Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Ritz

The Ritz - Keith Cook

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light." Matthew 11:28-30

Recently, God blessed my family with a great opportunity to stay at the Ritz Carlton in Jamaica. While on a mission project the manager there wanted to bless us with a great deal because my wife had been ministering on the island for so long. We quickly accepted their offer. (We actually stayed there cheaper than what the local Christian camp would charge us!) This place is a dream hotel. I have never stayed in a more luxurious place.

When we work in a country or in a neighborhood we totally submerge ourselves in the work. We do not think of our comfort. We often eat our food out of the can that it came in and some of our meals come out of our backpacks if they come at all. It is not very glamorous. The work is hot, long, tiring, and demanding, yet very rewarding.

On this particular project in Jamaica it was such a blessing to be able to share each day and be completely worn out with ministry fatigue and then come back to a "home" that was clean, cool, peaceful.

It sort of reminded me of what the angels must experience when they work on the earth and then get to go back to Heaven. Can you imagine being in the presence of God? How majestic, how absolutely wonderful it must be hard to leave His presence and actually go on His errands.

Each of us have been called to come close to God and have fellowship with Him but we also are called to go out for Him and do His will among the people. As we go for Christ we are assured that as we get tired and weary we can come back home to Him and renew our strength.

1. What has God asked you to do for Him lately?

2. Have you done it?

3. When was the last time you had a "Ritz" experience with God? (A time of rest and reflection in the middle of working for Him.)

There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better. L. Thomas Holdcroft, Page 183, Thoughts, McLellan

Daily Prayer Focus: Thank God that He delights in blessing you with "Ritz" experiences throughout your journey of life.

On The Go Prayer Focus: All the local churches, committees, and leaders who will be working with On The Go Ministries and the Keith Cook Team in creative outreach efforts in the United States and around the world. Pray for Keith and Joan this week as they minister in Montana!

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