Roots: Developing a Deeper Walk with God – Disc 1, Part 2


First Corinthians 13:8 says, “Love never fails….” One translations says, “Love never stops…” Usually you won’t fail if you won’t stop moving forward.  I think many are living below God’s best and living without His blessings, not because they are doing wrong things, but because they have stopped doing the right things. They gave up too soon.  If we are going to experience God’s best in our lives, we have to follow- through.  As Christ-followers we shouldn’t just think short term.  “How can I get where I want to be this week? This month?  This year?”  A Christ-follower (a leader) thinks about a lifetime.  We’re not thinking that when we hit forty, fifty or sixty the end of our life is near.  We should be thinking about living our life long enough to establish God’s will, to fulfill His plans, to finish the work He called us to and to be the people He created us to be.

The world thinks:

*Get rich quick.  How do I get what I want now?     * I don’t want to fulfill my contract.  If I don’t like it, I should quit or renegotiate.   * I don’t want to follow-through on my word.   * I don’t want to get married.  Let’s just have sex.

Today many people can’t follow-through. Often times that is why they are wracked with failure .  You and I are supposed to be different and follow God’s plan.  Part of that plan is long-term thinking and long-term follow-through.




Change is the way to LIFE

...we must be willing to change

Throughout the book of Proverbs, the words reproof, reprove, rebuke, correct and teach show us that to have the wisdom, and the ways of God, we must be willing to change.  Renewing our mind is more than just learning, and change is more than just gaining new insight or information.  The process of change has as much to do with “taking off” as it does “putting on.”  It is as much about subtracting, as it is about adding.  In Eph. 4:22-24 Paul says, “that we put off, concerning our former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and that we put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and holiness.” God uses the “taking off” and “putting on” principle throughout the New Testament.  In the process of renewing our minds, we have to realize that there are as many thoughts that must be taken off as there are that must be put on.  It is possible to learn many good things, but also possible to never take off the things or thoughts that keep us from success.

Moved with Compassion

I heard a pastor say once, that he had a guest speaker who said to the congregation when we spoke that he had a  “special anointing for you to prosper, and if you’ll will give, you will receive a hundredfold return.”  The pastor went on to say, that the offering the congregation gave was nearly ten times the normal missions offering.

Have we gotten to a place where our motivation is so self-centered that we’re not moved with COMPASSION at all? (Image Credit: Flickr nivas58)

Often times in the church when there is the promise of personal gain, the amount goes up.  But when we are ask to give to missions, or the poor or the needs of humanity its not as much.  This isn’t to be critical.  Its just saying we generally get more motivated for personal gain than anything else.   We may need to stop and examine our motivation, because its normal to be more attentive to and more involved with that which is close to us.  But have we gotten to a place where our motivation is so self-centered that we’re not moved with COMPASSION at all?  Are we moved only when there is personal gain?  I remember reading a book where the author said, that Jesus only did miracles and healed people to prove his deity (that he was God).  And now they don’t happened anymore cause his deity was established.  I was offended by the thought that God would use hurting people to prove who He was, that God didn’t really care about sick people.  Jesus didn’t need hurting people to prove He was God.  Jesus did miracles because He was moved with COMPASSION.   He healed, taught truth, prayed for labors to help with the harvest all because he was moved with compassion.  That’s what motivated Jesus–COMPASSION!  What is our motivation with God and others today?


Being “People” People:

Olaf Breuning

... the Bible does not say that life is a pie. Its says life is a river. You can drink as much as you want. God is infinite. he's not going to run dry. There's more than enough for all of us to get everything we need and want.

As disciples of Christ, we must become “people” people.  We are to care about people, to relate to people and to live for people.  We’re not envious or jealous and we’re not picking on each other.  We’re not competing with each other.  We’re not gossiping about each other.  Rather, we’re helping each other achieve God’s best.  Many Christians are frustrated because they have the “pie mentality” of life, meaning, “I’ve got to have the biggest slice before you get part of the pie.  When I see you eating a big slice, I get mad because it means I get a smaller slice of the pie.”  But the Bible does not say that life is a pie.  Its says life is a river.  You can drink as much as you want.  God is infinite.  he’s not going to run dry.  There’s more than enough for all of us to get everything we need and want.  I don’t have to worry about you getting too much, because we can all get as much as we want.  The point is, embrace the people you meet.  Love God and love all His Kids.  When you meet a negative person, be kind and move on.  Never let a closed, bitter, or small attitude keep you from people.  If we can’t love people, we can’t love God.