Thursday, January 29, 2015

It’s not too late!!!

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

It is January 29th.  The first month of the New Year is almost over.  New Year’s resolutions have been made and broken, maybe over and over again by this time.  No matter what your past failures are or how many broken resolutions you may have under the belt, the good news is that you can still be transformed by God! Regardless of your season or your status, you can begin today with the benefit of past experience and the power of purpose.

This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday.  Any good coach knows that half time is the time to re-group, re-assess the situation and make a new game plan.

Right now is the beginning of the rest of your life and you can make it the best part of your life.  Many of the men and women in the Bible who were used by God were called to their greatest work after they had already been through half of their life or more. Moses was 80 when God chose him and took him out of the desert. Apostle Paul was 40

If you will recall, God put Paul into a halftime experience on the road to Damascus at around age 40. He was building quite a reputation and had a set course when he was seized by Christ.  He was winning from the perspectives of those around him.  But Christ explained to him that he was losing.  Paul viewed his life from past to present. It was a kind of halftime assessment of his life. He realized that he had accomplished much but the prize remained before him. In this halftime assessment, Paul decided to forget the negatives of the past and press for the future in Christ Jesus.  At the close of his life, Paul was able to say, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  2 Timothy 4:7-8 

I do not know where you are in the game. If you are in your twenties, you have probably just received the opening kickoff and have an exciting half ahead of you.  You may be nearing the end of the half. You are in your mid-thirties to early forties, and something has been telling you that you cannot keep playing as you have been.  Some of you may even be in the second half, but never really thought of it that way.  Like a good lineman, you just kept charging ahead. This message may lead you to call time-out, head for the sidelines, and take stock, for it is never too late to change your game plan.
We often do not hear Christ’s direction to an abundant life in the first half because we are too busy executing our own plan to listen to His. The second half of our lives should be the best half; it can be, in fact, a personal renaissance.

You played a hard-fought first half. You may have even been winning. But sooner or later you begin to wonder, “Is this it?  Is this all there is?” The game is won or lost in the second half, not the first. It is not too late for a game changer; a transformation in your life.

"You cannot stay where you are and go with God.  You cannot continue to do things your way and accomplish God's purposes in His ways."  Henry Blackaby

Devotional Archive