Monday Morning Pastor – 1/29/17

January 30, 2017
Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Leah Hallahan.

Title: Fruit Trees and Foundations
Passage: Luke 6:43-49

What a blessing to be able to give this week’s Monday Morning Pastor on yesterday’s message from Luke 6:43-49.  Pastor Mark’s final question of the morning was one that sums up this passage for me- “What will you plant and what will you build your life on?”

The particular passage in Luke talks about how good fruit is produced from good trees and bad fruit from bad trees. While many of us can get onboard with this understanding that if we want good things in our life, (I think of the fruit of the spirit- joy, peace, patience, goodness, self-control, etc.), we need to be right with God in our hearts. I know personally, there are times where I am not right with God- not devoting time to him, not praying to him or willing to listen to Him, and I find myself to be short with my husband, anxious about work, impatient with my daughter, and the bad fruit list goes on.

The really hard part is when God comes in as the gardener and trims off the bad branches, or even digs up the rotten trees in our lives. There are some things we grow and tend to in our lives that we hold so close to our hearts, but God knows will only produce bad fruit. Pastor Mark gave the example of people battling with an addiction to pornography; something they do in the quiet darkness of their lives that they think is okay because no one else knows what they are doing. Something they clearly value, but will only produce bad fruit in their lives.

What came to mind for me was our culture’s dedication (and sometimes obsession) to work. We place such a high value on careers and what we are “producing” in that line of work. We hold our occupations sometimes above our families, church families, and relationship with Christ. As Pastor Mark asked us yesterday, what is the lie we have believed there? That our sole purpose on this earth is to work and earn money? Sadly, many individuals, especially in our American culture, live by that lie, whether they realize it or not.

I have found that if your life’s work, whatever that may be, is not rooted in what God wants for you, many times you will find things being taken away. Sometimes it’s an opportunity or promotion at work. Sometimes we are taken away from the job altogether! God has a way of righting the course we take in our lives. Sometimes it takes a smack or two in the face. And even then we have a hard time listening.

All I can say is that when I look at my life, and at past storms that have come through and rocked my world, I know when my foundation was built on sand. I know when I was holding on too tightly to things that didn’t matter. I want God to prune away the things that aren’t helping me out in this life. I want to dig down deep and lay my foundation on the Rock. A foundation built on the truth instead of lies. I want God to be in charge of what I plant and where I place my energy. Only then will peace, joy, and love be bountiful in my life, and when the storms come, which they always do, I will not be shaken.

 

 

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