Why wake up?

Why do you do what you do?

Why do you get up in the morning?

These questions were asked of me and my fellow staff members on a Monday morning staff meeting by our pastor.  The most obvious answer is to serve Jesus and glorify God.  This question has stuck with me for several months now.  While I was in the Army my alarm would go off at 4 am and I would lay there and debate with myself on if I want to get up.  There are concrete consequences for not getting up in the Army.  The drive to train my Soldiers and to lead as an example were the other reasons that I would finally pull myself out of bed.

Now that I am a civilian and my wake up time a little later, what gets me out of bed?  To answer this question, I think it is prudent to go all the way back to 6 months after I felt called to ministry, and by called I mean overwhelmingly convinced to do what God was leading me to do and that is enter the ministry.  Six months after this time I had taken a trip to Dallas to visit the large churches in that are in that area, we were to meet with the leaders and learn some of their methods.

This trip was phenomenal and much was learned from these proven practitioners. 

I suffered from a spell of doubt during this time.  All the people we met looked professional, they were clean cut dressed well and were highly intelligent.

In contrast was me,

I have tattoos from my time in the Army, I do not look like a professional businessman, I would consider myself average in most areas, though a little bit short.  One of the nights of the trip I wrote down my felt inadequacies.  I told God that, “I’m just a dumb scout that got jacked up in the war and am now in the ministry.”  Without a doubt, I was illuminated to the fact that it is not how much I measure up, but that God has called me to His purpose.

I would never have chosen myself to serve God in this manner, but God chose me all I need to do is submit and obey.  This has kept me going for a while, but I still didn’t have the answer as to why I get up in the morning.  Well, the answer has become clear.  It is for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  God chose me to be saved before time began, God planned His Son’s death for me not based off my works or future actions, God chose me to serve Him in the capacity He desires regardless of the type of vessel I have been.

I wake up for the Gospel,

my life is surrounded by God’s redemptive power in my own life.  I cursed, I abused alcohol, I was sexually immoral, I sought violence and to do harm to my enemies, I was suicidal, depressed, angry, a poor example of a husband.  Yet God in His infinite wisdom pulled me out of all that led me to Him and put me on the right track.

I wake up to share that with everyone.  In every way that I can share God’s story and my minor part in it, that’s why I wake up.  If you do not know Jesus Christ or your life doesn’t look like you follow Christ.  Please contact me and I will be happy to share more with you.

Or go here, http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-is-the-gospel/

How Awesome Are Your Deeds

66 To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm

Shout for joy to God, all the earth;

sing the glory of his name;

give to him glorious praise!

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.

All the earth worships you

and sings praises to you;

they sing praises to your name.” Selah

Come and see what God has done:

he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.

He turned the sea into dry land;

they passed through the river on foot.

There did we rejoice in him,

who rules by his might forever,

whose eyes keep watch on the nations—

let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

Bless our God, O peoples;

let the sound of his praise be heard,

who has kept our soul among the living

and has not let our feet slip.

For you, O God, have tested us;

you have tried us as silver is tried.

You brought us into the net;

you laid a crushing burden on our backs;

you let men ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water;

yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

I will come into your house with burnt offerings;

I will perform my vows to you,

that which my lips uttered

and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.

I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,

with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;

I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah

Come and hear, all you who fear God,

and I will tell what he has done for my soul.

I cried to him with my mouth,

and high praise was on my tongue.

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened.

But truly God has listened;

he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Blessed be God,

because he has not rejected my prayer

or removed his steadfast love from me!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 66:title–20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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