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Check-off list

Good morning brothers and sisters. This morning I was thinking of all the things that needs to be done before work tomorrow. Now I know, why didn't you do them yesterday? Well, I was busy doing all the things that I promised someone that I would for a baby shower. So the things that needed to be done, didn't get done. So here we are today. I made a check-off list. And that got me thinking, is that how we treat God? I go to church. Check. I pay my tithes. Check. I teach Sunday school. Check. I give to the poor. Check. And the list can go on and on. I know that God gives us commands that direct our paths and teaches us how to live holy lives. But do we do it as a check-off list and not within our hearts? Let's look at some words of Jesus. Luke 17:5-10. 5- And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." Now I am just going to stop there right now. See God could but doesn't just increase our faith. He gives us things so we will learn to trust Him. Now before you ask, be prepared for how He does it. 6- So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. 7- And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep will say to him when he has come in from the field, "Come at once and sit down to eat?" 8- But will he not rather say to him, "Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink? Wow! That struck me. Yes my cup should always be full but do I serve others before my own needs? Do I worry about myself first and then others? Do I get what I want then give my leftovers to others? These questions actually went through my head. Do I do these things as a check-off list or because Jesus lives inside my heart? 9- Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 10- So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, "We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do." Holy moly. Do I do this as check-off list? I have got to start truly listing in fine tune with the Holy Spirit because then it just becomes a check-off list and I am not on the crashing waves where Jesus is. I need to be where I am uncomfortable so He can show me the way. Do you have a check-off list? Do you do what you always done because that is what you were taught and not truly listen to that still small voice calling you out? If you do, then come we are in this together. Rise up child of God, rise up! Have a blessed day!

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