DayBreaks for 12/20/18 – The Priest’s Sacrifice, #3

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DayBreaks for 12/20/18: The Priest’s Sacrifice, #3

Continuing with the theme of Sacrifice for this week preceding Christmas, I’m sharing some thoughts from the message at church this past Sunday. Though this is often a time when we receive gifts, it is also a time for sacrifices.

The third sacrifice that we are called upon as Christian priests and priestesses is this: Hebrews 13:16 (ESV) – Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

It may be stretching a bit, but I think that this refers not only to the stuff we have (like money, clothes, etc.), but also to the exercise of our spiritual gifts. You have at least one gift given to you from the Spirit. Whatever your gifts are, they are a privilege given only to believers. It’s not for your enjoyment (though usually people do find joy when exercising their gift), but for kingdom work. You may have multiple spiritual gifts. The point is this: we are expected to use them all for those in need. It pleases God.

Why is it a sacrifice? Because your fleshly inclination will be not to exercise it for others – or maybe not at all. Again, as with any sacrifice, surrender is required.

Our responsibility, then, is to discover, exercise and develop your spiritual gift and then to use it to do good.

Questions: what are your spiritual gifts and how can you use your giftedness this holiday season to be a blessing? What are some good things you can do to share what you have, be it money, clothes, food, time or words?

PRAYER: Jesus, let us not neglect to do good during this season because we’re too wrapped up in tinsel, wrappings and boxes, or even by friends and family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 11/18/14 – Play Your Piccolo!

DayBreaks for 11/18/14 – Play Your Piccolo!

1 Corinthians 12:18-28 (NLT) – But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.  And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.

Sir Michael Costa, the celebrated conductor, was holding a rehearsal. As the mighty chorus rang out, accompanied by scores of instruments, the piccolo player, a little pint-sized flute, thinking perhaps that his contribution would not be missed amid so much music, stopped playing. Suddenly, the great leader stopped and cried out, “Where is the piccolo?”

The sound of that one small instrument was necessary to the harmony, and the Master Conductor missed it when it dropped out. The point? To the Conductor there are no insignificant instruments in an orchestra. Sometimes the smallest and seemingly least important one can make the greatest contribution and even if it doesn’t seem to make that big a difference to the audience at large, THE CONDUCTOR KNOWS IT right away!

In the Church the players and the instruments are diverse – different sizes, different shapes, different notes, different roles to play. But like the piccolo player in Sir Michael’s orchestra, we often in our own sovereignty decide that our contribution is not significant. Our contribution couldn’t possibly make a difference. And so we quit playing. Stop doing that which we’ve been given to do. We drop out. But the Conductor immediately notices. From our perspective, our contribution may be small, but from His, it is crucial.

I am sure that there are some (if not all) piccolo players reading this today who have dropped out of the orchestra for whatever reason(s): pain, exhaustion, insecurity, criticism, laziness, misbehavior. Perhaps you are convinced that your contribution doesn’t mean a hill of beans in the bigger scheme of things and that you are unimportant, insignificant and perhaps even unnecessary. And that may have led you to bury your talent in the ground.

For all piccolos who won’t play, or at least aren’t playing, Jesus has something to say in Matthew 25:25-30 (NIV) – So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The point: play your piccolo!  Put it to use!

PRAYER: Let us engage with vigor in Your service! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 4/22/14 – Promising, But Alas…

DayBreaks for 4/22/14 – Promising, but Alas…

Do you recall this NT story of Jesus and the disciples? The disciples come upon a fig tree which was flourishing with a burst of leaves. Jesus went to the tree and looked among the leaves, but found no figs. It is the nature of the fig tree to get its fruit before the leaves, so Jesus had an expectation of finding fruit!

This is an illustration of the age-old story of promise without fulfillment. Charles Lamb shared an anecdote about a certain man in whose life, he said, there were three stages. When he was young, people said of him, “He will do something.” As he grew older and did nothing, they said of him, “He could do something if he tried.” Towards the end of his life they said of him, “He might have done something, if he had tried.”

That could be the epitaph of too many Christians…and too many churches.  What will your epitaph say?  What will God say of what you did with the potential that He created and placed inside of you?

PRAYER: Father, teach us to eagerly pursue living up to all the amazing potential you have placed in each and every one of us, and help us to encourage others to live up to the potential that you created in them, too! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/12/13 – Just Figs, Nothing More

DayBreaks for 03/12/13 – Just Figs, Nothing More               

figsLuke 13:6 (ESV) – And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.

The world-famous writer, Somerset Maugham, said it best in his autobiography, Summing Up, “I knew that I had no lyrical quality, a small vocabulary, little gift of metaphor. The original and striking simile never occurred to me. Poetic flights…were beyond my powers. On the other hand, I had an acute power of observation, and it seemed to me that I could see a great many things that other people missed. I could put down in clear terms what I saw…I knew that I should never write as well as I could wish, but I thought, with pains, that I could arrive at writing as well as my natural defects allowed.” Somerset Maugham discovered the secret of genius.”

As a wanna-be writer myself, I can identify with Maugham’s statement: “I knew that I should never write as well as I could wish…”  I feel the same about my efforts at photography – as much as I would like to be, I’m no Rodney Lough or Ansel Adams.  In fact, I’m embarrassed to have people look at my pictures!  I will never be as good of a husband or father as I should have been, or could be.  Why?  Because of my “natural defects” and my God-given abilities. 

I’m sure that there are things you try to do that, no matter how hard you try, you don’t feel as if it was done as well as you would have liked.  Maybe you like to paint but have never painted a masterpiece to rival the Sistine Chapel.  Maybe you write poetry but are no Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  And maybe you feel badly about it. 

Let me suggest that you need not feel that way.  Life does not ask us to become what we are not. In the parable of the fig tree, the tree was neither required nor expected to produce a variety of fruit like apples, oranges and bananas.  Just figs.  That’s all…just figs.  And not even the best figs in the world!

It isn’t just life that is that way, it is Jesus, too.  You and I are asked by the Lord only to accomplish what our natural gifts allow, not to be as strong as Samson, as great of a leader as Moses or as magnificent of an evangelist as Paul, or as great of a mother as Mary must have been.  But we are asked to accomplish what Jesus has given us to do through our gifting and abilities.  He isn’t down on you because you’re not sinlessly perfect.  He’s not down on you because you can’t teach like He did.  But if He gave you the gift of teaching, He expects you to use that gift as best you can….not as well as someone else can. 

Don’t let your gifts lie idle because you think you’re not good enough to use them.  If He gave you the gift…it’s good enough for Him, and who are we to question His judgment?

PRAYER: Jesus, thank You for what You have gifted us to do.  Help us to accept our limitations, glory in Your limitlessness, and use what You have entrusted wisely! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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