Merry Christmas Eve Eve everyone! I woke up this morning and worked out with the parents, which we followed up with a couple biscuits from Hendoughs (oops). My mom put me to work on the wrapping presents assembly line. I then spent a little quality time in the kitchen whippin’ up some dessert for our dinner tonight with my Gran-mommy and Gran-poppy (my mom’s parents). It has been a day filled of festivities and my gosh its only Eve Eve. Most importantly, I’m surrounded by family and my heart is so full to have both brothers around.
Needless to say with all of the last minute to-do’s I’ve been a little too Martha today. Click here if you don’t know what I’m referring to. After all the to-do’s had turned into to-dones it was time for me to go on my date.
I call my Jesus’ time a date. It’s my one-on-one time with just Him and his word. My top Love language is quality time so; this is very necessary for our relationship. Most of the time when I open up my bible to read I pray. For some reason I haven’t been doing that the last couple of dates, so today I decided to get back on track. I prayed.
I am currently reading 1 Corinthians and today I was in chapter 3. Paul is writing his longest letter of advice to the people of Corinth. Corinth is like sin city, so Paul decides to spend 18 months there with some lost sheep. The name Apollos will also appear in the scripture I’m about to show you, so I’m going to give ya a little info on my man Apollos. Apollos was from Alexandria Egypt where they had a university and a library. This is where the Old Testament was translated into Greek. His resources allowed him to understand scripture extremely well and become a very effective leader in Corinth. Now that I’ve gotcha caught up lets dig in.
My-oh-my how the Lord heard my prayers when I started reading it was like the words were just sparking wisdom! It went like this:
1Brothers I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
Reading this sparked some thoughts. How many times do we ask God to reveal something to us? My answer: A lot. However, what if we aren’t ready for it? We get so darn mad at the Lord for not helping us out while we don’t help ourselves. Instead of thinking the Lord is in the wrong (which is stupid cause He never is) we should look at our own hearts. The Lord is feeding us milk because we aren’t mature enough for solid food. If we are maturing in our relationship with God then he will feed us accordingly.
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Y’all ever get service boastful? Like, “look at me I went to church. Look at me I talked to someone about Jesus today. Look at me I read the bible.” My answer: Yes, sadly I do. But, HA joke is on me because it doesn’t matter how much I plant and how much I water it’s the Lord that makes it grow. We are merely tools for the Lord’s work and what a blessing that is. Why are we so dadgum selfish about our service to the Lord? It’s HIS. Everything is His. I need to be less worried about people knowing my works and more worried about my works WORKING to get other lost sheep into the kingdom of God. And y’all if that don’t preach then I don’t know what will.
Ok well it is now supper time with the grandparents, so I’m going to hop off this platform and go fellowship with the fam. Don’t worry, there is more to come from 1 Corinthians 3!