Summary: When we live to know God’s ways and to know God more... He pours out His favor into our lives, through our relationship we have with His Son Jesus...
When the 1960s ended, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district reverted to high rent, and many hippies moved down the coast to Santa Cruz. They had children and got married, too, though in no particular sequence. But they didn’t name their children Melissa or Brett. People in the mountains around Santa Cruz grew accustomed to their children playing Frisbee with little Time Warp or Spring Fever. And eventually Moonbeam, Earth, Love and Precious Promise all ended up in public school. That’s when the kindergarten teachers first met Fruit Stand. Every fall, according to tradition, parents bravely apply name tags to their children, kiss them good-bye and send them off to school on the bus. So it was for Fruit Stand. The teachers thought the boy’s name was odd, but they tried to make the best of it.
"Would you like to play with the blocks, Fruit Stand?" they offered. And later, "Fruit Stand, how about a snack?" He accepted hesitantly. By the end of the day, his name didn’t seem much odder than Heather’s or Sun Ray’s. At dismissal time, the teachers led the children out to the buses. "Fruit Stand, do you know which one is your bus?" He didn’t answer. That wasn’t strange. He hadn’t answered them all day. Lots of children are shy on the first day of school. It didn’t matter. The teachers had instructed the parents to write the names of their children’s bus stops on the reverse side of their name tags. The teacher simply turned over the tag. There, neatly printed, was the word "Anthony."
SOURCE: Luanne Oleas in Salinas, Calif., Reader’s Digest.
Sometimes society may not know you or anything about you...
but it's a totally different story when it comes to God,
He knows everything about everyone..and there are "NO EXCEPTIONS"
Not even the brutal isis rebels, or the most ardent atheist..
are outside the knowledge of our Loving God
Psalms 139:13-16 MSG
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
Even when the world may not know who we are or be able to identify us by our name tag… God knows us and everything about us
Sometimes there are those who like to think that when it comes to the things of God and of the spiritual nature...
that we have a secret identity and God is on a need to know basis...
And that if we don't acknowledge Him then He doesn't become and isn't involved in our day-to-day routines
All the while failing to realize that Gods Great handiwork… Is in every breath that we take and in every moment we live
Psalms 139:7-12 MSG
7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
We like to think that we inhabit our own universe as people here on earth.
Some of us even like to think that we are the universe
and the world revolves around us.,
But in reality we are just participants in the universe that was created for us by the Almighty God and maker of everything in it.
We often get busy doing our own thing and living our own life and we lose sight of the reason that we were created in the first place.
It may come as a shock to some this morning… But we were created for one express purpose "to worship God"
Rev. 4:11 KJ
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created
There you have it..we were created for Gods pleasure!
We were created to have an intimate and loving relationship with our creator.
David realized this, even at a young age...
When he was called and anointed as a young boy to be the king of Israel…