This morning as I took a look at some of the Christian multimedia feeds that I frequent, I was served a double salvo. The first one was from Michelle Qureshi where she shared how God has sustained her since Nabeel’s passing and her intro to Ravi Zacharias at the Summit event in Aspen. It’s about 14 minutes long, take the time to view it, it is uplifting. You can view the short video here.
The second salvo came from my daily devotional link, with BJ Richardson at The River Walk. In BJ’s devotional for the 23rd of July he shares how his familiarity with archery has come to shape his views on salvation. You can view it here.
I was struck with how Michelle mentioned that she had come to terms with the fact that she couldn’t do anything without Jesus and yet she could do all things through Jesus, who strengthened her. I was struck with her bravery and determined faith and surprised with her beautiful voice in song. I was also struck with Ravi mentioning that he is 72 now and yet he still is away from home for over 200 days a year. I’m 73 and I can tell you, that wouldn’t be easy, yet he does.
And I was also struck with how BJ Richardson serves our Lord in Turkey, away from his family, away from his country of origin and how he humbly maintains his focus on serving our Lord.
And a Bible verse came readily to my mind from Philippians 4:8 NIV which states, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
We live in a tumultuous world and the things that we subject our minds to are going to mentally and emotionally effect us. No, I’m not advocating that we stick our heads in the sand and ignore what is happening around us but I am advocating that we take a good hard look at what our priorities are and ration our time accordingly.
Nabeel and Michelle Qureshi, when Nabeel was here with us and Ravi Zacharias or BJ Richardson would all tell you that they are not perfect, yet they all continually strive to draw closer to Jesus and follow His commandments.
If you can picture a scale with God’s grace on one side and Satan’s attempts to keep our eyes off of Jesus on the other, which side do you think would be the greatest in weight? I’d have a tendency to think it would be God’s Grace. There are so many different cards that Satan has in his deck of distractions that he places before us and he really doesn’t care which of his many cards we pick, just as long as we pick one.
Yet, in like manner, God graciously provides us with mountains of Grace, in virtually any direction that we choose to look at, if we focus on Him. We have God’s Holy Spirit within us, we have the witnesses of many living and departed Christians, we have His living Word, we have the awareness of His presence in prayer and those moments of sheer grace where He gives of Himself, to us, simply because we are His and we have His many promises. God’s will and purposes, will be accomplished, of this we can be sure.
Whatever means you use that draw you closer to Jesus, make those means your priority. Whatever means that are available to you that move you away from Jesus, diminish their frequency of use. Feed on God’s grace, it’s all around us.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!