Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.11.06

November 6 – November 12


Scripture Passage:  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”    Matthew 19:26

Dear Friends,

     The Chicago Cubs are 2016 World Series Champions.  After 108 years the drought is over and a miracle has occurred.  Many have believed in the curse of the goat for the Cubs as they did the curse of the Bambino for the Red Sox.  Some have even believed that it was impossible for the Cubs to win the big game – they were wrong.  Sometimes I wonder if God cares at all about who wins a game.  I know He cares about His children and many of the players have proven themselves as the children of God.  We act like eternity is going to be affected by the outcome of a ballgame, but the opposite is true.  How we live our life and what we do with Jesus is going to have eternal consequences, not who wins a ball game.  Someone once said that it does not matter if we win or lose, but how we play the game.  I have always had a problem with that because I do not like to lose.  So, to avoid losing, I often will not play the game or even watch it.  When it comes to life, I have no choice.  I must run the race and finish well. 

     This reminded me of a rich young man who came to Jesus to ask what he must do to have eternal life.  He had it all and had been used to success and having everything go his way.  Surely with his talent and ability he could not only win here on earth but in Heaven as well.  But what about us who are not born rich or with genius IQ’S.  What if we couldn’t hit a fast ball if our life depended upon it or throw a curve ball that would hit the broad side of the barn?  What if our looks resemble a homely child more than a fashion model?  We wouldn’t stand a chance for success according to the world’s standard, but the good Lord evaluates us against a different standard – His standard.  He is more interested in what we give away than what we have.  He is impressed with individuals who have a mind like His more than what their ACT score is or what they scored on an IQ test.  When you need a carpenter, welder, plumber, or mechanic you would rather see them coming through the door than the person who scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning.  When my sister, brother and I walk through the door of my momma and daddy’s house, I guarantee we are more beautiful to them than the fashion models in Vogue magazine.  Anyway, it is the heart and character of a person that makes them beautiful not their physical appearance.  This was what Jesus was trying to emphasize to the rich young ruler when he asked him to sell all he had and give to the poor. 

     Jesus amazed His disciples when he said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into Heaven.  Everyone knows that you could not possibly put a camel through the eye of a needle, but they forgot whom they were talking to.  The Creator of the Universe was in their presence and if He wanted a camel to go through the eye of a needle it would go with room to spare.  Jesus had to remind them there are a lot of things a man cannot do, but nothing is impossible with God.  So the next time you seem to be up against impossible odds ask Him for a miracle.  Trust in His sovereign will to do what is in your best interest and rest in the peace of knowing He is always with you regardless of your circumstances.  It just might be that God will do something man says cannot be done. 

In Christ – Pastor Johnny