He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman, He grew up in another obscure village where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty

He never wrote a book, He never held an office, He never went to college, He never visited a big city, He never travelled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things usually associated with greatness. He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty three. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth.

When he was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned put together have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as that one solitary life. (Dr. James Allan Francis, 1926)

We hear a lot about oil reserves, oil fields and gas fields that are all over this great land. And if you will notice as you drive by some of these fields, you will see some capped off. The resource has been tapped into, but capped off, therefore not helping to meet any need at this particular time.

Jesus came, but why? He came to pay a debt that we could not pay. He came so that we might have life, eternal life. So, because of His life, His people are a great resource. Throughout history, God has used His people to accomplish great things for Him. But, what happens if our life is capped? We read in Scripture that God used Peter, Paul, Elijah, Jesus and many others. They were uncapped resources that God used. Uncapped resources have the potential to change the lives of those around them.

Jesus came, not to cap us, but to set us free to be used for Him. It is not about our ability or inability, our power or weakness, but about God and His perfect plan for our life.

Because of Christ, your life is important. As His resource to the world, are you capped or uncapped?



Half Hour

I recently read a book entitled, “The Power of a Half Hour” by Tommy Barnett. Barnett offers various insights on the importance of how we use our time. Have you ever considered what you can do if you will break down your life into half hour segments and give focus to them? Think about the half hour that you might spend thinking about your life and purpose. What about the half hour that you could spend each day improving your gifts and abilities. I guess you could call it your daily half hour “Tune Up”.

Barnett shared the importance of spending half hours with God in reading the Bible, praying and worshipping. He tells the story of how a lady was struggling spending time with God. Her life like many of ours was packed with time restraints. However, one day she realized that every day she spent a half hour in her car going to work. She started the discipline of turning off the radio and spending that half hour talking and listening to God. The discipline was hard to start and keep, but soon became a very important half hour in her day.

Another important half hour of our day could be spent working on our attitude. Our attitude is not just to be seen as a negative or positive part of our life, but is the very central part of who we are. Oh, by the way, people will define you by your attitude.

As you encounter your half hours today, I would encourage you to realize the power in that half hour. Harvey Mackey said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless”. Take a half hour today to be still, listen to God, listen to others, write a thank you note, share with your spouse, play with your children, dream about where you are and where you want to be, examine your daily disciplines, do something unexpected—and the list goes on and on.

We read in Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart”.

Today, you have 48 half hours—what will you do with them?


God’s Powerwashing

Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24).

Have you ever asked God to search you? To know your heart? Try you? Know your thoughts? And then to see if there was anything wicked going on within you, your life? Interestingly, the Psalmist asked God to do that to him. He didn’t stop there—he then said, “lead me in the way everlasting”.

Yesterday, I heard a noise outside of my office window. It was the sound of a small engine, the voices of a couple of men and some sort of air or water sound. I got up from my desk and looked out my window to see what was going on. Sure enough, a couple of workers were using a motorized power washer to wash the sidewalk, walls and windows of the building. I watched them as they power washed the sidewalk. To my amazement, the concrete fresh look was being revealed. The dirt and stains were being washed away. I walk those sidewalks nearly every day but I had not realized how the dirt and stains had slowly covered the clean, concrete look.

Just like the dirt and stains on the sidewalks, the same things happen in our lives. Day by day, week by week, month by month, we are affected by the world in which we live. The hurts, disappointments, sins, negative emotions, you get the picture, yes, they slowly build up in our lives. The sad reality is that oftentimes, we fail to see just how the dirt and stains of life cover up what God has cleaned up.

So, let us pray for God to search us, to know our hearts, try us and know our thoughts. See if there by any wicked way in me—power wash my life with His Word, with His presence. You may be asking, “Why is that necessary?” The Psalmist tells us so that God will lead us in the way everlasting. Our “ways”, our sidewalks of life should be clean. God’s power washing in our life will be refreshing, clean and those around us will enjoy the results as well.

As God’s power washing takes place in your life, you may be surprised at how much of the world’s dirt and stains have found place in your life.