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The Great Goal

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2012 by jimheinze

The Great Goal

They may start out with good intentions. But they also realize that the office that they’re striving for offers power and, in most cases, great wealth. They strive hard to obtain their goal. A lot of effort and money is spent on pleading their case to the public. Some twist the truth, some outright lie. All is done and said with the great goal in mind. We listen, we get confused, and then make a decision to trust one of them. We believe in him or her. We feel good about our decision. This one seems different. This one seems like the one who’ll do the job! Finally things are going to change. 

 On that day, they arrive at their posts. They are welcomed by those who have been there for years. For some it’s been a hard fought journey. For some, idealistic causes are still fresh on their minds. There’s the handshake and with the wink of an eye the game begins. Play along and you’ll get that power and wealth you desire. Cause trouble and you might as well not even unpack your suitcase. Avoiding the temptation takes great courage and strength. All too many fold, surrender, give up. After all, they want to unpack, put their things away and make a home and a future for themselves. The’ve obtained the first step of their great goal.

 There is one man who was different than all. He had a great goal. But unlike any other man His great goal was untainted with selfish desire or self gratification. His goal was free of the drive for power or great wealth. His great goal was motivated by His great love. 

 Matthew 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

 Jesus was moved with compassion for us! No wealth or power in sight. (in fact He was going to die to obtain His goal) Only compassion and love for mankind. His goal was to shepherd us to a relationship with God that can only come by surrendering to the Shepherd! He also said “come to me all who labor and are heavy ladened and I will give you rest for your souls”. Then He told His followers to go out into the harvest and let others know! The Great Shepherd desires to bring you into a great rest. To bring fulfillment to your life. What a great hope!

 You see, I am a laborer in His harvest. When I listen, I am not confused at His promises. I have no fear that He is “in it for Himself”. That brings me great comfort when I see those making their promises to obtain their great goal. There is a scripture in Psalm 20 that says: 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. 8 They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.

 His great goal? It was to offer us not only comfort from weariness now but beyond this life into the eternal. To live life trusting the Great Shepherd now is glorious. But Jesus Himself said  “I tell you for certain that everyone who has faith in me has eternal life.” John 6:47

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Worship? That’s tomorrow

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2012 by jimheinze

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Calendars are great tools to help us plan the future. With a quick glance we can scan the next week while mentally slotting our tasks into correct alignment for perfect order.  I mean, who doesn’t like to keep things organized? Monday is my day off, Tuesday staff meeting, Wed etc. By Saturday we’ve looked over our calendar with careful eyes in hopes that all that was recorded was successfully accomplished. Job well done! Then we see that tomorrow is Sunday. For some finally, a day of rest. For others there’s a list at least as big or bigger of things yet to get done before we flip the calendar to Monday and start the process all over again. Oh, there’s that small hour and a half appointment at 10:30. I’ve got to get to church and worship! Wow, then after that I have a bunch of stuff to do. Birthday parties, a day at the lake, last minute work to get done before Monday, homework, sporting events…..

We show up at our “place of worship” sometimes on time and sometimes late. Some sit and wait and some pitch in and get to work. Ushering, greeting, serving snacks, helping with the nursery, teaching the children, play our instrument, attending a “special” meeting afterwards. Turn off the lights, set the alarm and lock the doors. Whew!

Sunday night we again look into the future by scanning our calendars for the week ahead. Monday, back to work, pick up the kids, friends over for dinner. Tuesday …….