3MN: The best way to spend the next 30 seconds.

3MN: The best way to spend the next 30 seconds.

Happy Thursday!

In the next 3 minutes:

  1. The people your church would turn down.
  2. There are good priorities and the main priority.
  3. The best way to spend the next 30 seconds.

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Minute 1 - The unusable people of God.

Embedded in God's story of redemption is a principle we must not miss: God uses ordinary, messy people to accomplish his extraordinary, divine mission on earth.

It's beautiful. It's amazing.

But it is undeniably messy.

I cannot think of a single mission board or local church that would use the people God used in Scripture:

  • Moses (an exiled murderer)
  • Gideon (a known coward)
  • David (shepherd boy)
  • Peter (publicly denies Christ)
  • Paul (killer of Christians)
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Photo by Daniel Day Media / Unsplash

Along with these are untold numbers of little people God used in big ways to fulfill his plan on earth. You are included and enlisted in that wonderful plan today! But for too much of our day, we are captivated by our self-centered little schedules, chasing after a life consumed by personal happiness and achievement.

We want more from our story and look in all the wrong places.

Minute 2 - There are good priorities and there is the main priority.

Author and pastor Paul Tripp adds to this idea,

Your life is much bigger than a good job, a happy marriage, and non-delinquent kids. It is more significant than beautiful gardens, nice vacations, and fashionable clothes. All of these things can and should be pursued and enjoyed to the glory of God! But they should never replace or take priority over the grand redemptive narrative that you are a part of: God is rescuing fallen humanity, transporting them into his Kingdom, and progressively shaping them into his likeness. And he wants you to be a part of it. An excerpt from Paul Tripp's weekly newsletter.

Minute 3 -  Use the next 30 seconds to do this.

Life Coherence is about making sense of one’s life.

It involves seeing life as a whole story, pieced together by various experiences. When life lacks coherence, we struggle to understand what is happening to us; our experiences feel like random moments stitched together without any major significance.

Coherence is inseparable from God. Paul writes, “And he [Jesus] is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Because of God’s sovereignty, we do not live in a random universe but rather one of order and design.

Take a moment to thank God for choosing you. Out of every possibility, you were born and are alive in this moment to help shape eternity.

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VERSE OF THE WEEK

Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


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See you next Thursday,

Payton Minzenmayer

P.S. - The return of Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel.