Challenged?

May 21, 2018

 

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? Wouldn’t it be great if we put the requisite energy and commitment into the spiritual challenges God gives us? If we just had the personality it takes to match the spiritual situations that God might bring into our lives every day? What a force we would be? 

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

Each year until recently I placed Christmas lights on a tall spruce tree in our front yard. Since the tree grew about eight inches or so a year, every year it got more difficult to get the lights on the entire tree. Reason dictated that there would come a time when I would have to move to a smaller tree or, perhaps, only trim it partially; but as the years went by it had become a challenge; a challenge to get one light at the very top of the tree no matter how I had to stretch or what rung of the ladder I might have to stand on. So, since I couldn’t reach the top of the tree conventionally any more, I designed a pole with a notch on the end of it to lift the lights to the very top of the tree. That worked well until even the pole couldn’t reach any more. Each year, however, as the task became more daunting, it seemed I always found it all the more motivating to see if I could do it; no matter how challenging it had become.  

 

Wouldn’t it be great if we put that much energy and commitment into the spiritual challenges God gives us? If we just had the personality it takes to match the spiritual situations that God might bring into our lives? 

 

Here’s a story from Chuck Swindoll. “Several years ago I met a gentleman who served on one of Walt Disney’s original advisory boards. What amazing stories he told! Those early days were tough; but that remarkable, creative visionary refused to give up. I especially appreciated the man’s sharing with me how Walt Disney responded to disagreement. He said that Walt would occasionally present some unbelievable, extensive dream he was entertaining. Almost without exception, the members of his board would gulp, blink, and stare back at him in disbelief, resisting even the thought of such a thing. But unless every member resisted the idea, Disney usually didn’t pursue it. The challenge wasn’t big enough to merit his time and creative energy unless they were unanimously in disagreement!” (Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.107.) 

 

If you’re looking for a challenge big enough to suit your “never say die” nature, you probably need look no farther than a neighbor down the road or a shut-in in your congregation. People in need are all around us and the challenge is great. God is asking a total commitment from you and I as His Christian disciples. He wants more than a mere offering in an offering plate on Sunday. That anyone can do. When you come right down to it, He doesn’t need even your money. He does want our service, our willingness to sacrifice and our commitment to spending our time in serving others. No, his wallet is always filled; it’s his moment by moment calendar for you and I which needs to be filled every day. He wants you and I to do what might seem impossible to the unbeliever in this world. Take care of our brother’s needs even before we think of ourselves. Put ourselves last and everyone else first? To meet this challenge we need to be linked personally by the Spirit of God to the will of God. It’s a personality thing. Only when we lose our individuality and gain that of Jesus Christ can this transformation happen. The task may be daunting at times; but, with Jesus, the one who can and has done the impossible, as our guide, who knows what we may be capable of? 

 

We pray. Our Father in Heaven. Our personalities are often tuned into the physical and emotional challenges that face us daily. Often we find ourselves resourceful, even undaunted by these. Yet, when the challenges our spiritual, we often fall short. Bless us Lord with a personality that is in unity with your Spirit in Christ, that we might be undaunted in all things spiritual. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!"  <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com>

God bless   you for Jesus sake.

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