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Cook Your Bacon Unto the Lord

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Dishes, laundry, cooking, cleaning, teaching, chasing kids-- more laundry.  Eat, sleep, repeat.

This is my daily life.   

Ok, sometimes it just seems like this is all there is to my life.  Sometimes it feels mundane, if I can be brutally honest.  Discontentment can creep in, wanting something different and something more than the predictable day-to-day tasks.  The enemy whispers in my ear that I’m not doing enough for the Lord-- that what I’m doing at home doesn’t really matter because it’s not noticed by others or reaching thousands of people.  I mean, I’m “just” a mom!

Can you relate?  Maybe you’re in a rut and are just going through the motions like I so often do.  Maybe you compare yourself to others who seem to have it all together and wish you could swap places.  The grass is always greener on the other side, right?  

Not. So. Fast.  

Friend, as long as you are walking with the Lord, He has you right where you need to be, doing exactly what you need to do in this season.  He has gifted you with a specific purpose in this life.  Bloom where you are planted.  

Luke 16:10a says, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much.”  

Are you being faithful with what God has called you to do TODAY?  

Even if it’s just a load of laundry, changing a diaper, or raking leaves-- you just never know how God will use your past and present circumstances for the future.  We can't allow discontentment in, causing us to constantly be wishing for something different and exciting to happen in the future.  We aren't even promised tomorrow.  What counts is how we are living for Him TODAY

Matt touched on this in a recent sermon.  What should we do while we’re waiting on the Lord?  See if you can find the common thread in each of these examples from the Bible:

  1. Ruth was gathering grain in the field when God brought Boaz, her future husband, into her life. (Ruth 2)
  2. David was feeding his sheep and bringing lunch to his brothers when God called him to battle Goliath and later become King of Israel. (1 Samuel 17)
  3. Joseph was caring for his sheep along with his brothers when he shared with them the dreams God had given him, showing a glimpse of his future reign over Egypt. (Genesis 37)
  4. Moses was tending to his father-in-law’s flock of sheep when God called to him from the burning bush and put him in the position to lead Israel out of slavery. (Exodus 3)
  5. Elisha was plowing his field when Elijah passed his ministry on to him. (1 Kings 19:19)
  6. Peter and Andrew were casting their nets when Jesus called them to follow Him; James and John were mending their nets when Jesus called them.  (Matthew 4:18-22)
  7. Noah was walking with God when He asked him to build the ark. (Genesis 6)

Do you see it?  Gathering, feeding others, caring for, pouring out, tending to, plowing, casting, mending, walking.  All these people were DOING something!  They weren’t sitting around lazily, hoping for something amazing to drop into their laps.  

In fact, God used, called, and answered these ordinary people when they were doing their normal, day-to-day, seemingly mundane and unnoticed activities.  

They were actively carrying out what God had already called them to do!  These are the things we should all be doing - caring for and feeding one another spiritually, plowing up the hard spots in our hearts, sharing the gospel, walking with the Lord.  Colossians 3:23-24 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”  He rewards our diligent service unto Him, no matter how big or small!

One evening as I was cooking dinner, David told me, “Cook your bacon unto the Lord!” which I still laugh about today, but what truth there is in this statement!  We should work for the Lord in all that we do, big or small.  He sees it all.  It all matters to Him.  He knows our motives.  And it’s our choice how we go about our day.  We can choose to work while having a stubborn, grumbling, resentful heart.  Or we can choose to work as unto the Lord, with a sweet, grateful, willing heart.

Whether you are serving the Lord by taking care of your family at home or are doing missionary work overseas, He will use it all for His glory if you’re faithfully doing it for Him.  1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

I challenge you (and myself!) this week:  Rather than just “getting through your day,” purpose to do every daily task for the Lord, no matter how big or small.  See how your attitude changes-- how you suddenly become joyful about your work.  “Your labor is not in vain in the Lord!”  

Mixed Tape Vol. I

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It’s all about the mixtape!

That’s right, you know what I’m talking about. That wonderful combination of plastic and magnetic tape capturing every song that "identified" who you were as a teen…or maybe as an adult (if that’s the case…just keep that to yourself).

There’s a good chance if you were born after 1990 you may not know what I’m talking about so by today’s standard, you’d call this your playlist, your Spotify list, or your  Pandora station, so don’t tune out yet young people!

Whatever your generation, I’m talking about that mix of songs that will likely get you stared at in your car as you scream sing your way to work...you know who you are...

You see, music just has a way of reaching deep into our hearts, building us up, comforting us, relieving anxiety, and of course, bringing us into the throne room of God.

If you know me, you know that I have music pumping through my veins, I have theme songs constantly playing in the background (uuhh who doesn’t!), and my wife doesn’t hear snoring…she hears my sweet melodic symphony…ok, maybe not. Seriously though, I absolutely love music, so when it comes to glorifying God, I can think of no better way to lift Him up than through music!

1 Chronicles 16 says:

23  Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!
    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

 

29  Give to the LORD the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor.

See, We were made to worship God and music is a natural avenue for our worship!


I must tell you, I absolutely LOVE the heart for worship in our Church. Matt Wallenburg has done a wonderful job following the Lord and submitting his ministry wholeheartedly over to God. I’ll be honest, growing up in "church" I was familiar with places that sing the same songs every week…over and over and over...and over again, so when I first experienced worship at C4 I was a little bit caught off guard.

I mean, how are you supposed to learn the songs when they don’t repeat week after week!? I know you’ve asked that question too… ;)

Yet when I learned the heart of worship that emanates from our fellowship it all made absolute sense!

You see, the heart of worship at C4 is to be a ministry that is raw, unedited, pure, and 100%, wholly devoted to, and led by the Spirit.

Don't get me Wrong, we do strive to be excellent in ministry…raw and unedited does not equal sloppy and unprepared.


Every worship set is personal and prepared specifically for that service. The songs are prayed over and chosen with the leading of the Spirit. We do not coordinate with the messages being taught, and we do not choose songs by the popularity of the artist, song, or theme. This ministry is truly organic, focused 100% on God and led by the Holy Spirit.

Once I came to realize this, my perspective changed and my heart welled up for Matt Wallenburg and the work he was doing here. God has put a great calling on his life, and he has answered that call faithfully. I’m blessed to be involved in Ministry with Matt and am excited about what God is doing in the Worship ministry here at C4.

What does all this have to do with a mixed tape? Well I want you to join me for my next 6 posts, where we’ll take a look at my worship mixtape! These are songs you will hear while attending C4, songs that are focused on the Lord and lead us to a closer relationship with Him. These are some of my favorite worship tunes, and yes, you could catch me scream singing these all the way down Arapahoe...

Which songs are on the top of my list? What do they have to do with scripture and why are they significant to our fellowship? I’ll be sharing all of this and more, so come on back...subscribe...like...share...bookmark...whatever it is you do, and check it out next time!

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