6 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — John 3:27

  1. Thanks Jim! Really needed that. Most of my life, I have been worried about not being able to do this and that. But your micro-specifying (to the last level) has given me direction.
    Also, I believe some times we are called to step out off our road to help… Not sure. What do you think?
    This post definitely has given me a lot freedom in Christ.

  2. George,

    I’m glad it helped. Yeah, we are called to step off our road to help, but helping another find their place in service and taking over that position are two different items. Too often I’ve seen leaders step in to help and end up taking over. That doesn’t make any sense to me.

  3. Wow . . . that subtle distinction is worth coming to know. Man life is so subtle, we get caught up without paying attention. Thanks, Jim.

  4. (For some reason, whenever I’ve noted my limited athletic skills to any group of Christians, I can always count on the one Biblically knowledgeable yet spiritually ignorant individually who will point to a short basketball player or a small football player who are making it professionally and remind me that, “We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.” So I remind them that is true, but if since I have not been strengthened to slam-dunk a basketball, I don’t waste my time comparing myself with Michael Jordan.)

    ****LOLOLOLOL JIM you’re killing me! But you are so right in how people say things. Soooo right!

    I too like what you said here. It takes wisdom and balance for sure to know when to say ‘no’ and hone in on the best of your gifts. Because of your talents people will obviously try to get you to do this and that – I guess we can say also that’s because others are not doing their parts – you know the 80/20 thing… Heck you’ve pastored so I am not saying anything that you don’t know. Jim.. I love you man. Keep up the GREAT work.

    … you sure about that quarterback thing? Eli Manning just got a huge contract from the Giants. You can preach to a lot of adults that that kinda loot like Kurt Warner… you see Jim we can do all things through Christ…… oh nevermind. (smile)

  5. Jim,

    I have spent a considerable amount of time in and around John 15 lately. One little tidbit that goes along with what you are saying, is that when we are abiding – when we are staying connected – we will bear fruit. Fruit will be the natural result of staying connected.

    Easy to get the cart before the horse and try to bear fruit. ‘Apart from me you can do nothing’. That does not work. Wrong focus. Focus on staying connected and you will bear fruit almost without even trying.

    Mike

  6. A quote from your post:

    “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.” John 3:27

    Yes, very humbling. This Scripture puts our egoes in check.

    God bless you,
    Mary

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