Archive - December, 2011

Jesus’ Coming

Last week my middle son (Cole) asked a very insightful question. “Do you think Jesus might come back on Christmas Day?” I asked why he thought that might happen. He responded by saying that Jesus came the first time as a baby & it made since that he might return again at the same time.

I’ve never thought about that before, but it makes a lot of sense. This is the type of simple faith that children have and adults need.

This morning I reflected on his question. Of all times of the year, strangely enough, I think Christmas Day is one of the last days of the year that I would expect Jesus to return. Apparently I’m missing something in this Christmas season. Christmas Day is a time of the year that calls for REFLECTION but it calls for ANTICIPATION as well!

As we anticipate Jesus return, we find great meaning in life! I challenge you this Christmas season to REFLECT & ANTICIPATE.  I read a passage of scripture this morning that spoke of the power & responsibility of living in light of the gifts we have been given, preparing for Jesus to return at any moment!  Faithfully & fairly caring for all that He has entrusted to us.  A great message to consider during this time of REFLECTION & ANTICIPATION.

(Luke 12:42-49 ESV)

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!

Coach, Disciple, Counsel

Ever find yourself having coffee or lunch with someone where there is no agenda?  No specific point of being together other than relationship or friendship.  Okay I realize this rarely happens in life today.  But, if we are making disciples, we should be engaging new relationships all the time.

Recently I found myself in a situation in which I hoped to see spiritual movement in a friends life, but there seemed to be no real agenda to our appointment.  So I created one.  Looking back on our conversation, I want to offer a framework for what I believe can create movement in a persons life through the work of the Holy Spirit.

COACH / DISCIPLE / COUNSEL

COACH: I began by asking a good open-ended coaching question: “What is one thing you would like to see take place over the next few days that would really make your holidays great?”

DISCIPLE: I listened to his answer to better understand his core values, idols, and world view.  We talked briefly about his response in light of the Gospel.  I pointed out that his answer failed in comparison to the peace that Jesus & the Gospel brings into our lives.

COUNSEL: Then we spent the last part of our time together looking at other options.  I offered counsel regarding some other life issues and challenged him: “I really encourage you to think deeply about who you are living for.”

Obviously, this wasn’t the first time we had met together.  But I do hope it was a significant conversation.  He left pondering some questions that admittedly weren’t easy to answer.  As a result, I sensed God’s movement in his life.

My prayer is that God will continue to reveal sin & self-centeredness in his life.  Only the Holy Spirit can bring an awareness of sin & a desperate need for the Savior.  So we are called to partner with God in pointing people to their need for better news…The Gospel.    I challenge you to use all the tools God has given you to partner with the Holy Spirit in seeing movement.

COACH / DISCIPLE / COUNSEL – in this order.