Honor Your Past

The Children of Israel had been carrying the bones of Joseph around for a generation, but they didn’t even know where Moses was buried. That’s because God buried Moses Himself—a very private internment.

How many people do you think will attend your funeral? Does it matter?

“So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day.” (Deuteronomy 34:5-6)

God knew that the Children of Israel would enshrine Moses and forget about moving forward. The best way to honor your past is to move on from it.

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Run to the Cross

Unexpected tragedy has a hypnotic effect. You can’t take your eyes off it. You can’t stop thinking about it.

If it’s global, we watch hours of endless TV coverage. If it’s personal we lose sleep. And our appetite.

Until we begin, little by little, to turn our attention to the cross. Calvary is the worst tragedy ever. Children hear about Jesus, and His wonderful life, and when told of His death they ask “Why?”

It’s an unlikely conclusion. It shoves “happily ever after” out of its way.

And Calvary is the tragedy that we can put in the place of all other tragedies. It releases me from the trance. That is because the cross-tragedy has triumph connected.

The cross stands in the shadow of the resurrection.

“…that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:5)

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Will We Ever Learn?

Well, actually, no.

At least not as a whole.

It’s like the words of the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 1:11: “We don’t remember what happened in those former times. And in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.”

Humanity is ever learning the same lessons. You pick up a few pointers to pass along to your kids but by then they are involved in the throes of figuring life out without you.

There is a simple solution: Calvary.

Calvary is God invading and subjugating the futility of human existence.

But, alas, Jesus says to that, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Run to the cross and cling to it. It hails the end of despair.

And by all means, live, without waiting for someone else to lead, praying that someone will follow.

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When to Be Stubborn

Most of us can become indignant and even outraged at the wrong time over the wrong issue. If it is not the wrong issue it could still be the wrong time.

That’s when it looks like self-righteousness.

If you want to be protective of something, here it is: Never let anything keep you from worshipping God.

“Then Pharaoh called for Moses. ‘Go and worship the LORD,’ he said. ‘But let your flocks and herds stay here. You can even take your children with you.’ ‘No,’ Moses said, ‘we must take our flocks and herds for sacrifices and burnt offerings to the LORD our God. All our property must go with us; not a hoof can be left behind. We will have to choose our sacrifices for the LORD our God from among these animals. And we won’t know which sacrifices he will require until we get there.'” (Exodus 10:24-26)

The word that stands out in those verses is Moses’ “no”.

Know when to say, “no.”

When you have spent yourself in God’s presence, you have energy left only for Him, and His purposes.

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Never Forget Them

If there are people who have had a harder life than yours, count every benefit as a blessing from above. Furthermore, count yourself a blessing to the people who are in trouble.

“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Don’t forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.” (Hebrews 13:2-3)


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If It Was Worth Starting, It’s Worth Finishing

Beginnings are wonderful and filled with energy, but they are not meant to sustain us for the long haul. There must be continuity— so honor the past by building on it.

“So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.” (Hebrews 6:1)

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The Unity of the Spirit, the Unity of the Faith

In Ephesians 4:3 we read “…endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

If our families and churches please the Holy Spirit by abiding and growing together, He transforms us into the statuesque image of the glorious Son of God through whom the greatest works are accomplished. These miracles are done only by faith that is grown into together.

Ten verses later we find, “…till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”

Our personal development cannot be separated from our corporate life. If I want a more robust faith to accomlish greater things, I will do my part to build the body of Christ.

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