Created to seek him - Monday Ministry

Monday Ministry is about sharing and encouraging one another as we take Sunday into the rest of the week
Too often as the service ends and the closing hymn plays my mind has already turned to who I need to speak to or my plans for the day. Even though I make notes I rarely come back to them.
What if I'm missing what God is trying to speak into my week?
So, whether you go to Church or not if there is a word that speaks to you, a prayer that touches your heart or a hymn or song that makes your Spirit soar; I want to encourage you to join me into bringing Sunday into the rest of your week and letting it minister to you (and others) from Monday.
                                                                                   

"For in him we live and move and have our being" Acts 17:28

I have been challenged a lot lately about seeking God and yesterday's sermon was exactly that. I have control issues and God is often my last resort after I have tried everything I know to sort something out or deal with an issue.

Slowly I am learning that by seeking God first I don't have to go through the whole stress of trying to find my own solutions and then come to God, there is no shame or weakness in coming to him first. Knowing where our help comes from as Christians shows maturity and strength.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountain, where does my help come from? 
My help come from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth" Psalm 121: 1-2

If I am at a crossroads, and feel confused and no longer know which way to go, if things are getting on top of me, if life is all over the place then it can often be guaranteed that I am neglecting my time with God. Even though I know this, sometimes it still takes me a while to get back into his presence. David knew the importance of seeking God everyday, it was his hearts cry.

"My heart says of you "Seek his face!", your face Lord I will seek" Psalm 27:8

In seeking God we find our meaning and purpose for our lives. In Ecclesiastes, the ground work has been done for us, the teacher tried everything in life to find happiness, pleasure, meaning and fulfilment and came to the conclusion that it was all meaningless, twelve chapters later and the conclusion for life is to fear God and keep his commandments. If you are happy, then praise God. If you are in trouble then pray. (James 5:13).

Throughout scripture we can see the need to continually seek God, whether it be people like Anna who always seek God or people, like me, who go through every trial before finally coming to God. If we seek his presence in the daily things he becomes our rhythm of life and we see him everywhere. 

Yesterday I was watching 'Born Survivor' with Bear Grylls and he was trekking through the Amazon rain forest, he was wet, cold, exhausted and in danger of being dragged down by weariness and then he stops. In the middle of the dense green's and brown in a place that people were unlikely to ever tread was a flash of pink, a beautiful huge flower. He comments on God's extravagance, even though it may never be seen that flower in all it's beauty was there just because that was it's purpose, not to be seen and admired by millions but to bloom in God's presence and be beautiful as it was created to be.

This week, do not seek the approval of others or fulfil roles imposed upon you but seek God and be everything you were created to be for him alone.

6 comments:

  1. Hi Tania,

    What a beautiful post, filled with grace and truth. I love how God sprinkles His beauty on our paths; to remind us of His love and constant presence with us.

    Acts 17:28 is a wonderfully descriptive verse isn't it. Author Sharon Jaynes uses it for her book - A sudden Glory. If you haven't read it, I really recommend it :)

    Blessings

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    1. Anita

      That book is on my list for my birthday - I lover her devotionals and looking forward to reading that book.

      Tan

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  2. I love what you say in your concluding sentence. I'm always "guilty" of seeking approval and of fulfiling roles that were imposed upon me by others.
    The photograph of the rose is so beautiful. Your post is a wonderful reminder to dismiss, at least for a short time, roles that are not truly ours.

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    1. Hi Masa

      Thank you for visiting - I pray that you will discover a way to hold only to the role that God has given you rather than those you feel you must feel.

      Blessings to you

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  3. Amen to that! Psalms 121:1 is my favorite scripture. Whenever I feel down I meditate on this Word and how comforting it feels to know that our help is comes from the Lord alone.

    Visiting from SITS,
    http://herweightlossdiary.blogspot.com

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    1. Honeybee

      welcome from SITS, such a great site - I am glad this reminded you of the comfort in that verse.

      May the Lord bless you :)

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