What thought comes to your mind when you think of a K or a series of them?
- If you are a fan of the Kansas City Royals, you probably think of Kauffman Stadium when you think of a K.
- When most people think of KKK, the Ku Klux Klan comes to mind.
- The KKK plus 17 may have never entered your mind until today.
The 20-K club is one of the world’s most exclusive groups, and it consists of just 4 members. The 4th member was added last night in an amazing performance by Max Scherzer–he struck out 20 Detroit Tigers last night! When Scherzer trotted off the mound last night, he walked into the record books, and his name now appears alongside of Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens (who recorded 20 K’s twice).
While Scherzer’s 20 K performance gained him admission into an exclusive club, it’s not the most significant membership in the world. The one of most significance is not entered by performance, but through a person—Jesus Christ:
Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. ~Romans 10:13
The K in the case of Romans 10:13 is the Kairos. The ancient Greek’s defined the right or opportune moment in which a person could do something or make a change as their Kairos moment. The present is always the Karios moment to join the “whosoever” club:
“Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring (Proverbs 27:1).”
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday—what was your focus over the past 72 hours? What does your focus say about the real you? The 5 questions below may help you answer this question:
- What did you find to be funny?
- On what did you spend your money?
- What is it that you were wanting the most?
- What thought was the frequent focus of your mind?
- What did you do with your leisure time and with whom did you spend it?
After thinking about the questions above, compare your answers to the lifestyle that Paul spoke of in Romans 12:
Let love be without hypocrisy. Hate what is evil. Cleave to what is good. Be devoted to one another with brotherly love; prefer one another in honor, do not be lazy in diligence, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord, rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless, and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Do not pretend to be wiser than you are.
Repay no one evil for evil. Commend what is honest in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
When you compare your answers to the qualities Paul discussed, is the real you a “doer” of the word or just a “hearer” of the world?
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man viewing his natural face in a mirror. He views himself, and goes his way, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
By now you’ve probably heard of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, but there are a few details of this incident that you may have not heard. Evidence indicates that the gunman had an anti-Christian bias. Witnesses reported the gunman asked his victims about their faith. If they confessed to being Christians, he shot them in the head. Those who didn’t answer were shot in the leg.
One victim, Chris Mintz, was shot multiple times. In a heroic effort to eliminate the threat to fellow students, this Army veteran stepped into harm’s way and charged the shooter. Even though he was shot in the upper back, left hand, abdomen, and both legs, Mintz survived.
While lying on the floor, Mintz said: “It’s my son’s birthday today,” and the gunman shot him again.
Whenever you hear another news report about this incident, I encourage you to do three things:
- Remember to pray for the full and complete recovery of Chris Mintz and the other victims.
- Take a moment to pray for the grieving families of those who died.
- Reflect on the words of Romans 8:
Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: “They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.”
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. ~Romans 8 (The Message)
One of my favorite sections of Scripture is Romans 5:1-5, and I read it again this morning. I call it the 5-5, and I share it with you below:
“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
In these brief verses, we find a long list of truths that provide the secret of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ:
• You are justified and declared righteous before God when you accept His son as your Savior.
• The initial result of your salvation is that you now have peace with God.
• As a child of God you have around-the-clock access to God—24/7.
• You can gain a better understanding of your affliction because hard times increase your endurance; the new found endurance builds character; and, Christ-like character produces hope.
• The hope within you is based on the love of God which has been “poured out” into your heart, and it is always available because the Holy Spirit now resides within you.
There is a reason I like to think of this section of Scripture as the 5-5. The 5-5 is a mnemonic that I use to help remind me of the relationship I have with God. Whenever I see a 55 MPH speed limit sign on the highway it reminds me of this Scripture and the peace I have with God through Jesus Christ.