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Damaged Witness

Ephesians 4:29-32 (ESV) Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ.

It is so very easy, when we feel wronged, slighted or burdened, to lose control of our temper, slip into the flesh, our carnal nature, lash out and rage at someone.  It seems especially easy to lose it on those closest to us, our spouse, children, siblings or co-workers.  We can and do say some of the most vicious, hateful, un-Christlike, wicked things to each other.  

I’d like to say that I’m an exception to that, but regrettably I cannot.  I have said and done horrible things to people closest to me.  Likewise, I have been on the receiving end of some cruel assaults.  It’s devastating, heartbreaking and irrevocably damages relationships.  Though they can and often do heal, they will never quite be the same.  

Even worse than the damage done to the recipient of the assault, or the relationship between the parties, is the damage it does to one’s witness, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ Himself.  When we choose to follow Jesus Christ, we choose a new life, we are to die to self, crucified with Jesus Christ, born again a new creation.  We accept the mantle of responsibility of representing Jesus Christ to our born again brothers and sisters and to the unbelieving world.  When we allow our carnal nature to take control, our emotions to erupt and explode all over a situation, what impact does that have on how the world around us sees Jesus? 

One of the greatest obstacles to the advancement of God’s Kingdom, the leading of souls to the Lord, is hypocrisy.  We’ve all heard someone say, “I can’t stand those churchy people.  They talk all high and mighty, think they’re so much better than we are, then go and do…say…”  Perhaps you have even said something to that effect.  I used that as a reason to stay away from church and a pursuit of Jesus for many years.  “Aw those self righteous, church going hypocrits!  Mr. So and So professes to follow Jesus, goes to church, studies scripture, blah blah blah.  I’ve seen him say… Just the other day, I caught him…”  You get my point.  

When we lose control of our emotions, when we let someone have it, rage, curse, name call, belittle the damage goes far beyond the person or people our tirade is directed at.  It damages our witness, those who witness the act, the Holy Spirit that resides within us and Jesus Christ.  God demands us to love one another tenderly, perfectly as we would ourselves.  That’s a tall order, but an order we must determine to fulfill.  So, next time something isn’t going your way, someone isn’t doing what you think they ought to, treating you as you think they should, will you give over to your emotions, your carnal nature?  Or, will you pause, think about how you can best represent your Lord and Savior and act accordingly?  Have a blessed weekend.

Proverbs 29:11 (ESV) A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Press On

Philippians 3:13,14 (ESV) Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Too often, we spend too much time looking back.  We dwell on past hurts, disappointments, failures, mistakes.  We carry a great deal of baggage that serves to weigh us down and stymie our progress.  It is true, that our past experiences shape how we behave, and our perspective on the world around us.  However, our past is not “who we are”. 

We have a tendency to dwell on our past successes and accomplishments, as well.  That is actually what Paul is analyzing for us here in Philippians.  If we allow or desire what we accomplished in the past to define “who we are”, there is no room for growth and progress.  We’ll settle.  You’ll always be as good as yesterday. 

As an archer and bowhunter, going forward from today, I could choose to do things exactly the same from here on out.  It’s working for me now, why reach.  I accomplished this, I filled this tag, climbed that mountain, back when.  Or, I can remain open minded, willing to press forward, seek new methods, techniques and equipment.  I can choose to expand the variety of game I pursue, the competitions I attend, the mountains I climb.  In doing so, I will find that some of the things I know are right, some of the things I do work.  I will also find new methods that work better, gain greater insight and become a more well rounded, experienced archer and bowhunter.  I will improve, mature. 

So it is when it comes to our spiritual maturation.  If you are content with, “this works, I accomplished this in the past, this is who I am”, what possible hope for growth and greater intimate understanding of our Lord can one possibly hope for?  Answer… NONE!  Press on!  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace   

How Are You Doing?

1 Timothy 6:1,2 (ESV) Let all who are under a yoke as bond servants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.  Teach and urge these things. 

How do you approach work?  How do you view your boss(es)?  How do you engage with your coworkers, customers or any others you have daily contact with?  Is how those you work with see you how Jesus would like to be seen?  

This is a very convicting passage for me.  I can very humbly admit the answers to the above questions are not always positive.  I, like most of you I imagine, have my moments.  Moments where I lose my patience, temper and certainly lack in the grace department.  I have moments where I get caught up in running the job, or worse yet, the boss down.  This happens on rarer occasions, as a grow and mature in faith, but it still happens.  Bottom line, it shouldn’t.  

In moments where my “self” gets in the way of The Spirit, the measure of negative impact is hard to quantify.  Self guided actions injure The Holy Spirit, those around me who are unfortunate enough to witness it and the view the world around me has of Jesus Christ.  

What we do is not nearly as important as how we do it.  Ambition is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can’t be the only thing.  If it is, our “self” gives into our ambitions and desires and how we get there becomes less and less important.  So long as we get there, right?  Wrong!  

The most important legacy we can leave behind when we’re gone, is not what we did for a living, what we have, or what we achieved.  It’s how we lived the life we were given.  It’s how we treat those around us, how they see us, how we impacted their lives and how our lives impacted the Kingdom.  Everyday is an opportunity to seek out God’s righteousness and reflect that to any and everyone around us.  How are you doing?  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

We’re Concluded

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NASB) The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

Resolution, completion, is what I believe Solomon was getting at in this verse.  The resolution of the “matter” is more aptly achieved to a positive conclusion through patience.  Pride slows the matter’s conclusion or prevents it entirely. How true is this?  As I ponder this verse, I find myself in total concert with his statement.  Thinking back on so many instances in my life where patience produced a far better end than what the matter began as.  Conversely, I can think of as many or more times where pride stymied a positive result or worse yet, made the matter worse than it began. 

Patience, what a virtue.  God’s word is rife with reference to this virtue.  I consider myself a fairly patient person, but admit I have a great deal of room for refinement.  What about you?  How does your patience measure up?  Can you think of specific instances where patience produced for you a measurably better conclusion to a matter than its beginning?  Can you think of specific instances where you thought, “ah I can do this”, and then charged pridefully forward and ended up creating more chaos than what you started with? 

This is a very concise verse and it doesn’t need my excessive wordiness muddying it up.  So, there you have it, just a short meditation on a teaching from Solomon.  Patience and pride, we’re concluded.  Have a blessed weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

It’s Mine

Luke 16:10-12 (NASB) “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?

We have a problem, one of many, but I’m going to talk about this one in particular.  It’s a problem that I struggle with everyday and one that serves as a tremendous obstacle in drawing closer to God and a living a fully surrendered life. The problem I speak of is “ownership”.  “That’s mine.  I bought it, built it, created it, earned it.  I own it!”  

While hunting in Utah this past fall, my wife and I were blessed with making the acquaintance of a fellow hunter, but more importantly a brother in Christ, Mr. Glade.  At the end of our hunt, after we packed up, we swung by his camp to say farewell.  My wife had developed a nasty heel blister, and upon hearing of her pain, Glade insisted on saddling up one of “his” horses to take her out.  My wife resisted, stating that it wouldn’t be necessary.  Glade was having none of that talk, and proceeded saddling the animal.  As he was doing so, he made a profession.  He said, and I quote, “I own nothing.  Every thing entrusted to my care, belongs to my Father.  Therefore, it’s family property.  So Sister, I figure you’re riding your own horse down off this mountain.”  And that was that.  With a smile from ear to ear, my wife got a 3 mile horseback ride and I brought up the rear just trying to keep pace.  She got to ride, but I got something of greater value.  I got a dose of truth, perspective and conviction. 

Glade is precisely right.  Scripture tells us, both in old testament and new testament passages, that we bring nothing into this world and take nothing out.  We are merely stewards of the gifts God chooses to entrust us with.  Glade understood this principle, and he lived it. 

Now, the things of this life are temporal.  They are not eternal, and therefore have little value in the big picture.  Things of the Spirit, however, are eternal and more precious than one can even remotely comprehend.  If we do not manage the temporal, low value, earthly gifts well, would God entrust us with immeasurable precious gifts of the Spirit?  Clutching, coveting, abusing or mismanaging of the temporal gifts is a certain way to stack an immense obstacle between ourselves and a deeper, more fulfilling spiritual connection with Jesus Christ. 

So, ask yourself, are you an owner or a steward?  Are the blessings you’ve received your’s or are they family property?  Have a blessed weekend

Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace  

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