Did you say friends?

Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Romans 16:12

Different people come in your life for different reasons. Some wants to get something from you: love, information, attention. Some have their interests or the interests of someone they care for in mind. Some just want to gossip or to use your weaknesses to their profit. Some love you genuinely and want a true relationship with you. All of those don’t matter.
They are there for a time, for a lesson. They are there to teach you to be holier, wiser and more God-centered. Some hurt you, disappoint you. Some betray, despise or mock you. Some distract you, draw you far from the most important by loving you. Those don’t matter.
The only ones that matter are those who come to work hard with you in the Lord. Those whom God rejoice to see you spend time with. Those you want your name to be associated with for eternity. Those you can call fellow servant. Those who are your true brother in Christ, who know that the goal is Him and who will fight with you so that you can know Him. Those who will encourage you with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Those who will warn and help you in all wisdom (Colossians 3: 16). Those are the only one worth crying for. They are the one you want the inhabitants of heaven to see you with.
We all need friends. We all need people to listen to us and encourage us. Let’s just choose those we can honor the Lord with. They are those God wants you to be with and He looks forward  to putting your names in the same sentence in His book.
Greet those workers in the Lord, (your name) and (that person name).

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For this purpose…

“And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them,  but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.” (Luke 4:42-44)

Sometimes we can feel there is too much to do and not enough time to do it. We need to find time not only for God but also for work, friends, church, evangelization, serving and encouraging others… and we need to sleep. Sometimes  we want to choose:  maybe stop working to share more Jesus with unbelievers or meet fewer people to be able to spend quality time with God and so on.

Jesus was a very busy man, but He achieved so much more than us. He served, preached, taught, healed, resurrected, spent quality times with His friends…  John even told us that He did  so many others things that it was impossible to write all them (John 21:25). How was He able to achieve so much? Mark 1:35-38 gives us the answer.

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,  and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”  And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.

Jesus had a busy evening. He healed people,  casted out many demons, handled a whole city… I guess He was tired. However, early in the morning, He went out to pray. Then when people tried to prevent Him from leaving, He said no because He had a purpose. He knew why He was there and was determined not to be distracted.

So maybe the solution to our “not enough time” is to spend time with God, to pray even if when we are tired and to know for what purpose we are on earth. Spending time with God should come before everything else. We easily forget that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). We easily forget that Him alone can renew our strength (Isaiah 40: 30-31). We also need to remember that He created us for good works that will glorify Him (Ephesians 2:10; Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 5:16).

So the question for each of us is: “Is your calendar  full with things that are for God’s glory?”  Let’s imitate Jesus by depending on God and by leaving for His glory.

 

Revelation

Today (or yesterday), I read the end of Revelation. It is glorious! It gives me deeper convictions about living my life for and with God.  I want to glorify him. I want to be in the winning side. I am amazed by Him. I want to know Him more.

However, today was a day of failures. I did not reach the goal. I didn’t keep my promise about that aspect of my character that needs to change. I spent too much time trying to prove that I am worth it. I too much time looking for approval and praise. And I don’t want to face God. But I need to.

I need His grace and love. I need Him to change me. I am so powerless.

I need him to remember that tomorrow he will till be there to help me. I ned His still small voice because He is my Lord and my saviour.