“You are concerned about…should I not be concerned…” At the end of the book of Jonah it is clear that there is a difference between what Jonah is concerned about and what God is concerned about. Jonah cares about temporal things that bring him pleasure; God’s heart is for a world that is lost and short of his intent for his creation. What are you concerned about these days? Are your concerns aligned with the concerns of God? “Let us see this world, O Lord, as through we were looking through your eyes. Amen.”
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Many will say they are seeking God’s will for their lives. What if we were to start here: God’s will is for you to give thanks… How would this look in our daily lives? How might it change our perspective as Christian leaders? – Let me see this world, Dear Lord, as though I were looking through your eyes and give thanks. Amen.
“For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great King over all the earth.” The Holy Spirit is given to encourage, empower, and embolden the church in its witness to Christ in the world. The Spirit is given to increase the Kingship of God over all the earth. Are we ever tempted to take God’s resources to build our own kingdoms rather than His? Is our ministry under the great King? – Forgive us O Lord for building our own kingdoms that give us control; help us to surrender to the true King and Your will and ways. Amen.
“Which of the two did the will of his father?” Read the passage. Talk is cheap. Saying the right things and giving the right answers come easier than living a life that embodies “not my will, but Yours.” Does my faith show up more in my words than my actions? Let my actions speak for themselves as I live out Your will for my life today and every day. Amen.
“I have come to Your will” Why did Jesus come? Jesus comes to do the will of the Father in the face of blessings, suffering and even death. What is the will of God that Jesus comes to do? How does this relate to God’s will for his followers and leaders in the Christian Community today? Is there a temptation to revert to “making sacrifices”, instead of “doing God’s will?” – Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired O God, but a heart and a body to do Your will. May Your will be lived out in our lives. Amen