Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Check Your Settings

My morning prayer...
Good morning Lord. Thank You for another day. Yesterday was good. Can You help me make today great? I promise to give You the credit.
Father, of course I see You in everything. Well, some time back I bought a new iron. I really liked the old one, but somehow I managed to knock it off the ironing board, and it never was quite right after that. I hadn't had to buy one in a long time, and I didn't realize there are now so many choices just for an iron. They had several within a price range I was comfortable paying, so I had to choose from those based on the options and settings each one had.
Well I finally picked one, and I have been using it for a while now. But, I can't say that I yet understand all those settings it offers. Lord, there are several settings I can choose to adjust the temperature and steam based on the fabric of what I am ironing. Suffice it to say that I just boil it down to two settings I try to stay between...hot enough to stick to my clothes and not hot enough to get the wrinkles out. I do leave the steam setting on high because it just doesn't seem like it's ironing unless I can hear that sound.
Father, thinking about that, I realize that I too have many settings. I can adjust my knobs to change how I function depending on the situation I'm in or the people I'm around. I can adjust my dress, my attitude, my posture, and my behavior, all depending on the situation I'm in or the people I'm around. Even with just how I talk, I have settings for 'work mode' and 'with my kids mode' and 'around my friends mode'. I even now have a 'church mode". But there is one setting I never want to turn off, and that's 'Child of God mode'.
Lord, I never want to forget who I am and Who I belong to. I am Your child now, and I want that to show it no matter what situation I am in or what people I am around. I want my Christian life to be consistent from church to home to work and to my community so that I can glorify You. I want my Christian light to shine not just when I'm in church, but also when I'm in Walmart, or when I'm home alone.
I must admit that there are times when it would be easier for me if I could turn my 'Child of God' switch off, even for just a moment. It would be easy to turn it off when I get angry or when I want to get even; real easy when I am tempted or even when I'm tired. But Lord, I don't want to do what's easy, I want to do what's right. Every where I go I want everyone I meet to know that You are mine, and I am Yours. This Child of God wants to make his Father proud.
So Lord, give me the strength and courage to leave my switch on 'Child of God'. You showed me that You love me by never changing Your settings, even when it would have saved Jesus. I just want to show You how much I love You by not adjusting mine. In Jesus name. Amen.

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