Life At Its Best: Jesus on the inside, working on the outside

By Jim Graff
June 13, 2014 at 1:13 a.m.

"A healthy outside starts from the inside."

This phrase is often used in regard to physical health. To see outward transformation, we have to tweak what goes inside of our bodies. It's the same with our spiritual health. Our outcomes change for the better when we allow God to make internal adjustments.

I remember a time when God challenged my spiritual health. I read an article that said that the Marines' Toys for Tots would no longer be in our town. I didn't think much of it, but as I shut the paper, God impressed on my heart that I should do something about it.

I began calculating the cost. It'd take about $50,000 to provide a toy for every kid in need. I informed God that I didn't have near what we'd need. He responded, "What do you have?"

At that time, I had about $2,000 that I could give. I didn't see how it would do much good, considering it was a tiny fraction of the amount needed. But still, I gave it anyway.

In the following weeks, the community heard about our efforts to continue Toys for Tots. Many families and businesses started contributing time and money. Before we knew it, we had more than the amount needed and were able to provide toys for hundreds of kids.

God used the little bit I had to do more than I could've imagined. It wasn't a result of luck or chance. It wasn't even because I prayed, although prayer played a part. It only happened when I allowed Him to make changes in me.

The same is true for each of us. We all desire to see God bless the outcomes of our lives. We want a happier marriage, a healthier family and a more fulfilling job. The good news is: God wants to give it to us. But we must be willing to cooperate with the internal change He wants to bring.

One of those changes is to adopt His perspective. We all deal with issues in life, but they can be managed and overcome when learned to see them from God's view.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "God will never let you down. . He'll always be there to help you come through it."

We should never approach a situation as unsolvable. Instead, we must reflect on His Word until our thoughts mirror His perspective. Spend daily time in prayer, adopting God's perspective on the issue you're facing.

Then, don't just adopt this perspective but avoid discounting what you have. I learned this through my Toys for Tots incident. To me, my $2,000 seemed insignificant. But God used it to start a chain reaction that led to the raising of more than $50,000.

In the same way, we may not have all the time, money or knowledge we need to overcome what we're facing. But we do have something, and God is watching how we use it.

Give what you have to God, and you'll always accomplish more than you could ever dream.

Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit



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