Archives for February 2013

The Key of “Be Natural”

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:6-8

 

Music is played and songs are sung in many different keys.  Sometimes a song is written in a particular key to fit the vocal range of the singer.  Sometimes the key is chosen because of its simplicity.

The Key of C is the most common musical key.  (Is that why an average grade on an exam is C?  Because it is the most common?)  The Key of C is the easiest key to play on the keyboard.  Only the “white” keys are used in the Scale of C.  The Key of G and Key of D are very common keys.  The Key of F and Key of A are also popular keys. 

A number of writers and artists are fond of the Key of Eb.  It may support a comfortable vocal range, but for a struggling guitar player like me, it is the hardest key in which to play a song.

God has a key for each of us to live our lives by – the Key of “Be Natural.”  You are who you are; with the gifts that God has given to you.  You are not meant to preach like Billy Graham, sing like Toby Mac, or play the keyboard like Ray Charles.  Trying to be someone you are not is not being who God made you to be; not being natural. 

Maybe you are the one to visit someone in the hospital.  Perhaps you are the one that needs to make that one phone call to give someone hope. You could be that person to travel overseas to spread the Gospel. Maybe you are the person God has called to pray for others.  You may the person to work with youth.

Find what God has called you to be, and then run with it.  Don’t try to do something or be someone you aren’t called to be.  Trust what God has given to you.  Then, just “Be Natural.”

~Charles A. Kalkomey

Jesus is the Bridegroom

2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

John 14:2-3

 

The things that Jesus said always had a “connection” to the lives of the people during that time.  That “connection” is sometimes difficult for us to understand today.  When Jesus said that He would “go and prepare a place for you” the people could relate to something that happened often during their life time.

Marriages were arranged by the parents.  Once the “deal” was made, the man and woman were officially betrothed. 

The future bridegroom would then return to his father’s home.  There, he would begin to build a room for his wife, adding on to his father’s house.  The marriage could not happen until the room was ready.  At that time, the bridegroom would go to get his wife, and bring her to their new home, the place he had prepared for his bride.

Whenever someone would ask the groom about the date of the marriage, the answer was always, “You have to ask my father.”  Only he would know when the room would be finished.

Jesus is our bridegroom, and one day He will return for the Church, His bride.  When will that be?  Only the Father knows the answer to that question.  And just like the bridesmaids who had to always be ready as they waited for the bridegroom, we too must always be ready for the return of our Bridegroom, Jesus.  He will have our room ready.  Will you be ready?

 ~Charles A. Kalkomey

 

 

Change

12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Hebrews 7:12

 

Change.  It’s something most of us don’t really like.  We get comfortable in what we do and how we do it.  It becomes a routine.  Sometimes it becomes a “rut.”

I don’t like changing the brand of shoes I wear. I don’t like changing the brand of suit or shirt I wear.  I “struggled” when Rush Limbaugh stopped selling ties.

Sometimes we beg God for a change in our lives. It might be for a job, a better job, a new relationship, or a restored relationship.  Sometimes it is just the opposite.  We pray to God for things not to change.  It might be to not lose a job, or to not lose a relationship.

Whether Jesus walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee or the stony hills of Judea, he created change.  Some were healed.  Some were disappointed because of what they had to give up.  Some were angry.  But the common thread was that everyone Jesus met was changed in one way or another.  He came to change lives.

You cannot stay where you are and grow with God.  You either change and grow in what He has for you, or you stay where you are and miss out on His promises; His blessings; His love.

Did you experience a change in something today?  How did you react?  Did you welcome the opportunity to “grow,” or did you reject it and get angry? 

Don’t reject change just because it is a change.  It might just be what God has planned for you.  

~Charles A. Kalkomey

 

Your Invitation!

 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.

Matthew 22:2-3

  Sunday, February 3, 2013 marks one of most important days for millions of people.  They will have spent this past week planning food, drinks, and decorations for 2-20 people,  to spend all afternoon (if not more) in front of the television.  It just isn’t right to miss the biggest football game of the year!

About 100,000 of those millions of people actually get to be at the game in New Orleans today. They got their invitation; they got their ticket. You probably can find a picture of them on Facebook, holding up their ticket so everyone can see it; and another one of them arriving in New Orleans; another one as they walk through the gate. Then another dozen pictures at the game, and then the after-game parties. The next day, a co-worker posts one of the person sleeping at their desk.

We put all of that effort into, and we would “die for” a ticket to be at, a single event. And when it’s over, it’s over! Life goes back to the same routines and we look for the next thrill.

There is another invitation we should be willing to “die for.” And we don’t have to be someone special to get it and the number of invitations is not limited. We just have to receive it; we have to be willing to come.

 And the best part of all – the invitation is for more than just one day or one weekend; it’s for eternity.  God’s “party” never ends.  Once we accept His invitation, we will be in His presence forever. No crowding. No pushing. No traffic jams. No headaches. No hangovers. No sickness.  No pain. Just worshiping and praising God for eternity.

Your invitation is in your hands.  It’s not lost in the mail. It’s not for only special people. And it contains your ticket for what is really important – where you will spend eternity. So what are you waiting for? Open your invitation and show everyone your ticket!