August 2015 CSBA Newsletter

  • 31 August 2015 |
  • Written by  Mark Hamm
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Are you committed? You have all heard this question from someone at some time in our lives, and if you respected this person it may have given you pause to think and consider. It probably was a challenge to you when your dedication seemed suspect or an inquiry when you appeared to vacillate between options. It may have been something else as well, but you understand the question and its implications. So I ask you the question, are you committed? Not to me, or to the Christian Sport Bike Association (CSBA), but to the Lord Jesus Christ. Is He your Savior and Lord? Or is He just the spiritual santa claus you pray to when you want something? Do you give to Him (I mean a lot more than just money) or just ask from Him? If you identify as a Christian, are you committed? Have you prayed today? Were those prayers more than just requests? Were there prayers of thanksgiving, praise, and times of listening?

John 10:14-16 says 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

Have you taken the time to get to know God today? You spend hours on work, family time, and interacting with friends, all good things, but do you spend time with God? You can spend time with God a number of ways, in silence, in prayer, in song, reading the Bible, and other ways. But the question remains, have you spent time with God today? Our excuses are legion; I have a business to run, I have kids to raise, my wife/husband needs me, I have multiple jobs, I need to exercise more, etc. Where would we be in God made excuses with us, when we needed Him? In Matthew 6 we read this passage: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” And so you see the root of all pursuits instead of pursuing God is worry or fear. We fear that if we spend time with God we won’t have time for other more “important” things. Have you ever taken God at His word? Read verse 33 above again. God’s Kingdom and righteousness are to come first, not last. Do you put God first with your time or does He get the leftovers, if there are any? Chase after God first, seek His Kingdome first, make Him first and not last in your life, then hang on for the adventure that comes with it.

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