All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.
Freedom is not free—it cost God the death of His Son. This truth motivates us to protect and value our freedom for the precious gift that it is. As God’s children, servants, and friends, we are not free to do whatever we want; rather, we moderate our freedom to protect our connection with Him and with one another.
Christ died to set us free from sin, death, fear, and shame in order to establish us in freedom so we can live and love as God’s glorious children. Freedom is very personal, but it is not self-centered. We have been given freedom so we may present ourselves to the Lord as a willing sacrifice, surrendered and ready to serve.
The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is crucial; every generation is strategic. But we cannot be held responsible for the past generation and we cannot bear full responsibility for the next one. However, we do have our generation! God will hold us responsible at the judgment seat of Christ for how well we fulfilled our responsibilities and took advantage of our opportunities.
It is narcissistic behaviour to demand that other people be sensitive to your emotional triggers. When your personal happiness is dependent on other people’s behaviour, it guarantees you’ll be chronically unhappy and always see yourself as a victim.
Tag, we’re it. The baton of faith is in our hands. There’s no point waiting for the cavalry, we are ‘it.’ God has plucked us out of eternity, positioned us in time and commissioned us to share the good news of the Gospel to our generation. Most of us think that someone else can do it better than us. Someone else is more qualified than us. Someone else is more educated than us. Someone else is more charismatic than us. Someone else is more gifted than us. SURELY God wants to use someone else. Anyone else but me? The truth is God called you. God chose you. God sent you. And me.
Some of you may think your sphere of influence is not that important, but to God, and His purposes, taking responsibility for your “bean patch” is vital to the overall expansion of God’s Kingdom on earth during this season.