Good Intentions

Stepping out the door of our home early Monday AM I paused, "Laila, what will God do this week?" I asked.

"I have a strong feeling that He is up to good things we cannot see."

"I agree," Laila said, as we committed together to trust the Lord to guide us.

Life seems to be at warp speed with multiple variables converging. If I did not know the Lord and have confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit there would be anxiety. But anxiety is not resident. There is hope and excitement.

A few months ago while Laila and I were traveling we made a prayer list of things that we wanted to happen, but we do not have the power to make them happen. We are happy to do our part, but our part is not enough. We need the Lord to intervene.

Again and again we have rejoiced to take a pen and mark an item on the list as "DONE." God is answering one at a time. In my bones I know He will help us to mark off another item in the next few days.

This I know: Frogs do not sit on lily pads in strong moving waters.

This I know: We invest no prayer, no thought, no effort and the waters do not move. God does not reward "lazy" or "indolent".

The existentialist will sing "Que sera, sera whatever will be, will be

                                         The future's not our to see

                                         Que sera, sera,”

But those who follow Christ live by the mantra: "Go ye therefore into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature," Mark 16:15-16.

The existentialist is carried on whimsical winds to wherever pretending that forces of nature determine our destiny.

Followers of Christ recognize that our destiny was carved when God the Almighty arranged our DNA in our mother's womb. He designed us for glory of the Church in this life and to spend eternity with saints, angels and God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

Ours is a mission. We are driven. Passionate. Denying ourselves.

Taking up our cross. Following Jesus. Waking, walking, running to maximize efforts to share Jesus with others while we live.

I remember sitting many times in the Charlottesville office of a multi-millionaire.

He was esteemed in the community and for family reasons attended a church that he did not like nor believe in their doctrine. He liked Covenant Church, but never attended a single service.

More than once he talked about coming to Covenant. More than once he talked about giving substantially to help Covenant do mission outreach.

From time to time he might give a $100 check. With the check he would promise that his Will would have a generous inclusion for Covenant Church.

He died earlier than he expected. He left nothing in his Will for Covenant or Kingdom work.

Talk comes cheap. Well do I remember the poem:

     Minever Cheevy, child of scorn,

     Grew lean while he assailed the seasons;

     He wept that he was ever born,

     And he had reasons.

     Miniver loved the days of old

     When swords were bright and steeds were prancing;

     The vision of a warrior bold

     Would set him to dancing.

     (Other verses and then final)

     Miniver Cheevy, born too late

     Scratched his head and kept on thinking;

     Miniver coughed, and called it fate,

      And kept on drinking.

The world around us is drunk on lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and pride of life [I John 2:16]. Wanton pleasure drives people while they talk idly of what they will do for God and their love for Jesus.

It is Fake News.

Their actions betray them. They sacrifice nothing while expecting God above to fill their lives with blessings and grant them a Free Pass into heaven.

We who follow Jesus know that it is not reasonable to expect to reap where we have not sown. We know that God expects nothing of us that He has not enabled us to do by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Check our pulse. We are running to win. We are committed to activate "good intentions". We are willing to sacrifice. We are living our lives as a living sacrifice. We run to win all, willing to pay whatever price necessary to share Christ with as many as possible that we together may hasten the return of Jesus and inherit eternal life.

Good intentions are good only if we do something with them.

Much love

Pastor Bare

John 10:11 (Jesus) I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.