What God really wants

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… and find out what pleases the Lord. – Ephesians 5:10

A friend was planning her son’s birthday, and she wanted it to be fun for her son. She planned going to the mall, visiting the arcade, getting ice cream and anything else she thought her son would enjoy. At the end of the day, she asked her son if he enjoyed his birthday.

“It was fun. But we could have done anything and I would have liked it, because I just wanted to spend time with you. It seems we’re so busy that we don’t do that anymore.”

My friend could have asked her son what he would like to do for his birthday instead of assuming what he would like. We also could ask the Lord what would please him instead of assuming. We think that God would like us to do good works for him, which he does, but which ones? We can’t do them all, and he hasn’t called us to do them all.

It takes spending time with the person we love to know their heart and discover what it is that pleases them. We can’t assume it, or think if we enjoy it, then they certainly would, too. God desires that time with us … that pleases him.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you do desire time with me. That’s hard to believe when you have the whole universe to consider … you want to spend time with me? Wow! Amen

Faith Tip: Find out what pleases the Lord by spending time with him.

You Can Be Generous

Whole green beans in a carton.

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Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. – 2 Corinthians 9:10-11

My husband loves to garden. One year, he planted green bean seeds … about six rows of them. Now it’s just the two of us living here, so when the green beans were ready to be picked, we found that we couldn’t eat them all. So others were blessed with the harvest and it was a joy to share the beans with them.

God gives us all we need; in fact, he gives us abundance so that we can share it with others. Acknowledging the one who gives us so much, multiplies the blessings. Joining together in thanksgiving to God will increase the joy of the giver and the receiver as together they give praise to the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for all you give to me. I pray that the abundance is shared in the manner that gives you all the glory. Amen

Faith Tip: Today find your abundance and start sharing … freely and cheerfully.

Baking Bread

He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough” (Matthew 13:33)

There’s nothing like homemade bread. I have recipes to make wonderful round loaves that have healthy ingredients and taste great. For a leader’s meeting, I wanted to make the bread for communion. I took the recipe book out, bought all the items needed, followed the instructions, built up my muscles kneading, let it rise, and shaped it into a round loaf. It was fun. The house smelled fantastic with the bread baking. When I checked the bread in the oven, it looked like it could have been on the cover of a magazine.

The next morning was the meeting. When it came time for communion, I was filled with anticipation of my bread being served. When the bread was broken, so was my heart. Inside the bread was goo. It didn’t bake completely inside. So we took pieces from the outside of the bread for communion. It could have been so good, but it wasn’t done.

As we examine our own lives and see how God has worked in them and transformed us, many times we can look really good. But if we dig deep inside, we can see that we aren’t done yet. There is still goo inside. We are all at different levels of the “baking” process for the kingdom. Some are being mixed, while others are being kneaded (usually during our struggles). But there will come a time when we will rise and be baked to perfection.

Prayer: My heavenly Lord, thank you for the great work you do in my life. I look forward to the day when I can rise with you. I pray that your kingdom can be worked through me so that I display only you in my life. Amen.

Faith Tip: Where are you in the baking process? Praise God for the work being done in your life and allow the yeast of the kingdom to be spread throughout you.