Not for sale. My wife and I have a love for looking at other people’s junk and then giving them money for it... I am taking about garage sales. Inevitably, almost every time we go to garage sales we run into a sale where there is some stuff out that is “not for sale”. Usually it is some toy or kid item that one of their kids drug out.
God’s grace is indeed sufficient, and can comfort us in our most trying times. One song writer penned these words in the beautiful song “Field of Grace”: “ Clouds are disappearing, sky’s are turning blue. Only just awhile ago I told Him, “I was through!” He did not rebuke me, but with arms of strong embrace, picked me up and carried me into a field of grace. Where all is quiet, leaning on His breast. He pulled me from a stormy sea to a place where I could rest. He told me, I was loved, told me I was safe, and I could stay till healing came in this holy field of grace.”
“Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.” – William Shakespeare
As a sophomore in college I had the opportunity to work for Bass Pro Shop in OKC. I enjoyed the experience, it was really my first time in “retail” and definitely opened my eyes to that world. During my time there I mainly worked as a cashier (I even got to be on TV once doing this, but that is another story!)
Many are under the false pretense that the older they get, the easier the Christian life becomes. I am by no means “old” at 32, but I feel like it was easier to serve the Lord in my teens than it is now. Before responsibilities, family, and work came along, I had a lot more time to pray, read the Word, and simply focus on the Lord.
“Any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” – A.W. Tozer
“Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because He is worthy, delightfully so.” – D.A. Carson
The greatest experiences of a believer’s life, are when they not only understand what worship is, but practice it. Worship is woefully absent from far too many believer’s life. Muddling through life, many never enjoy truly humbling themselves before the LORD in absolute adoration. We were made to worship, and whether you like it or not, you worship something or someone. Unfortunately, far too many worship and bow at the altar of everything other than God.
Does God deserve our best? Why is it that He often gets our leftovers then? Far too often God doesn’t get the best of our time and talents, but the leftovers, the “if I have times”, and the scraps. Honestly, I don’t believe Christians set out to give God less than their best, but it happens when intentional steps are not taken to ensure He gets the best.
What if you were handed a blank check today, and the person giving it to you said, “write whatever you want”? Better yet, what if the person who gave you the signed, blank check could really give you whatever you wrote down?