Some Questions To Ask

What will it take for you to do something great for God?

This question was asked at church last night during the message and it has been on my mind throughout the day.

What will God have to do to get your attention?

What is in the way of you doing something great for God?

Who is in the way of you doing something great for God?

God wants to use you. God wants to do something great with you! That is why He created you!

Hey Christian, stop and ask yourself are you doing what God wants you to do?

Are you where God wants you to be?

Are you in the center of God’s will for your life?

Are you willing to do something great for God?

 

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Lessons from the Links

Today, I had the opportunity to go see some of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN. I fell in love with golf about 4 years ago when a friend of mine convinced me to go play a round with him. Golf is one of the most challenging things that I have ever tried in my life, and that is why I love it.

I never really payed attention to golf as teen or in my early 20s. I always made fun of it, thought it was stupid, and never even wanted to try it. When I went a played that first round, I realized why people loved the game. It is challenging. It is frustrating. But the reward of satisfaction of hitting that one good shot is enough to keep trying replicate that feeling.

Anyways, since that first round, I have watched more of the professional golfers to see if I could learn anything from them. I also have had the opportunity to go see them play in person twice.

I was thinking about what I could write about today and I decided to write about what I saw today while I was at the golf course.

Being a professional tournament, they had it roped off where you could walk and where you couldn’t walk. You could make the choice off going underneath the ropes and being where you shouldn’t be, but you would probably be escorted off of the property and you will miss the tournament. Being at the tournament today, reminded me of the Christian life and how God has marked our pathway for us. He has given us the King James Bible to guide us where we should go and where we shouldn’t go. When we try to go our own way and get off track, we will have to pay the punishment for our mistakes. These choices may set us back in our service for Christ and what we should have been doing for Him.

Another thing I noticed is that no matter who the golfer was or how good they were, they all faced the same hazards. Whether it was the water or the sand traps or the rough or even the tall weeds, every golfer had to avoid them. In the Christian life, whether you have been saved for one day or 40 years, you still have to avoid the same hazards or temptations. I like Proverbs 4:15 where it states “Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”  I know that this verse is talking about the path of the wicked, but let us take it apply it to those things that will draw us away from Christ. Let’s avoid the hazards of life that will keep you from reaching your goal.

The last thing I want to point out is the clubs in a golf bag. Each golfer has a set of clubs that he takes with him throughout the course and he uses different clubs for different situations. He has drivers, irons, wedges, a putter, and they all used differently. Do you realize that God made each one of us different and He has something special that He wants each one of us to accomplish. You are special to God and He has a task for you to accomplish while you are here on earth.

Just like golf is a challenge and it isn’t easy, the same goes with the Christian life. There will be bad shots that will make you want to give up and quit, but the good shots are what will keep you going! Just keep swinging! Just keep serving!

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Be A Doer!

If you haven’t noticed, I have been taking a journey through James. James is one of my favorite books. James is a book full of simple principles for the daily life. There are some deep wells of truth in James, but at the same time there are some shallow brooks of truths that all may come drink from.

Probably one of the most iconic verses in James is James 1:22. It is a reminder of what we should do with the Word of God, and ultimately how we should live our lives.

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

So many Christians are just hearers of the word. They heard the Word of the Lord for salvation and accepted Him as their Saviour and that is where the Word stopped. Some may go to church for a while to tip their cap to God and that is where the Word stopped. Some may read their Bible and pray everyday, but that is where the Word stopped. Some may tell others about Christ and that is where the Word stopped.

Everyone of us have heard the Word and everyone of us, in some way, have stopped. Whether it be in some commandment or in some standard or even some principle that is in the Word of God, we have stopped doing…or maybe never even started.

Christians, especially seasoned Christians, are good at picking and choosing what they want to DO out of the Word of God. They want to DO what fits their lifestyle and their likes and wants. They will hear the Word but not do the Word if conflicts with their desires.

As, I sit here typing this out, I am becoming convicted myself in where I stopped doing certain things. The only reasons I have for not doing what I should be doing are lame excuses.

We need less hearers and more doers of the Word!

Do read the Bible.

Do pray.

Do be a witness to others.

Do attend church.

Do tithe and give offerings.

Do be kind one to another.

Do love one another.

Do obey the standards that are found in the Bible.

We have all heard these things before, it is time we start doing them!

To top it all off, God says if you are just a hearer, you are only deceiving yourself. You are only hurting yourself. You are only keeping the blessing of God from you.

Be a DOER!!