WHAT DO WE TRULY “ADORE”?
This time of year brings about all sorts of songs & sayings that, like most of our decorations, remain hidden away in storage for most of the year. We sing about the simplicity & splendor of the birth of a special Son but rarely spend much time living it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not wanting to come across as cynical toward the season, I’m simply addressing the need to adore Him year around.
We focus on our shopping lists, family gatherings, work related celebrations, and decorations worthy of the highest acclaim. We seem to frantically organize the season into a rapid trip through the proverbial Christmas village with little time to stop & enjoy it.
“Come let us adore Him…” Sounds so wonderful when lifted to the rafters by a congregation of smiling worshippers! I would like to suggest that we not let that be a line from a song we sing one time a year but a commitment for life. Let us “Adore” Him daily, year around, and with our entire lives! Let us LIVE and adore Him; let us LOVE and adore Him; and let us LEARN to adore Him.
Here’s a few tips to better adore Him this season and all seasons:
1) Come let us WORSHIP Him
Worship Jesus with your time, talents, and treasures.
2) Come let us WORK for Him
Have you found out personally that it is truly more blessed to give than to receive?
3) Come let us WELCOME Him
It isn’t just about His coming to earth nearly 2000 years ago. It’s about His desire to be involved in our lives everyday. Have you welcomed Him into your traditions this season? More importantly, have you welcomed Him to be the Lord of your life?
Let me know how you plan to “adore” Him in the comments section.
GOD CREATED THINGS TO INCREASE
In the creation account in the first few chapters of Genesis, we find that God puts into motion a specific order of things. When we take a look at the workings of nature we find reproduction and increase. When God created man & woman He commanded them to “be fruitful and multiply”.
The Lord expects His design to be a continual thing. Notice that death didn’t enter until the design became flawed by man’s disobedience. Once the design became flawed & corrupted by sin God couldn’t allow it to continue.
How does God fulfill his desire for multiplication & increase? Enter the Savior! The Bible calls Jesus the “last Adam”(1 Cor. 15:45). He came to restore all that Adam gave away. Now we can have a “new birth” & continue with God’s desire for increase. In John 15 Jesus reminds us that we are to be focused on fruitfulness and increase. He goes as far as saying that fruitlessness will be punished. How do we accomplish this great mandate?
GOD EMPOWERED THE CHURCH TO INCREASE
A careful examination of the Book of Acts will reveal a continual increase in influence and adherence. Statements such as, “the Lord added to the church daily…”(Acts 2:47) and others (see Acts 5:12,6:7,16:5) let us know the plan & desire of God was in full swing! But remember, Jesus was very specific about the disciples not attempting any of this without the empowering of His Spirit.
So how do you feel we are measuring up today? Leave your comments!
GAINING OR LOSING?
Are we losing steam in these last days? Are we living up to Jesus’ challenge to “make disciples” & “preach the Gospel to every creature”? We must examine the fruit of our lives & ministry & decide how we’ll choose to finish this race. Are we finding ourselves tired & burning out? Maybe it’s time for a “Second Wind”!
ACCESSORY OR NECESSITY?
In part 1 of this post I challenged readers to read Acts 2 & think about the church’s “Second Wind”. I believe it’s a necessity, not an accessory, of our spiritual lives that we be filled with the Spirit of God! Jesus Himself commanded that no work be attempted without it. It was absolutely essential to the success of the church for which Jesus had paid such a price for.
Leave me your thoughts & be watching for Part 3!
SETTING THE STAGE
In John chapter 20 Jesus spoke to His disciples & then did something very different, He breathed on them and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”. Then later, just before His Ascension back to the Father, He commanded the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endured with power from on high. Apparently, there was something else coming!
WHAT IS A “SECOND WIND”?
This phrase is usually attached to an endurance sport such as running. The phenomenon has come to be used as a metaphor for continuing on with renewed energy past the point thought to be one’s prime whether in sports or life in general. Most of us have heard this phrase before. We say things like, “well, I seem to have found my second wind to finish this project”. So how does this apply to us spiritually?
THE CHURCH’S SECOND WIND
Take a moment to read Acts chapter 2. Leave some thoughts in the comments section. I’ll continue in the next blog post – be watching!