Son-Tanned Christian

Son-TannedChristianScripture: Isaiah 55:11, NCV

The same thing is true of the words I speak. They will not return to me empty. They make the things happen that I want to happen, and they succeed in doing what I send them to do.

God wants to make things happen in our life. God wants his living and powerful Word to produce change in our attitude, thinking, feelings, and actions.

He wants to put to death the sin that lurks in our soul, so Christ can continue his ministry through us. He wants to use us to meet the spiritual, physical, and material needs of others.

God does not want his Word to return to him empty—that is failing to accomplish the purpose for which it has been sent. One of the questions he will ask us when we meet him face to face is, “To what extent did you allow God’s Word to prosper in your life, and to accomplish the purpose for which it was sent?” As I reflect on this truth, I find it to be very sobering.

We can tell when others have been spending time in the sun. If they position themselves correctly, spending the right amount of time in relationship to the sun, they will develop a nice suntan. If they start missing time in the sun, they begin to “peel,” showing that they have not been spending the time in the sun.

If we spend time practicing KingdomNomics principles, including the concepts of SOAK, SOW, and FLOW, people will notice change occurring in our life. It will become apparent we have been spending time abiding with the SON. They’ll notice that our life produces fruit of the Spirit and an aroma of Christ.

However, if we begin to miss our times with the Lord, failing to practice the SOAK, SOW, and FLOW concepts, the traits of the flesh emerge again and we lose our “Son tan.” We can be abrasive, unkind, impatient, and full of anxiety. We want to avoid losing our “Son tan” because these characteristics impair our effectiveness as servants of God.

Today, ask yourself:

Am I a “son-tanned” Christian? Am I spending enough time in the SON, so people can see a difference in my life?