The command to seek first His Kingdom is a gracious command to align our hearts with, not only what it wants the most, but in fact what it was made for. Understanding we are loved by Christ transforms the way we see everything else. This is why Jesus invites us to change where we set our eyes. He understood the connection between our eyes and our hearts. Our hearts are changed by what we see, but our lives flow out of what is inside our hearts. The desires of our heart drive everything we do. To seek is to look for something. To stare at something is to take it in. We take in Christ’s love so it takes over our hearts.
Still Room For Wonder: Part Three
Filling That Room
December 10, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft
Still Room For Wonder: Part Four
The Way of Stillness & The Wonder of Fullness • December 17, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft
How does God tell us to respond to our restless hearts? Quite simply, He tells us to learn a new song. God invites us to be still, wonder and reflect on His love. Worship is a weapon that pushes the darkness back in order to help us see beyond our circumstances and the emotion of our current situation. Christ’s love puts a new song in our hearts. Love always overflows in a creative expression. What we are filled with dissipates what we are full of. His love for us empowers us to love and awakens us to see.
Still Room For Wonder: Part Two
Not Just Noticing • December 3, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft
We see through the lens of what we want the most and that’s why Jesus invites us to seek Him. By taking our eyes off ourselves and placing them on God, we heal the distorted perspective of our heart. But, this doesn’t take place by simply seeing God. We can’t just notice Him; we must seek Him.
Still Room For Wonder: Part One
Making Room • November 26, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft
As we grow from a child into an adult, we outgrow our sense of wonder without realizing how detrimental this is to experiencing a full life. Our heart remains restless as it continues to search for something worthy of its attention, affection, and worship. Caring for our heart begins with being still. Gratitude arises from stillness. Our refusal to wonder opens the door for entitlement to creep into our hearts. Worship is the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to the presence of God. Wonder is never awoken by looking inward. It involves marveling at something much bigger than ourselves. By slowing down, we are training our eyes to see God’s power, creativity, and influence in our lives as well as the world around us.