Archives for October 2014

Getting To Your “Next”

 41b …and besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.

Luke 8:41b-42

Jairus was a leader in the synagogue, the place from where Jesus’ opposition came. Yet there was one who believed that Jesus had life for his one and only daughter. Jairus’ “now” was painful, and he longed for his “next.” And Jesus was on his way to Jairus’ house. Jairus could feel his “next” coming. But Jesus had a crowd of people around Him, and the events to come would delay what Jairus was waiting for.

There was a woman who had “an issue of blood” for twelve years. The conditions of her “now” were something that no physician had been able to heal. Yet she knew if she could simply touch Jesus’ clothing, she could change her “now” into her “next.” And so she reached out and found her “next.” But what about Jairus? What happened to his “next?”

Just like Jairus’ “next,” sometimes our “next” gets delayed. It doesn’t come when we want it; sometimes we don’t think it will come at all. When that happens, we must remember Jairus, and the woman. Their “now” didn’t look good, but they continued to push forward. Jairus could have let his position keep him from seeking Jesus, but he took action despite his “now.” Because of her “now,” the woman’s future looked hopeless. But she pushed through the crowd that stood in her way to receive her “next.”

So, wherever you are in your “now,” don’t let it keep you where you are. Step out in faith and trust. God has your “next” waiting for you.

The preacher opened the doors and spent the hours praying.

He pleaded with the Father to keep the flock from straying.

But as the church bells rang and worship time drew near,

Only a few faithful came, longing for God’s Word to hear.

The preacher hung his head, but then he heard his God say,

“Don’t let your now keep you from your next coming your way.”

He worked his job hard trying to do everything the right way.

He struggled with finding time to listen to what others had to say.

Searching just for something that will ease the stress; set him free.

Others have told him there is much more that he was meant to be.

As frustrations and pressures begin to mount, he hears his God say,

“Don’t let your now keep you from your next coming your way.”

It’s easy to let the daily grind of life let our doubts fill our head.

At the end of the day we toss and turn and lie sleepless in our bed.

We’ve heard that God’s Promises are meant for each and every one,

Yet we struggle just to get ahead, only to see our work still undone.

But stay the course and push ahead, and you shall hear our God say,

“Don’t let your now keep you from your next coming your way.”

 

© 2014 Charles A. Kalkomey

Oct0ber 18, 2014

 

From Where Does Your Value Come?

4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? Psalm 8:4

Have you ever doubted your worth? Questioned your worth? Have you wondered from where your worth really comes?

In the world, our worth is measured in many ways. A person’s name can give them a large amount of worth, or take it all away. As far as the world is concerned, you would be viewed as having more value if your last name was “Kennedy” or “Rockefeller.” Where a person went to school can create their worth, but that worth can vary as the football team’s success goes.

But our value doesn’t come from anything this world can give us or provide us. Our value comes in our creation (Genesis 2:7). Our value comes in the commandment (Exodus 20:13). Our value comes in our conception (Jeremiah 1:5). Our value comes in the cross (Isiah 53:5). God created each of us. He loved us so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to pay the price that we might be redeemed. God knows of the value in Him that we each have. The value we have in relationship to a school is in the flesh and fades. The value we have in our names is in the flesh, and it too fades. But the value we have in God is spiritual, and it never fades.

So how much are you worth? The next time you doubt your worth, you doubt your value, remember in Who your real value is in. In God, we are all priceless.

 

What is the value that you have placed on your life?

How much does it change when you walk in strife?

What are the things you value to guide your way?

Are they forever changing as often as does a day?

Is there a special value the world places on you?

Is it perhaps based on your name or what you do?

Does it have to do with some place that you went?

Or is it based on how much money you have spent?

No, your true value comes from the One who knew

Who you were going to be even before you were due.

Your true value doesn’t come from the things on earth.

It comes from the One who gives us a second birth.

No one else can ever tell you of your value within,

It’s a value that can’t be diminished by your sin.

For your true value is based on God’s love for you.

It’s not by what you earn with the things that you do.

Your Heavenly Father picks you up out of the mud.

He wipes off the dirt mixed with the battle’s blood.

He washes you with the tears shed to set you free.

Your true value is in who God has called you to be.

Three nails and a cross was the price that was paid.

Your debts wiped out; all the payments have been made.

For you were forgiven from even before your first day,

For your value in God – it can never be taken away.

 © 2014 Charles A. Kalkomey

September 22, 2014