Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Musings ...

Wow, I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted. I was gone for a couple of the weeks, but am back now. So here goes...

Yesterday was a difficult day for me. A lot of little things didn't go so well as we headed into worship and then our attendance was terrible. I don't know if it was the heat or the low attendance but the atmosphere just seemed really flat. I had a really hard time getting past that atmosphere.

Began a new sermon series yesterday from Matthew 26:6-13 and entitled "Why This Waste?" Have you ever asked that question, or heard someone else ask you that question? How would you define "waste"? Here are a few ways to define waste: an excess of something; something not being used or being used for the wrong purpose; something useful being tossed aside or ignored.

To help lay the foundation for this series we examined the facts of the incident described in Matthew 26:6-13. The facts are Jesus was present. This is the most important fact of this situation and it is the most important fact of your life as well. Is Jesus present in your life? If not, don't worry about the rest, get connected to Jesus first, ask Him into your heart and life. Another fact is that someone poured out their best for Christ. This gift was irrevocable. She couldn't take it back once she poured it out. The vessel holding the perfume was likely broken so it could be poured out which means the vessel could no longer be used for it's previous use. The contents were given completely to Christ. Nothing was held back. Also, there was no chance for a refund from what she gave up. I think this is a reason many of us don't our all to Christ, we are looking for the promise of a refund. You know, just in case things don't go as we imgagined they would go. Jesus called the disciples and said "follow me", he didn't promise where that would lead. The last fact we examined was that this giving, actually this way of living, was mis understood. If you are only willing to serve Christ in ways that will be understood by everyone then you will not serve.

What are the facts in your life right now? Is Jesus present in your life? Are you giving Christ your best, irrevocably and completely? Are you holding out for a refund promise in case your service for Christ doesn't go your way?

What will you do with these facts?


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