Don’t Stop Believing!
Pastor Larry Keith’s current series “Don’t Stop Believing” is a significant message as the year 2013 draws to an end. This is the time of year when most people are tempted to focus heavily on losses and unfulfilled promises. In a recent Sunday message, we heard the exhortation that God has got us! We are going to be all right, and we are going to make it. We are not to allow the cares of this life to choke the Word that was sown in us. The exhortation ministered to me because I found myself focused on cares and not on Christ, who is the the source of my provision. This past year God has been dealing with me about the topic of perspective.
A Fresh Perspective
Through my involvement in a book club, I’ve read two books by Christian Author Andy Andrews: The Noticer and The Noticer Returns. The books, I believe, are modern-day parables about our Lord Jesus Christ. The central character Jones is an older gentleman who calls himself “The Noticer”. Jones says his gift is to notice things that other people overlook. Jones remarks that people often want “answers”, but what they truly lack is “perspective.” After reading this book, I realized it’s easy for our vision to become clouded and therefore inadvertently we hinder the flow of blessings in our lives.
In Andrews’ books, Jones appears to people at the point of their crisis. He ministers to people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds who are struggling with a variety of problems such as death of a love one, financial crisis, aging, parental challenges, and much more. Jones blesses each person with a fresh perspective that ends up forever changing his or her life.
Gratefulness: The Key to Abundance
One of the key life lessons Jones teaches one young man, homeless at the age of 23, is this: “Whatever you focus upon, increases.” He teaches this young man that if he continues to focus his mind on loss or what he doesn’t have, he will find those needs increasing. Jones teaches the young man that a “grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person’s life.” It also brings greater opportunities.
Is it possible that if we are grateful for our blessings, that even greater abundance can come our away? Yes. A grateful heart produces a fertile heart. We need a fertile heart as the Word of God goes forth. Did not Christ share with his disciples that if they hear the word and accept it, they would produce a crop — some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundred times what was sown (Mark 4:20). Therefore in this season, let’s receive the exhortation “Don’t Stop Believing” with a fertile heart. Let’s focus on our blessings and keep our eyes fixed on Christ. A greater measure of His supernatural favor is being released into our lives in this season. It’s nothing that we have to earn or work for, but simply receive.