This is the last post for Compassion’s Blogger month. Over 2,000 new children have been sponsored so far this month, which is fantastic. To meet their goal, Compassion is still seeking to get another 1,000 children sponsored before the end of the month. Surely we can get this done. It is our absolute duty to care for these children in need (James 1:27; Matthew 19:14). We have been entrusted with much so that we might serve much. It’s only $38 per month. What could you give up to save the $38 and sponsor a child today? As you consider that, remember that whatever you are giving up is being traded to provide a child with education, healthcare, clothing, food, self-confidence, and most importantly the opportunity to learn about Jesus. They will understand first-hand what it means to live like Jesus as they see you model Christ in your own life.
Archives for September 2012
Finding God’s Will
Are you still waiting for divine revelation to strike like lightening before you engage in building the Kingdom of God here on earth? If so, I have some great news for you. That revelation occurred 2,000 years ago when God walked among us in the person of Jesus Christ. You and I have been commissioned since the day we committed our lives to Jesus. One of the overriding themes in Steven Furtick’s book, “Greater” is to “stop waiting for what you want, and start working with what you’ve got. Your greatest limitation is God’s greatest opportunity.” In other words, the time to get started is now. No more excuses, no more rationalizations. You are equipped to begin right now.
Making Time for God
How are you building the Kingdom today? I don’t think it’s a question we often ask ourselves. If you happen to be one of those deranged souls like myself who obsess over planning and time management, are you scheduling Kingdom moments into your day? If you are more of the “make it up as you go along” crowd, how often does that translate into making something for the Kingdom? If we’re honest, the truth is despite all we know and our best intentions, we are still squeezing God into the margins of our lives. It’s painful to recognize this is not what the life of a disciple should look like.
Don’t Waste Your Life
In his book, “Greater”, Pastor Steven Furtick says “Most believers aren’t in imminent danger of ruining their lives. They’re facing a danger that’s far greater: wasting them.” In other words, we are far less likely to make a catastrophic mistake that forever messes up our lives than we are to simply watch life pass us by as we sit idle on the sidelines, mired in our mediocrity. The greatest danger we face is not becoming the person God has created us to be. Our greatest challenge is to begin moving towards becoming that person even when we have no idea where we’re going. God hasn’t called us to plan out our journey, but rather to simply follow Him.
A Letter to God about Child Sponsorship
Its blogger month at Compassion International, and a group of bloggers are banding together to raise awareness of children in need. The goal is to get 3,108 additional children sponsored this month. You can read more about sponsoring a child in a previous post I wrote (“Sponsor a Child through Compassion”). Each week Compassion is giving the bloggers an assignment or “theme” about which to blog. This week the challenge is to write a letter to God about child sponsorship. Not being quite certain how to go about this, I just began to pour out my heart to God concerning this topic. Below are the words that spilled out as I talked to God about the issue.