and man.     When we do something wrong - we can get rid of that horrible feeling of guilt that makes us want to run and hid.   We don't need a mediator either - we can go straight to Jesus. The Bible tells us that we can come boldly to the throne of God and we can ask forgiveness and we will receive it.     

Don't let unforgiven sin come between your relationship with God and yourself.   You need Him to get through life and He needs you to be His hands and feet here on the earth.   We need to be the kingdom of God to those around us.....  You are kingdom people - so no hiding from God -- only building the most important RELATIONSHIP of your life!!    

 

Extending Grace And Love

READ:  Mark 12:30-31   Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

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In Luke Chapter 10 Jesus tells a parable to an expert in religious law who was asking how to inherit eternal life.    Jesus told the parable of a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers and beaten.  A priest comes along, but goes by the man.  A Levite also walks by the man.  But a Samaritan came to where the man was and when he saw him he had pity on him.  He went to him, bandaged his wounds, and poured oil and wine on them.   He put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn and paid to take care of him there.  

Jesus then asks, "which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"     And Jesus instructed him, "Go and do likewise." 

It can be difficult to love those who don't deserve it.   But when we ask ourselves, "How could God offer love to me  (a sinner, a mess-up, a failure over and over).    Yet he loves me.  He forgives me.  He wants to spend eternity with me.   He loves me with NO STRINGS ATTACHED.  NO IF'S, AND'S, OR BUTS.     Yet he is a perfect and holy God.   He showed me grace, when I deserved punishment and eternal damnation.  

When we understand the God kind of GRACE that has been extended to us, we will want to extend that type of GRACE to others.  And we can do this - through God who gives us the ability to love.   

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.    Luke 6:27-36

As Christians we are called to LOVE - AND EXTEND GRACE AND LOVE TO EVERYONE.