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Does God even care? Does y=1/3x-51/3

Does God even care? How many times have you asked that question to yourself?

Sometimes it feels like God is not with us and we are all alone going through this world. That God doesn’t even care.  But no matter what we “Feel” like, His children are given a promise in 1 Peter 5:6-7 to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so at the proper time, he may exalt you, casting all your cares upon him, because he cares for you.”

So many times I am guilty of forgetting that God really does care about my life, and I fail to humble myself in his sight, casting everything upon him. I am so caught up in believing I can do it on my own, in my own strength, but Christ wants us to involve Him in everything, no matter how small, because he does care for us. If we are to do everything for the Glory of God (1 Cor 10:31), then He must help us. I learned this in a unique way this past week.

Before I say anything more, you have to understand a little more about me. I am not a person that excels in math, let alone Algebra. For me, finding X has been as simple as pointing to the letter on the page. Simple right. Well, it turns out that X is actually supposed to represent a number. A variable that could help your brother’s kite soar into the air, a plane make it’s way across the sky, or cause your car crash into that telephone pole you pass everyday on your way to work. Simple? Well, not really.

Let’s just say my relationship with algebra is…….well…..for lack of better words, difficult. However, the more equations I labored through, the more I came to understand and enjoy it. Yeah, imagine me ENJOYING algebra! But once you understand the concepts, and you have done it several times, it starts to click.

So anyway, here is what I learned. There were many times that I just wanted to through up my hands and quit. “This is just to hard”, and “I am not even going to use this in the future!”, I would say to myself. But instead I would cry out to God for help, and guess what…………..He did. Yeah, God even cares about Algebra, and do you know why? Because he created it’s complexity and he takes joy in us enjoying it. It is very much a part of our everyday life, yet we don’t realize it. I am amazed and humbled that God would care to help me with something as seemingly simple as Algebra. I would not remember how to solve an equation, and then I would ask God for help, and then He would remind me of the formula or steps to take  to solve it. I give all Glory and Praise to God for helping me finish my College Algebra course!

So my encouragement to you is to keep pushing forward. Even when your life, situation, circumstances, relationships, look like the variable X and you can’t seem to figure them out, and you wonder if God really cares. Put aside your pride, humble yourself before God, confessing your dependence upon Him, and ask for His help. Even for the little things.


Planting Seeds

Sower sowing seed

Saturday, I was humbled and inspired. All at the same time.

Humbled because I realized that I have not spread enough seeds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the lives of those I meet on a daily basis, and inspired, because God chose to use me to do the thing I haven’t done enough of.

It suddenly dawned on me Saturday that my hair was getting longer than I normally keep it, and that if I was to retain the status of  “clean cut”, and “professional”, something needed to be done. Normally my Mom cuts my hair, or I cut it myself. But since doing it myself normally ends up being a disaster, I decided to go to the barber, who can actually see the back of my head. 🙂

I do not intend at all to boast, but I really felt the Lord saying that I needed to witness to whoever cut my hair. Now you have to understand me. I am not the kind of guy who is outgoing. I really enjoy talking with people and learning more about them, but it is not something that comes naturally. So  you might say I have to work at it.

The Command to GO!

However, Jesus did not make excuses. He did not say “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” if you are an outgoing person, or if you really like talking with people. He simply said GO!

So I said, “Lord, if you want me to talk with that person and share the gospel of Christ with them, go before me and let your spirit prepare the way.” I ended up talking with a very interesting guy who has, in his words “seen it all man!”.

He told me about his life, and what he had been involved in. We discussed all the violence and sickening things he had seen, and how they affected him. In the middle of talking, I said “So in your great experience, what do you think this life amounts to?” We were then able to talk about his take on religion, I discovered he was a Catholic, and was able to plant the seed of the gospel in his life. I did not have time to go in great detail, or find out if he truly trusted in Christ, but I was able to plant those seeds.

Why we don’t spread seeds.

Sometimes we let the fear of man scare us from sharing the gospel with others. That can be fear of what others will think of us, fear of what that person will say, or do to us. It can be a fear that we won’t be able to say the right things, or answer their questions.

Did Jesus say we would be praised because of our witness for Jesus Christ? No because Jesus said “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.” Luke 21:17. Did he promise that we would not face persecution. Actually he says just the opposite. “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Tim 3:12

Then do we have any grounds to fear? The answers is emphatically, no. God has given us his Holy Spirit to guide us when we are speaking with people, and it is only his Spirit that can draw a sinful soul to Salvation in Christ anyway. So we should actually count it a privilege when he uses us to share the gospel.

Realizing the need.

In Matthew 13:4 Jesus shares the parable of the sower of seeds. The sower realized that he needed to sow in order to reap a harvest of grain. He couldn’t expect wheat to grow in a field in which wheat had never been sown, and similarly couldn’t expect to gather anything during harvest time if nothing was planted.

In the same manner, do we expect to reap a harvest of souls if no seed of the Gospel is planted? Granted, the Spirit is the one who draws those he has ordained to be his children, and only he can do that. But he has given us the responsibility to share the Gospel to those who may never hear otherwise.

So brothers, let’s go sow some seeds. Who’s with me?

You can find the origional post at theyouthchallange.org