October 13, 2012

Are You Lost or Found?

I know the obvious application is do you know Jesus or don't you, right?
My prayer is that you are eternally saved because you believe Jesus died for your sins.

I have a question for you today.
Are you lost or found in your walk with Christ?

As a Christian, I can be either in my relationship with my God. If I become too focused on myself or my life's circumstances I can look up and find I've lost sight of the Lord. I feel lost, sometimes desperately so.

Other times I awaken to a new day where His presence surrounds me and my life is focused on Him. The sweetness of being found daily by Jesus is indescribable.

The funny thing is that I choose whether I am lost or found each moment of every day. God never changes. He promises to never leave or forsake me. That can only mean that if I feel lost its because I have wandered away from His side.

Today I rejoice that I am found in Him: seeking His sweet face, listening for His tender voice, searching for Hus truths.

Today I choose to be found.

How about you? Are you lost or found?

October 12, 2012

God's Tape Measure

My grandpa was a carpenter. He could skillfully turn a plain piece of wood into a beautiful table or grandfather clock. It was mesmerizing to watch him work when I was little girl. Grandpa, like most carpenters lives by the golden rule of carpentry: Measure twice, cut once.

Wisdom would agree that this is the only way to approach a woodworking project, but what about a spiritual one?

God himself is a Master Carpenter. He is wise and wonderful. He looks at me as an unfinished project and I believe He enjoys the process of transforming me into His image. I am so very thankful that He is careful.

Using the Tape Measure of His Word He examines my life and determines where and what to cut away.

I believe He is more careful than Santa, checking twice before cutting.

As a hunk of wood, I yield my life to His hands. Though this process is not always easy for me, I trust in His finished work.

Currently, the Lord is cutting away at my pride.
When I have the fleeting thought, "I do not struggle with that"...
He is quick to show me that I am guilty and then he measures twice and cuts.
It is for my good.

How about you? Where you see the Lord using His Measuring Tape in your life?