Profitable Saints

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“Profitable Saints” by Kirk Hunt

 

Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11 KJV)

2 Timothy 4:11 KJV

 

Apostle Paul wrote these words from a prison in Nero’s Rome. Especially under house arrest, Paul would need reliable, capable, productive people around him. From all of the Christian men in the Roman world, Paul chose to ask for Mark.

 

Paul needed someone who could help. Paul needed someone who would help. A man or woman who’s output exceeds input is always in demand.

 

Mark had been less-than-profitable at one point. Prior errors do not disqualify you from serving in God’s Kingdom. The more profitable you are, the quicker everyone gets over your mistakes.

 

Profitable saints are the men and women who serve the Kingdom. They take on the tasks set before them. They do what must be done. With excellence. With grace.

 

Do you want to serve His Kingdom? Are you willing to be a go-to man or woman for the sake of the Gospel? All it takes is heart and hands that are willing.

 

You do not need to be perfect. You may have to learn to be effective. You must be a saint of God. After that, profitability will not be far off.

 

Think: I can be profitable for God’s Kingdom.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to serve Your with skillfully and effectively.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2011, Kirk Hunt

Are You Listening?

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“Are You Listening?” by Kirk Hunt

 

And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:    And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.

1 Samuel 25:32-33 KJV

 

The high-born lady kneeled in the dusty road. She accepted blame before the local warlord for her husband’s error. She gave gifts of freshly prepared food and fresh-cut respect. Using diplomacy, graciousness and humility, she transformed murderous intent into life-affirming gratitude.

 

Warlord David recognized his peril. His anger, even though righteous and justified, had nearly plunged him into error and sin. Even in his anger, he remained God’s man and listened to reason.

 

Nabal nearly brought calamity on not just himself, but everyone around him. Despite his churlish and foolish behavior, he received mercy in its truest form. If not for his sake, then Abigail’s.

 

David listened to Abigail. He heard the truth, wisdom and righteousness in her words. He humbled himself before God and man to call off the attack.

 

Abigail listened, in horror, to the report of Nabal’s disrespect. She took immediate action to head off imminent disaster. With a heart full of God’s wisdom and Godly humility, Abigail met blood-thirsty anger with heart-winning grace.

 

Where are you in the picture? Are you listening? If so, are you taking action based on what your hear?

 

Think: Do I listen as God intends?

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to listen to Your truth and wisdom, no matter the source or circumstance.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2011, Kirk Hunt

His Shadow

“His Shadow” by Kirk Hunt

 

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalms 91:1 KJV

 

I recently walked a section of the Rillito River Trail. Caught between the the intense sun of the Sonoran Desert and the asphalt, the heat seemed to drain all energy and vigor. Still, there were moments of relief and even restoration.

 

At various places on the trail, trees or structures give partial shade from the sun. While the easing of the heat is appreciated, there is not much relief in a bridge trestle. The tunnels under the major streets are a different story.

 

It is much cooler in the Oracle Road tunnel. The breeze carried away heat, and brought the sweet smells of the desert blooms. In the shadows I could gather strength for another burst of speed under the Arizona sun.

 

The “secret place” of God is a space of spiritual protection and sanctuary. It is a place to rest and recover, no matter what is happening. No matter what anyone else is doing or saying. Best of all, that secret place is just a prayer away.

 

God loves you. Stand under His love. There. In His shadow, you can receive the strength you need.

 

Think: God will shelters me in His love, if I ask.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to seek the power and restoration that Your love gives.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt