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Be Blameless

Philippians 2:14-16 (NASB) Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 

I was reading through Philippians a couple weeks ago, and this passage in particular stood out to me.  I thought about how I conduct myself in the day to day.  Do I embody this?  Is this condition of heart evident to others at work, in my relationships?  The answer, shamefully, is likely no.  

I didn’t spend a great deal of time, certainly not any amount of serious contemplation and application, of this passage beyond that day’s pondering.  However, on Wednesday, I had lunch with my friend Pastor Jeff Rabe, and something he said, brought me back to this passage for today’s writing.  He said (paraphrased), “regardless what is happening around us, to us, for us or by us, our focus must be first and foremost on our relationship with God.  If we are walking rightly, with God, we are blameless, despite the outcome, despite the other person(s) or world’s view, we are blameless if we adhere rightly to God and His word.” 

He’d be pleased to know that his words did not fall on deaf ears.  Wednesday’s lunch was one of God’s divine appointments He set for me, for my betterment.  It was just one of the multitude of appointments He uses to draw my focus back to where it belongs, on Him.  You see, when I am focused on Him, really drawn near, hearing from Him, listening to Him, obeying His commands, seeking His path… things work.  That doesn’t mean my life is without problems, undesirable circumstance or strained relationships.  It means, I’m “blameless” regardless of whether others perceive it that way as well.  If I am following closely with Him, allowing Him to work through me, I’m innocent, righteous by His estimate.  And… isn’t that all any of us really need?

When I feel close to Him, in full pursuit, things work, I work, He works through me.  It may not always lead to the outcome I desire, but it leads to the correct one, and God willing the impact ripples through to others.  When I proceed without grumbling, without disputing, when I respond thoughtfully, by taking it to God first, applying His word, praying in the spirit, it’s right.  When I don’t, I react rather than respond, from a carnal instead of a righteous heart, and things get jacked up.  When I react in this way, I’m anything but righteous, though in most these cases I puff myself up as though I am.  I am anything but blameless or innocent.  If anything, because I know what the alternative response should be, I am the greater transgressor. 

I have a lot of work to do, but here’s the thing… I know what it is and what it takes.  It requires a deeply devoted pursuit of God, a hunger for His word, and an emboldening and cultivating of the Holy Spirit within me.  Without any single variable of that equation, it won’t be done.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

 

Choices

So often we find ourselves asking, praying to God for the answer, to steer our choice.  “What is Your will on the matter my Lord?”  We presented with options, we ask Him, what course should I take.  When He doesn’t answer us in the obvious, we take His silence as indifference.  That is never the case.  When you’re not hearing clearly or directly from God, it is most often because He has already given you His answer through His word.

We all face choices every single day, some small, some not so.  Currently, I am faced with a number of choices, decisions to make.  They include professional, financial and relational aspects of my life.  They are difficult decisions, but decisions that must be made.  I have been asking Him for guidance, and though I’m not receiving a loud and clear enunciation, I know He hears, cares and is answering, I just have to chose to listen.  

He prepares us through His word and our relationship with Him.  He equips me, and you, as we progress in our faith and understanding and when we’re ready, trusts us do do what He has trained us to do.  

Our peace and confidence comes in knowing that He will not set us upon a precipice void of footholds.  No, He sets our feet firmly, in a broad expanse, and when we’re ready, He trusts us.  He has prepared us to know where and how to hear His voice and how to apply it when needed.  Have a blessed weekend.

Psalms 31:3-9 (NASB) 

For You are my rock and my fortress;

For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.

You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,

For You are my strength.

Into Your hand I commit my spirit;

You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.

I hate those who regard vain idols,

But I trust in the Lord.

I will rejoice and be glad in Your loving kindness,

Because You have seen my affliction;

You have known the troubles of my soul,

And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy;

You have set my feet in a large place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;

My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Everyday, Everywhere!

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1‭-‬2 NASB

I’m have once again made the pilgrimage to the center of the archery universe, the Archery Trade Association show in Indianapolis.  It’s been a hectic couple days, thus far but great as always.  

I consider myself extraordinarily blessed to be able to be a part of something that brings me such joy and fulfillment.  Events like this serve to renew my enthusiasm and prepare me to better serve my Back 40 Archery customers.  

The greatest blessing for me, however, is seeing the abundance of unfettered witness going on all around me.  It’s not surprising to find such a deeply rooted love for Lord in the archery community.  However, I’m never unmoved by the open displays of faith by so many, despite the hustle and bustle of the grind everyone is under.  

It serves as a tremendous reminder, that regardless of what we are doing, or going through, our first responsibility and focus is to be on Him, our relationship with Him, and our dissemination of the gospel promise.  So, draw near to Him, go forth, be light and salt.  Share the good news everywhere, always, just like the folks surrounding me here in Indianapolis!  All glory to God! Have a blessed weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy, 

Scott Pace

PS. I apologize for the brevity of today’s commentary and any typos.  For some unknown reason, I was unable to connect to Wi-Fi on my laptop.  So, I had to draft this in my phone.  Thanks for your understanding.  I hope it still serves the purpose for which God intended. 

Inter…Dependent!

…  12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ…  25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 be angryand yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity. 28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. 29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 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, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:12, 13, 25-32 (NASB)

As I grow older, wiser and more mature in life, both temporal and spiritual, I’m amazed by God’s plan.  For the sake of today’s discussion, specifically, our intricately woven interdependence.  There are very few things, none actually, that I can claim sole credit for their accomplishment.  Every thing that I am, have, will do or have done is the result of the tapestry of relationships God has woven me into. 

From the very beginning, in the garden, God established man to be an interdependent being.  First, in his relationship with God, Himself.  Secondly, when He brought forth Eve, Adam’s interdependent companion.  That interdependent nature has carried out ever since, despite our pressing desire for independence. 

Our work ties us to one another.  We work to provide for another’s wants or needs, and are rewarded for that labor.  In turn, we pay another for goods or services we want or need, so on and so forth.  Interdependent.

Our relationships serve to fill emotional, intellectual, recreational and physical needs.  We share our time, energy, support, counsel, our lives with others, who in turn do the same for us.  Interdependent.

God Himself is an interdependent being, the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Each of them contributing to One Another, interdependently.  God the Father, from which all things originate, The Son, the mediator, whom all things most go through and The Holy Spirit, through whom all things are executed… Interdependent.

None of us, despite how vehemently we try to convince ourselves otherwise, have not and will not ever, EVER, accomplish the most minute achievement independently.  Our very individual existence is the result of thousands of years of interdependence on and of God, as well as generations of other interdependents.  What a beautiful tapestry He has woven.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

Time to Teach… LEARN!

Philemon 1:6 (NASB) and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. 

One of the most intelligent persons I have ever met, was Dr. Dawny Steadman.  She was my forensic anthropology professor at Iowa State.  She was a world renown expert in her field, but so are a number of others, in their respective fields, that I’ve known.  However, most of them would not get the same characterization from me.  Why?  In my mind, what was it about Dr. Steadman that makes me praise her intelligence above so many?

Firstly, she was a brilliant scientist.  She obviously had a firm grasp of her particular discipline.  I’m sure she studied very hard to gain that understanding.  If I had to speculate, though, I would say she leapt ahead of her peers when she began to teach.  She was a remarkable teacher.  She had an ability to convey complex ideas, methods and determinations in a way that a non-anthropology major, such as myself, could understand.  Also, in the process of teaching others, you could see her own understanding of the material growing and solidifying.

In my own life, I hold this concept to be true.  The more I teach on a subject, the more I want to learn.  The more I show and share what I know with others, the more refined and complete my own knowledge and understanding becomes.  This is very evident in my working life.  The more I share knowledge of Harley Davidson with others, the greater my own understanding.  My personal growth and development in the world of archery has grown exponentially faster since opening the shop in 2013.  Daily, I’m given opportunities to have my knowledge tested, to share, teach others what I know.  Every time I do, I learn something new, my understanding is refined and solidified a little more.

This has certainly been true in my relationship and walk with Jesus Christ.  Since being given the opportunity to share with all of you, through this forum, I’ve grown exponentially.  This limb of the tree of ministry God has placed me on, required a stricter accountability.  It forced me into deeper study than I had been engaged in.  It forces me to be more observant, obedient and dedicated.  I’m much more focused and thoughtful when I’m trying to discern what God wants me to learn, so that I might properly convey His message to whomever He directs as an audience.  

The refining and teaching the Holy Spirit has accomplished in me, through me, has allowed Him to move me to yet the next rung of the ladder of the plan He has for my life, preaching.  In the two instances in which I was called upon to deliver a Sunday sermon, I honestly believe I walked away learning as much or more than the people hearing it.  Teaching, sharing, fellowship, a POWERFUL tool, used by God for our own learning. Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

 

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