Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 22, 2015

November 22, 2015 “Lavish Living”

 “Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.” (James 5:13)

Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day Everyone!

What is the work that God has called you to do? No doubt, many of you prepare each week to head off to work. You may be a person of business, or a doctor or a lawyer. Perhaps you are a farmer or maybe a law enforcement officer. Your job may be to attend to the needs of another or to clean houses. You may teach young minds. You may, like me, work in a church setting. It could be that you are retired, or perhaps looking for gainful employment. You may be a student preparing for the future. The fact is, God has called each one of us to a particular area of service. Your passions along with your determination will likely lead you to that area of service God has laid out for you.  There is one “occupation” into which every Christian has been called by God…one “business” which should be the business of every one of us identified as followers of Jesus Christ. It is the “occupation of prayer.” Think of the word “occupation.” It implies a time or space that we inhabit. It speaks of that place where we dwell…where we spend our time and our presence. Our “occupation” should always, according to the Word, be in a state of prayer. At the beginning of the post, I asked the question, “What is the work that God has called you to do?” Now I would ask “Where do you live?” Most people would respond, “Oh, I live in Florida”, or “I live in Tampa.” Perhaps it would be some other city, town, state, or country, but for the Christian, the answer should be, “For me, to live is Christ.” I live in the state of prayer. That is the place I occupy. Martin Luther said’,

“As is the business of tailors to make clothes and cobblers to make shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.”

Prayer is our business. It is our occupation. It is our residence in this life. It is to be our home. The good news is, it’s lavishness is up to us. We can choose to make it as grand as we would like. The building resources for it are limited only by our own investment in it. Live lavishly. Pray continually. Live well. Let’s pray!

God of heaven and earth; You are so generous in your grace, so loving and merciful. Gratefully, we turn to you this day to occupy this most precious time and space here before the Throne of Grace. It is our desire to dwell in your presence forever. Prepare us each day for that glorious time, O Lord. Bring us to that “occupation” of heart, mind, soul, and spirit. Bring us to You. Amen!

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