GOOD ROOTS, GOOD FRUIT

GOOD ROOTS, GOOD FRUIT

I was recently listening to a speaker who said entering into his 20’s was like an exclamation mark. You know, like a “I got this,” attitude, “I have all the answers,” or “trust me, I know.” He said when he entered his 30’s the exclamation mark turned into a question mark: he found he had a lot more questions and not so many answers. I can relate. I thought I had a handle on life going into my 20’s only to discover I had a whole lot to learn about life. It seems most everyone is an expert until they actually have to live out what they deem themselves an expert in (leading others, marriage, parenting, etc). It seems most everyone is an expert until they actually have to live out what they deem themselves… Click To Tweet What I have seen in my own life and in the generation before me is that, due to our over emphasis on success and achievement, we have the tendency to be fruit-focused (results) instead of root-focused (character development). Both are important, but the truth is: when we have a healthy root system good fruit naturally grows. “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.” – Jesus (Matt. 12:33) A wise man named Dallas Willard once said, “God is much more concerned with who we are becoming than with what we are doing.” I would have to agree. From Scripture, we see that God is never in a rush or a hurry when it comes to dealing with...
AWE OF GOD

AWE OF GOD

During a prayer meeting many years ago, I read aloud Psalm 145. I was stunned by how much gold was packed into just this one psalm. Even though I had read this psalm countless times before, I was gripped afresh by the exaltation of God and the lifestyle of praise. Yet again, this last week, God had me stumble upon this psalm with fresh eyes and a hungry heart to be reminded of the importance of awe in the life of a believer.   Awe for King Jesus and who God really is brings substance and nourishment to our life in God. I’ve found, in my own life, that when I stray from the identity of a worshipper and I think of worship as an activity, something that I do, my vision of who I am gets off course. Worship always needs to be an identity before it ever becomes an activity. Our first ministry in life really is unto the Lord. The sweet place where we just enjoy God for who He is and all He has done. Not worshipping Him in the hopes of getting something from Him, just doing it out of sheer delight in Him.   Over the years, I have found that when I am captivated by God it becomes much more difficult for other things to captivate my life. Most of life can tend to be mundane. Not boring, just not always a fireworks show. Because our culture has conditioned us to constantly need more and to need hype, I think a lot of us, me included, can easily look elsewhere for awe....
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