What Is Your Obsession
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”
In the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world people are hurrying and rushing from place to place, involved in all kinds of activities, but hardly taking the time to devote themselves to any one thing. We have too many things going all at once, and do not take the time to devote ourselves to doing any of them completely and as capable as we could. I believe that we will never have significant success with anything until it becomes an obsession with us. An obsession is when something consumes your thoughts and time. Just by looking at the great inventions throughout the years we can see the obsession that drove many of these men. Henry Ford, the automobile, Thomas Edison, inventions, Billy Graham, evangelism, Oral Roberts, healing, The Wright Brothers, the airplane. These people were completely obsessed with their jobs and mission in life. They spent their entire lives driving themselves to complete their tasks. Jesus also had a passion for his mission and goal in life. Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Jesus focused on doing the exact instructions of His Heavenly Father. He healed the sick, he listened to all the people who sought his advice, he helped the needy, he came to make people successful, to restore and repair their life to the full fellowship with His Father. Jesus was so obsessed with the salvation of all mankind, that he gave his life on the cross for us. We all need to become obsessed with and have a passion for the things we do. We do not need to only give a small part of ourselves to doing things that will benefit others around us, but rather as the scripture above says, to work at the things we do with all our heart as working for the Lord. We can start small, and start with little thoughts, little projects, and small dreams, but when we put our thoughts and devote all our efforts to these little things, we can see them grow into bigger and better things. When a small thing like love for others around us begins to consume our thoughts, our minds, our conversations, and we devote our time to reaching out to others this can grow into something so large that can be wonderful and beautiful. We all need to find something to do that we will be passionate about and will become an obsession with us. We need to find something that is worthy of building our life around that God would want us to do, and then become obsessed and passionate about it. When we devote our time and our talents to these things God will let them grow abundantly.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
We as parents must love God more than anything and demonstrate this to our children. Some might think that obeying the First Commandment is relatively easy, since they do not worship statues of pagan god’s, however whatever occupies your interest and or time more than anything else could very well be your god. Probably the “god” that people most often put before the true God is money and the possession of material things, and they develop a greater love for these things than they do for God; however there are probably many other things that people put before God in their lives and love them as well. To know the real God we have to seek him and love him, and we do this by asking him into our hearts, to live within us and obey his commands. We have to read and study our Bibles to get close to him, as this will help us learn to fear, love and honor God. There cannot be anything that will come between us and our relationship with God. We can worship him with our prayers and thanksgiving, and praise him always with our thoughts and actions. We must live our lives for God, and our families must honor and respect him in all aspects of our lives. Our family life must be focused on God and he must be at the forefront in all that we do. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” God wants love to be the main theme in our lives and it is the parents responsibility to focus in on this in our everyday lives. John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” We must live our lives with the idea of loving others as God commands us to do. Our children must see this in our daily walk and see this demonstrated with others that we come into contact with. I know that both Margaret and I saw the love of God present in our families as we grew up, and both felt the love our parents had for us and others that our parents came into contact with. This has followed us throughout our lives, and we have tried to pass this on down to our children. Our children are now putting this great command from God to practice in their families, and it is being passed on down to our grandchildren. God is blessing our family as he said he would by following his command. By God placing such an emphasis on the love of our fellow man, in his scriptures, it is so important for parents to demonstrate this to our children by our daily walk.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
Teach Your Children
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.”
1st John 3:18
Throughout the Bible God tells us that love is the greatest commandment. It is so important to show our children that we love them, and we cannot do this often enough. If our children know that we care about them they will be secure, feel protected and contented in their family. According to God the best gift we can give to anyone is to focus our attention upon them, to give them our time, to listen to them, to talk to them and to show them that we love them. Time is the most precious gift God gives us; we can’t produce time and any time we use is gone forever. If we give our time to help our children this is the greatest gift we can give to them. Our children can also learn a valuable lesson by watching us and seeing how we deal with others. If our schedules are too busy to have the time to spend with our friends, neighbors, business associates and our church family in order to find out about them and establish a relationship with them, we need to seriously evaluate our priorities and change them to allow the time to spend with these people. God is telling us that this should be one of our top priorities in life to build these relationships and be a witness to them. If we start giving of ourselves God will begin to bless our lives. Our gifts, our acts of kindness, our love for others will get God’s attention and it will also get the attention of our children. They will begin to see how they also can affect the lives of people around them. It will start the blessings flowing in their own lives. It will change them. I am witnessing this in our family each and every day. My youngest son, as mentioned previously has been called into the ministry. This calling has been in his heart for some time as we have talked over the years, and he has been very interested in ways to help others. We even talked several years ago about setting up a ministry in our area to help the needy. He has shown a passion over the years to want to help, encourage and meet the needs of people around us. My daughter has always had such a talent as an encourager to others, and is now devoting much of her time and talent to be a sounding board and encourager to the people in her church. She is so gifted in this regard and God is using her to affect the lives of others. Our older son has always been a perfect example of someone who is living his life for God and has such a talent to make everybody he comes into contact with feel good about themselves. All of our children have been able to embrace God’s command that they are to love others as God loves them, and are putting this commandment to practice in their everyday lives. I would encourage each of you reading this today to spend as much time teaching your children about God, show them by your behavior and action, walk the talk, and train them in the way of God.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
The Power Of A Grandparent
“I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
2nd Timothy 1:3-5
Although it is the parent’s who have the primary duty to train their children and give them the guidance to develop into their own beings, I believe that Grandparents also have a responsibility to assist in the growth and development of their grandchildren. God has provided much wisdom to the grandparents, and this wisdom which has been learned by experiences and passed on to their children, must also be passed on to the grandchildren. God gives us some guidance in the scripture above. This is a very personal scripture for me as I can relate to this very much. My grandmother was very dear to me as I was growing up, and taught me so much about how I was to live my life. She was my comforter and someone I always went to for anything that ever bothered me as I was growing up. She lived her life for Jesus and ingrained this in me throughout my teen aged years. She always had all the answers for anything I ever questioned, and was always there to comfort me anytime I needed someone to reassure me in any way. I believe grandparents are great bridge-builders, as although my grandmother was not wealthy, she possessed the strength, faith, courage and ability to pass these attributes on to me. Today, I feel my children still benefit from my grandmothers faith, because they can see these attributes which she instilled in me, and which I am passing on to them, and hopefully on to my grandchildren. In a sense, it seems strange that grandparents can have such a far reaching influence. After all, even though they can be separated in age from their grandchildren by 40-70 years, yet they have the ability to bridge that generation gap—sometimes even better than parents can. Jesus puts so much emphasis throughout the Bible in children respecting their parents and their grandparents. 1st Timothy 5:4 “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.” The wisdom that grandparents can pass on to their grandchildren is immeasurable, as God has provided them with the gift of love, and a sense of understanding that can only be obtained through age and experiences.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
God Is Watching
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
One of the most important things we need to realize in our everyday lives, is that everything we do each and every moment of our day, is open for God to look at. There is nothing that is hidden from him, not our thoughts or our actions, even when no one is around. We must give account someday to God for everything we do, say and think. This is a powerful thing to think about as we arise each and every morning. To know that someday we will have to give account to God for everything we did and even thought about that was either good or bad. Romans 14:12 “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” This realization should be something that needs to influence our actions and thoughts each and every moment of our day. We should have this foremost in our minds, and should live our lives as if this was the last day of our lives, and that we are going to stand before God and give an accounting of our lives. There will be nothing that he will not know about, and nothing that we will be able to hide from him. The book of our life will be open before him, and we will be held accountable for all the good things, and all the bad things we have done during our time on this earth. With this in mind it is imperative that we do the things that are right and good, instead of the things that are bad. Our goal for the day should be to have our book of life for today to reflect only the things that God would want us to do, and to have things recorded in it that both we and God would be pleased with. God holds us accountable to instruct our children in doing the things that are right, and training them in the way of the Lord. Romans 3:19 “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.” It is the parent’s responsibility to establish the foundation for our children, and then God will take charge of their lives and fulfill his will for them. I have heard my mother and grandmother say many times that our actions should be guarded, and in everything we do we should think whether we would be comfortable if Jesus was there beside us watching us. These words are so true as God is there at all times watching us, and seeing how we are conducting our lives. He sees everything we do, and knows our every though. And one day we are going to be held accountable for all our actions and all our thoughts. We need to strive at all times to do the things that are right, and shun all evil. God will help us and give us wisdom and knowledge as to what is right.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
A Parents Responsibility
“So be strong, show yourself as a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.”
1st Kings 2:2
The start of spirituality in the lives of our children starts in the family, and in the home, and is taught to them by their parents. We must instruct our children, and show them the way to live their lives by the way we live our lives. Our children will imitate us and if we are living our lives for God they will have a solid foundation on which to begin. The above scripture is a very powerful scripture for us to follow. God is telling us to be strong, stand up for what is right and follow his commands for our lives, and if we follow these guidelines we will prosper in all that we do and wherever we go. This is what we need to be doing with our children. We need to show them that by walking in the way of the Lord that our families will prosper and that our children’s families will prosper. God has a plan for each of us and has placed us where we are today for a reason, if we have followed his commands and guidance. If we follow his commands and guidance he will lead us where we are supposed to go, and will allow us to prosper in the way he has designed for us to prosper. Although we may not all be wealthy in material things as that may not be God’s will for all of us, but he has placed us where we are at today for a reason. I know in my own life that I had never expected to be where I am today, but after turning my life over to God I can see why he has me where I am and the place he has me and my family. His plans were not what I had envisioned for myself years ago, but by following his guidance and obeying his commands he has placed me in a position where I believe he wants me to be in order to fulfill his will for my life. God is allowing me to prosper in a way that I had never dreamed of, as he has given me a peace and joy in my life that is blessing me on a daily basis. I believe my children are also seeing this come true in their lives, as I have discussed this with them many times. I even included a chapter on this in my other book “God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Life.” When our sons and daughters become young adults and go off to college, and are faced with their own challenges and temptations of life, they need to know that their parents taught them the way to deal with all of the situations they will face. They need to know that their parents taught them to turn to God, and let him guide them in dealing with their problems.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
God’s Plan For Marriage
“We are to continually walk in love being guided by love and following love.”
2 John 1:6
When God puts love and compassion in your heart toward someone, he’s offering you an opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life. He placed in each of us the potential to have a kind, caring, gentle and loving heart. We each have the ability to feel compassion, and to feel the hurt that other people are feeling, and we especially must have this ability to feel compassion and to feel the hurts of our spouse. This is the kind of love we must have for our spouse, but too often because of our selfishness, many husbands and wives close their hearts to each other. The husbands and wives that don’t feel compassion for each other need to ask themselves if they are really concerned about each other, or are only concerned about themselves. When you come together as man and wife you must come together with a true love of your spouse. True love is giving of one’s self to the other fully and completely. True love is wanting to care and provide for the other in a way that there is no fear. True love is respecting the other. True love is being concerned about the others feelings. True love is sharing dreams together. True love is feeling the others hurt and pain. True love is showing compassion to the other. True love is sharing the others joy and happiness. True love is wanting to spend all your time together. True love is being lonely when we are apart. True love is enjoying tender moments together. True love is eating together. True love is watching television together. True love is enjoying and listening to music together. True love is going on trips and vacations together. True love is caring for the children together. True love is celebrating birthdays and Christmas together. True love is going to church together. True love is worshipping God and praying together. True love is all of the above and hundred and thousands of other things. Our children need to see this kind of love being demonstrated in their families by their parents so that they will feel secure in their family and know that there is always love between their parents. Ephesians 5:31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” I do not believe there is anything more wonderful and beautiful than a husband and wife living together as one flesh and raising their children in a home where God is at the center of their family. This is the plan that God had for the family, and I believe that he will bless the family that has him at the center of all things. Children are the reward of a healthy and happy marriage where God is in control.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.