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LIVING IN THE DASH

Born – died, everything we do is in that little dash, everything
How can I make a contribution? I have no family fortune
I’m certainly not brilliant, in fact I question my own intellect
I learn slowly, repetition the key to most things I do well
Therefore if I am to contribute, how will I do it?

Believe in the Lord Jesus, trust in Him and He will do it, He will change you and equip you
Be firm and unwavering, seek those things that He is calling you to do, be devoted
God is calling us to be saved, we cannot have a spiritual relationship without salvation
The Lord wants to know you, not your success, or your sacrifice, He wants you
You have great value to the Father, Christ died for you, be resolute in your walk with Him

If you will walk with the Lord and know Him, He will put you to work, He has a plan for your life
Listen, He will talk with you, you will know it is Him if you have a growing relationship with Him
His direction will be perfect for you, your labors will be great but your satisfaction greater
The Lord is good, every thought He has towards you is a thought for good, know this
Let this encourage you in your hour of failure, success belongs to God, you do the work

Have a heart, a heart relationship with Jesus, let your passion be fueled by His love for people
Do not fear, The Lord is with you, He will never desert you, His work is not a burden
Jesus has a worldview, get to know it, people count with the Lord, period, love people
Claim change, we are easily manipulated by our heart, Jesus will change you, claim it
This thing you do is inextricably woven into your relationship with Jesus, be His hands and feet

Do not forget, the kingdom has a morality, forget applying it to the world, it applies to you
Surrender your heart and your wallet, give beyond your ability to give, kneel before Christ
Call out to Him, if you aren’t able to do your work without His intervention, check where you are
The world hates Jesus, it will hate you to, therefore you cannot carry out His plan in the flesh
You desperately need Christ, leading, guiding, encouraging, equipping, restoring, you need Jesus

The contribution you make will be in the people you serve, this is an eternal contribution
Jesus is Lord, He is Lord of the dash, He knows your heart better than you do
Christ also wants you to be able to serve every day of your life, not a burdened serving
Service that cares for those in need, in poverty, the alien, the hurting, those you hate or hate you
Your dash, your contribution, as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ is in the lives of people

Clay Corvin 3/4/17

 

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is Co-Pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church. He is the VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the pastor at the Brantley Baptist Center for twenty-five years. He is married to Carol Corvin and the father of three children and has three grandchildren.