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B Moments, first

How Should You Respond to God?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we respond to God’s comfort.

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the ways God can comfort us. We also said that there is no greater comfort than the gift of eternal life.

We even talked about how God gives us instruction as to how we might obtain eternal life in Jesus’ sermon on the mount. In Matthew 5:5, one of the ways is revealed to be that God blesses those who are gentle and lowly for the whole earth will belong to them.

As I think about that passage, I think about one beautiful example of a woman who came into the home where Jesus was having supper. She carried an exquisite jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head to anoint him. In that moment, she prepared his body for burial.

However, the Scriptures say that the disciples were indignant because it was a very expensive bottle of perfume. They believed it was a waste of money and that she should have chosen to use it another way.

Yet notice now how she poured the perfume gently over him anyway. She acted in a lowly way in the sense that her earthly needs and what she could have done with that expensive perfume were secondary to her concern for Jesus.

Let us think about the ways we put God first in our lives so that we might please Him. As you think about that, remember these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

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So today, let’s exceed God’s expectations on how we put Him first.

B Moments, dance

Your Two-Step Dance: Trust and Act

B Moments, dance

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we must trust and act. Think of it like a two-step dance. Trust and act. Trust and act.

In this series, we’ve been focusing on those things that prepared Jesus for Calvary. Sometimes, God is preparing you for greater, but you can’t see it. You might make snap judgments about a certain situation and want it to be removed from your life when God is actually using that very situation to prepare you for greater.

We also talked about how our spirit might be fully prepared to take the next step, but our flesh isn’t. Jesus teaches us that we overcome weakness by desiring His will more than our own.

Then, there may come a time when you are prepared, and your next move is to give all of you in that moment. I’m sure the woman who poured her expensive perfume over Jesus’ head had been saving it for some time, yet she couldn’t become trapped in the security of saving it. Instead, she had to trust and act.

When the woman gave all of herself in that moment, tuning out Peter’s remarks that she was being wasteful, Jesus responded with: “I assure you wherever the good news is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be talked about in her memory.”

What are you prepared to do, but are hesitating about due to the security of inaction? As you reflect on that, let these words inspire you: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

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So today, put your dancing shoes on to trust and act.

B Moments, snap judgments

Avoid Making Snap Judgments

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about snap judgments.

In this series, we’re focusing on how Jesus was being prepared for Calvary. While the leading priests were planning how to capture Jesus, Jesus was in the home of Simon, a man who had leprosy.

During supper that evening, a woman came in with a beautiful jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head. The Scriptures say the disciples were indignant when they saw this. They quickly assessed that it was a waste of money because she could have sold the perfume for a fortune and given the money to the poor.

However, Jesus surprised them. He asked them why they would berate her for doing such a good thing for him. She had poured the perfume on him to prepare his body for burial.

In other words, the disciples were guilty of making a snap judgment about this woman. They hadn’t known that the woman was exactly where she was supposed to be and doing exactly what she was supposed to do. She was meant to be at that supper to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. Therefore, she was there for God’s purpose.

What situation in your life are you making a snap judgment about? Remember that it is there to prepare you, to strengthen you, and to give you constancy. It is there for God’s purpose.

Release your snap judgments and cling to these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, give up those snap judgments.

B Moment, work

God Is at Work in Your Life

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is always at work in our lives. Despite what sometimes goes on around us, or even within us, we should cling to this thought.

This point was reinforced with me as I read about the story of Samson. Samson was chosen by God to rescue the Israelites from the Philistines. One day, Samson came home to his parents and said that he wanted to marry a Philistine woman, which his parents really objected to.

To put this in perspective, Samson’s mother could not conceive, but the angel of the Lord appeared before her and she ultimately gave birth to Samson. Therefore, Samson was their only child, and to see him marry a woman who was a pagan in their eyes was earth-shattering.

However, what they didn’t realize was that God was at work in Samson’s life the entire time. He even caused Samson to fall in love with the Philistine woman.

Sometimes, we don’t see God’s hand up close, so we forget that His hands are always at work. Therefore, when we are confronted with a situation in our own lives that seems out of order, we have to gently remind ourselves that even though something seems out of order, God is not; He is still at work.

The words I use to remind myself of this are: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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So today, despite the circumstances, know that God is at work in your life.

B Moments, spirit

In Spirit and In Truth, Worship God

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for you: are you worshiping in spirit and in truth?

I’m asking this question because I’m reflecting on the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors worshiped. Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my own practices and experiences, which made me recognize that sometimes we can size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I’ve been to some churches where a person’s worship is determined by their dress.

Yet what Jesus teaches us in this passage is that everything else is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So, the next time we’re getting ready to worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in truth and in spirit.

B Moments, unknown

Don’t Let the Unknown Hold You Back

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about not letting the unknown hold us back.

I recently heard a modern day Good Samaritan story. If you didn’t hear the story, a young woman ran out of gas and was approached by a homeless veteran. He told her to get back into her car and lock the doors. Moments later, he reappeared with a gas can to put gas in her car.

This homeless man used his only 20 dollars to purchase her gas, and he didn’t ask for anything in exchange. He chose to step into the unknown rather than let the unknown hold him back.

This woman was so moved by his compassion toward her that she wanted to reciprocate. She started raising money for him online with the goal of providing him with living expenses for at least the next six months as well as a reliable car. To date, she has raised more than 300,000 dollars for this homeless man.

From this story, we know that a homeless man stepped into the unknown by giving away his only 20 dollars. We also see that God not only showed up, but showed out for this man.

This story reminds me of what Jesus told us about the birds: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, or reap, or stow away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

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So today, put your hand into God’s and step into the unknown.

B Moments, among

Jesus Is Right Here Among Us

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus is right here among us.

I was recently reminded of how one of the synagogue leaders approached Jesus in a crowd, desperately asking him to go quickly to his home because his little girl was dying.

Although Jesus would heal the little girl, he was delayed getting to the man’s home because a young woman who had been bleeding for twelve years fought her way through a massive crowd so that she could touch Jesus’ robe. Her belief was that if she just touched his robe, she could be healed.

The woman was right! All she did was touch Jesus’ garment, and she was healed. However, Jesus felt the healing power leave him.

When I read this passage, I found myself wishing we lived in the days when Jesus was walking down our streets, and everyone had the chance to touch him—or even just touch his garment.

Yet thinking about this more deeply, I concluded that in a sense, he is among us every day. He is the homeless man sleeping under an expressway, trying to keep warm. He’s that young battered woman who just found the courage to leave but needs a few words of encouragement.

Let us see Jesus in the eyes of the needy today, and remember these words. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

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So today, take a moment to see Jesus in the face of another, and touch him by touching them.

B Moments, thirst

God’s Living Water Will Quench Your Thirst

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 3:16 (TLB)

Today, I am thinking about God’s living water—that water we can drink from and never thirst again.

This thought came to me as I am still reflecting on Jesus’ exchange with the Samaritan woman. The woman came down to the well with her pail and bucket to fetch water, and Jesus told her that if she turned to him, there was a water that he had for her, called living water, which would allow her to never thirst again.

For me, the most beautiful part of the story is that the woman had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. However, that was not a barrier to her being able to partake in God’s living water.

At that point, after having this priceless exchange, this woman actually experienced God’s living water.

The irony, to me, was that when she learned that Christ was the Messiah, she left all the water that she had fetched from the well and ran back to her hometown. Ultimately, the woman converted her entire town.

Through this story, we see that we focus on God’s living water at certain times of the year, like Easter, but we need to take a moment to let His water refresh us at all times. It is another way we renew our strength in Him. Let us cling to these words: “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (TLB)

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So today, let His living water quench your thirst.

B Moments, service

You Will Be Used in God’s Service

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our prior acts don’t disqualify us.

I am wrapping up the series here about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. When we look at this situation, it is important to put things in the proper context. The period in which the beautiful exchange occurs was fraught with severe racial tensions, so the Samaritans and Jews didn’t socialize with each other.

Yet Jesus engages this woman in a beautiful exchange and as they’re talking, out of the blue, Jesus asked her to go and get her husband. The woman had to confess that she didn’t have a husband.

Jesus then said that she was right. The fact of the matter was that she had had five husbands and wasn’t even married to the man with whom she was living.

In that moment, I had to reflect and realize that our prior acts don’t disqualify us from being in a relationship with God and being able to be used in His service. Many times, we hold on to guilt and to the past. We judge ourselves and judge others.

Those are actually the actions that keep us from dwelling in the presence of God.

Let us close our eyes and see our excess baggage floating away. As we do this, let us remember these words: “I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

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So today, know that your past acts do not disqualify you from being in relationship with God and being used in His service.

B Moments, press

Trust in God and Press Towards Greater

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should press towards our heart’s desires.

Recently, I told the story about how a homeless veteran spent his only twenty dollars to help a woman who had run out of gas. Even if he experienced some fear in the moment, especially considering he was spending his last dollar, he didn’t allow that fear to hold him back from taking action.

Sometimes we fear the unknown so we decline to act. We fear giving away our last because we can’t see how it will be replaced. We also might fear leaving the job that our heart and soul left years ago, but we can’t see around that proverbial corner to know that things will be all right.

Therefore, we might begin to act on a phrase that I heard years ago: quit and stay. We quit pursuing the desires of our heart and pressing toward greater, and we stay with what we know.

Today, I’m encouraging us to do away with quit and stay. Let’s not start 2018 with that. Instead, let’s press toward the desires of our heart, and as we do so, let us remember this treasured scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, once again, put your hand in God’s and press toward greater.