Reality. Check.

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Reality.

I will be honest, I have been slacking in my exercise and fitness plans. Recently, I made some adjustments and have chosen to focus with renewed commitment and energy on returning to a “more fit me”. It didn’t take long to reveal the test results of just how unfit I really was. Shortness of breath. Very low endurance for the distance. Carrying a few saddle bags of weight. It left me feeling worn out, out of sorts and out of shape! That reality check about my physical condition caused a spin off question. Just how fit is my faith? My spiritual condition? I mean, it seems things are speeding up and pressing toward critical mass.

I am just a little past half time in my life. Like you, I have suffered my share of challenges, losses and difficulties. Like you, I have failed sometimes but, overcome most of the time. I will be quick to admit there were times when the heartache and pain were a more than I expected and sometimes unexpected. There were times when I wanted to give up. Stop. Quit. What’s the use? Let me just live my life in peace. Reality, now is the time to dial up faith, courage, desire and passion!

God’s answer to Jeremiah’s complaint comes to mind,
“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” Jeremiah 12:5 NIV

The same words translated through The Message Bible are even more poignant, “So, Jeremiah, if you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can’t keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood?”

The writer of Hebrews sites a time of shaking will come that will shake all that can be shaken… [for what purpose?] to reveal the Kingdom that cannot be shaken (12:26-28).

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The Scripture suggests that there will be a time when the race will be accelerated, as when the horses are released. There are times when a safe, orderly society will be less orderly and downright dangerous. Times when trouble breaks out and the enemy breaks in like a flood. What will be our response? Are we fit for the challenge? Will I be among the faithful who can endure?

If you are loving and believing God today I am so thankful and encouraged. I am encouraged because I know you have been made fit for this time. Jesus exerted great effort in order to save my soul. It is that effort that I rest in and labor from. He saved us from ourselves; from our tendencies toward failure, disobedience and weakness. We have been granted a new status before the King of the Universe. We are now partakers of His divine Nature for His Glory! On my own from my old nature I could not perform nor achieve. As a new creation in Christ, now I can! We were born for more than an ordinary life. We were born to go beyond, to live in that reality as an Over-comer!

Christ in you, the hope of Glory. Under any conditions. Reality. Check.

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Living a Mission or Filling a Role

At LifeSpring Church our mission is to bring people to Jesus and, as a connection to his family develop them into Christ like maturity and empower them for their life mission in the world and ministry in the church, so that God’s name is lifted up throughout the earth.

In short our role in our community is to bring people to Jesus and to bring Jesus to people as a connection to a meaningful life of mission and service to God and others. 

Life @ Reality 2009What is your personal mission? It is an important questions because as I see it, missions determine roles.

If you think you are here by accident to do whatever; or if you feel that your life is not a big deal, then I would suggest that you have convinced yourself to be mediocre and blasé. Because it is a big deal! You are not here to merely fill a series of roles that are random and disjointed. You are placed here and now with a mission!

As a believer in an incredible God who does nothing by accident, but everything on purpose how can we let life slip by day after day with little or no regard for our WHY? The artist BonJovi sings “I don’t want to be just another wave in the ocean; I want to be a rock, not just another grain of sand.”

The Creator did not throw ideas into a soupy pot and hope for the best. He was and is intentional. He spoke deliberate words and with great power put worlds in place and put a dreaming soul in every human being. He was and is purposeful and has an end in mind! All of life is to be lived to bring glory, (which is praise, honor, regard, awe and reverent respect) to Him who governs and maintains every unit of matter in the entire universe for our benefit! 

Roles serve a purpose. However, a mission builds connectivity for past roles and a basis for choosing roles in the future. Let’s live like that. Let’s be intentional and purposeful about WHY we are here. If you haven’t yet taken time to think through and write out a personal mission statement begin today!