Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Don't Let It Die

Finish your Deeds

Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. ~ Revelation 3:2

Wake up everybody, no more sleepin' in bed. No more backward thinkin', time for thinkin ahead The world has changed so very much from what it used to be, so there is so much hatred war an' poverty. Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way. Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say. 'Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands, when you teach the children teach 'em the very best you can. –Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

In this song, “Wake Up,” Teddy Pendergrass beckons all of us to wake up to the needs of a hurting world. He specifically addresses teachers and doctors. The song talks about how Education and Healthcare are failing the people of the world. It seems the more the world changes the more it stays the same. This song was written in 1975 but feels like it could be sung in 2012 with the same sense of urgency because our deeds are unfinished. Our Educational and Healthcare systems have failed us. It’s time for us to Wake up and strengthen that which remains and is about to die.

There is a new movie coming out called, “Won’t back Down” which portrays two women, one a teacher and another a mother, who fight against the school system to take over a failing school.

The movie shows us that ordinary people can wake up and strengthen that which is about to die and fulfill their purpose in doing good deeds. What did God put on your heart when you woke up this morning?

In order for us to be fulfilled in Life we need to:
  1. Wake up. We need to rise from a place of non-consciousness and be aware of what’s going on in our world. We can’t be so caught up in our own self pity that we fail to see the greater needs of other people in the world. God put us here for a reason and there is something he needs us to do.
  2. Strengthen what is about to die. Look around you today; there is something or somebody barely holding on. You have the power to bring life back to it. God has given you resurrection power to speak life back into that which is dying.
  3. Complete your deeds. Jesus tells us, “I have found your deeds unfinished.” Every believer has an assignment and you must complete it before you leave this earth. Let no good deed go undone.
Dear God,

Help me to awaken this morning with a sense of urgency. I’m ready to finish my deeds and not let my assignment go incomplete. If it is within my power to do a good deed today, show me what it is so that I may complete what you’ve given me to do.

In Jesus Name,


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