Week 2 - Day 8 - 2 Peter 3:14 / While You’re Waiting

14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

 

Waiting can be carried out in a variety of different ways.  One-way of waiting is to occupy yourself with business to allow your mind to be distracted from the waiting process.  Another way of waiting is to actually not wait at all and just forget about the need to wait.  It’s as if we’ve given up on the possibility of it ever arriving.  The best way to wait is in preparation.  Because of what we’re waiting for, we give extra attention to what we do and our reason for doing it.  Everything is advanced in light of this coming reality.  The world and everything on it is waiting for the return of Jesus Christ.  What are you doing while you’re waiting?  Have you allowed yourself to become busy and distracted giving little thought to what it is you’re waiting for?  Are you leery of the whole idea and due to the passing of time you’ve dismissed even the very thought of it occurring?  Or has the reality of what’s to come become so real in your heart that everything you see and do points to this moment?  What you’re waiting for is made valuable by how you’re waiting for it.   How can you approach today with a perspective of preparing for the return of Jesus?  How could you prepare differently?  It’s not a question of if; it’s a matter of when.  Until then let’s keep getting and staying ready while we’re waiting.  

Day 9:  Matthew 28:19 / Are You Coming or Going?

19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Some people have experienced such an overload of life activities that they have found themselves not even being sure if the are coming or going.  There is such a frenzy of things to do and places to be that such people in such seasons are never in a moment because they are constantly leaving one and going into another.  When we are so focused on where’ve been and where we’re going we actually never really end up anywhere.  We just keep coming and going.  When it comes to being a person in the church or in the things of God we must be careful to apply both perspectives to our lives at specific moments in our lives.  We should not always just come to church but we must also be certain to go as the church.  One is not more important than the other.  Both are dependent upon the other.  We come into the presence of God and then we go into all the world.  Are you coming or going today?  Don’t allow one to be more desirable than the other, but know the direction you are in and be all in at that moment because the world is greatly impacted by our coming and our going. 

Day 10:  John 15:18-19 / You’re In Good Company

18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. 

 

Every good parent or teacher has in some way or another informed their child or student that you are only as successful as the company you keep.  The picture is simple.  If you want to see what your future looks like, look at the people you hang around.  You will begin to mimic the value systems of the people you associate with.  It doesn’t matter how independent we seek to become, you will never be your own person.  You will always be made by the company you keep.  When the people you do life with go through some of life’s toughest moments, take note, this can become a predictor of how you will be affected when it’s your turn.  Jesus directly tells his disciples, “they hated me, they are going to hate you.”  We are able to see how Jesus came through the toughest moment.  The trouble did not keep him down but rather he overcame it.  The same will be our story as we remain in the company of his word and Holy Spirit.  How are you responding to the moments that life is bringing your way?  Who are you mimicking the most?  That’s a good moment to evaluate whether or not you are in good company. 

Day 11:  Acts 1:4-5 / Don’t Leave Home Without It!

4 Once when he [Jesus] was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

 

Every time you leave the house, there are certain essentials that you cannot leave without.  These are items that you have become so dependent upon that should you leave and in the process realize you left without one of them, you may just turn right around to recover it.  It is very likely that the cell phone has become that very thing for many of us.  We have developed such a dependency upon this device that we cannot think of being without it.  It is very likely that even you have gone out of your way at one time or another in a seek and rescue mission to retrieve this left behind necessity.   The cell phone just matters that much to us and our every day lives.  How come?  What makes it so necessarily valuable to us?  Before we waste any time evaluating the unhealthy dependence upon these devices, let us evaluate how dependent we are upon the Holy Spirit.    Have we developed such a dependency upon the Holy Spirit that we are determined to not proceed without His guidance?  If we know what our purpose is then we will be certain to identify what we need to accomplish that purpose.  Reaching Fayette County with the love of Jesus will not be accomplished without the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.   The Holy Spirit puts us in line with the will of God allowing us to not just have an opinion about a matter but to have the power to address the matter according to God’s will and desire.  If we are going to impact Fayette we must be certain not to leave home without it.   

Day 12:  John 6:28-29 / You Have One Job

28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” 29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”


It’s been proven that the efficiency of an organization depends on the clear and relevant understanding of what each person’s role is in the organization.  If everyone is doing everyone’s job there is not a lot of efficiency.  But when each person is doing what each person is supposed to do, that is when the work becomes effective and efficient.  When it comes to seeing the supernatural and the miraculous at work in Fayette County, [side note: it is going to take a miracle and a work of God to see significant and sustaining change around us.  What we can change will only become a newer version of the same old.   What God can change will become a completely new thing.  We need God to do a completely new thing in our lives and community), that is something only God can do.  We cannot cause miracles or even change a person’s life.  Our job is to simply believe in the one who is able.    As we believe in him our lives become more and more in line with his mindset and ways.  And the more this alignment occurs, the more we will see the miracles of Jesus in Fayette County.  Is your belief in Jesus causing your thoughts and your ways to line up with his word?  Is your belief in Jesus evident in the way you conduct your life?  This is our one job.  To believe in the one who has been sent.  He’ll take care of the rest.   

Day 13:  Matthew 28:19 /  Are You Coming or Going?

19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Some people have experienced such an overload of life activities that they have found themselves not even being sure if the are coming or going.  There is such a frenzy of things to do and places to be that such people in such seasons are never in a moment because they are constantly leaving one and going into another.  When we are so focused on where’ve been and where we’re going we actually never really end up anywhere.  We just keep coming and going.  When it comes to being a person in the church or in the things of God we must be careful to apply both perspectives to our lives at specific moments in our lives.  We should not always just come to church but we must also be certain to go as the church.  One is not more important than the other.  Both are dependent upon each other.  We come into the presence of God and then we go into all the world.  Are you coming or going today?  Don’t allow one to be more desirable than the other, but know the direction you are in and be all in at that moment because the world is greatly impacted by our coming and our going.  

Day 14: Amos 5:24 / Healing Waters or Raging Waters?

24 Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.


It’s interesting how the same substance can be displayed in such different types all depending on its source and surroundings.  Right here in Ohiopyle you can wade into the steady streams of the same river that just yards down stream becomes a torrent of whitewater caps and obstacles.  It’s the same water providing two completely different experiences.  In one place you can be refreshed and in the other you can be tossed about.  When it comes to the effect that we as Christians and the body of Christ are having on our society, which one represents us the most?  There are two key pillars in the health and sustainability of any society, justice and righteousness. To sum up what these two things represent, justice is how we treat others and righteousness is how we conduct ourselves. Where there is no justice and righteousness, there will only be torrents. Our relationships are the waters that fill our space.  Are we allowing the waters to flow with healing and restoration? Am I representing justice?  Is my heart conditioned to see the best outcome for my community or for my self-interest?  Am I representing righteousness?  Is the way I conduct my life and actions in line with the healing truth of God’s word or with my circumstantial conveniences?  When we flow in the rivers of justice with one another and righteousness unto God, we will see a healing that restores and cannot be divided.