In my thirty five years as a Christian, rarely have I received answers to prayers instantaneously. Yet, this past Sunday was one of the exceptions as God immediately sent words of healing to my deflated soul. Prior to attending church, I often watch a few of my favorite pastors. Some times one of them may have an off day, but all three spoke directly through the television to my heart. Dr. Tony Evans, James Merritt and Jentezen Franklin each gave me insight on what I am suppose to do next.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance, 2 Peter 3:9.
The first piece of advice was to start where you are. Depending upon your current spiritual state, this could be humbling, ashamed of how far you have fallen. Yet, for now, suck it up, set your ego aside and ask Jesus to mend your bruised, broken and battered heart. Once you come to grips with this reality, start to give and use what you have. Whether this is gifts, talents or time, follow in the footsteps of the faithful servants in the parable of the Talents.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing, James 1:22-25.
James is preaching to himself in the passage above, referring to his numerous years of inactive faith, listening to Jesus’ words without the conviction to act. This leads me to my final point, do what you can while you have the opportunity to serve. In a letter to the church of Corinth, the apostle Paul uses a sports analogy to drive home this point, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Striving to attain earthly trophies is noble, but you can’t take them with you in the next life. Therefore, invest your time on earth striving to earn crowns that will last by doing what you can now. May this blog give you the vision that you need to press on in this life.
by Jay Mankus