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Two Equals One Plus One Equals One

1 Corinthians 3:21-23

I don’t want to hear any of you bragging about yourself or anyone else. Everything is already yours as a gift—Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future—all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God.
Love 4
When John and I decide to follow after God and get married, God provided all of it!  He found rings for us and a photographer.  We did the flowers and the cake on our own.  Within a few months we got married and began our journey as husband and wife.  We once were two and now we are one in Christ.  Neither of us can boast about our ministries.  We know that we cannot do anything apart from Christ and that is one constant in our life.
John has a unique ministry and so do I, yet as a married couple we minister together.  John ministers differently than I do but our ministries fit together like a hand and a glove.  Even though we have different calls on our lives, we mesh as one.  We have learned our strengths and weaknesses as a married couple and have sought God for the answers to any confusion.
It seems as if God sends people into our lives at just the right times to keep us moving forward as one unit.  God knows the plans He has for both of us.  He knew this before we were born.  John and I were talking the other day and we wondered if perhaps we knew each other in heaven when we were just spirits.  We have been best friends since the beginning, almost as if we already knew each other.
Love can never really be measured, but we know this for sure.  Love is deep when it is true.  You will need a deep vessel in which it carry it because you do not want to lose any of it.  If your love is shallow, it will not grow.  Roots need room to grow.  Roots need some place deep to reside in so as not to be easily uprooted by day to day things.  Choose to grow your love deep into the love of God.  Choose to let God be in charge of your marriage or relationship.  Begin to see your lives as seeds desiring to be massive fruit bearing plants for Jesus.
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Challenged to Be Grounded

Revelation 7:11
And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.

Ever been in an argument where you were forced to stand your ground?  You knew you were right and the other person just refused to give in.  A frustration arises in you as you argue back in forth trying to make your point.  Both of you begin to find offenses with the other and before you know it you go away from the situation angry, even if you were in the right.  Why does this happen over and over again when dealing with people?  Why does it seem like we always have to be right no matter what?  How many families are disconnected because of such arguments?

I wish for a moment we could imagine ourselves as the trees planted by the water along the river as it states in Jeremiah 17:8 “They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”  If we could just find contentment among our brothers and sisters and agree to disagree before the big blow outs erupt and cause damage to our lives.  If only we could find peace in disagreement, what  better place we would find ourselves.

What a reflection we would be to those who are watching us from afar trying to decide if this Christian walk is something they want for their lives.  How enticing would it be if they always saw us in disagreement about this and that?  Would they even give it a second thought?  I guess where I am going with this is simple, we as Christians argue about this religion and that. This rule and regulation.  Celebrating or not the various holidays.  Arguing about the politics of the church.  Do I need to go any further?

If we all believe in God and have accepted Jesus as our Savior, then why cannot we get along?  It matters not what you label me:  Pentecostal, Methodist, Baptist…underneath the title of the church…I am a Jesus Freak and I am saved by grace.  Being a Methodist did not save me.  Going to a Baptist church did not clinch my salvation. And certainly being a member of a Pentecostal church does not solidify that I am going into heaven when I die.  The only thing which makes it possible for me to enter those pearly gates is accepting Jesus into my heart.

Nothing else can do it.  Not random acts of kindness or over the top giving in the offering plate.  Even total commitment to serving others will not be enough.  We cannot get to heaven by being good or on our best behavior.  Only through His Son will we be accepted. It does not matter to God what denomination you belonged to, it only matters who you choose to be ruler of your heart.  Let us be like the trees and become rooted in the things of God starting with choosing His Son as the ruler of our hearts so that we may be saved.

If you look closely at the picture above, you will see it is actually upside down. We should be a reflection of God’s goodness as we are rooted by the river.  People should be able to see our reflection when they are looking down so that when their gaze is turned upwards to see the source of the reflection, they will find God.  So stand your ground.  Be rooted in the fertile ground of salvation, but be not arrogant or consumed with frustration when others do not see your point of view.  Be a fruitful tree.