May 28, 2013
Can you believe all the changes since the year 2000? Computers, laptops, the Internet, cell phones, texting, Facebook, Big Screen TV, Social media, YouTube, iPads, Netflix. And that is only a slice of communications. So how refreshing is this fact … Jesus never changes! When you climbed out of bed this morning, regardless of how you might have felt, or the subtle changes you went through last night, Jesus had not changed during the night, the last decade, or the past 2000 years … or forever. He is trustworthy and consistent, a solid rock on which to ground yourself.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
No matter what your situation, you can turn to Jesus. Turn to Jesus … what does that mean? Obviously, not just a physical turning, so let’s look at something more practical and powerful. First, we need to turn away from the world’s values, the world’s way of measuring success, its’ influences, and its decision-making strategies. It means turning away from the desires of our flesh.
What choices are you facing? In every circumstance we all make one very key decision that determines the outcome of that particular situation. That key choice is, “Which lens or perspective will I use to view, experience, and assess this particular event God has allowed to come into my life?” Turning toward Jesus really means understanding, grabbing hold of, and using God’s instruction, forgiveness, grace, promises, and character to form the lens I will use to view each situation God brings my way. Following Jesus means … choosing His way and His lenses, not your own … choosing to receive His love and all that goes with it … choosing to trust Him.
If you use His lenses, of course you will still have problems and challenges. Remember the trials Jesus endured? But each one of these opportunities (yes, I called them opportunities) will be easier to navigate. And even more, you will get through them in a way that grows you psychologically and spiritually, because it won’t be you who responds to the adversity. Jesus, who lives in you, will be responding. You will perceive and respond in a Christ-like way, thus actually developing the Mind of Christ.
Today, choose to turn to and trust Jesus, doing things His way. Examine your lenses, which are your attitude or worldview. Do you engage in life’s adversities with a Godly perspective, or a me-centered view? God has room to work in your life and He desires to help you move on past the hurt, pain, and failures of your past. He will give you hope for the future. Use lenses based on who He is and what He teaches. Don’t use those distorted lenses with all the muck you’ve accumulated from this world. Turning toward or away from Jesus is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, I do want to trust You … not just verbalize it, but actually trust You in every circumstance. I know You love me and that Your plan for me is the best plan. Please keep me on track … show me the next step … and the next one after that. I know turning to You isn’t physical. Turing to you is all mental. Help me turn it all over to You and allow Your perspective and attitude to be my lenses. Not just in the good times, but especially during my times of testing and discomfort. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One whom I choose to follow, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Proverbs 3:5-7
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11