Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Bottom Line

Sometimes the bottom line of our day leaves us full of fear.  Sometimes the bottom line of our day leaves full of happiness.  No one can escape the bottom line of every day.

It is impossible to know the truth about any subject of our  daily lives without dealing with the bottom line.  How much we have and what is left over each day are the bottom lines that give us direction and inspiration or leave us afraid and paralyzed.

Jesus is the bottom line of the universe every day.  Jesus should become the bottom line for every human being because He came to give us abundant life one day at a time.

It is really easy to become disoriented, afraid and paralyzed in this world.  When we take our eyes off of Jesus what is left without Him at the end of the day soon becomes clear and frightening.  The bottom line without Jesus is loss.

When you live each day with Jesus as your bottom line the disorientation, fear and paralysis with be replaced with the peace and joy of God’s bottom line which is Jesus.

“Jesus is all and is in all.”   Col. 3:11

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

A Sickness Called No and a Healing Called Yes

“For all the promises in Him are yes…” 
II Cor. 1:20

God did not create mankind in His own image to live with no as our starting point. The opening two chapters of Genesis are clearly yes in every aspect. God is the essential yes in all life. He created us to live a healthly yes.

The introduction of man’s independence from God began man’s descent into a deadly sickness called no. No breeds negativity, blame, distress, violence and death.

The sickness of no began spreading through human experience until it had humanity clearly in its negative grip. Then Jesus was born. The healing called yes was back. The sickness of no could be healed by yes in Jesus.

One of the surest signs Jesus is alive in our inner life is that our natural no turns to a supernatural yes. We slowly begin to see yes filling the spaces where we only saw no. We become people who speak a healthy yes in moments where our usual response would have been a sickly no.

Jesus’ power to turn a person in the grip of no into a person in the grip of yes does not seem so impressive until that person is you. When living with you is a healthy yes you will be duly impressed with Jesus’ positive, healing power. Those who live near you filled with yes will soon be impressed, too.

We were created to live yes and that yes is in Jesus.