Friday, July 01, 2011

Monday Morning Musings ... on Friday

On Monday my wife and I drove half way and handed 6 of our grandkids back to their parents. We had grandkids with us for a week and now we are recovering. That is why my musings didn't get posted on Monday. The next 3 days were met with one interruption after another, including a huge electrical surge that messed with all kinds of things at Church. The electrical problem took 24 hours to get fixed then we had to assess what we lost. Fortunately we "only" lost 2 A/C units. Given what could have happened and what a neighbor lost I feel fortunate. So here goes the musings, late but still coming at ya.

We helped our attendance by having 6 grandkids with us on Sunday. Our attendance was reasonable for a late June Sunday. My message on Sunday was entitled "Do You Accept this Charge?" from I Kings 2:1-3. In the old days you would sometimes answer the phone only to hear an operator tell you that someone was calling you long distance and wanted to reverse the charges. (That seems like a really long time ago, doesn't it?) If you responded in affirmative you were accepting the call and the costs. The Charge in I Kings was of King David imparted wisdom to his son Solomon and challenging him. We all have the choice of whether to accept this charge from God's Word. First David gave Solomon a couple of reminders. First, "be strong". Not in your own strength, but in the strength of the Lord and the Holy Spirit. Also he reminded him to show yourself to be a man, a man of God. We need to live as men and women of God if we make that claim. Not the world's definition, but God's definition. Quit trying to impress the world according to their definitions and show yourself to be who God created and called you to be.

The Charge: "Observe what the Lord your God requires". There is a right and wrong, and it is not based on how you feel. To live this way requires you to walk in God's way. Not yours, better yet, make his ways your ways and make walking in God's way your natural walk. Also, keep God's decrees, his commands, laws and requirements. This can only be done if you know God's Word, know God's ways and know God's will. If you know the Word, you will know God's ways and if you know the Word and God's ways his will become obvious for you. So, do it! It is time for us to follow Jesus. it is time to walk in his ways and quit trying to explain why our sin is the exception to God's word, ways and will. Then remember that God will be faithful to do his part. He always has been and always will be.

What will you do with this charge? Will you accept the charge and the call that comes with it? Will you pay the price?


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