Faith Debugged

Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator

You’re Fired

I sat watching one of our techs walk out of the office shocked that that day was his last day working with our company. It felt like death. The quietness fell in that building so deep, it was a trudge to walk to our truck. The relationships that were formed were crushed. The security of financial backing was washed up. Being fired from a job is devastating. A world in complete order gets tossed around into sheer chaos.

This is exactly what happened to my life just mere days ago. Without warning, I was told I wasn’t needed anymore. Six months of termite studies, two state certifications, one state license, customer service experience, and given to my craft obliterated in one simple sentence by one person with power.

Being a man of faith, I’m thankful that the one with ultimate power has no desire to sit me down and say, “Kevin, I have to let you go.” I’ve messed up more in my spiritual life than I have in my work life. I’ve done more intentional wrongs toward God than I have toward my workplace. I’ve been more devoted to my work in pest control than I have to God at times and still I have never heard God tell me He has to let me go.

Pest control can be a seasonal job. So can our work in God. There are times when we don’t feel like being a Christian. We don’t feel like praying. We don’t feel like being nice to someone. We’d rather get on the internet than read our bible. We’d rather ignore someone who’s in need. There are seasons in our walk where we feel far from God because of our own doings. II Timothy says preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Our walk with God can sometimes be seasonal too, but I don’t have a God who fires me because He thinks I’m not wanted when I’m in an off-season. I am always wanted by God. You are always wanted by God. If you’re feeling the same way, if you’ve been fired from something you love, If you feel like you’ve lost it all and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no answers, no feelings of joy, you ARE wanted… by God and you will never be let go.

 

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

December 13, 2011 Posted by | devotion | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deeper than the Holler

I am frequently asked how deep do termites get in the ground. Being that I treat mostly for Eastern Subterranean Termites, reticulitermes flavipes, typically the answer is around twelve feet. There’s documented cases of termites reaching these levels of depth.  As they branch off in separate colonies, each colony can be at differing depths as well as spanning out in many feet away from each other. Other species of termites actually build upwards, mounds on the ground and even nests in trees.

Upon studying the depths and span of a termite colony one would be in awe at the thousands and thousands of termites that are living just under your feet, moving, and eating, reproducing, and working.

But there is another depth that is far more extravagant. Another span that is far more boastful. God, in His riches, has a love that far surpasses the knowledge of man.

Ephesians 3:14-19, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height, to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Upon further study of this scripture we can sure learn the width, the length, the depth, and the height of God’s love by taking a look at John 3:16.

For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

Width – “For God so loved the world” this is the width of God’s love. Contrary to popular belief, God didn’t love just a handful of us; God didn’t love just a certain nationality, a certain skin color, or a certain denomination, but the world as a whole.

Length – The length of God’s love is that He did give His only begotten Son. God didn’t just go to great lengths to show us His love, to prove His love for mankind, he went to the ultimate length, and from that point He could go no further. He gave the best and most precious thing He had, He gave His only Son, that we might receive Him, know Him, love Him, and worship Him.

Depth – In order to perceive the depth of God’s love we need only understand the purpose and reason for which God, in His limitless love, gave His only begotten Son, and that is so whoever believes in Him should not perish. The depth of God’s love is such, that no matter who we are, no matter what we might have once done, no matter how hateful we were of the things of God, or how often we rejected Him, if we come to believe in Jesus, if the love of God takes root in our hearts, and we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have everlasting life.

Height – The height of God’s love can be readily perceived and understood by God’s desire that all who believe in Jesus would have eternal life. God’s desire is not for us to perish, but rather for us to have eternal life. It is the height of God’s love that we are gifted with eternal life with God through Jesus.

April 27, 2011 Posted by | devotion, Termites | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Mediator

Today I made a mistake. I punched a hole in the wall trying to remove baseboards in a garage. My boss came over and called the homeowner to take a look at my carelessness. As they talked I sat on the tail gate of my truck and did not say a word. After a few moments they started laughing and I overheard her say that’s okay.

I’m not sure what they said to each other but what I do know is that the homeowner was not mad after their conversation. She walked by me smiling and said have a great day. I smiled back and he told me to complete the job but leave the baseboards alone. I jumped off my truck and finished my work.

In this case I never said one word to the homeowner. She seemed to have been in a good mood when she left. Who knows if it was ever a big deal but a hole in sheet rock seems to me to be a big deal. All I did was confess my mistake to my boss, tell him I was sorry, and he went to the homeowner and worked it out. I was redeemed from my screw up.

Remind you of anybody?

There is someone who speaks on our behalf, works things out so we can have eternal life. His name is Jesus and He’s our mediator. He stands in the gap that was caused by our sin. We take our petitions to Him and He in returns takes them to God.

1 Timothy 2:5 (New International Version, ©2010)

5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,


I would hate to see how far I could get if left on my own to speak for myself. I would hate to be my own lawyer in the eternal courtroom. I don’t think I’d be able to stand before the judge much less speak in defense of my soul. Besides what defense do I have?

Thank God I have a mediator that can plead the blood in my case. I’ll just sit back, keep my mouth shut and allow my lawyer Jesus Christ to speak in my defense!

March 1, 2011 Posted by | devotion | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Selfish Blesser

The other day I had an opportunity to bless a friend. He had been looking for a tool to use with his guitar to make great music and I had one. At first I didn’t want to let it go but thinking how a friend of mine had blessed me with an amazing gift for my guitar, I decided to pay forward the favor.

Many times I find it more of a blessing to give. I love to watch people’s face light up when you do something out of the ordinary. It’s like your not supposed to do that. Your not supposed to give so generously.

Throughout 2 Corinthians 9, scripture tells us that giving what you have is more important than keeping it. Verse 5 – “finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given” Verse 6 – “Remember this: whoever sows sparingly reaps sparingly , and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” Verse 8 – “And God is able to bless you abundantly…” Verse 12 – “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”

I remember I was treating a customers house for ants and when I was finishing an elderly lady across the street asked me to visit her house when I was finished. Upon visiting the neighbor, she asked me to look at the ants she was having. Unfortunately she had no money and was not able to pay for a service, so I gave.

I spent much time assessing the situation and treating her house for ants. She was very thankful and asked if she could return the favor. I told her no and said Jesus loves her and so do I. I am so amazed at the spirit to give and the need that is so often put in front of me when I’m impressed to give.

Many times it blesses me to no limit when I choose to be a blessing to others. They say it’s better to give than to receive. I’m sure there is a fine margin between the two but it still rings true. If it is not more of a blessing to give than to receive, then you definitely need a heart check.

I’m a selfish blesser. I love to give because I love to be blessed. It’s a win/win situation.

February 15, 2011 Posted by | devotion, giving | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment