My Final Lesson from Kenya
Hey, over the past month I’ve spoken to all of you about a broad range of things I learned in Kenya, but there is one person I have spoken of the entire time: God.
There is a reason I’m speaking to you about God. I don’t just think He’s cool…if that was all I thought of Him I’d also be speaking to you about cars, my friend Paul Hobbs and the movie Transformers.
No, the reason I’ve been speaking about God, and the whole reason I write this blog is because I believe He is the single most important “one” there is. He’s not just something extra that I write about, but He IS what, whom, I write about – because He is so important to me.
So instead of me communicating more to you right now, I want you to communicate with God.
So I’m asking, daring (yes, I just threw out a triple-dog, no erasee dare your way), you to approach God for the next 5 minutes. Here is a possible structure you could use (bend it whichever way you’d like!):
- 1 Minute talking to God and seeking Him
- 4 Minutes waiting and listening to Him
And do this all recognizing that He wants to talk to you and communicate with you (otherwise I don’t think He would have made you)…
“’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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you…’” Jeremiah 29:11-14
Start talking to God….
Now for those of you who don’t yet have a relationship with God, know that it is not something you earn, but something you are given. God loves giving something called grace – a free gift. The Bible says in Romans chapter 5 – “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” You see, it’s a gift…from God. See, sin separates us from God, but He gave the greatest gift of grace ever recorded in history – and gave him the name Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God’s perfect Son who died in your place for your sinful ways (just like he died for mine)…He didn’t do this to neglect you or push you away, but to open up the possibility of a relationship between you and His Father, God…Because sin separates us from God, He had to do this in order for us to be made right with the Father…and Scripture says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) It also says, “…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is LORD,’ and believe [trust] in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
And know it is by faith you are saved, not works……Ephesians 2:8, 9
Begin a relationship with God today…
And everyone reading…right now, take the extra time of reading I have freed up (by shortening this) to get in touch with God for the next 5 minutes at least.