Good Morning! Happy Friday!!!! Can I get an amen? What a week! I am so ready for the weekend…mainly because I love the tea party!!! Don’t forget 10am tomorrow and you are ALL invited!
I went back and forth between several but finally decided that my scripture memory verse this time is 1Cor 15:58 from the NIV. “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Mainly because today I need reminding to give myself fully to the work of the Lord…it is so easy to forget that command. Sometimes we give PART of ourselves to the work of the Lord. Sometimes we give NONE of ourselves. And then sometimes we give ALL. And wow is the blessing different in proportion to the amount we give ourselves!
I get caught up in the trap of looking at what other folks “do” for our church and community and that is a dangerous, skillful, hunting tactic in which the enemy sets up for us. All it takes is a little seed that the enemy plants that you can look around and ask yourself “if no one else is giving themselves fully to the work of the Lord, why should I?” And at that moment…sin creeps in. You become half-hearted, or complacent, or defiant, or lazy, or whatever…but not FULLY devoted! And you lose blessings. We must STAND FIRM!
Sometimes I wonder if there is a storeroom in heaven that says ‘Kristy’s missed blessings”, kind of like a warehouse but larger than you can imagine. And what if when I stand for judgment (as the Bible tells us everyone will), God shows me the blessings that I missed out on because I disobeyed, served half-hearted, etc. Because I believe a form of punishment is withholding of blessings! For that moment I will grieve what cannot be undone. Then Jesus will stand in front of me so that God only sees only Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb. And I will enter heaven (redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb who was slain for my sins) where grieving does not exist (Praise Him!).
So I am learning this verse so it can remind me…stay FULLY devoted to the Lord’s work…no matter what anyone else is doing…stay FULLY committed! I am only judged for myself...not myself compared to others! hallelujah!
Let’s hear your verses! Feel free to use mine!
And remember the disclaimer…the words in this blog do not necessarily represent the beliefs of the staff at WMBC! And I am quite certain these words are never stated as eloquently as the staff would state them…haha =)