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Dare to Give Your Everything….Again!

“At the vestry meeting, the congregation’s wealthiest member decided to share a portion of his faith story.

“I’m a millionaire,” he said, “and I attribute it all to the rich blessings of God in my life. I can still remember the turning point in my faith, like it was yesterday:

I had just earned my first dollar and I went to a youth meeting that night. The speaker was a missionary who told about his work. I knew that I only had a dollar bill and had to either give it all to God’s work or nothing at all. So at that moment I decided to give my whole dollar to God. I believe that God blessed that decision, and that is why I am a rich man today.”

When he finished and sat down, the chair of the stewardship committee leaned over and said: “Wonderful story! I dare you to do it again!”

Paul says in Galatians 3:3, “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

Think about the possibilities if you exerted yourself in the things of God as you did when you first came to know Christ? No reservations. No holds barred. No unbelief. Just risk. Just radical Christianity. Just faith.

Shalom
Selvan Govender
Director of Shepherds Heart SA
http://www.shepherdsheart.co.za

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Fresh Commitment, Not Fresh Ideas

Take a moment to search www.amazon.com for any Christian or Church development book and you will come up with thousands of results. Each result will convince you that it’s the tool you should have and that it’s the tool that will make you succeed as a church and as a Christian. Many of the books written today are not very different from the old ones. The new ones just have a new, nicer cover, a catchier title and modern; contemporary, slangish English. All of them have new ideas; ideas that are twenty first century applicable.

I agree that sometimes new ideas are great at fanning the coals back to flame, but they don’t last long if one crucial ingredient is missing – commitment. As a pastor, I also feel the pressure to implement new ideas (and I do), but what I’ve observed is that if you don’t have a continuous flow of new ideas then people are least interested.

The problem you face today is not so much a lack of ideas on how to read your bible, or how to pray or how to fellowship, you have a problem with commitment. Instead of a new idea you need a fresh commitment to pray, to read your bible, or to participate in fellowship.

The lack of commitment you face today is no different from the lack of commitment the early Church faced. See what the writer of Hebrews says in Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing…” Look! Even in the early Church there were some individuals who thought they would stay home and watch TBN instead. Even in the early church there were individuals who went to the beach on the Lord’s Day. The early church had individuals who would rather go to a wedding on Sunday morning than come to Church. Going for a weeding on a Sunday morning is what usually happens in my community.

So then, do you need fresh ideas or fresh commitment?!

Ideas are great! I love ideas. Please don’t misinterpret me. I’m not shooting ideas down instead I’m saying, with urgency, that if you think the next new book is going to make your marriage work, make us better parents, make you a loyal follower of Christ, you just may be wrong. All I’m asking you is that you take whatever truth you know now about God and commit yourself to following that truth out in your life. Take whatever truth you know about being a better husband and apply it with sincere commitment to your life. Take whatever truth you have about being an obedient child and commit yourself to following through with obedience. Do this for every area of knowledge and you’ll watch yourself grow.

Commit yourself for eight weeks consistently daily to doing something in obedience to God and you’ll experience unprecedented growth. A new habit will be formed and the thought of turning back to your old ways will make your heart cringe. Fresh ideas? Yes, anytime but without fresh commitment you’ll become a basket case trying to find the make life work.

God bless!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in General Blog

 

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Planning for the DASH

Planning for the DASH

You are guaranteed at least four things on your gravestone when you die. You are guaranteed your name. You are guaranteed your birth date. You are guaranteed your death date. And last but certainly not the least, you are guaranteed a dash [-]. Your dash will sit snugly between your birth date and your death date. Your dash, as short as it is in length would speak volumes if it had a mouth. What does the dash represent? The dash represents your entire life. For every one of us our lives will be summed up by a dash.

What will your dash represent on your gravestone? Will your dash represent a wasted life? Will your dash represent a regretful life? Will your dash represent a hope-less life? Will your dash represent a lazy life? Will your dash represent a non-committed life? Will your dash represent an arrogant life? Will your dash represent a self-satisfied life? Will your dash represent a faithless life? Will your dash represent an empty life? Or, will your dash represent a God-glorifying life? Will your dash represent a humble life? Will your dash represent people-oriented life? Will your dash represent a faithful husband? Will your dash represent a faithful wife? Will your dash represent a loving father? Will your dash represent a man after God’s own heart? Will your dash represent a woman after God’s own heart?

I want to leave you with this thought. If you made resolutions at the beginning of 2011 but have since discarded them to the rubbish bin, then don’t make new resolutions. Instead be committed to the old ones. In the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9, if you have not made good on your promise to change then you have been like an athlete running in vain and you have been like a boxer boxing only the air – lots of energy but hitting nothing! If you want your dash to count for something then you must remain resolute in reaching your goals to change.

Don’t make new plans if your old plans are still great instead remain sincerely committed to implementing your old plans so that you experience new changes. God bless for 2012 and beyond!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in General Blog

 

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