Saturday, March 20, 2010

Paid in Full

Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."

The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time." – Luke 1: 18-20

Zechariah is in the temple of the Lord burning incense and an angel magically appears telling him that he’s going to have a son.

Zechariah is OLD. And so is his wife…so for understandable reasons Zechariah had a hard time believing this good news. But what happens as a result of him not believing?

ZAP! No talking for nine months…

I would say rough game… but as we have seen before it could have been a lot worse.

What’s interesting about this story is what it tells us about the price of doubt. The longer we doubt, the further we delay our dreams. Priceless time is lost. And this makes perfectly logical sense right?

Say for example you are going to start a business. You need a business plan, mentors, business partners and associates. You may need to create the physical product, marketing strategies and various other pieces to put the whole puzzle together. But what if you start on your business plan, see how tough it will be, and put it aside for a while. Each day that it collects dust in the recesses of your mind, and computer, is another day that you have delayed what could be rightfully yours.

And we aren’t able to see this because we have blinded ourselves to the true goal by focusing on fear. Blindness to purpose really sucks… just ask Zechariah.

There’s no time like the present and there is no room in the present for doubt. Don't pay the price of doubt. Time is too precious.

Plus... it's already paid in full.

Keep it moving.

Today’s Reading: Joshua 4-6: Luke 1: 1-20


  1. Dude, you have no idea how timely this is. One day we will sit down and discuss. For now, pat yourself on the back for being the messenger.

    Oh, and I'm chuckling about "I would say rough game… but as we have seen before it could have been a lot worse."

    I'm glad we are living under grace rather than the law...times were tough before then, huh?!

  2. Doubt is such an incredibly powerful tool of the enemy! Its amazing how it just creeps up on you in the most subtle ways. We doubt ourselves and the abilities of others, we view situations pessimistically.. and then worst of all we doubt the power of God and forget that we can do all things through Christ Jesus!

    Thanks for this! We all need a faith booster everyday, it is a constant work in progress! Nice music reference too haha

  3. Hey Janine. I am currently patting myself on my back. haha I'm glad that this was helpful for you. And yes Grace is the best! You can't beat it.

  4. Hey Jas... Yes.. we gotta refill that faith tank everyday. There is so much in the world that tries to suck it dry.


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