DayBreaks for 01/29/14 – God Showing Through

DayBreaks for 1/29/14 – God Showing Through

SM_MG_7315Galatians 2:20 (NLT)  My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand.” The mother said, “Oh? What is it?” The little girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the whole world in His hand. Is that true?” The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true, honey.” “But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?” Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true. With a puzzled look on her face the little girl then asked, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”

Many people debate about the meaning and purpose of the Beatitudes. Some say that it is a true prescription for what the Christian should achieve. Others say that it is a goal that we are to reach for, but which God doesn’t expect us to ever achieve. You are entitled to your opinion – I have one, but I think I’ll keep it to myself! But this is the point: I think that the little girl was on to something huge that is typified by what we see in the beatitudes. No matter what else they may be, the beatitudes are about the life of God “showing through” us, becoming visible to a world that needs to see and know and come to love God.

When you are out and about, what is showing through you? Is it God and the characteristics in the Beatitudes, or is it your pride, anger, selfishness, competitiveness, etc.?

Think about it!

PRAYER: The beatitudes are such a challenge, Lord, and we can despair of ever living up to them. We realize we won’t do that perfectly, but we pray that we will do it well enough so that You do shine through us because You are too big in our lives to be hidden! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/15/13 – Learning a New Prayer

DayBreaks for 07/15/13 – Learning a New Prayer

beatitudes-1Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. 21  God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. 22  What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. 23  When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way. – Luke 6:20-13 (NLT)

For me, this is one of the hardest passages in Scripture – “beatitudes” make me nervous.  From my work with I Am 2 and now with MAI, it is clear to me that from a human perspective there are few blessings to being poor or oppressed.  What might they be?  Clarity, for one thing.  When life is stripped of all its extravagances and accoutrements, when it comes down to walking for hours every day just to get water to drink (let alone cook, bathe, wash, etc.) or to digging under the searing sun all day to try to find a root you can mash up and feed to your 6 hungry children, there is clarity – what is important comes more clearly into view than for the busy business man/woman with their social clubs, gym memberships, golf/bridge dates – all while their children are home without them.

Second thing: I’m hard pressed to think of one.

Jesus’ blessing isn’t pronounced in such a way as to make one think it will be received here on earth.  Out of the blessings, the only one which is in the present tense is that the Kingdom of God is theirs.  The rest are “will” – future events, and clearly the last is the heavenly reward, only received after this life is over. 

Is the promise of that able to make people satisfied and laugh in the here and now?  I don’t know from personal experience.  To the American mind it is incomprehensible and unimaginable.  But I’ve seen it in Haiti and India.  At least glimpses of it.  That means it is possible, but it calls for a re-alignment of an entire way of life and worldview that I’m not sure American Christians are capable of on our own.  We need to add something to our prayers, I believe: “God, break my idol of happiness that thinks it is found in what we possess, instead of Who possesses us.  Let us be satisfied with the promises that await and press forward to that day and hour when we truly take hold of happiness and can laugh for all eternity.”

PRAYER:  Lord, we want to receive your blessings – whatever they may be that you intend for us – both in the here and now and in the future!  Hold us firmly, help us persevere in the hard times so we can experience them in their fullness!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/05/13 – What We Wish For

DayBreaks for 06/05/13 – What We Wish For

wishingNOTE: I am at a conference for the rest of this week.  I will try to get a new DayBreaks out each day, but may not be totally successful.  Thanks for your understanding!

Luke 6:24-26 (NLT) – “What sorrow awaits you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now.  What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger awaits you. What sorrow awaits you who laugh now, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.  What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.”

Just prior to Jesus’ statements that are shown above, he had pronounced blessings on the poor and oppressed.  For the past year and a half, I have worked in two different capacities, both involving serving the poor and oppressed people of the world.  I must tell you from direct observation, from a human viewpoint, there are few blessings to being poor or oppressed.  Sure, there are some – such as clarity that descends like a crystal stream when all the distractions related to wealth and possessions are stripped away.  And, in reality, a close look at the blessings Jesus pronounced in the previous few verses are not promised here on earth.

But then he comes to the “woes” of verses 24-26.  Read them again – carefully.  Aren’t the things that Jesus pronounces “woes” over things that we all wish we had?  Riches, prosperity, laughter, praise from others?  Is there any of us who wouldn’t take those things if they were offered to us on a platter or gift-wrapped in a pretty package tied up with a lovely ribbon?

The woes Jesus pronounces are for things that people have NOW – here on earth.  The only happiness of the rich is now, not later.  The fat and prosperous will be hungry in due time.  The present laughter of the present will turn to shrieking and sorrow, and the praise will also change to sorrow – in the future.  You may debate the timing and say it doesn’t really say when these woes will happen – but does it really matter?  Not one who reads this wishes to be on the side of the “woes” of Jesus!

How did our value systems get so messed up?  Why do we spend so much time pursuing the things Jesus denounces?  The darkness of the fall and of sin is truly blinding!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, turn our hearts away from the things over which you pronounced these woes and turn our hearts to the light so we are not blinded by the siren call of the things of this world!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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NOTE: Galen is working as a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) (medicalambassadors.org) and is responsible for raising own support.  DayBreaks is free – and will remain so – but if you wish to help support Galen in his ministry work with MAI, you can make a donation on his behalf.  One-time donations may be made by going to this link: http://www.medicalambassadors.org/donate.html and look down the left side of the page until you find the SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Then look for “Galen Dalrymple”.  Click his name and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you can donate to his support.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, contact suzette@med-amb.org or call her at 209-543-7500 ext. 219.  You can also write a check to Medical Ambassadors International (a 501.c.3 non-profit – meaning your donations are deductible) and put S090 in the Memo field.  Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.

Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

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