what’s the cost?

I heard a great song today for the first time.  I’m not sure of the name.  There was this one statement in the song that leaped out as I heard it, “I’ll go anywhere at any cost for my King.”  As I heard that I wrote it down and sat there and pondered those words.  Do we as a church really believe that?  Do we really know what that means? And do we live those words out?  Do I? 

We started a new series at church called “Dominate” based on the Book of Acts in Chapter 1.  What a soul stirring message… a convicting message.  The Good News is not safe.  We are in a fight.  Yet Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:18, “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” [the church].

 I have made some moves in my life in following God that have cost me a lot!!  I often wonder how has God received glory from those things… in the wake of it all – there has been alot brokenness and separation.  The amazing thing about God is His never ending love and grace and that He keeps calling.   

Read what it cost Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28.

To illustrate how the Gospel is not safe Michael quoted Erwin McManus, How could we ever think the Christian faith would be safe when its central metaphor is an instrument of death?”  

Stamping out the noise.

Distractions.  Focusing on others.  Problems.  Things out of control.  Noise.  Interruptions. Work.  Money. Career.  Moving up. More noise.

There’s a lot of talk about change these days.  One can’t watch the news without hearing about change.  Driving down the street there are signs up and bumper stickers promoting change.  But in all the noise of the debates and whining does anyone really know what it is all about?  Or is it just some cute catch phrase?

Right now, I need a change.  Several changes to be honest.  Change is good.  I’m not talking about politics either. I’ve been rather restless these days with all the things that weigh my mind down.  I need a change in my mind and my heart.  I need a place to get away from the noise, the distractions, the thoughts of work, the news, and the cat! 

For me change is coming… change is here.  A time to sit down without distraction to have a one on one conversation with God.  Real change can happen.  But it will not occur in a speech or in the voting booth.  Real change will only occur in a quiet moment in honest conversation with God. Then live it.  James 3:13 -14, “Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live will, live wisely, live humbly.  It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.” (The Message)

I’ve scheduled an appointment with God to meet me daily at 5:30AM.  It’s the only time when things aren’t buzzing around the house.  Not sure what the cat is doing at that time.  Hopefully sleeping and leaving me alone.

 Psalms 37:5-7, “Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.  Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him.Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.” (The Message.)