Investing wisely

A Kids Hope mentor and student

A man reaps what he sows.Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:7-10

Today, I have the pleasure of meeting with my new student as a mentor through Kids Hope USA. I have been mentoring for 17 years now and love it. God has done amazing things through these mentoring relationships. I have had opportunity to reconnect with the first student I mentored, which was wonderful. And just last night as I was leaving the Wednesday night activities at church, I heard, “Hi!” I looked and it was the student I mentored this past year who just graduated from the program. He was riding his bike when he saw me. He got off his bike and gave me a big hug and told me all about his summer. As you can see, I am truly blessed by the experience and anything I offer to the students is paid back multiple times. God has blessed my offering in doing good.

There are choices we have to make every day as God’s people in how we are going to spend our time and energy. It may be tempting to sit in front of the TV and snack, but all that happens there is an unhealthy lifestyle. We reap what we sow and every moment counts. Don’t waste the opportunities that come to you from a God who wants to give you a harvest of blessings.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the opportunities to sow your love that you have given me.  I pray that I not neglect the call and miss the harvest. Amen

Faith Tip: Focus today on how you can sow seeds for the kingdom of God. It is an investment well made.

To be a slave … or not

English: No slavery! Freedom. Liberty. Русский...

English: No slavery! Freedom. Liberty. Русский: Нет рабству! Свобода. Воля. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1

I remember as a teen there were certain items considered cool to wear. They were more expensive, of course, but they had to be purchased so that I could somehow fit in with the crowd at school. My hair had to be just so along with numerous other ideals that I tried to reach. This took a lot of time, energy and money. I served these ideals every day.

Slavery means to serve someone or something. This can give negative images considering the slavery in our history where people owned others, being a slave to an addiction or slaving at work to get ahead. We can be slaves to materialism as well as trying to impress others. Slavery comes in many forms. It takes away our personhood as we give ourselves over to the person or thing that lays claim to us.

Christ is the key to freedom. Being empowered by God’s Spirit is what breaks the chains of slavery. There no longer is a hold on us once we have accepted the truth that Jesus brings to us. Once free, it is easy to fall into old habits and become a slave once again. We don’t need to put the yoke on again … not with Jesus. Following him means finding freedom.

Prayer: Thank you for the freedom in my life, Lord. I pray that the chains that still bind me in areas of my life be broken in your powerful name. Amen

Faith Tip: Think about an area in your life that you are in slavery. Look to Jesus for the freedom you desire.

 

Dying = Living

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

This is one of my favorite verses. I don’t know if it’s because of the inspirational song by Phillips, Craig & Dean, but I know my heart is touched when I hear the song.

Life can sometimes feel like we are being crucified, doesn’t it? Challenges and struggles arise and we wonder where God is in it all.  The answer is that Christ is in us … He never left. Allowing God to live through us rather than living for ourselves makes a huge difference on how we live and persevere. The great love that Jesus has for makes it all worthwhile. He gave everything for us. He died for us, now we have opportunity to daily die for Him. In dying, we will live more than we ever have before.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the great love you have for me. I pray that today I can die to self and live for you. Amen

Faith Tip: Make a choice right now that today Christ is at the wheel of your life.