Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Musings ...

Yesterday was another good day. God is doing some great things in the lives of a few people and I am excited to see what will happen next. We had a good spirit in our whole worship service, there were a couple of people at the altar really seeking God's will, our small group had a great time of sharing, we have more new people attending and our new Associate begins in 2 weeks. Our attendance was not good yesterday but it wasn't terrible.

I continued the series "Why This Waste?" from Matthew 26:6-13. The key was that you need to choose who you will please. Which means the key question is "Who are choosing to please with your life?" This matters because this choice will impact your actions. Who you feel the need to please will greatly influence what you do and what you don't do. Are you living to please Christ or others? In this passage the woman was solely focused on Christ. We need to follow this pattern. Her actions were for Christ. She obviously was not focused on what others would think of what she was doing for Christ. If she had been worried about the other people's reaction she would have sprinkled a little and watched the reaction. Instead she poured it all out. We all must realize that you cannot please everyone. This doesn't mean you should try to make others mad, or that you should be concerned with the feelings of others. It means that you focus on Christ and his will and let him care for you no matter what others think. Live with the knowledge that pleasing Christ will have eternal impact. Too often we choose to go for the momentary impact. The impact that matters most is what will be eternal. Look at Jesus' statement about her actions. He said that she did will told wherever the gospel shared. That is a pretty big impact and that makes a difference in eternity. If we obey Jesus' call we will please Christ.

Whose reaction are you most concerned with? Are you focusing on Christ's pleasure or pleasing others? Look at your actions and ask who you are trying to please by what you are doing? You might be surprised by the answers.


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