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Organizing the Inside – Day 223 Be Heavenly Minded

1Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Colossians 3:1, 2 (NLT)

Many hours are spent planning the near future.
We plan for retirement, today’s tasks and tomorrow’s uncertainties. We plan for almost every important and often even the unimportant events in our lives. As an organizing expert I realize the importance of planning for a successful outcome. I’m often challenged by the fact that too much planning ahead leaves little room for the next spontaneous move of God. Planning is good, but there must be balance.

Spend less time planning and more time preparing for eternity.
One way to simplify our lives is to stop planning every minute detail. Allow God’s guidance to lead us down the plain paths of truth for His name’s sake. Let’s unbend our minds and uncomplicated this journey by relying a bit more on His direction and leadership. Realize that the small matters we spend so much time making adjustments and planning for often have no eternal value.

Set your mind on things that are eternal.
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3 (NLT) For those habitual planners who perpetually plan in their sleep, this may be a huge challenge. Remember that your real life is in Christ and only what we do for Him will last. Release the worry that comes with wanting to make certain everything is under control. Free yourself from trying to foresee every detail, to avoid problems. Enjoy what God has done! Rest in the glory of His presence and experience the wonderful power of His great and abiding love.

Relax your mind, simplify your thoughts, your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Organizing the Inside – Day 172 The Glory Belongs To God Alone

8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  ~Ephesians 2:8-10

We are not working our way into heaven.
But we must work until we get there. The work, the call, the mission are all very important. We work because of our love and commitment towards God. The sum of our entire life’s projects, dreams and goals cannot get us one step closer to the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact, if you and I aren’t careful we’ll be setting up our own false kingdoms, thinking our works will add up to bragging rights. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5 Certainly the God who created heaven and earth has made us His righteousness. For he has made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Nevertheless, we should not forget. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 We did nothing to earn our right standing with God, but by faith He made us His own through our faith in His dear Son, Jesus Christ. Because of this free gift of God, we must freely give in love and in service. We love him, because he first loved us.1 John 4:19

God’s love and salvation is free.
Although God bestows His blessings upon those who obey Him and are called to do His will. Keep in mind …he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. Matthew 5:45 No matter how hard we work our salvation was given freely by God through faith. May we always keep a healthy perspective about our works. If we think too highly of ourselves, we generally end up thinking too little of everyone else. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Romans 12:3

We are God’s beloved children.
Because of His unmerited favor toward us we can experience the power of His goodness working in our lives daily. Even as we see God’s favor and witness the testimonies of great men of faith, we still must conclude that His favor is His choice. We cannot control who God accepts and whom He rejects. The choice is His alone. 14Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! 15For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.16So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.

 

Organizing the Inside – Day 122 The Last-Minute Oil Crisis

1“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaidswho took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 7“All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9“But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10“But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12“But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ 13So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.”

It’s not smart to wait until the last-minute to prepare.
There are many people who think they have plenty of time to get right with God. After reading the story of the bridesmaids it should be crystal clear that procrastinating on what God has told you to do is just not a good idea. As Jesus told this parable He gives specific insight on how to make sure you are ready when He returns.
1. Prepare now
2. Stay ready
3. Keep watch

The oil represents a state of readiness.
Jesus mentioned that five of the bridesmaids took extra provisions of oil. We can relate this to those who take an extra effort to make sure they stayed in fellowship with God by doing His will. The five foolish bridesmaids brought with them only what they thought was just enough. They are like those who halfheartedly do only, what they think is, the minimum to get by. They seem to serve God but really their heart is not in it and they are far from Him. They are like those who invest nothing extra in time, energy, prayer, study or worship and as a result they did not have enough oil to sustain the light when the bridegroom was delayed.

They underestimated what it took to be ready.
Like many people who underestimate just how important maintaining a true relationship with God is. Now the foolish bridesmaids want to get help from the ones who invested time, prayer, focus and energy in their relationship and actually did God’s will. But they are told, it’s been a long wait and I can’t help you , I only have enough for me. Go buy your own oil. work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12 No one else can save you, that is between you and the Lord.

The foolish decide to make a last-minute purchase.
They are like the people who think they can wait until the last-minute, right before Jesus returns before they get it right. Surely that is a huge gamble and in the case of the foolish bridesmaids they ran out of time. While they were out trying to buy last-minute oil in a crisis, they found that they missed out on the one opportunity they had, because they were not prepared.

Those that were ready went right in to celebrate being united with the bridegroom.
But those who weren’t ready,  interestingly enough, when they returned and found the door was locked, they called out, “Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!” They actually thought they could still get in, but listen to what Jesus said, the bridegroom’s response was, “Believe me, I do not know you.”
Sounds familiar, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. Matthew 7:21