Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday an in the wake of a great weekend and long workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused. So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.
Loved the day we at Kfirst yesterday. We continued our series “Playlist“as we looked at Psalm 132 (Read Psalm 132) as we put our focus on Holiness. My goal yesterday was to give a simplistic start to understanding a not-so-easy subject. I wanted to whet the appetite for you the listener to pursue the holiness of God and the depths He wants to bring your life into.
We’ve taken the beauty of holiness and done it a disservice.
- Some have shifted holiness from a MOVE OF GOD to the CONTROLLING of PEOPLE.
- We associated it with our own perfection and/or separation from anything/anyone we deem “of the world.”
- Leaves us in a constant state of disappointment and frustration.
- Some have DOWNPLAYED holy living in this dispensation of GRACE.
- I’m very thankful that I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus. But grace-living doesn’t ignore holiness; it empowers holy living.
I have been in a place of thankfulness all weekend for both Leviticus 20:26 and 1 Peter 1:16 which says,
“You must BE holy because I, the LORD, am holy.“
Holiness STARTS with understanding that the only perfection within us is Jesus. It is of immense relief that we don’t have to BECOME holy because He knows we could never do that on our own. It means, here right now, my life will reflect who I am in Jesus. I choose to live in response to the Spirit of God working within me.
Our challenge yesterday:
We give Jesus, not a room, not a closet, but the entire place of our lives over to Him. And from there, allow him the space to move.
This week, make space in your life for the Holy Spirit to move. That means, releasing those things that have taken up space in your mind and your emotions. And instead of letting them back in, offer that place to the presence of God to move IN and THROUGH you.
- Fight selfishness by looking for ways to open up your schedule to serve a stranger, help a friend, to be an encourager.
- Instead of being that complaining employee, transform your workplace by integrity, hard work, and an edifying attitude.
- In the face of a self-centered culture, find a way to be generous.
- Rather sitting in the sickness of criticism and negativity, discover the healing power of joy and laughter as you forgive people and engage in authentic relationships
Let “be holy” be more than a challenge for a week. Make it your life. Today, make your prayer: “I give you, Jesus, my whole afresh. Help me throughout this day to give you the space to move. I want to be the living reflection of you. I give you space to move.”
Love you all. See you on Sunday as we kick off our new series, “Pivot Point.”
BTW: Here’s a song to put on your #Playlist this week: