Would Jesus have ever been bored by others? (or, Does God Ever Ignore Us?) By Timothy Baugh. May 11, 2019.

Although we tend to believe that like Job in the Old Testament Jesus had infinite patience and long-suffering towards others; we must remember that He was human too! Was it possible that He found some people incredibly dull and boring? Even to ‘rolling his eyes’? Perhaps. When I think of how God, our Father has to patiently listen to the complaining, murmuring, and incessant whining of His children; (See Mark 18:1-8.) then I imagine many yawns and moments of drooping eyes. Does this mean the inattention of God to those issues and subjects of our lives? Does God ever ‘IGNORE’ us? Perhaps.   When a parent knows that it is best to let the child learn for his or her own self; we look upon those moments as ‘instruction’. If the Teacher is constantly demanding the full attention and participation of the students; then we would question the Teacher’s methods. Life will always ‘teach‘ us likewise, in the same way. Even when it seems we are nothing more than “blockheads”!   Like many a Pastor or Minister; I’m sure Jesus had those who fell asleep during His teaching. It would also go against reason to say that people didn’t irritate and annoy Jesus. Thankfully, He was not like some strict disciplinarian who could not ‘adjust himself ‘ to the idiosyncrasies and quirks of others. And, thankfully he was not like a temperamental despot who demanded everyone agree with him OR ELSE!   Prayer   My Lord Jesus, I realize how patient You try to be with me and my childish ways. Help me to make myself worthy of Your loving concern and attention. Forgive me for where I may frustrate You and Your Holy Spirit at any time. Keep me as the apple of Your eye. In Your name I come to You now and always seeking You. Amen.   

YouVersion Devotional

Being a Christian is not about arriving at a destination, but abiding in Christ. If you ask people what a Christian looks like, you will get many different answers. Some people will give you a list of dos and don’ts. If you comply with their list then you are, in their opinion, a Christian. Others will point to what church organization you are affiliated with. They will talk about the completion of classes or programs as the DNA of a Christian. Others will define a Christian as someone who does things for God. They are working toward salvation by outweighing the bad they have done with the good they are doing.

I want to challenge you not to fall into any of the definitions listed here. A biblical Christian is defined as one who is in an abiding relationship with Christ. Abide means to continue to remain connected, to make your home, to be in relationship. What you do for Jesus means nothing without abiding in Him. Abiding is about fellowship with Christ and getting to know Him.

Outside of abiding in Christ you will have an uncultivated soul overgrown with briers, thorns, and thistles. At the end of your life you will look back and realize you did a lot of things for God. You had good days and bad. You had victories and failures. You obeyed His word and sinned against Him. But all of this should be swallowed up in a loving relationship with Him. If you’re banking on anything else, then you will be greatly disappointed.

If you remained in Him then you will have produced fruit. You will have allowed Him to prune you so you could grow. You will have done something that mattered because it was centered on Christ. Anything you do outside of Him will not produce lasting fruit. He wants to change you into the image of God as He spends time with you. An abiding relationship with Christ encompasses everything you need to be planted, take root, grow, and produce fruit in God’s kingdom.

I learned a long time ago that I do not have the skills or charisma to help anybody long term. I can offer some seemingly wise thoughts and steps of action, but these are not going to produce lasting fruit. The best thing I can do to help people is push them to proximity with Christ. This and only this is the definition of a Christ follower. My ministry in life is to get people as close to Christ as I can and make them stay there until they have an abiding relationship with Him. I know I am fruitful when they are ready to take their abiding relationship and share it with someone else. There is no greater feeling in the world than seeing people experience Christ in this way.

Action Items: 

1. Read John 15:1-16. Take time to reflect on the heavy yet simple truth that Christ gives us. What does abiding look like to you? Have you ever looked at your life as so dependent on someone else?

2. Ask God to teach you how to abide in Him. Ask Him to show you areas in your life that need to be cut off and others that can produce eternal fruit for His glory. 

YouVersion Devotional

Being a Christian is not about arriving at a destination, but abiding in Christ. If you ask people what a Christian looks like, you will get many different answers. Some people will give you a list of dos and don’ts. If you comply with their list then you are, in their opinion, a Christian. Others will point to what church organization you are affiliated with. They will talk about the completion of classes or programs as the DNA of a Christian. Others will define a Christian as someone who does things for God. They are working toward salvation by outweighing the bad they have done with the good they are doing.

I want to challenge you not to fall into any of the definitions listed here. A biblical Christian is defined as one who is in an abiding relationship with Christ. Abide means to continue to remain connected, to make your home, to be in relationship. What you do for Jesus means nothing without abiding in Him. Abiding is about fellowship with Christ and getting to know Him.

Outside of abiding in Christ you will have an uncultivated soul overgrown with briers, thorns, and thistles. At the end of your life you will look back and realize you did a lot of things for God. You had good days and bad. You had victories and failures. You obeyed His word and sinned against Him. But all of this should be swallowed up in a loving relationship with Him. If you’re banking on anything else, then you will be greatly disappointed.

If you remained in Him then you will have produced fruit. You will have allowed Him to prune you so you could grow. You will have done something that mattered because it was centered on Christ. Anything you do outside of Him will not produce lasting fruit. He wants to change you into the image of God as He spends time with you. An abiding relationship with Christ encompasses everything you need to be planted, take root, grow, and produce fruit in God’s kingdom.

I learned a long time ago that I do not have the skills or charisma to help anybody long term. I can offer some seemingly wise thoughts and steps of action, but these are not going to produce lasting fruit. The best thing I can do to help people is push them to proximity with Christ. This and only this is the definition of a Christ follower. My ministry in life is to get people as close to Christ as I can and make them stay there until they have an abiding relationship with Him. I know I am fruitful when they are ready to take their abiding relationship and share it with someone else. There is no greater feeling in the world than seeing people experience Christ in this way.

Action Items: 

1. Read John 15:1-16. Take time to reflect on the heavy yet simple truth that Christ gives us. What does abiding look like to you? Have you ever looked at your life as so dependent on someone else?

2. Ask God to teach you how to abide in Him. Ask Him to show you areas in your life that need to be cut off and others that can produce eternal fruit for His glory. 

Tomorrow

Tomorrow I am going Mental Awareness Class.

As the time is getting g closer for the Church C.R. to open my Mental health group I am getting a little nervous but not enough to make me change my mind.God is in control of my life my whole being belongs to Him and His Spirit will help me and do the work of mostly listen to those that find the courage to show up. I see myself in an empty room, lol but it’s OK I will keep opening the Group on Friday’s and wait on the Lord to bring hurting women. If God brings anyone to me I will be obedient. I love those the hurt passionately because I have been there and I understand the darkness pain and all the confusion that only Jesus can heal with His love.

I started to heal when finally I believed that God the Father loved me such sinner and that darkness was pierced by a ray of light and hope gave way to an healing Journey. I thank God for the healing ongoing every day.

Later

Pat.

Child of God.