Greater Than We Imagine

Commitments, loyalty, faithfulness and the promises we attempt to keep, say much about who we are. We are not always successful. Yet, you O God know our heart which makes the difference between merely speaking the words and following through. You glory in our commitment to the journey. Though the end result may not look like what we expected, it’s always greater than we could even imagine.

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Circumstances

My hour has not yet come.  John 2:1-12 Unless Jesus steps in to serve the good wine, how do the guests know that something has changed; in fact a blessing is taking place? Based on Jesus’ response I sense some reluctance in his enthusiasm to help the wedding party. Yet, to ignore Mary’s concern would cause him to dishonor his mother. Dishonoring one’s parent is to dishonor God. On many levels and to the glory of God, Jesus knows that he must get involved even though at that point he perhaps believes his time has not come. The circumstances dictated otherwise. There are times when we must get involved, or move forward even when we feel as though we are either not ready or it’s simply not time. We don’t always get to decide. God’s glory comes on God’s timing. We may not always be ready. We just have to be willing to participate and receive God’s readiness to bless us.

Discerning The Challenge

The good news about John’s message is that it prevails today and no testing, has overtaken us that is not common to everyone (1 Corinthians 10:13). However, our repentance during that test is the work of God’s grace and mercy manifesting in our lives. It also enables the process of discerning the physical from the spiritual. Herod could have acknowledged and repented to what he had done as wrong according to Jewish law, if in fact he was committed to it. Historically we know that he was not (Flavius Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews). By his actions, Herod was committed to himself. While there are times when we should be committed to our selves, for example our health, a Herod’s dilemma, isn’t one of those times. When we are committed only to ourselves we often have a tendency to believe that the laws or rules therein do not apply to us, we make our own rule for life and go our own way. John’s message is given that we may prepare our selves to be committed to the Spirit of God so that when the challenge of our commitment is tested, our response will honor God (from the heart) and not our selves (according to other peoples’ perceptions). History tells us that this is not always an easy thing to do and if we continue to look through the eyes of others we only see what other people see and respond the way other people respond. When we learn to look through the eyes of Christ we begin to see what God sees and learn to respond through Christ.

Ephesians 1:3,7 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places… In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,

Commitment

Monday:

Physically speaking, a broken commitment doesn’t have to be the end of the world, as we know it. When Jesus is questioned about the legality of divorce (Matthew 19:1-12) he has one answer for the Pharisees (because of their impure thoughts) who try to test him and another for his disciples who desire a deeper meaning.  When we make a commitment, we need to understand what it is, to which we are making the commitment. God’s commitment to us is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading (1Peter 1:4-5). By faith we enter into this relationship accepting that while the world will make excuses for breaking any “committed” situation that seems inconvenient or uncomfortable, our faithful commitment to Christ will today and in the end, be abundantly rewarded with the salvation of our souls. Regardless of the circumstance, every day the decision is ours to be committed to God because we know and faithfully believe that God is committed to us. Everyday I will give thanks, for God’s faithfulness is always true.

Matthew 19:1-12 …and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.

1Peter 1:1-12 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Joel 3:1-2, 9-17 Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.