30 Days With Wesley – Day 22: Getting Straight To The Point

get-to-the-point(Optional Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8, 11-13)

Have you ever had someone tell you something but they aren’t direct about what they are trying to say? They skirt the issue and never really face it head on. Perhaps you have heard someone tell a story, but they take forever to tell it. This is how I am. I tell long stories at times, full of details, and it drives my wife crazy. She’ll look at me and say “Get to the point already!”

Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy and he wastes no time getting straight to the point. “This saying is reliable:

‘If we have died together,

we will also live together.

If we endure, we will also rule together.

If we deny him, he will also deny us.

If we are disloyal, he stays faithful’

because he can’t be anything else than what he is.” (CEB)

In this passage, Paul gets straight to the point. So much so that I barely need to elaborate on what he is saying.

Paul lays out the simple cause and affect of each choice we make. The key element to remember is that Jesus will remain faithful to us no matter what happens because that is who he is. Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, know that Jesus is always seeking after you and longs to be with you. You might have given up on Jesus, but he will never give up on you. Seek after him and you will find him.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

30 Days With Wesley – Day 18: Money & Happiness

money-happiness(Optional Reading: 1 Timothy 6:6-10)

Happiness and money. These two words go together in the minds of a majority of people. Most of the time, people assume that if you have more money you will have more happiness. This then fuels this inner pursuit for more money. Sometimes, the idea of money can be replaced by things. We think, “I need more money. Then I can buy that new “thing”. Then I will be happy.”

I am an Apple Mac user. I love mac products and all the technology they have created. Just this last week, Apple held a keynote to introduce the new iPhone and also revile their new product, Apple Watch. Apple understand the concept of wanting the best. At one point the keynote speaker even referred to us lusting after the new iOS operating system. Apple gets it. People believe they need money to get the newest and best product, so they’ll feel happy.

Paul write to Timothy about this idea in 1 Timothy 6:6-10. Paul writes,

Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have. We didn’t bring anything into the world and so we can’t take anything out of it: we’ll be happy with food and clothing. But people who are trying to get rich fall into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful passions that plunge people into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some have wandered away from the faith and have impaled themselves with a lot of pain because they made money their goal.

Money is a tricky thing. Personally, I have found that the more I seek after it, the less happy I become.  There is an old adage, “The one who dies with the most toys… still dies.” Jesus doesn’t want us to spend our lives seeking after pointless treasures that we leave here on earth when we die. Rather, Jesus says: “Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

May our focus not fall away. May we stay true to what Jesus calls us to. For money, toys, smart phones, gaming consoles, tables, TV’s, cars, etc. will all fade away, but our relationship with Christ and the kingdom of God is forever.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

30 Days with Wesley – Day 6: Always Forgives & Always Forgets

30 Days with Wesley(Optional Reading: Ephesians 4:29-32)

The guided prayer this morning focused on the subject of God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is truly mind blowing to me. We serve a God that will forgive us every time we sin, and every time He forgives us He forgets our sin. It is truly unfathomable how God is able to completely let go of all that we have done in sin. 

God always forgives and always forgets because He desperately wants to be in a relationship with us. By relationship, I mean that God wants to be involved in every part of our lives. A relationship with God means daily praying and inviting God into every moment of thought and every interaction we have during the day. This is what God desires.

The dilemma we face, as people who sin, is that sin causes a break in relationship with God. God never gives up on us though. He is daily pursuing us and drawing us out of our life of sin and brokenness. Once we see God and give him all our sin, God completely forgives and completely forgets. Then God works in our hearts to call us to a holy life, because it is in this holy life that God helps us become the exact person He desires us to be. This understanding is found all through the Bible.

“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:9

“The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.” John 10:10

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

“You must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. It is written, You will be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:5

 

“Oh God, now that you have renewed our lives and our mercies to us this morning, help us to renew our desires, resolutions, and efforts to live in obedience to your holy will.” (30 Days with Wesley, pg 29)

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.