Blessed… Mission Possible

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I assure you that it will be very hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.  In fact, it’s easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.” When his disciples heard this, they were stunned. “Then who can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them carefully and said, “It’s impossible for human beings. But all things are possible for God.” Then Peter replied, “Look, we’ve left everything and followed you. What will we have?” Jesus said to them, “I assure you who have followed me that, when everything is made new, when the Human One sits on his magnificent throne, you also will sit on twelve thrones overseeing the twelve tribes of Israel. And all who have left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children, or farms because of my name will receive one hundred times more and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last. And many who are last will be first (Matthew 19:23-30, Common English Bible).

In the past few years I have tried my hand at a bit of song writing. I think it is safe to say my lyrics, much less my music probably won’t be winning any American Music Awards anytime soon. Still, I have enjoyed writing both. I started writing lyrics to other people’s music and more recently I have taken to writing the little black dots on the staff for my lyrics as well.

I am not very good at it. I struggle to read bass clef and you can forget being able to play it. I was a trumpet player as a kid. That means I read treble clef. I can figure out what notes are in the bass portion, but it doesn’t come naturally. It really does make the process a struggle.

Though far more gifted in such things than I, the late hymn writer, Eugene L. Clark, knew far more about struggle than I pray I will ever know. At one point in his life, Clark, the organist and music director for “Back to the Bible,” was known as one whose fingers danced across the keyboards of pianos and organs. Clark first became blind and then began to suffer from crippling arthritis. He reached a point where he was restricted to his bed and would never play again. The story is told that when he was limited to his bed he requested a dictating machine and with this machine Clark wrote several hymns, including his most famous, “Nothing is Impossible When You Put Your Trust in God.”

I remember singing this song, published in 1966, in youth when I was a kid. The song’s chorus reads:

Nothing is impossible
when you put your trust in God;
Nothing is impossible
when you’re trusting in His Word.
Hearken to the voice of God to thee:
“Is there anything too hard for Me?”
Then put your trust in God alone
and rest upon His Word–
For ev’rything, O ev’rything,
Yes, ev’rything is possible with God!

I thought about those lyrics when I read today’s lesson. When Jesus told the disciples it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to inherit the Kingdom, the disciples began to question Jesus. They had given up everything. Now was Jesus saying it would never be possible for them to enter the Kingdom?

I find it interesting that the disciples at this point saw themselves as rich but I digress.

Jesus then shares with the twelve, and us, that because they put Jesus ahead of the things of the world, a magnificent heavenly future awaits them.

We hold the same promise. Because, while we may have enough and then some when it comes to worldly stuff, if we put God first the future is bright because “nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God.”

How have you put your trust in God?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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