Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Game of Life  Day 8

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?

Luke 6:37-39

We all must see in life to see life.  One of the greatest privileges and pleasures of knowing Jesus is the ability to see, to have vision.  The vision of God is to see, not just with the eyes in our head but with the eyes of our heart.  God gave us eyes, not to just see with, but to see through.  We see through our eyes when we look at the world from the convictions of our heart which is God’s word for the believer.

Jesus says, “Judge not, and you will not be judged.”  But then He asks, “Can a blind man lead a blind man?”  This is not about judging but rather “seeing” to judge.  We must make judgments in this life, but we must see first to make the right judgment.  The best place to begin seeing is to begin looking at ourselves. 

Vision begins with valuing God’s word, believing it for this walk, and using it to see Gods will.  God gives us the ability to see.  It is powerful to save us from the pain of sin and the power of Satan.  Praise God!  Let God begin by showing us who we are so that we can have a vision for where we are going.  Then let God give us the values we need to have a vision for the life He has for us.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Game of Life  Day 7

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.  “Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.                       Luke 6:24-26

There is a phrase out there that I have seen people purchase for their wall, write on their cards, share with their friends, and possess for their lives.  The phrase is Live, Love, and Laugh.  And while the phrase itself is not too upsetting it challenges what we believe in.  We want to rich, full, and happy and Jesus says, be careful where that thinking takes you.  Can we see the problem here?

Jesus opens our eyes to see life and how to live it when He begins to talk to us about blessings and burdens (woes).  Life and living begins when we begin to “see” the blessing of seeing God, seeing God as good and seeing that God loves us.  We need to see the source of life, not just the sauce for life.  We do not pursue the fruit of God but rather the God of the fruit.  But to do that our eyes, our vision, need to be clear.  The word of God becomes our window on the world and this life.  Looking for wealth, privilege, and pleasure can leave us pursuing a mirage.  It is not what we value but who we value that forms our vision in life and for life.  Value God and His word and you will see God and His perfect and goodwill.

Monday, June 14,2021

The Game of Life  Day 6

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said:   “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.            Luke 6:20-23

The ability to see must be one of the greatest privileges of life.  Values birth vision.  Our vision for life is determined by our values in life.

In today’s Scripture Jesus is surrounded by a multitude of people who have come to hear Him and be healed by Him.  Jesus heals them all but then Jesus then gives them what they need to live healed.  A lot of people do not live healed.  They do not have a vision for living healed.  Jesus gives these people, on that day, the values they need for life to have the vision they need in life.  Jesus shares the blessing and burdens of life and in doing so He gives us the vision or the sight that we all need in life.  Jesus will ask later, “Can a blind man lead a blind man?”  Of course not!  To possess a vision for life we need the values of life.  A vision for life will make life valuable. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

The Game of Life  Day 5

And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.            Luke 12:29-31

Value is not something we find in with our skin but with our spirit.  Jesus said, “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”  Values are what we treasure on the inside.  It is a spiritual thing. 

Jesus told the story of the rich fool who valued his valuables more than the One who valued him.  He died in his sleep without those valuables.  Jesus goes on to say, “don’t be anxious (troubled about our treasures) about your life…”  and then He reminds us how God feeds the ravens and clothes the lilies.  These things come and go without our awareness.  But Jesus challenges us with the thought that if God cares for things that are here today and gone tomorrow, then how much more must He value us. 

The secret to a successful life in found in “who” we value, not “what” we value.  It is a relationship; that leads to riches in Jesus.  Anger and angst thrive in shallow values.  Learn this lesson because if we do not value the valuable, the invaluable will devalue us.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Game of Life  Day 4

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

Do you know what makes a dad a good dad?  It is the values for life that he shares and sows into the lives of his family.  We need values, not valuables, to live this life successfully. 

One day Jesus had just shared about the value of acknowledging Jesus before men and what that does in the seen and unseen world.  No more does He say this, and a man shouts out for Jesus to make his brother share their inheritance.  Jesus’ response is epic.  Who made me your judge?  But then He goes on to share the value of valuing your heart.  Do not let your heart be motivated by fear, jealousy, or greed.  Valuables do not make life work, values do. 

One of the greatest ways to fall into the deception of the devil, (and remember, deception is his only superpower) is to let him convince you that you are dissatisfied.  Dissatisfaction leads to disbelief and disobedience.  We become dissatisfied when we lose our value for the people and things that are valuable.  It is values, not valuables, that make life successful, livable, enjoyable.  Value your relationship with God; He values his relationship with you and God will give you the valuables of life and the values to enjoy them. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Game of Life  Day 3

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.                 Luke 12:4-7

Our values in life begin to develop through “who” we value more than “what” we value.  Our value for rules begins with our value of relationships.  It makes me think of God giving the Hebrews the 10 commandments after He delivered them from Egypt.  And here is the thing, where there is no value for relationship there will be fear in our relationships.  Where there is no value for “who” there will be fear of “what”.  We will begin to fear the wrong things and wrong people.  It is a terrible place to find ourselves fearing the rejection of people and pleasures we want to know.

Jesus goes on to say in verse 8, “And I tell you that whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.”  He values us more!  Living in that knowledge with that understanding  because of that value will develop every other value we have in life.  And we will overcome all fear because we overcome fear with love, not leverage.  Values begin with “who” we value, not “what” we value.  If we value God and His love for us, He will give us the values to know and live in that great love.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Game of Life     Day 2

For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Luke 12:2-3

Our values shape our vision.  We cannot help it, they just do and why would they not they shape our vision, we value them.  But here is what this means.  Whatever we think in private and whatever we say in darkness will be revealed in the daylight.  What we value shapes our vision and our vision shapes our vocation.  We will live the values that shape our vision for life and in life.  We may think that we can fool the masses, but we cannot, it all shows up in why we live and how we live. 

People will tell me that they have a kid or spouse who is always in trouble or always makes trouble for them but that he or she is basically a good person.  Can that be?  Can we be basically good if we value what is basically bad?  People treat others badly because the values that shape their vision are selfish, sinful, and sorry.

“Nothing is covered that will not be revealed.”  That is okay.  Discover and develop the values that create a great vision for life and there will not be the fear of anyone finding out.  What we value determines our vision, vocation, and verification in life.  This might be one of the most important lessons we learn in life.  Let me give you a pointer.  Start by valuing the One who values you.  His name is Jesus and with Him you will never have to be afraid.

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Game of Life                                                                                                             Day 1

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7

Before you go to far today, or any day, remember that this life is lived by values.  We live according to what we value or who values us.  Jesus says, “You are of more value…” 

On one day, thousands were gathering around Jesus.  He was important, popular and of great value.  Jesus takes the moment of excitement and hysteria to talk to the disciples about the Pharisees.  It was an important moment; we all value being valued, and the Pharisees loved this sort of attention.  Jesus tells the disciples that life is lived from what we value.  Do not be deceived, what we all value will become transparent.  The values of our hearts will be disclosed, unveiled.  Here is what we need to understand:  God values us.  He values every one of us.

The secret to living a successful life is to live with successful values.  We all have a choice.  The disciples could have embraced the values of the religious leaders.  The life you and I are living right now is the one we have chosen because of what we value in this life.  But it is not just what we value but who values us.  In fact, what we value is probably determined by who we think values us.  Do not be fooled, the day is coming when the real values of the heart will be revealed.  God comes right out and says, “I value you!”  If we believe that He values us we can start valuing what is valuable in and to life