Where will God go to touch the world? What a great thought… and an even better question! It’s that time of year when we hear about the virgin birth. And yet it’s more, much more, than a Christmas story. It’s a story of how close Christ will come to you!
The first stop on his itinerary was a womb. Where will God go to touch the world? Look deep within Mary for an answer. Better still—look deep within yourself. “Christ in you, the hope of glory!” (Colossians 1:27).
Christ grew in Mary until he had to come out. Christ will grow in you until the same occurs. He will come out in your speech, in your actions, in your decisions. Every place you live will be a Bethlehem. And every day you live will be a Christmas.
Deliver Christ into the world!
I pray that you … will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ's love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Eph 3:18
There is no way our little minds can comprehend the love of God. But that didn't keep him from coming…
From the cradle in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem we've pondered the love of our Father. What can you say to that kind of emotion? Upon learning that God would rather die than live without you, how do you react? How can you begin to explain such passion?
In the Grip of Grace (Max Lucado)
Think about Jesus' example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying. Heb 12:3
Heaven was not foreign to Jesus. He is the only person to live on earth after he had lived in heaven. As believers, you and I will live in heaven after time on earth, but Jesus did just the opposite. He knew heaven before he came to earth. He knew what awaited him upon his return. And knowing what awaited him in heaven enabled him to bear the shame on earth.
He "accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him" (Heb 12:2 ). In his final moments, Jesus focused on the joy God put before him. He focused on the prize of heaven. By focusing on the prize, he was able not only to finish the race but to finish it strong.
Just Like Jesus (by: Max Lucado)
Jesus said [to her], "I also don't judge you guilty. You may go now, but don't sin anymore." Joh 8:11
If you have ever wondered how God reacts when you fail, frame the words [of that verse] and hang them on the wall. Read them. Ponder them…
Or better still, take him with you to your canyon of shame. Invite Christ to journey with you … to stand beside you as you retell the events of the darkest nights of your soul.
And then listen. Listen carefully. He's speaking… "I don't judge you guilty."
And watch. Watch carefully. He's writing. He's leaving a message. Not in the sand, but on a cross.
Not with his hand, but with his blood.
His message has two words: Not guilty.
He Still Moves Stones (by: Max Lucado)
Your heart will be where your treasure is. Mat 6:21
The most powerful life is the most simple life. The most powerful life is the life that knows where it's going, that knows where the source of strength is, and the life that stays free of clutter and happenstance and hurriedness.
Being busy is not a sin. Jesus was busy. Paul was busy. Peter was busy. Nothing of significance is achieved without effort and hard work and weariness. Being busy, in and of itself, is not a sin. But being busy in an endless pursuit of things that leave us empty and hollow and broken inside—that cannot be pleasing to God.
One source of man's weariness is the pursuit of things that can never satisfy; but which one of us has not been caught up in that pursuit at some time in our life? Our passions, possessions, and pride—these are all dead things. When we try to get life out of dead things, the result is only weariness and dissatisfaction.
Walking with the Savior (Max Lucado)
When a believing person prays, great things happen. Jas 5:16
Prayer is the recognition that if God had not engaged himself in our problems, we would still be lost in the blackness. It is by his mercy that we have been lifted up. Prayer is that whole process that reminds us of who God is and who we are.
I believe there's great power in prayer. I believe God heals the wounded, and that he can raise the dead. But I don't believe we tell God what to do and when to do it.
God knows that we, with our limited vision, don't even know that for which we should pray. When we entrust our requests to him, we trust him to honour our prayers with holy judgment.
Walking with the Savior (by: Max Lucado)
To all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God. Joh 1:12
While we lived in Rio de Janeiro, we met several American families who came to Brazil to adopt children. They would spend days, sometimes weeks, immersed in a different language and a strange culture. They fought the red tape and paid the large fees, all with the hope of taking a child [home] to the United States…
Hasn't God done the same for us? He entered our culture, battled the resistance, and paid the unspeakable price which adoption required. Legally we are his. He owns us. We have every legal privilege accorded to [his] child. We are just waiting for him to return. We are, as Paul said, "waiting for God to finish making us his own children" (Rom 8:23 ).
When Christ Comes (by: Max Lucado)
The Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Eph 6:8 NIV
For all we don't know about the next life, this much is certain. The day Christ comes will be a day of reward. Those who went unknown on earth will be known in heaven. Those who never heard the cheers of men will hear the cheers of angels. Those who missed the blessing of a father will hear the blessing of their heavenly Father. The small will be great. The forgotten will be remembered. The unnoticed will be crowned and the faithful will be honored.
The winner's circle isn't reserved for a handful of the elite, but for a heaven full of God's children who "will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him" (Jas 1:12 NIV).
When Christ Comes (by: Max Lucado)
LORD you have done such great things! How deep are your thoughts! Psa 92:5
God's thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours. We aren't even in the same neighbourhood. We're thinking, Preserve the body; he's thinking, Save the soul. We dream of a pay raise. He dreams of raising the dead. We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace. "I'm going to live before I die," we resolve. "Die, so you can live," he instructs. We love what rusts. He loves what endures. We rejoice at our successes. He rejoices at our confessions. We show our children the Nike star with the million-dollar smile and say, "Be like Mike." God points to the crucified carpenter with bloody lips and a torn side and says, "Be like Christ."
The Great House of God (by: Max Lucado)
I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. Php 4:11
Test this question: What if God's only gift to you were his grace to save you. Would you be content? You beg him to save the life of your child. You plead with him to keep your business afloat. You implore him to remove the cancer from your body. What if his answer is, "My grace is enough." Would you be content?
You see, from heaven's perspective, grace is enough. If God did nothing more than save us from hell, could anyone complain? … Having been given eternal life, dare we grumble at an aching body? Having been given heavenly riches, dare we bemoan earthly poverty? …
If you have eyes to read these words, hands to hold this book, the means to own this volume, he has already given you grace upon grace.
In the Grip of Grace (by: Max Lucado)