Friday, May 20, 2005

It's time

For a few weeks, I struggled with my finances. I gave up on a fresh food diet that God told me to do for a monnth. I was without joy. I did not take delight in my God. I instead began to worry about what I am supposed to do to resolve my problems. I was careful for all of the things pertaining to this life. I worried about what I would eat although Jesus told me to take no thought for my life (Luke 12). I did not present my requests before God as the Spirit said through Paul in Philippians 4:6. Then I went to eat lunch at Wendy's with one of my co-workers from Ruby Tuesday. She told me about quitting smoking. I asked her how she felt. She said that she felt terrible for a little while but now that she was glad that she quit. Her reason for quitting was because of a pregnancy. Now she doesn't want to smoke again. I thought about some things that I needed to quit. After finishing lunch, she gave me a ride home. She told me that she was starting to get back into church because her child deserves it. My heart was moved to start praying more and witnessing to people again. I realized then that I was not design to be selfish. My original design is that of servitude. I encourage you Christians to be bold in the grace of God. You cannot walk as you should without Christ. We must begin to live by his every word (Deut. 8:3). We must begin to praise him more. We must begin to seek his face. It's time to pursue our Lord with all heart, soul, mind, and strength. It's time to lift his name higher. Our lives are not about us. We are here to preach the gospel to others. Preaching through our works of charity. It's time to pursue God with all hearts.

I encourage you to check out the following verses:
Proverbs 2-3
Deuteronomy 4:6
James 1:5
John 6:63
Luke 12
James 4:6
2 Corinthians 12:9
Ephesians 2:8
Titus 2:11-12

May God's grace and love abound richly in your life.

Rashad Marque Tatum

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