During the past couple of weeks I have enjoyed watching the Olympics in Rio. Rio is one of the places I pray to see because of the statue of Jesus over looks the city much like we can imagine He overlooks this world. I come from a long line of athletes that are in my family. I have a little athleticism in me, not very much, but I do enjoy watching those that have an abundance in most sports. It has always amazed me what a person can do athletically when he puts his mind to it.
During my youthful years, and many adult years, before I knew my Lord, I thought very highly of a person who had a great work ethic. I lifted a person up in my mind and heart who followed their dreams, and accomplishing what they set out to accomplish own their own by their own strength. I thought very highly of a person who could create their own work ethic, and followed it by His own strength. I was inspired by those who pushed themselves past where they had been spiritually, physically, and emotionally through their own power and grace or acceptance they received from others in the world.
I admired them and who they set out to be with all their gifts and pushing themselves to the highest level they could possibly get! I boasted about them, gave all credit to them and those that encouraged them. I worshiped some as an idol, and they inspired me to move past where I had been. It did not matter what dream I was living at the time in my own life I used them to inspire me to accomplish it. I thought if they can make a dream come true they wanted I can too, if I work hard, and if I believe in myself; I can do it!
Then I met my Lord and Savior and my heart and mind completely changed direction as I was willing to let Him change them every day because of who He was by the presence of Him I received from the Cross. As soon as I received Him my whole thought process changed by Him through the Holy Spirit. He became the person I lived for and I became the person He lived in and through.
He took me where I had never been in my mind, He gave me gifts, gave me a work ethic that went past my own ability, and gave me a strength and acceptance that inspired me further than I had ever been. He also has given me other true children of God that know Him as I do. We give Him all the glory and praise with our mouth, Him being our Lord on any platform we are given, and with our hearts walking as He did.
Now when I see an athlete, or any other person that has gifts, and accomplishments I know where they get all the gifts, the work ethic, the passion, the ability, and the grace or acceptance to accomplish all they dream or want to accomplish. What hurts me now that I know Him, and all He is that gives us life, is not many confess His name as Lord with their mouth when given a platform to glorify Him, nor do they show He is the treasure they hold most dear to their hearts. What hurts me now is what hurts Him because He is within me through His Spirit.
I am sure I hurt Him, and His true children when I did not acknowledge Him as Lord of my life. When a person receives Him they know His forgiveness and mercy he gives them to begin with Him for the first time being their Lord or begin again with Him being their Lord. Today may be your day to begin for the first time or begin again as Him being your true Lord of your life filling your heart and mind, and confessing it with your mouth!
Luke 12:8 “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man, will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.
Matthew 5:20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and dust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
A persons worldly accomplishments, their own work ethics, passions of this world, fulfilling their dreams, wealth, fame and acceptance from others will all pass away, and they will come to the end of their life without true love, peace, and joy that never fails. I know this because before I knew Him I did know His love, peace, and joy that went past my own natural human understanding. His peace is Him that goes past this world and past our dreams, past our own way, and working out our own accomplishments own our own.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
A person without Christ will be missing out on God’s favor, and acceptance from His gift of grace that takes any person past whatever they can accomplish on their own through their natural or spiritual gifts here and now. I know because I know the person I use to be before I knew Him. What good does it do if a person gains the whole world but loses his very soul?
Matthew 16:24-26 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life (soul) will lose it, but whoever loses his life (soul) for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
If a person is not losing their soul for His sake they are missing out on His will, His wisdom, His grace, His faith, His path, plans, and His future for their life that can take them past themselves and this world now into the next for eternity.
He will get all the glory and praise when a person truly has given their life to Him now and for eternity. A person who has given Him their heart knows He is their most gifted treasure. They know He has given them a platform to glorify Him!
Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, this is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: This if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the death, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Today are you giving Jesus glory by confessing with your mouth He is your Lord no matter where you are or the platform He has given you to speak from, and are you revealing He is the most gracious treasure of your heart from your way of life changing into His ways, thoughts and desires? If you are then you are already praising Him by way of your mouth being your Lord, and giving Him all glory from your heart as you being His child. You have lost your life for His sake, and found your true one!
If not, today you can begin being His true child by going to the cross and repenting of not acknowledging Him in all your ways, by confessing with your mouth, “Jesus Christ is Lord” every day, and living through His heart in all ways He has given you on any platform in life every day! He loves to prove who He is in your life everyday as you surrender yours to His when you speak and walk. He wants to take your soul and spirit past yourself and this world now into total freedom from yourself and this world into Heaven for His Kingdom!