I just thought I’d share this wonderful piece written by Rev. David W. Yount as published on last Sunday’s bulletin. This devotional really moved me and made me think about what I have been doing for God for the length of my existence. While God blesses His children, He also desires that we become the salt and light of this world.
What occupies most of our time? Work? Family? Problems? Are we wasting our lives indulging in the pleasures of this world? It’s never too early or too late to be used by God. In our weakness He is our strength, all He wants is a willing heart who is ready to serve Him. 🙂 Read the article below and reflect 🙂
WHAT CAN STILL BE
by Rev. David W. Yount
The tears of Jesus on Palm Sunday were tears about What Might Have Been! Jesus came to offer a kingdom built on love — the love of God. If the Jews had believed HIs words, they could have experienced His forgiveness, the new birth by the Spirit, the power to be HIs witnesses, and the abundant life He promised. Some did believe an they received all that He promised.
The apostle Paul said to his dear Ephesian Elders “But none of these things move me: nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus!” (Acts 20:17-24)
Let’s imagine that your life is over! You are standing in front of an HDTV attached to a DVD! NOw God inserts a disc with your name on it labeled, “What Might Have Been.” It details everything God wanted to accomplish through you.
1. How He wanted to bless you financially, but you were afraid to sow seeds into the harvest and to be generous with others.
2. How He wanted to use your gifts, but you lacked the discipline to develop them and the courage to use them. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)
3. How He gave you relationships to develop, but you weren’t fruitful and loving enough to maintain them. Maybe you neglected many of the one another exhortations in the Bible.
4. How He longed to reproduce in you the character of Christ, but you neglected dealing with the sin in your life, resisting temptation, or pursuing spiritual growth. The poet, John Greenlead Whittier, wrote, “Of all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these – it might have been!”
But here’s the bright side. As long as God keeps us breathing, we have the choice to close the gap between what is and what can be. Let’s ask ourselves, “What can I do now to live without regrets?” For example, here’s what we can do.
Start renewing our mind each day with God’s Word. Get off our computer more and watch our TV less. Use our gifts, talents and treasures to build His Kingdom instead of our own. IF we do, we’ll discover this truth – “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” Let’s keep God’s promises in mind – “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-10, and Isaiah 55:8-11) And how about making time to disciple somebody? That way your impact will be greater than your lifespan. It’s not too late to become the person you might have been – if you’re willing to start today.”