Getting ready for great things

…those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. (1 Cor. 7:31)

As school starts again, I think about all the energy that goes into getting ready. There’re new clothes to buy, school supplies, transportation, sports, and more. These are all great things, but sometimes I think the ratio of our thought and energy is much greater towards getting ready for things of this world rather than getting ready for eternity. How do we know if we are balanced on this? I think doing a peace check. What rate of peace do we experience as we ready ourselves for things of the world? When our focus is on Jesus and we ready ourselves for eternity, what level of peace do we experience?

The things of this world will pass away…guaranteed. The things that are for the kingdom have eternal value…guaranteed.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord that we can experience kingdom things in this world and know they will last forever. I pray that I can let go of worldly worries and focus on you so that I can experience your peace. Amen

Faith Tip: What thing of the world have you been holding onto tightly that you need to hand over to Jesus? Start releasing one finger at a time. You will be glad you did.

Being still

Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10)

Being still has always been a challenge for me. My mind is easily distracted by anything—such as a sound or thought. Even writing this devotional is a struggle as my mind wanders to different areas, mostly connected with my “to do” list for the day. Setting aside these things to focus on my goal will help me accomplish it.

One of my goals is getting to know God more. To do that, I need to take time to be still. Those times I am able to be still are always enriching to my spirit. Praying for stillness in the midst of my sometimes overactive mind is helpful. The disciples couldn’t see the power of Jesus when they were in the midst of the storm in a boat, because of the distraction of fear. They sought Jesus regarding the storm and he commanded it to be still (Mark 4:39). The storm calmed and the disciples could see the awesome power of God in Jesus.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for calming the storm of distractions in me so that I can sit at your feet and know you. Amen.

Faith tip: Practice today to be still and focus on God. Pray that you can be still and know.