Monday Musings ... on Tuesday
Since yesterday was considered a holiday and I was out of town enjoying Christmas with all my kids and grandkids I will do my musings today. Christmas was wonderful. Our grandkids, and their parents, came to our house for a couple of days before Christmas, then all of us went to my son and daughter in law's for Christmas evening and Monday. We had a great time playing games, laughing, exchanging gifts, enjoying each other's company and eating. This was the first Christmas for our adopted grandson and our new son in law. Both survived relatively unscathed. We didn't allow the new son in law to see us at our uncut best until after he said "I do". Too late to change your mind now, you are one of us.
I enjoyed worship so much on Christmas morning. The atmosphere was great. People responded well, they hung around a long time sharing with each other after worship, attendance was decent, and best of all there were several who commitments to Christ. Now that is a very merry Christmas.
Sunday was the last of the series on the names of Christ from Isaiah 9:6. The focus this week was on the Mighty God. I got a little fired up while preaching this one. What a great realization the God is Mighty. He is Mighty to save. In Luke 2:11 the shepherds were told that "a Savior" had been born for them and all the people. In John 3:16 we are told that God gave his one and only son that we might be saved. Christ is mighty to save, we need to confess, accept and live this out. Christ is Mighty to sanctify as well. I Thessalonians 5:23-24. He sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter, guide, strength and sanctifier. You must confess, surrender and continue to live this each day. The surrender is ours, the strength to live it is His. The surrender must be sacrificial. This cannot be casual. It is a total giving of all we are and all we have and all we will have to Christ for his will. This is nearly always something that we realize the need for when we try to conquer struggles in our life and realize we are incapable of doing in our own strength and wisdom. It is often called a crisis moment, I don't really care what you call it, I just want see believers take this step of maturity and growth. Christ is mighty to sustain us in all areas of our life. He will finish his will, he will guide you and he will give you the courage to persevere. God is still God, no matter what you are facing. Christ is mighty to share. He shared his all with us, we are called to share him with our world.
What are doing with Jesus? Are you still trying to live in your own might? What will you do next?