WHATS YOUR MEASURE???

In Luke 6:38, Jesus said these words,

“Give, and it will be given to you:  good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

That is a promise of Jesus that you can stake your life on.  Give, and what happens?  It will be given to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?!

But notice that He also added this,  “The same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”  If you take a serving spoon, and that is what you measure out your giving with, you will get an overflowing serving spoon.  It comes back to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing from a serving spoon.

The measure you use is what is measured back to you.  If you use a shovel, and that is what you measure it out with, that is how it comes back to you.

Wouldn’t you rather have a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over shovel as opposed to a serving spoon?  The measure you use, Jesus said, that is what is used to measure back to you.

I believe many people are using a teaspoon and yet they are praying, “God bless me.  I have big needs.”  I am sure God is saying, “I’m doing all I can.  You know, I’m pressing it down as much as I can press it down.  It is running over.  But a running over teaspoon is just not that much.”

Are you using a teaspoon or a shovel?  Whatever you use is what comes back multiplied, but it is only according to the measure you use.

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I AM HEAVENLY MINDED

Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony” (Luke 16:25).

At the end of time, we will all face the Lord and He will want to know how we used our time on earth to get ready for eternity. If we only live for earth, all we will receive is earth. But once we start living for heaven, earth is just a bonus to the eternal existence we will enjoy.

It is foolish to try to run from death. Instead, we must decide to be creatures of eternity. Paul said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). If you are in Christ you have no reason to fear death because when you die, you will instantly be with God.

Since we were made for eternity, what are we doing in light of what we were made for? Paul set the example when he said: “Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). Paul’s mind was on heaven, but he was still functioning for the Lord here on earth. He was heavenly minded but still did earthly good. Because he lived in light of His eternal purpose, he made his life decisions in light of the reference point of eternity.

Everybody you know is headed toward eternity; nobody has any other choice. This life is not all there is, so we share Jesus Christ with our unsaved neighbors. We live for God’s glory because this life is not all there is.

 

“Lord, clarify our eternal perspective and help us to see Your purpose for our lives because we don’t know when we will leave this world.”

WE WERE CREATED FOR ETERNITY..

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

God created you for Himself, and He created you for eternity. You weren’t created simply for time. God has placed eternity in our hearts, and there is something about us that wants to live forever. Second Corinthians 5:1-4 says: “If the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, . . . we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.” Our bodies are groaning and aching because we are looking for the eternal reality to take place. 

If we have been made for eternity, yet we are limiting ourselves to thinking temporally, we are not fulfilling our potential. You see, 2 Corinthians 5:10 tells us that we must all appear before Christ’s judgment seat, and this conveys that eternity exists on the other side of death. We will be held accountable; we must answer to God. This kind of thinking affects the way we live because if God is the center of our existence and eternity is our goal, this will change our choices, decisions, values, and priorities. 

But many Christians have been deceived. We believe in eternity, but we’re committed to time. We don’t understand that what we do now should be affected by what is to come. 

 

God has given you a slice of time to prepare you for the reality of eternity.

LIVING FOR ETERNITY

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, because that is the end of every man, and the living takes it to heart (Ecclesiastes 7:2).

Eternity is a long period of time! It’s hard to grasp that eternity is never-ending. But let me give you a little illustration to help you understand. Imagine that we could empty the largest body of water in the world, the Pacific Ocean, and fill it up with sand as tall as the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. Now imagine that a bird flies by and takes one grain of sand off that sand pile once every 100 billion years. How long will it take for that sand pile to disappear? We can consider that amount of time to be equal to one second in eternity.

We weren’t just created for sixty or eighty years of life on earth. We were created for eternity. Every baby born on earth is headed toward its dying day; that’s just reality. But we were made for more than that. We are meant to experience eternity in the fullness of life with the Father. Death is simply the doorway we must pass through to transfer into the realm of the eternal.

Paul understood this and said: “We also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body” (2 Corinthians 5:9-10). Paul said that because he was a creature of eternity, he would live his earthly life for God. He would live in time in a way that pleased God. 

 

If you’re living in time and for time, you’re wasting time.

GOD BUILDS THE FAMILY

Psalm 127:1-2  says,

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.  It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.

The Hebrew word for house in verse one can actually be translated family.  That is one reason why the next few verses (3-5) read like this,

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

If you have sat up late, worrying about your children or your family, you need to know that God can turn things around.

Trust Him to build and protect your family.  Do your part, but look to Him for guidance and strength.  And trust Him to do what you cannot do.

He can cause your “arrows” to be effective against the enemy instead of wounding your own heart.

May you be happy with your quiver of “arrows,” and may God be glorified in your family.

THE BUILDER AND PROTECTOR

Psalm 127:1-2 says,

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.  It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.

These verses have been favorites of mine for a long time.

If ever I am tempted to worry about the Church, I remember that it is His house and ultimately only He can build it.  My efforts, by themselves, are in vain.

He is not only the builder of the Church, He is the protector of it as well.  These truths take a lot of weight off of my shoulders and help me sleep well at night.  And I believe that is the way God wants it.

Too many of God’s children sit up late, worrying and eating the bread of sorrows.  Whether you are a pastor or a business owner or a stay-at-home mom, learn the secret of casting your cares on God.

He is the builder and protector of your life, and He knows the battles you face.  Trust Him today and sleep well tonight!

WHATS MY PURPOSE HERE….

Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).

When you are living out God’s purpose for your life, your attitude towards time will change. You will find that you no longer waste time. We are only given so much time on earth; the average lifespan today is 75 years. We are all running out of time. But if you are operating in your purpose, you are utilizing your time rather than just going through the motions. Your purpose clarifies your use of time. Ephesians 5:16 says: “[Make] the most of time, because the days are evil.” We are to redeem, or buy back, our time. We can’t reverse the clock, but we can purchase time back. How do we do this? You can change the speed in which you are operating; you can pick up the pace to buy up the time you lost.

When you live out your purpose, you will live with passion. One of the ways you can recognize your purpose is that it will inflame you, ignite you, and stir up your heart. God’s purpose for you isn’t some dull, empty thing that makes you dread getting up every morning. It is a fire within the soul.

When you are living out your purpose, you will live with direction. Paul said: “I box in such a way, as not beating the air” (1 Corinthians 9:26). In other words, he’s not punching at nothing; his efforts are not just for show or out of obligation. Rather, he has direction, clarity, and focus that allow him to strike the target.

THE ONLY PURPOSE…

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

Have you been duped when it comes to purpose? The only purpose worth living for is God’s purpose. Paul said: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). If you live with this goal in mind, God will change the way you live. You will stop just being alive and you will start to really live. You will live the abundant life through God’s grace because you aren’t just living for yourself anymore. You are not here for you, but for God.

You will have stability. You can get off the roller coaster of emotions that comes when you live according to your circumstances. Even when things are bad, you are good because God is good. When Jesus was asleep on the boat in the middle of the storm, His disciples asked, “How can He sleep at a time like this?” Jesus could sleep peacefully because He knew where He was going—He was going to the other side. One of the great blessings of living in purpose is that you can rest. You can rest because you know all things will be used for God’s purpose, and you can rest because you know you are going toward God.

You will be provided for. God always supplies that which He has ordained. If you are outside of His purpose, you have to take care of yourself. But if you are walking in His purpose, He will meet all your needs.

 

Following God’s purpose may not change your place in life, but it will change the way you live your life.

I MUST LIVE FOR GOD!!!!

Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ (Philippians 3:7).

Position is a distraction—everybody wants to be somebody. When you accepted Christ you became somebody, but if you are seeking position independently of God’s purpose, you have been duped by the deceiver. Your name may be up in lights today, but years from now people won’t remember your name. Remember the apostle Paul was quite a man in his day and age, but he said that his claim to fame was only that he was a bondservant of Jesus Christ.

People also become distracted from their purpose when they spend their lives living for other people. People are very important to God; we are to serve, love, and minister to people. But pleasing God is more important than pleasing men. God wants us to live for Him and His glory, and to do that we must sometimes go against what other people want. When it comes to fulfilling our calling, what matters is what God wants us to do.

Another distraction from moving forward in God’s purpose is dealing with the past. Paul said: “I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I d forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). We all have regrets, but Paul said we are not to allow our yesterdays to determine our tomorrows. Instead of living with a rear-view mirror mentality, we should focus on the windshield and the big picture that is in front of us.

 

Don’t let yesterday mess up today, which will ruin tomorrow.