Be Wise – Prioritize

Oh, that they were wise…that they would consider their latter end!
Deuteronomy 32:29

The Bible says: ‘Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!’ One of life’s greatest challenges is thinking and doing the things that ultimately matter and bring success. A life in which anything goes, is a life in which nothing goes. Wisdom means having the discipline to prioritise and the ability to work toward a stated goal. The question is not, ‘Will my calendar be full,’ but ‘Who will fill it,’ and ‘What will it be filled with?’ To know your life’s priorities you must frequently pause and ask:

1) ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ (Acts 9:6 NKJV).
2) What is required of me that nobody else can do?
3) What will bring the greatest return?

God doesn’t reward wasted effort, He rewards wisdom. The story’s told of a lighthouse keeper on a rocky stretch of coastline who received a new supply of oil each month to keep the light burning. Being close to the shore he had lots of guests. A woman from the village needed some oil to keep her family warm; a farmer requested some for his tractor; a mechanic wanted some to lubricate a wheel. All the requests seemed legitimate so the lighthouse keeper tried to please everybody. Before the month was over his oil was gone and the beacon went out. As a result several ships were wrecked and lives were lost. When the authorities investigated, the man was very repentant. But to his excuses and pleading their reply was, ‘You were given oil for one purpose – to keep the light burning.’ Be wise – prioritize!

Pastor Charity Kamau
Kenyan Community Interdenominational Church
(206) 852-2024

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Being Ready

Be dressed ready for service… Luke 12:35

God can move so quickly that one day it feels like all hell has broken loose in your life, and the next, like you’re seated in heavenly places. And in both instances: ‘…it is God which worketh in you…’ (Philippians 2:13 KJV). The Bible uses words like straightway, immediately, and suddenly to remind us that when God moves we must be ready to move too. He doesn’t announce it with trumpets and a fanfare so you must stay prepared, especially for something you’ve been waiting for a long time. You may be just a moment away from the answer you’ve been seeking.

That’s all the time it takes God to change things; a moment! Don’t let discouragement dull your faith or procrastination steal your opportunity. Referring to His second coming, Jesus said, ‘Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house’ (Matthew 24:17KJV). You’ve got to decide whether you’re going to accept what God has for you now and move forward, or return to your house, because your unfinished business can cause you to miss God’s best. And so can waiting for others.

A paralysed man missed his healing for thirty-eight years because he waited for others to act. He told Jesus: ‘…I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up…’ (John 5:7 NKJV). For years he sat beside the solution, but others caused him to miss it. Nothing is more important than what God is saying and doing in your life right now: not what’s going on in your house, not the actions or opinions of others. What matters is being ready. Are you ready?

Pastor Charity Kamau
Kenyan Community Interdenominational Church
(206) 852-2024

Are You Bearing Fruit?

…the fruit of the Spirit… Galatians 5:22-23
Notice three things about fruit:

First, fruit is visible. Remember the ‘show and tell’ method of learning in school? James writes: ‘…Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works’ (James 2:18 NKJV). It’s not enough to ‘talk a good game,’ you must ‘live it’ before others every day.

Second, fruit reflects the character of the tree on which it grows. If it’s an apple tree it’s going to produce apples The more you submit your life to Christ, the more like Him you’ll become.

Third, fruit is always borne for someone else’s benefit. You’ll never see fruit chewing on itself, or saying, ‘I don’t want to be picked.’ Good fruit makes someone hunger and reach for it.

The Holy Spirit wants to produce fruit in you so that others can feed off you and be nourished. In contrast, all deeds of the flesh are selfish. The flesh says, ‘You made me mad. I’m not happy. You have what I want. You are irritating me.’ But the fruit of the Spirit is Christ-centred and others-centred. Notice, the word ‘fruit’ is singular, even though Paul lists nine different kinds of spiritual fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, but they all come from the same tree. This tree can produce everything you need for every area of your life. You don’t have to go to the Holy Spirit for peace, and some other place for love. Or go to the Holy Spirit for patience, and somebody else for self-control. It’s all on the Spirit’s tree. So, are you bearing fruit?

Pastor Charity Kamau
Kenyan Community Interdenominational Church
(206) 852-2024