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Don't Blink

Ecclesiastes 3:1,11 (HCSB) The Mystery of Time - There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven…. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.

 I was very close to my grandmother growing up. I used to ride my bike to her house almost every day. She taught me a lot over the years and we had lots of great conversations over the last few years of her life. Here in a few days, she will be gone eight years, but there is one thing she spoke to me that I have never forgotten. She always said wait until you turn fifty-ish fly’s after that. Grandma was around eighty- two when she passed, but she says from fifty on it was like she blinked and then was eighty.

I still have a few years before I make it to fifty, but I can’t help but think that things seem like they are flying right now. My hair is getting grayer by the day and Dalen just started college last week. Alivia is almost as tall as me and Allie is not far behind. Where has the time gone? It was just yesterday I was on Church St in White Plains playing with my Tonka truck in the front yard, the next day I was starting my first job and the next I was getting married to my awesome wife. I don’t know what is to come next but I do look forward to the next day. I know God has something great planned for our future.

It says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. The time has gone nowhere, it is here now. I don’t fear the past and I look forward to the future.  It also says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart: yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Whatever you do don’t blink. Don’t miss a chance to tell someone you love them. Smile at that stranger you meet while you are walking down the street. Talk to God and laugh a bit. Say yes to your kids when they know you are going to say no. Do something that you have said you are going to do for the last 7 years. Find the fruit of the Spirit in the Bible and use them accordingly. Pour your heart out to God. I promise He is listening right now.

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Pour Yourself

Pour Yourself

 Last week’s post I talked about being steeped in His presence and how it truly changes you (like a tea bag being steeped-you should check it out). Once you have been transformed, it is our responsibility to take the next step. We must them pour ourselves out. What does that even mean?
There are several scriptures in the New Testament where you can find the term “poured out;” examples on how and why we must be poured out. At the last supper (Matt 26:27-29), Christ made it very clear that the blood covenant that we as Christians now are a part of, was His sacrificial pouring out; a gift that He bestowed upon us, a large distribution of His Grace and Mercy for us so that we could now be accepted and come boldly to His throne room. It is literally an outpouring of His life in service and suffering because of His devotion for us all of His creation and now once accepting this gift, we become children of the Most High God.  Then Christ promised us a friend that would stick closer than a brother to help and guide us…a blessed gift that He generously poured out on us to enable us to do all that we must do. (Acts 2:32-34; Titus 3:5-7; Eph. 1:5-7).
Christ poured himself out-literally-He shed His blood for you and me. The Holy Spirit was then poured out for us. So, what do we do with this gift…how do we proceed? We pour out unto others. We give what we have so graciously been given. When you are given a gift, you have to open it, use it, appreciate it, be grateful for it, and sometimes you have to share it; in this case, that is exactly what is required of us. We can’t keep this gift on the shelf collecting dust. We have to lavishly pour it out daily. As we fill ourselves up through worship and the Word, we pour ourselves out–it is a cycle that never ends.
Paul recognized that He didn’t deserve this gift. None of us deserve this gift. But he acknowledged that there have to be results; there is a part that we must play, something that we must do in response to receiving this outpouring from God. It is our duty and honor to work for the Lord, to share the Gospel and be His hands and feet daily. At the end of Paul’s life, he reflects that his life was now poured out as an offering to God. He spent himself; his life was spent in service to God once He accepted the gift of salvation. He used every last drop to give to us all and as a result, we are all benefitting from his life’s work.
Being poured out is a symbol of total surrender – even unto death. To be devoted, to live a sacrificed life, and to always be ready to be offered and used. Does it really take all of that? Is it really that important? YES! YES! It really matters. There are people, friends and loved ones, people that we have yet to meet that need the same gift that we have been given. Let us walk in this love pouring ourselves out, serving one another so that their lives can be a sweet aroma to God.
Let God use you today. Allow His love, grace, and mercy to be poured out through you today. Be devoted and spent today….giving everything that you have received. The rewards are eternal. Remain faithful as Paul did. Finish your race.

 Ephesians 5:2   (AMP) and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

 Romans 15:16 (AMP)  to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I minister as a priest the gospel of God, in order that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable [to Him], sanctified [made holy and set apart for His purpose] by the Holy Spirit.

 2 Timothy 4:6 (AMP)  For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure [from this world] is at hand and I will soon go free.

 1 Corinthians 15:9-11 (NLT)  For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.  So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.

2 Timothy 4:5-7 (NLT) But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

 
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