Wednesday, March 31, 2021

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you.  Wow, can you believe it’s Holy Week already?  Lent went by in a blink.  In the Wednesday, February 17, 2021 message I asked you about your approach to Lent and challenged you to a brand new habit.  How has your Lent moved you in your relationship?  Go ahead, take a moment to search the highlight reel.  I’ll wait………

I hope you saw conversations of confusion, enlightenment, comfort, joy, peace, questioning, discovery and aha moments.  But above all, I pray that your conversations with the Father, Son, and Spirit brought you growth and a greater, more two-sided relationship.  The more you choose to engage with the Lord, the more you move your relationship from one sided to balanced. 

In Monday’s Gospel reading, John 12:1-11, this part particularly caught my attention as if I were hearing it for the first time.  “The large crowd of the Jews found out that He was there and came, not only because of Him, but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.  And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.”  Talk about being used for God’s mission and glory.  No, Lazarus didn’t choose to be raised from the dead and I really doubt that he chose to have people want to kill him.  There’s no doubt that life can seem a bit crazy and turn on a dime.  But where does your constancy lie? Awhile back, in a conversation with my niece, who is a gymnast, she was telling me how now that she doesn’t compete and doesn’t have to keep her hair pulled back so tightly, she has new hair growing along her hairline.  So you may be thinking, “What does that have to do with anything?”  Let’s take a step back.  When did it stop growing?  It stopped when constant pressure and opposition dominated it.  It’s like it gave up trying.  Now that her scalp is relaxed, in a natural state, and not under constant opposition, it’s able to peacefully grow as it was made and intended to.  Where does that opposition lie in your life, that is constantly pulling you away from Christ?  What’s the opposition that’s creating pressure in your life?  What’s the opposition that’s stopped your growth?  You have a couple days left this Lent.  Come back to Him.  Talk with Him.  He’s not mad at you.  He misses you and wants to talk and spend time with you.  Allow your time with Him to release the pressures and oppositions on life.  Allow your time with Him to open you up to new growth.  Sometimes the stories about Him just seem like words on a page, but He’s a pretty awesome God when you get to know Him in person.  He’s literally dying to meet you.

Bless others and be blessed. 

If the Lord has touched you in some way with His message today, I ask that you pay it forward by sharing this message, so that you and He may also bless others.

#ElevationRhythm – Quiet

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