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Donald Cree
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desperion|United Kingdom

I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule what is eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only with joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God.


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THE HALVES AND THE HALF-NOTS

Sep 05, 2010

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"All who saw it would jeer at him, saying, 'That man began to build what he could not finish.' " –Luke 14:29-30

 

Countless Christians are building half-built families, ministries, and churches. We are doing some good things, but it's often too little and too late, "for the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure
are our plans" (Wis 9:14). We have not faced the reality of how
anti-Christian and anti-family our society is. Therefore, we have not
calculated the outlay of what we need to build family and church in
such a hostile environment (Lk 14:28). This results in half-built
families and churches that are unable to withstand the pressures of the
world.

To raise a family now, we must have the mentality of Joseph when Herod was planning to kill the Infant Jesus. Joseph had to make a big decision immediately. To save his Foster-Child Jesus, he had
to take Mary and the Child to Egypt in the middle of the night (Mt
2:14). Any decision slower or less extreme would not have thwarted
Herod.

We, like Joseph, need to make these kind of big decisions to avoid a half-built family. To build a church-family, we need the mentality of Paul. If we're not willing to pour out our lives in
evangelization, be persecuted, and lay down our lives, why even try to
build the church? If we don't want to have what it takes, or give what
it takes, we will have a half-built church which will not give glory to
God but be ridiculed.

 

PRAYER: Father, because of the reality of Your love, may I face the most difficult realities.
PROMISE: "Who ever knew Your counsel, except You had given Wisdom?" –Wis 9:17
PRAISE: Praise You, risen Jesus. You gave Your all by dying to give us everything we could ever want forever. Alleluia!