Dustbuster

Servant.  

Not a word that is presently liked so much. 
Perhaps because we have lost sight of the intent and the Perfect Example of being a Servant.  John 13
Just in my span of years, I have seen the scowl on faces at just the mention of it; and signs of the bitter taste it leaves in the mouths of many. 

Do you?

 

And then the light shines brightly – the act of service – being a servant, is meant to be a healing balm in this cold, hostile world.

 

Serve one another in love. 
How healing would that be in homes all over this world? 

Should I say it? 
I think I shall.
We are more like JESUS when we serve one another in love than just about any other time in our lives. 
And the opposite of that – well, we know, don’t we? 

Love Serves. 
What says get it yourself

Guess What

Guess what.
An attitude of gratitude makes housework easier.

I’m not kidding. I proved it today.

There were floors to dust mop, toilets to clean, sinks, countertops, dishes to wash, laundry, cooking  – you know those endless tasks. Endless because we do them over and over again. And we can complain about it – a lot. 
But why?

Did not The LORD tell us whatever we put our hands to do, to do it for Him? 

Hey now, we can dust mop floors, clean counters, and all that other stuff already listed with a thankful heart.
Giving thanks that we can fellowship with JESUS while doing these things AND we can give thanks that we have floors and a roof and people on those floors, beneath that roof that we love.

AND we can train our children in the process (because yes they need to be taught to clean too). We can give praise out loud to our Gracious LORD as we work alongside those little ones – helping them with toys and clothes and whatever tasks they are ready to learn.  It will take holy practice for them and us! 

Believe it or not, Scripture does not say: cleanliness is next to godliness. However, if we look around at Creation we can easily see that our Creator is The GOD of orderliness, tidiness, etc. 

I really expect Heaven is beautiful, clean, and tidy. 
I think I best practice till I get there!   🙂

We were made for this,

Please know your honest questions are welcome here, via comment or email

Five Senses World

September15, 2019, Sunday School Notes

Ephesians 2:1-10

Our lesson writer entitled this session Resurrected. Wait. This isn’t Resurrection Sunday why a lesson titled Resurrected in the book of Ephesians?

What does it mean to be resurrected?

I often refer to Webster. My favorite is Webster’s 1828 edition.  And that edition told me this:

Resurrection A rising again; chiefly, the revival of the dead of the human race, or their return from the grave, particularly at the general judgment. By the resurrection of Christ we have assurance of the future resurrection of men. 1 Peter 1:3.

 

Creation repeatedly demonstrates resurrection to us. GOD built it in for us to see. Each night when we go to sleep we are picturing death. While we sleep we are dead to this world; we know not what is going on in it, we must be awakened to participate in it.

Each morning we emerge from sleep, even before we open our eyes, our senses kick in and we know we are alive. Each morning we vividly picture resurrection.

Similarly, SPIRITUALLY we once were DEAD.

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

We were dead to experiencing the HOLY SPIRIT. He was not in us; we were dead even though our body was much alive to our five senses, we lived by them. Then we were quickened as the Scripture states. We were RESURRECTED. In CHRIST JESUS we were made SPIRITUALLY ALIVE. So now we are physically alive and spiritually alive and the war is on! The five senses continue to SCREAM to be in charge and the HOLY SPIRIT quietly urges that we listen to Him. To whom we submit is the degree to which we experience RESURRECTION on a daily basis AND to the degree to which we experience our resurrection is to the degree that we demonstrate GOD to this five senses world we live in.

And that’s what I have so far. Good Intro, I think. 🙂

Navigating

Today. This verse!

Colossians 2: (AMP) 6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin],  source

Today, Abba, I pray for the grace to live in such a way as to lead someone away from sin.  Thank You for endearing this verse to our hearts.  Today, bring someone across our path that we can help navigate away from besetting sin. We pray to be on guard for ourselves as well as each other in JESUS name.