It amazes me how quickly time seems to go as we arrive at the last day of our “Kill the Noise“ devotional.
Its description captured my attention when it spoke to “playing”, I over the years will say in meetings “let’s play pretend” which tends to allow people to come along and to make sure there isn’t any deception I tell them how it usually means “let’s play for real” so that we are on the same page and that most people will come along on playing pretend whereas others are hesitant to play for real. The description says it this way: “Too many people are playing at being Christians, and some haven’t yet taken even the first step of belief.” The key for us to grab hold of in order to be the dads God created us to be is that we need to draw closer to Jesus and allow Him into every aspect of our lives. Let’s be the dads who allow Jesus to be Lord of all of our lives so that we don’t end up where we discover that we never allowed Him to be Lord at all. Today’s intro speaks to us to be the dads that allow Jesus to continue to get closer to us when it says: “No matter where you are in your spiritual walk, Jesus wants you closer.” Let’s be the dads who are seeking God’s purpose, plan, and will for our lives! Let’s be the dads who grab hold of the reality that “He’s got a perfect plan for your life – a plan for purpose, peace, joy, and eternal life.” Let’s be the dads who choose to be authentic! Let’s be the dads who choose to be real! As this devotional says: “All it takes is you deciding that the poser life is not for you. You’re going to be fully committed!” Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you able? Remember all things are possible for those who believe! We will be the dads who are able as long as you believe, then God can do anything in your life! If you believe. you see, God is able to do all things, and he does them according to his plan and according to his purpose, and according to his will. That’s right, it takes faith!
Today’s devotional gets us started with the following verses:
‘As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”’Luke 10:38-42
‘Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. ‘John 12:1-6
Let’s be the dads who consider where we are at today and what God has planned and purposed, prepared in advance for us to accomplish. Let’s be the dads who grab hold of what God has to tell us through His Word today and how we can apply it in and through our lives today! God’s Word is alive and knows exactly where we are at today! God’s Word is alive and active, ready to speak right into our very situation! God’s Word can cut to the core so that we can get to the point and work on it!
Let’s be the dads who can live in the moment! Let’s be the dads who don’t get distracted by the world and instead let’s put our focus on Jesus and what it is He would want and have us do at this moment! Let’s be the dads who are loving and caring to our wives at the moment! Let’s be the dads who are loving and caring to our kids at the moment! Let’s be the dads who see what is going on in the world around us and are able to step up and step in to respond, listen, or learn at the moment! Let’s not get caught wanting to be busy and working more than spending quality and quantity time with those God has brought into our lives! Let’s be the dads our wives need us to be! Let’s be the dads that our kids need us to be! Let’s be the dads that this world needs us to be! Let’s invite Jesus into our situation, our lives, our today, and choose to do what He calls better!
Let’s be the dads who choose to live humbly! Let’s be the dads who seek to go from knowledge to understanding by asking God for wisdom and discernment at the moment! Let’s be the dads who ask God for wisdom and discernment so that we can understand deeper what is really the motive taking place at the moment! Let’s be the dads who want to live our lives as living sacrifices that produce fragrance. Let’s be dads who care about and for people! Let’s be the dads who take care of people, starting with our wives and then our kids and then the world around us! Let’s seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness! Let’s keep our priorities straight so that we can have our hearts and minds lined up with God’s purpose, plan, and will for our lives! Let’s be the dads who choose to live with integrity!
Today’s devotional has been provided by Ryan Ries and The Whosoevers. (www.thewhosoevers.com and http://www.elcentronetwork.com)
Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me:
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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
- Let’s be the dads who are real!
- Let’s be the dads who are authentic!
- Let’s be the dads who have godly character!
- Let’s be the dads who have integrity!
- Let’s be the dads who aren’t just putting on a show!
- Let’s be the dads who aren’t being sneaky and conniving!
- Let’s be the dads who go beyond being hearers of the Word into being doers of the Word!
- Today’s devotional speaks to this area as follows:
- Let’s be the dads who want more of Jesus!
- Let’s be the dads who live out our lives in relationship with Jesus!
- Let’s be the dads who are more interested in a relationship with Jesus than rituals and routines that would keep us busy and look like we are more spiritual!
- Like Jesus, let’s be dads who are more interested in the state of the heart! our heart! our wives’ hearts! our kids’ hearts! the world around us’ heart!
- Without the two scriptures, we have today someone may have questions about Mary’s heart but when we see her response to Jesus, we know her heart was in the right place!
- Let’s be the dads who can worship Jesus by observing Him and also by taking action!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to live our lives in a way that will honor and bless Jesus as our Lord and Savior!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to sacrificially give to God what we have for His praise, honor, and glory!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to be real rather than posers!
- Let’s be the dads who are committed to Jesus and following after Him for the rest of our lives!
- Let’s be the dads who are authentic and not being fake or posers!
- Let’s be the dads who care and live it out in alignment to God’s will and God’s way!
- Today’s devotional shares a comparison between Mary and Judas when it says:
- “Then there was that other guy. He was watching what Mary did and he was so mad. “But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray Him, said, ‘That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.’ Not that he cared for the poor at all—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself” (John 12:4–6). Judas – this dude walked with Jesus and talked with Jesus and watched all the miracles and enjoyed the respect of being known as one of the Lord’s “inside men.” He was part of the squad. People looked up to him. But he was a big poser time after time. He was just in it for himself. Later that week, he proved who he really was when he betrayed Jesus, leading to the Lord’s arrest and crucifixion.“
- Let’s be the dads who are fully committed to Jesus and daily make a conscious decision that the poser life isn’t for us!
- Let’s be the dads who daily choose to be our authentic selves rather than being fake!
- Let’s be the dads who are worshippers of God and living Spirit-led lives serving and pursuing God!
- Let’s be the dads who avoid becoming fake and posers!
- Let’s be the dads who pick up our cross daily and follow after Jesus!
- Let’s be the dads who allow God to work in and through us so that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory as we witness the supernatural!
- Let’s be the dads who allow God to work in and through us!
- Let’s be the dads who allow God to work in and through us so that we can live our lives with purpose and meaning!
- Let’s be the dads who experience joy and love beyond measure because we have chosen to live our lives for Jesus and with Jesus!
- Let’s be the dads who pick up our cross daily and follow after Jesus in order to live our lives with purpose and meaning, overflowing with joy and love!
- Let’s be the dads who don’t put it off till tomorrow but rather choose to do it now!
- Let’s be the dads who decide not to waste any more time but choose to be fully committed to Jesus today!