Archive for September, 2013
Open your Bibles please to Mark 12:41. I’m in the middle of a series of messages I’ve entitled “Engage … An Urgent Call to On-Mission Living.” Jesus calls us to engage our world with His love. It’s impossible to do that without it costing you something. It will cost you time and it will cost you money. What you do with your time and money is a big gauge of where your heart is. Jesus said that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. One day Jesus showed up at the temple treasury where people brought their offerings to the Lord. We read about it in Mark 12:41-44.
Who would have thought that an act of service and worship that no one much paid attention to would be immortalized by Jesus. This little insignificant event of service and worship explodes with meaning, like the splitting of a single atom releases a force is felt for hundreds of miles. Wouldn’t you like to be part of something that catches the attention of heaven? That’s the awesome power and impact of a small but sacrificial deed. (more…)
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”(Matthew 25:37-40).
One of the hottest reality TV series today is “Undercover Boss.” Here’s the deal: Each episode follows high-level corporate executives as they slip anonymously into the everyday, inner workings of their own companies. Each week the show features a different executive who leaves their corporate office in total disguise to go on an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their company. (more…)
ILLUSTRATION – A 64-year old swimmer named Diana Nyad made history last week as she became the first person to swim from Cuba and Florida (110 miles). This was her fifth try and she did it in 53 hours. When she finished she was interviewed by the press and she said this: “I wanted this swim, this endeavor not to just be the athletic record. I wanted it to be a lesson for my life that says, be fully engaged.” Well, that’s one way to “engage.”
But Jesus had something far more meaningful in mind than an athletic achievement when He issued the call to His followers to live on-mission lives … to engage their world with His love. (more…)