It’s Sunday morning…
We get up, eat breakfast, brush our teeth, and get dressed in our “church” clothes. We drive to church, find a good seat, and say hello to our friends and neighbors.
And we are moved by the rhythm of worship, from the way the music wakes up our sleepy soul to the power and passion of our Pastor’s message and words. We feel ready to take on the day with new zeal, to help our ailing brothers and sisters, to donate our money and our time to worthy causes in need, to spread the word of the gospel to those in desperate need of our Lord and Savior. Maybe we go to brunch afterwards and ponder or discuss with our partners and families on how we can participate in building God’s Kingdom. We might even make plans about going on that missions trip or gathering together things for the food pantry, but what happens by Monday morning is what happens to many of us every single week…
We forget. We lose our resolve and our desire to do MORE.
Our intentions were solid and true, but our follow through fell through when all of the hustle and bustle of Monday took hold of our consciousness. The stress and worries of paying bills, making lunches, getting our kids to school on time supersede all of those golden intentions, no matter how passionately we felt them only hours before.
So what do we DO with that?
Do we just give up then? Should we accept the heavy burdens of our daily lives and stop kidding ourselves that there’s time to do MORE?
The Bible teaches us that this is the most important quality of a true Christian life, besides the obvious which is accepting Christ as one’s personal Savior. In order to fulfill our loving duty to our Holy Father we MUST do more for one another- we are called to serve no matter how busy we think we are in this world. Because there’s only one real job to do here on this planet and that is to further the Kingdom of Christ.So HOW do we accomplish this? It’s about waking up every morning and reassigning your priorities to their proper place. Of course you still need to get to work on time and get the kids off to school, but
So HOW do we accomplish this? It’s about waking up every morning and reassigning your priorities to their proper place. Of course you still need to get to work on time and get the kids off to school, but first you must set the intention in your mind to carve a piece out for Jesus. It doesn’t matter how small or large, significant or insignificant it may seem. God is not punching you into a timeclock, he just wants your heart in it and to show others how to put their heart into it too.
Maybe that looks like paying for someone’s coffee at Starbuck’s and telling the Barista that you did this in Christ’s love for your brother or sister. Maybe it looks like talking to a co-worker at the water cooler about how God blessed you over the weekend. Maybe you could stash a blanket, some food and a bible in your passenger seat and hand it to the homeless man you see every night on your way home from work. The point is that there are a billion different ways to start the conversation about Jesus and to open people’s minds and hearts. You simply have to start.
So take your first glorious, morning breath, give thanks to the Lord who placed that breath in your lungs and set your intention to glorify God and his kingdom. You won’t be sorry that you took the first step.