Beautiful Feet

shutterstock_136334072Feet are not typically a part of the human body that receives a lot of attention. They certainly are not a part of the body we humans classify as ‘important.’ In fact, I don’t know about you, but at one time I thought feet were one of the least interesting parts of the human body. But did you know that a person’s feet will carry them the equivalent of five times around the earth in an average lifespan?

The Prophet Isaiah tells us something interesting about God and feet. Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” How incredible. God thinks feet are beautiful. Not primarily because of how they look, but because of where they can go. God says the feet of anyone who is willing to go anywhere and share the good news of salvation are beautiful.

Sharing the love and hope of Jesus isn’t complicated and it isn’t meant to scare believers. Often, the most effective way to share Jesus with someone is by sharing how He has worked in your own life.

So think about all the places your feet will take you this Christmas season. Remember that Christmas presents a great opportunity to share the love of Christ. Take a step toward being on mission for God today. Let your feet remind you that you have a message to share. I pray that your feet would be beautiful in the sight of God today.

–James Merritt

A Thankful Heart

Tomorrow, many Americans will eat more food in one day, than most of the world will eat in a month. They will drive an air-conditioned car and forget that billons of people will never even own one.  They will choose an outfit from their closet containing more clothes than the average person in the world will see in a lifetime.  They will sleep on a bed, not realizing that much of the world will sleep on dirt floors.
America is an incredibly rich nation. If you possess any of the things listed above, you are considered incredibly wealthy.  But how often do you stop and thank God for the things He’s given you?
If there are any people on this planet that should to be thankful, it should to be the followers of Jesus Christ. Psalm 100, verse 4, describes how we as Christians should approach the throne of God: Enter His gates with thanksgiving
 and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.”
We are called to always come before God with a thankful heart. Today, before you ask Him for anything, thank Him for what He has done in your life, and praise Him for who He is! Enter His presence with thanksgiving.
–James Merritt

At Your Service Lord

shutterstock_184909931What is the secret of greatness?  If you went to the people of Wall Street and asked them this question, they would say “money.” If you traveled to Hollywood and asked the stars, they would say, “fame.”  Yet the greatest Man who ever lived, Jesus Christ, had a very counter cultural answer when asked about the secret to greatness.
In Matthew chapter 20:26, Jesus said, “whoever wants to become great must be a servant to others.”  Christ reiterated this truth when He said, “For even I didn’t come to be served, but to serve others and give My life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
You see, as a follower of Christ, you were saved to serve.  That is the very definition of a “follower;” you follow. You imitate your Master.  Think about it this way: why didn’t God take you to Heaven the moment you got saved?  There can only be one explanation.  He has a job for you to do here on earth!  And that “job” is to be a servant to Christ and the people around you.
This is why Cross Pointe Church exists.  We believe we are called to lead people to be different through knowing Christ, growing in Christ, and impacting the world through serving Christ and sharing Christ.  That, my friend, is your purpose.
The opportunities and options are endless when it comes to being a servant in God’s Kingdom.  Today, ask God to create in you the attitude of a servant.  Ask yourself, “how can I be a servant to others today?” And, “how can I be involved in serving the Church of Christ?” It may be Jesus’ most difficult attribute to embrace, but the call to service is the greatest call of all.
–James Merritt

God’s Favorite Day

Do you know what God’s favorite day is? I can tell you unequivocally, and without hesitation, that God’s favorite day is today. Now I don’t mean Sunday. I would say that if today were Monday or Thursday or Saturday.

You see, I trust that God did work in your life yesterday. I know He wants to work in your life tomorrow. But the only day He can work in your life is today. The only day you can better the past, or prepare for the future, is today. Listen to this statement:

Our Lord knows that the most important period of time is always “the now.” He knows that your “nows” will soon become your yesterdays, and that if you live each “now” well, you will have no regrets. He also knows that your “nows” determine your future, and that when the future becomes “now,” it will be good if you have lived each past moment well. –James Lord

I hope you served God yesterday, I pray you will serve Him tomorrow, but the only day you can serve Him is today.

Today is the only day you can enjoy. You can’t enjoy yesterday, it is only a memory. You can’t enjoy tomorrow, it is only a possibility. You can really only enjoy today. Whether or not you enjoy today is up to you.

–James Merritt

We Can Know God

If there is anything this post-modern culture that we live in is sure of it is that you cannot be absolutely sure of anything. You can believe in many things. You can be passionate about a lot of things, but nothing can be known absolutely, especially in the area of spirituality and morality.

I discovered this quote by Gandhi that serves to emphasize the almost universal uncertainty that is associated with religious belief of any kind. When he was asked why he tried to persuade people of his political beliefs, but not his religious beliefs, he said this – “In the realm of the political and social and economic, we can be sufficiently certain to convert; but in the realm of religion there is not sufficient certainty to convert anybody and therefore, there can be no conversions in religions.”

The post-modern view of God–that is if there is a God–is that nothing certain can be known about God and you certainly cannot know Him personally. Let me make a concession here. If the Bible is not God’s word and if God has not spoken to us and revealed Himself through His word, then the post-modernist is absolutely right.

But the idea that we cannot know God is simply not true. The Bible says in Jeremiah 9:23-24: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom or the mighty man and his might, or the rich man and his riches. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know Me and understand that I am the LORD… I, the LORD, have spoken!'”

God not only says that we can know Him, but that we can brag about it! Now if the biblical world view is true, then we can know God personally. We can know God eternally and we can know that we know God now and forever. I find it incredible that God not only says that we can know Him, but that we can indeed boast about it!

–James Merritt