Thursday, January 21, 2021

Your Missing Piece is...

Your Missing Piece is...

In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him. COLOSSIANS 2:9–10 

Insight into who you are and why you are here is available only from the Creator, because you were created for Him. The missing piece in your life is not more education or better therapy. The missing piece in your life, if you don’t know Christ, is to put Him at the center where He belongs. God created you uniquely for Himself. He put a vacuum within you that cannot be filled with anything else but Him. When you stuff in all the pleasure and all the madness of this age trying to find meaning in life, you will never discover it. But something happens when you say a simple prayer, giving in to God and receiving Him into your life. Then Jesus comes to live within you. God loves you, He knows you, He has a plan for your life. He wants you to know who you are and why you are here, and if you will put your trust in Him, He will give you that perspective in your life. You were created in God’s image, so you are really only yourself in relationship to God. When you let God take control of your life through His Son, life begins to have some meaning. - Dr. David Jeremiah "Morning and Evening"

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. Psalm 119:37 ESV 

There are many kinds of worthless things. The cap and bells of the fool; the laughter of the world; the dance, the music, and the drink of the immoral—all of these we know to be worthless. They wear the title clearly. Far more dangerous are those equally worthless things Jesus mentioned in Matthew 13:22—the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth. A person may follow worthless things as truly in the place of business as in the theater. If he spends his life amassing wealth, he passes his days in a worthless pursuit. Unless we follow Christ and make God the great object of life, we only differ in appearance from the most frivolous. It is clear that there is much need of the first prayer of our text: Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things. And then, Give me life in your ways. The psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, crude, all but dead. Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same way. We are so sluggish that the greatest motives cannot enliven us, apart from the Lord himself. What? Will hell not awaken me? Can I think of sinners dying, and not be spurred to action? Will heaven not stimulate me? Can I think of the reward that awaits the righteous, and still be cold? Will death not provoke me? Can I think of dying and standing before my God, and still be lazy in my Master’s service? Will Christ’s love not force me onward? Can I think of His dear wounds, can I sit at the foot of His cross, and not be stirred with a fervent zeal? It seems so! No mere thought can bring our zeal to life—God Himself must do that. And so the cry, Give me life in your ways. The psalmist breathes out his whole soul in passionate pleas: his body and his soul unite in prayer. Turn my eyes, says the body. Give me life, cries the soul. This is a proper prayer for every day. Oh, Lord, hear it in my case this evening. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening 

When we slow down enough we tend to look at ourselves in retrospect.  We see more of us than we likely want to see.  Look at both of these devotionals again.  
There is your missing piece. 

People would rather listen to the lies of the world than the truth of God.  But this doesn't stop those who are Children of God from sharing, at least it shouldn't. 

It's been said that everyone has a God shaped hole in their lives.  This is entirely true.  A very trustworthy statement. 

Look at what we have read.  Look in the mirror my Friend. Look long and hard in the mirror.  Is Jesus trying to talk to you but you're not listening?  Look at the true story of the woman at the well.  Jesus was not thumping her over the head with the pack of scrolls telling her what's wrong with her.  He knocked and waited to see if she would open up the door. 

Even if you have come to Christ you can easily be buried by the cares of the world.  You can be enticed by wealth or status.  Believing that your prosperity was for you to enjoy.  Wipe your eyes.  If you have been so blessed, are you using that blessing to care for others?  It is a warning in Scripture about squandering wealth. Those people have their reward here on Earth and won't see it in Heaven. 

I will take a moment now to confess something.  It's only been in what I have let go of in this life that I have found more of a life in Christ. Temptations are great in my life just as they are in your life to want to live at ease without worry about anything.  The strange trap of wealth isn't in getting it, it's in keeping it.  Getting wealthy can be granted by God in a heartbeat.  Yet if that person isn't prepared for the consequences of that wealth they waste it. The worst vehicle accidents every year are teenagers who were given a vehicle they had no right to be driving.  The vehicle was way too powerful for inexperienced hands.  

We who are in Christ want to share what Christ has done for us with those around us.  Nothing more.  No agenda. No trap. No guilt trip.  As it's written of Andrew to his brother Peter, come and see.  That's it in a nutshell.  You're missing something in your life.  I can tell you right away what it is, but it's much better if YOU come and see yourself. I am not here to make up your mind for you. What you decide, after you give forth the effort to examine what you are shown, is between you and Jesus. 
Sadly there millions each day who want nothing to do with Salvation in Christ Jesus.  These millions enter into Hell as they leave this world.  A no of any kind to the Gospel message at the end of your life means entry into Hell.  It is a sin to deny Christ and to deny at the end of your life means that the wages of sin must be atoned for. Since you do not have Salvation in Christ Jesus, you must pay up on your own. Since the only accepted payment is Salvation in Jesus for entry into Heaven and should you not have it, Hell is the next destination.  Jesus didn't have to leave everything in Heaven to go through everything here on Earth that He did to make a way to provide Salvation. But He did.  He loves you, me, all mankind that much.  The crux of the matter is you need to ask Him to forgive you and be your Savior.  Nobody can choose for you.  He is that hole in your life that you keep trying to fill with everything else, in which nothing is fitting. 

The missing piece for those who do not have Salvation is Jesus Christ. 

See? No getting beat over your head.  All I have done is presented the truth to you.  It's on you to consider what you have read.  The message is simple. Come and see.  Acknowledge that God is right and you are wrong. That you need a Savior. Ask Him to come into your life and save you.  Turn from your sins to a life in Christ.  

There...see that the piece you are looking for is the same shape as that?

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