Remind Me, Lord

Lee Michaels | September 8, 2011 | Comment

Each day we go to our various appointments–work, school, business meetings, church services–fresh from the shower with clean hair, ironed clothes, and, hopefully, smiles on our faces.  We try our hardest to “put our best foot forward”, to use our time wisely, to provide well for our families, make the right decisions, and to eat nutritious foods that are good for our bodies.  These are good things!  But in the sanitized realms of my daily world, the Lord has shown me putrid thoughts that dwell within and that should not be…

I watch the news each morning as part of my routine.  Most days it gets me so irritated as I watch hostile people violently abusing others, arrogant protesters spouting off nothing more than their own opinion, sleazy entertainers that provoke lust and depravity, and foul-mouthed citizens that blaspheme our Almighty God.  What a way to start the day, as I turn off the television feeling offended and disgusted with such nasty people doing such hideous things!  As I simmer down to my quiet time in His Word, the Lord starts revealing the true situation… Unmistakably, He says to me: 

  • So who did I come to save? 
  • So who did I minister to here on earth? 
  • So who were you when I found you? 
  • So which of these would you be if I didn’t intervene? 

 What a precious Father we have to humble us with the plain truth about ourselves and to love us anyway, when we’ve forgotten where we’ve come from, what we are capable of becoming, and who we are called to minister to now. 

 Jesus, Himself, chose the most violent (Mark 5:1-15), the most hopeless (Mark 5:25-34), the most impure (John 4:7-42), the truly simple (Mark 12:41-44), and most unwanted (Mark 10:46-52) in the surrounding cultures of His time.  His love for mankind transcended all of their weaknesses and today it transcends all of ours as well.  He came with compassion, not criticism; humility, not harshness; graciousness, not grumbling.  He is our perfect example!  I am asking Him every day to remind me and teach me to see my attitudes and perspectives of this world through His eyes, not mine.  We are called to minister to a broken world and to heal hearts through the power of His Spirit. 

Psalm 86:11  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.”  Isaiah 55:3  “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth.” 


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