1 Picture for today - Fish and Chips, Britain's Beloved Food :)Fish and Chips! The name of the place and the location doesn't matter - almost every major street in London has at least one of these "Fish & Chips" places. Together with the donner and the fried chicken places these are the most popular fast food all-day open in Britain. I love the chips, but many times I think the fish is way too expensive for my budget... :)
1 Experience with the Lord Today - What can I do to show my love for the Lord?Have you ever asked yourself this question? Or, have you asked yourself / the Lord this question today? The Lord loved us so much that He came and gave up His own life for us. Even more, He still loves us so much that no matter where we are and what we have done, no matter the condition we are in, we can always turn to Him and repent, confess, apply His precious blood, and we enjoy life! He is always shepherding us, always taking good care of us, always and continually imparting the divine life into us, and always interceding for us. Many times we don't see how much He is to us and how many things He does for us, but when the Lord shines on us and we see, then we realize His love for us....
I grew up in a Christian family and I read many biographies of the martyrs, the early Christians, the saints who went to preach the gospel in heathen lands, those who lived and died for the Lord, and about the ones who followed the Lord even unto death. It became clear to me that these ones loved the Lord so much and this was expressed in a practical way in their living.... The Cambridge Seven for example were rich, famous, smart, very talented, and also were Stars in England in their age. But they gave up everything and left it all - they all went to foreign countries as missionaries to preach the gospel and bring others to know the Lord. Others like Hudson Taylor left England to go to China to bring the Word of God to the Chinese people - out of love for the Lord...
What about me? What about us? What about the Christians today? Do we love the Lord only with our lips? Do we just say from the tip of our tongues, Lord Jesus I Love You!? Or... what do we do to show the Lord how much we love Him? What did these ones have that we today don't have? Why did they love the Lord so much and did such things for Him in their lifetime? Well, we may say that we can't really go to those foreign countries because of this or that; or maybe we don't have a burden or commission from God to go, etc... But how many times during a day do we just stop and tell the Lord how much we love Him, and how much we want to give Him some time to spend with Him to enjoy Him?!? And in our time with Him, isn't there something that He puts on our heart to do for Him?
You know, throughout the ages, thousands of heart treasures, golden futures, and precious lives were poured out upon the Lord Jesus - because these loving believers considered Him more precious than even their own life! I don't know about you, but when I read the Bible and when I read the biographies of these dear forerunners in the faith, I ask myself and I pray to the Lord, What about me, Lord? What great work do You want me to do for You, so that I would show You my love for You? I don't want to love You just in word, but also in my action, my living, my attitude, in the way I speak, and in the way I spend my time and my money! Lord, how practical are You to me, and how much do I show that I love You? Lord, before Your second coming, before You return to receive Your Bride, Your overcomers, how can I express my love for You and all that You are + have done for me?
... I don't want to go too far with this, and I don't want to stir up anyone or anything. But it all starts with our heart, it all starts with now - right now, whenever the Lord speaks something to us or when we have a break during the day and we turn to Him: we can give Him our time and allow Him to touch us in many practical ways... There are so many ways to show our love for Him! Love always finds a way to be expressed and be shown... Reading His Word, being faithful to be in the meetings of the church every week, praying for the saints and for the church, taking care of the young ones and the new ones, cooking for the saints, inviting some saints over for dinner, ministering to the saints, having scheduled times of prayer, pursuing the Lord with our companions, going out to preach the gospel, etc... To each one of us there's a capacity / a talant entrusted, and we CANNOT put it in a handkerchief + bury it in the ground!
Those who know their God have great searchings of heart and great resolutions of heart. They know their God and take action. Yes, it starts with the small personal things like spending private & intimate time with the Lord often and regularly.... - but it continues with practical expressions and actions, even a more thorough consecration to the Lord as the days go by. We can't just stay passive, and we can't do nothing! Lord, right now, as I turn to You and I finish this article, what do You think - what can I do to show You how much I love You???