Jesus Was Generous

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The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out [John 1:14]

Jesus moved in to the neighbourhood. He was one of a kind. Jesus came as a Messiah not in power and authority but rather in humility, to serve rather than to be served. He would lay down His life instead of elevating Himself. He would give Himself willingly for us who could give nothing in return.

This is generosity at a whole other level.

This kind of generous was an inconvenient kind of generous.

This kind of generous was an any time kind of generous.

This kind of generous covered all aspects of His life. And now as reflectors of the love and light of Jesus we are call to this kind of generous. To be people of kindness, compassion, encouragement, forgiveness. People generous with our time and our resources.

Let’s take a moment this Christmas to be generous. To be the right ‘one of a kind’. Look for an opportunities to make a difference. To notice people. To invite and include them in our worlds. After all, when we care, we are blessed. In fact, when we care when we can care, we are sowing the right kind of generous seeds that one day may well reap a harvest of care when we need to be cared for.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for [Matthew 5:7 Message]

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Be in the House of God

“We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭48:9‬ ‭ESV

It’s by being in Gods House where some things often happen. 

As we gather together as a body of believers, with our focus not on ourselves but on the one who created us, some things often happen.  

Making the decision to be planted in a healthy, thriving local church is the cause for some things to happen in our lives. 

In Gods House we remember, we praise, we worship, we lift up our eyes, we focus on God. 

In Gods House we place our thoughts on His steadfast love, His faithfulness, His loving kindness and who we are becoming because of all He has done for us. 

In Gods House, in those moments I am reminded to keep making it less about me and more about God.

Today in Your presence I think on Your steadfast love and I smile to myself and I am happy, thankful and energised by the knowing all that You are to me. 

Clap & Shout

“Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭47:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This is no mild suggestion but more of an instruction. Something we should do because it is good to do. 

Clap your hands ~ everyone!!

To clap is to appreciate, to encourage, to celebrate, to honour. To clap hands to God is to therefore do all of those for Him. 

As our hearts are filled with gratitude for all the good and great things He has accomplished for us, we clap. 

Not a polite clap, instead an excited, energetic clap that demonstrates the full of our thankfulness. 

Shout to God ~ with loud songs!!

We just recorded a new live praise and worship album at Xcel Church. We sang our hearts out and yes, it was loud too. 

To shout is to exclaim, to make a point, to be overwhelmed in a moment of joy or a moment of anger & frustration. 

To shout to God is to make know His greatness so others will hear and my want to join in. It is to be unashamed of the good news of Jesus and what He means to us every day. 

So today lets take some time – let’s clap our hands and shout God. Spend time appreciating all God has done, is doing and will do IN you and THROUGH you. 

By the way ~ what’s your favourite song to clap and shout to God to?

Thirst

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.”[Psalms‬ ‭42:1‬ ‭ESV]

To thirst is have a strong desire for something. It’s actually a natural thing, how we were created in the first place. 

For the deer it was water. Without a flowing stream it would die so it thirsts for water.

It is the same for us, we thirst for water or we will eventually die but the parallel drawn here in the Psalm is that in the same way a deer would just naturally thirst for a stream, we naturally thirst for God. 

In simple terms ~ that we would want all that God has for us knowing it’s the only way out soul is truly filled. 

Those who hunger and thirst…..will be filled (Matthew 5). 

Other things may satisfy for a moment but only God can satisfy completely. 

It’s very hot and humid at the moment where I live. You wake up in the night feeling uncomfortable from the heat and needing a drink. A sip of water makes all the difference. 

Let’s do the same for our souls and drink of the life-giving water so we remain refreshed and full of life, don’t stay thirsty, God has an abundant supply for us all to receive from. 

Let’s thirst and be filled. 

To Pioneer…Do Something Ordinary


Following on from yesterday two more thoughts in regard to pioneering. 

Do we really need to do something crazy, epic or extraordinary? I don’t think so. That’s quite a challenge and maybe out of reach for most of us.

I’m more of an advocate for just doing something. 

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. [‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1 MSG‬‬]

Maybe it’s more about just doing something simple, small and normal. Taking what you have and putting it to use. Just making the most of an opportunity in from of you is probably a good place to start. 

Love your neighbour – cut their grass, put the bin away

Invite someone to church

Be a good friend

Encourage someone



I Appreciate You

Just so you know, (put on best Southern drawl American accent), ‘I appreciate you’. 

I jest, but these three small words can seem hard for some people to say despite how powerful they are when spoken and received by the hearer.

It’s easy to make comments, find fault, defend your corner and have an opinion. Maybe we need to learn to say ‘Well done’, ‘Good job’, and ‘I appreciate what you have done’ more often. 

So let me be first to say to all the teams who serve across all our locations at Xcel, ‘I appreciate you’. Your effort, your sacrifice and your willingness to do whatever it takes to build local church does not go unnoticed. Thank you. 

Be Occupied By Christ

Over the past week I have been reflecting on the Cross of Christ and the difference it can make to my life. Check them out – they make a great week of devotional thoughts.

Now, on a Monday I need to make my response actually mean something, that my life will be different and make a difference. So here’s the simple challenge for myself every day…be occupied by Christ.

To be occupied means to ‘be busy and active’, ‘to be filled up by’, ‘to engage the mind, energy or attention of’.

There are literally millions of things that can occupy my time, attention, energy, thinking, resources. A whole host of stuff that I can become busy and active about, so much so that I can easily forget that my primary occupation is to be a Christian. The from this position, all that I am involved in is influenced by that.

Christ must occupy my thinking.

Christ must occupy my attitude.

Christ must occupy my future.

Christ must occupy my energy.

Now that can seem a little simple, some may even say naive. Questions may come to mind ~ What about what I want? What about what I think? What about the things that are important to me? All good and valid but surely, just by asking these questions I am in danger of displaying an unwillingness to be occupied by Christ and instead to be occupied by self.

Whatever giant I am facing, whatever thoughts may be racing through my mind, whatever opinion I may have about something, however fearful or unsure I may be about the future, whether I feel everything is great or I am hard done too, I have to remember the cross. I have to remember all that Jesus accomplished for me and allow that to become my life.

Jesus became weak so we could become strong in Him.

Jesus became poor so we could become rich in Him.

Jesus became empty so we could become full of Him.

To be occupied by Christ is to remain humble enough to know that without Him I cannot succeed.

To be occupied by Christ is to remain humble enough to know that His best for my life is better than what I think is best for my life.

I want this to be my response to the cross of Jesus Christ for rest of my life. It can seem a tough call but I recognise the benefits make it worth the challenge. I need Gods unmerited favour over ALL my life, so I am going to get my ‘self’ out of the way, stay as humble as I can and depend wholly on Him for my success.

How about you?