Saturday, February 15, 2014

Minions Are Loyal and So is Love

Reality Check:
Day 8
Love is loyal.
“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (NASB) John 8:31-32

Minion:  noun /min∙yen/
1. a servant or follower
2. highly favored one
3. an official
minion 1
Today I was blessed with two sleeping children, at the same time! That’s rare. Since Timmi was at work with his daddy, I thought I would get a jump start on the sample bags, for our homeschool group’s Valentine’s Day party. One of the sample bags (for their mailboxes) was a minion. It got me thinking; as God’s children we have some similarities to minions.
1.        We are God’s followers; he is our king, our master, our God!
Matthew 16:24
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (KJV)

John 8:12
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ” (NIV)

1 Corinthians 11:1
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

John 8:31-32
“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (NASB)

Mathew 6:24
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. (NASB)

2.      God favors us, he loves us, we are very good!
Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Psalm 5:12
For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield.
Psalm 30:5
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
1 Peter 5:6-7 
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Genesis 1: 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
    3.     We are sent to be God’s officials, His ambassadors, rulers of His creation!
Mathew 20:25-28
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His [a]life a ransom for many.”
Matthew 5:16
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (NIV)

Philippians 3:20
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)

2 Corinthians 5:19-20
“That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (NKJV)

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
minion 2Practice: Minions are extremely loyal. How loyal are we to God? Read through these verses again. What does God expect of us? To give him time if we have it, to pray when we’re in trouble? To read His Word if we’re well rested? I don’t know about you but I often fail miserably in many of these areas, and I am ever grateful of God’s infinite grace and mercy. BUT that doesn’t make it okay to continue to allow it. Challenge yourself with mee to pray that God would reveal the areas of your life that you have loyalty issues. Then earnestly wait on the Lord, and continue to seek Him until it is revealed…and then DO something about it. Search His Word, pray and meditate for help and how you can change! And if you have time after all that, let me know how you’re doing on that journey! I love to hear from you!
Family Activity: Make a minion bag, talk about what it is. Fill your bag with scriptures and pictures that remind you of Christ and following Him. Maybe write the scriptures from this post and read one each day. If you’ve seen Despicable Me, talk about the similarities we have with them (and the stark differences).

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