Choose Life

Yay! It’s Friday, again. Great end of the great week. I’m so happy today because of the children in my class. They have done great choices lately and they are growing amazingly. I’m very grateful to be with them and teach them.

Today is also time to write for five minutes. Here are more details about Five Minutes Friday. The prompt of the day is CHOOSE. What a great word! ūüôā

So here it goes…

CHOOSE

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I have heard this verse for a week now. After winter break these words have stayed with me. There is always a choice for me to do. I can choose life or death. I can step forward or stay back. I can be positive and grateful or negative and bitter. Whole life is about choices and those are not always easy to make.

In the class I’m teaching I have chosen life. There have been some children with very bad attitude. I tried my best to put them in order but it wasn’t working. I thought surely I can tell them how to behave and it would work. Well, it didn’t. But God. I love those two words. When God steps in it’s always great and will work. Simple words from Him; ‘Choose life’.

I started to sow life to them. There are so many ways I can speak life into their lives. I bless them even though they don’t know it. And this life is now growing in them and starting to bloom and give some fruit. It’s amazing to watch how some so closed and distant children start to get closer and trust and receive love and life. There is always always life to choose. And it’s not so hard if I’m just ready to be open and make some mistakes. If I just know it’s not me, but Christ. He is the Life, not me.

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Movement in Grace

The_Movement_by_tonyeliehI will use this verse again.

Matthew 11:28-30 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 29 Walk with me and work with me– watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill- fitting on you. 30 Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (The Message)

This verse is becoming more Life to me every time I read it. It says so much. For awhile I have felt that some people who preach about God’s Grace make me feel like there is nothing for me to do anymore. That I will just go about the life and everything will come to me just when I need it. That I am just going to enjoy all blessings and lay on the air mattress like in the lazy river in the water park. Simply doing nothing.

I’m not saying I have to do something to earn something from God or to prove anything for Him. No, that’s not what I try to say. Yes, Christ Jesus did it all and it’s called finished work of the Cross where we can’t add anything into that. But I still believe we are created to move and walk in Christ and grow in Him and learn from Him. It’s called relationship where we walk with Him and work with Him as He leads, not as we think He may want us to work. Or not as I would love to work and walk. In this relationship it’s not about me, but about Jesus Christ. He says “walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.”

Sometimes I think so many of us have been burned out and worn out on religion and dead works so much that now we go to the other end and we don’t let anything set any kind of lines for us. Even well meaning guidelines are like a red cloak for bull. We are so afraid that someone puts a yoke upon us and leads us under bondage again.

Just thinking of one seed put into the field. There is constant movement going on when that seed takes moisture into itself from ground and starts to break a shell. How roots start to grow and finally seed starts to grow up and toward the sun. I’m not a farmer, but just thinking the process. That doesn’t happen without any movement. Or when spring comes after winter, all branches suddenly get hit by the sun and warmness it brings. There is movement when they start to grow and if you put your camera to take pictures in the chain you could see that movement. It’s life!

Jesus said also in John 15: 4-5 ¬† ¬†4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.¬†5” I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. (The Message)

Again He says make your home in me, abide in me. In Him we will have this movement and grow and mature and bear fruit. It’s not of ourselves. We can’t produce anything from us. But we are not dead branches in Him. We are full of life, His Life, and life stays never still. Jesus was never still and put. He moved as Father led Him. And now we are in Him and He is living in us. So even everything is done for us and given freely for us without any effort from our part, there is still movement in grace in Jesus Christ which we need to learn.