Last week, a fellow Christian challenged me to become more aware of God's appearances in my life.
Reflecting on my previous couple of days, I worked diligently to barrel through my list of tasks, eager to cross each one off of my list. I realized how quick I was to dismiss the ways in which the Lord was speaking to me in favor of furthering my own agenda. As I write this newsletter, I see where God had been (and still is) working in my life.
He's working through all of you.
Matthew 19:29 says, "Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life."
Although I have lost much during my nineteen years of being Christian, I have gained more brothers and sisters in Christ than I ever could have imagined. When I reached out to you asking if you would like to subscribe to this letter, the support was overwhelming. Your presence in my life is proof that God knows and provides for our needs before we even know we need them.
God is always working in your life. Sometimes He is using the people He has placed there to accomplish His purposes.
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“Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”
Caleb served the Lord for many years of his life. Because of his obedience, the Lord granted him strength and health for the majority of his life. But instead of reaching a prefabricated age where he was now supposed to retire and enjoy the rest of his life, he believed something not many of us do—his life was not his own. Earlier in the book of Joshua, Caleb is commended for following the Lord wholeheartedly. Caleb’s vow to serve the Lord wasn’t just for a few years, but for his whole life, until the day he takes his last breath.
As Christians, we think we only have to serve the Lord during our working years—the years in which we have the energy and vitality to make money to buy a house, raise our children and acquire the goodies we think will make our lives enjoyable. But in a Christian’s world, retirement doesn’t exist. If our lives are fully devoted to God, that means our lives are too. We don’t get to decide when we stop serving the Lord; He does.
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