Go Deep

“This is what the LORD says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

Jeremiah 9:23–24

In Sunday’s message I was sharing from Acts 7 the story of Stephen, a young man who died as the Bible says, “in the prime of his life.” Some might read that and think that somehow his life was shorter than it should have been but the Bible says each of us lives the exact number of days the Lord has allotted for us. No one lives a minute too short, not even Stephen.

More important than the length of our lives is the quality of our lives. In the world the first thing people think of when they hear that someone was successful is they were wealthy. In the world, success and money go hand in hand but not in the kingdom of heaven. Success in God’s eyes is believing in Him, trusting in His Word, and acting upon His commands. Being an eternal being success isn’t measured by length but by depth.

I learned last night that Ted Williams, considered the best hitter in professional baseball history hit a home run at his last at bat. What a great way to end his career and though as great as an accomplishment as that was I bet more people will remember the story of the “Thief on the Cross” who in life you could say struck out but with regard to heaven you could say he hit a grand slam as he placed his hope and trust completely in Jesus Christ. In baseball terms, “he went deep.”

The most successful people in life are those who focus less on their personal accomplishments and more on what Christ Jesus has accomplished for us! Remember, this is the day that the Lord has made so let us be glad and rejoice in it! Go deep!  

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

Joshua 1:8

I Love You!

Michael Osthimer





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