FROM THE PASTOR'S PORCH: Spiritual Concentration
My Daddy used to tell me, "Some people make things happen, some people watch things happen, and some people wonder what happened!!" He strongly suggested that I stay out of that last catagory, but for many years that was right where I was at. Always wondering what in the thunder was going on in my life and what was I doing wrong. For some reason, it always seemed I couldn't have any long term success at anything I tried to do. I finally realized it was all due to lack of Spiritual Concentration.
In order to ever get to "making things happen", you first have to go through the process of "watching things happen". Jesus gave us this answere in John 5:19 when He said, "I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, THE SON CAN DO NOTHING BY HIMSELF; HE CAN DO ONLY WHAT HE SEES HIS FATHER DOING, BECAUSE WHATEVER THE FATHER DOES THE SON ALSO DOES." Now ain't that a piece of revelation!! "Spiritual Concentration"!! The Lord Jesus concentrated on watching what God was doing and then joined him in HIS work. How many times have we thought up some great project for ourselves or even some great project for God, and then asked God to join us and bless OUR efforts?? We didn't pray about it before hand to ask God about it, and we sure didn't "watch" or look around and see what God was already doing!!
And then we wonder why there is no success in our life. All due to lack of Spiritual Concentration. If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him all about YOUR plans.
God always takes the initiative and shows His will and His purpose to His people. If we don't get it, it's because we ain't listening. God always speaks to us through the Holy Spirit by the Bible, Prayer, circumstances, and other Christians (the Church). How can you have "Spiritual Concentration" if you don't read your Bible? How can you have "Spiritual Concentration" if you are not on your knees in Prayer? How can you have "Spiritual Concentration" when you don't look at your circumstances from God's perspective? How can you have "Spiritual Concentration" if you don't go to Church?
My prayer for all of us today is that we will open our Spiritual eyes and follow the example that Jesus has given us. Let's "watch" what God is working and doing all around us and then join Him in His work. If we really want to be the kind of people who "make things happen", then we are gonna have to concentrate on God's plan and not our own. We must always remember, that without him, we can do nothing!! Join God in His work today and be blessed. ~Pastor Lynn