It’s normal to feel irritated or upset with other people, especially those who you have invested time and energy in. What hurts even worse is when the people that you love the most don’t understand all that you have done for them and can’t appreciate the way you have been faithful in their life through the years.
When anger or irritation are expressed we must remember that most of the time the person is upset with the splinter in our eye while they are ok with their beam that is in their eye. Those beams are what keeps them from seeing clearly the situation at hand. When these conflicts happen it’s critical that we respond in the most Biblical way that we can. Here are a few thoughts about how to respond when those you love the most appear frustrated with you and won’t listen to your council.
If you need an outlet to serve God, then plug in and start ministering. You don’t need a title or position to minister.
In many cases, the only thing that stops a move of God is the lack of a vessel. When Elisha was performing the miracle for the prophet's widow, and the oil was flowing freely, the Bible says in II Kings 4:6, “And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.”
The only thing that stopped the flow of oil was the lack of a vessel!
I do not know why God uses imperfect vessels to accomplish His work. What I can say with confidence though is that God is seeking for men and women through which to move!
At the day of Pentecost, God poured out His spirit upon all "FLESH"! Do you know what that means? He was filling vessels! Why? Because God needs a vessel to through which to work!
Ezekiel said that God was seeking a MAN to stand in the gap and make up the hedge!
In the Book of Revelation, John says that God wept because He could find no MAN to open the book of salvation, so God Himself took on the form of man to bring redemption!
Do you understand how important you are to the work of God? God will not move without a vessel! God will not pour out His spirit without a servant for it to flow through - you are that servant! God desires to work through you and me!
One of things I enjoy as a pastor is working from public places. It allows me to see what everyday people are struggling with or excited about in their lives. It also gives me an opportunity to get to know people and interact with them, instead of spending all day in my office.
This past week I went to Cracker Barrel and asked for a seat near the fireplace. I love being near a good fire, and if I am not careful I can get caught daydreaming in front of a fireplace. As I sat there, this particular day, I got caught starring into this fireplace. It had a good fire, and you could feel the intense heat from many feet away.
I have heard others talk about this thought and I experience it first-hand this week. As I stared into the heart of the fire, I could not help but notice how red and hot the coals were in the middle. But as I looked around there were some coals that had gotten separated from the fire and instead of being red, they were black and smoldering.
Amazement is defined as “a strong feeling of astonishment or wonder”. There are some things in this life that absolutely amaze me.
God’s creation amazes me. I have driven out west many times and it always amazes me to see the rocky mountains. I am still amazed by how beautiful my wife and children are and for the deep love God can give you for your family.
Many things STILL amaze me, but there are some things that lose there excitement after time. Some examples would be furniture, vehicles, or things that were once new but after time do not carry the same excitement or amazement. But there are some things that STILL AMAZES ME, and nothing more so than OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST! If you would read Titus 3:3-8 you would find some amazing things.
I’M STILL AMAZED BY GOD’S LOVE - v3 for we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Sometimes we are all “hard to love”. But I am thankful for a God that loves me unconditionally. God knows more about you than anyone. He knows your actions He knows your thoughts He knows what you have done He knows what you are going to do Knowing all this, He loves you anyway! That my friend, is AMAZING!
I’M STILL AMAZED BY GOD’S SALVATION - v5b he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; If you just look to the cross, then you will see much reason to be AMAZED AT SALVATION.
I’M STILL AMAZED BY GOD’S MERCY- v5a Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.
I’M STILL AMAZED BY GOD’S GRACE- v7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. While mercy is not receiving what we do deserve, grace is receiving something that we could never deserve.
I’M STILL AMAZED BY GOD’S SON - v6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; The name of Jesus is AMAZING - Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. “I'm amazed he would accept a manger in trade for a Kingly throne” ”and amazed why he'd take the cross instead of a street of pure gold” Everything about Jesus Christ is AMAZING!
Unfortunately when you look at the condition of the Church it seems that many “professing Christians” have simply “gotten over it”. I ask you to examine your life? Are you still amazed by Jesus? When you look at all He has done for you, shouldn’t that make you want to live for him? Does He still amaze you?
Leaving a Godly legacy is not easy. It takes a lot of work, and a life completely surrendered to the Master. I would like to share three thoughts about leaving a legacy. I know there are many more, but I would like to highlight these today.
First, there is a Choice involved.
Matthew 4:19 says, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” It is not God's job to follow you; it is your job to follow Him! You have to choose. My dreams or God’s dreams? My plans or His plans? You have to choose who you will serve.
Second, there is a Change involved.
It didn’t seem likely that lowly Galilean fishermen would become apostles; that those who worked nets would become teachers and preachers of the Word of God, founders of churches, and create an international movement. Yet, that is what Jesus made His first followers to become. We become by being consecrated. Romans 12:2. One reason Christians have so little influence on the world is because so many Christians are being influenced by the world. We become by being one with Him. John 15:4-7. We also become by being obedient. I John 2:6. It may not seem likely that God can use your life, but God can help you become more like him.
Third, there is Challenge involved.
Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The Challenge is to get up and go witness to the world what Christ has done in our lives. The only way to leave a legacy is to make sure the next generation gets the gospel.