Followers

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How to Minister to the Lost and Broken

In this post I am going to explain how we can share Jesus Christ with others by our actions.  God can use us to love people and open up conversations about Jesus Christ.  When we show others the love of Jesus Christ, then people see the light of Christ in us and want to know him more.
Jesus gives a clear picture of this concept in Matthew 5 in the Sermon on the Mount discourse.  Jesus says in Matthew 5:13, "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men." This verse shows how we are to act as Christians in the world.  We are to be salt, which means our character and actions should be distinct from those around us.
In this next section of verses Jesus describes the power of our witness to non believers.  Jesus goes on to say in verses 14-15, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; not does anyone light a lamp and put in under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in a house."  This section describes how our witness has the power to affect those around us.  Our actions and words can bring people to know the life of Jesus Christ.  How we live our life can make people see the difference in their world.
In conclusion, let us remember to love those that are different than us this week.  As Christians, we also need to pray for opportunities to share the gospel in this dark culture.  Ask yourself are you being the salt and light in the culture today?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ministering to others in the workplace

Today's sermon of Jesus and Zacchaus was a reminder that we have to find those in the community that need God's love.  God calls us to find the lost and the broken that we work with to show them the love of Jesus Christ.
As we enter into the lives of others we have to live our lives in a way that attracts other non-Christians to us.  In Luke 19:4, Zacchaus ran ahead to look to get a glimpse of Jesus.  That is how others should interact around us.  Jesus' presence should radiate through our lives so that people would want to get a glimpse of who he is in our lives and what is different about us.   There has to be a radiate that flows through our lives with the presence of Jesus Christ.
Next, in the story in verse six Zacchaus welcomes Jesus gladly into his home.  This is what happens next in the relationship with other people we work with daily.  Others around welcome these people into their lives and begin to open up to them.  Through this the love of Jesus Christ is shown to those that have not experienced this love.  Thus, when this occurs the next step in this process where the gospel of Jesus Christ can be shared.
In this last section, in verses 8-10, Zacchaeus repents. of his sins and gives us life to Jesus Christ.  At this point, we can ask God to use us to share with others about our sinful nature and how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  We can then share how to trust Christ with our life and how to daily surrender to him.  Lastly, we if the person has received Jesus Christ we as the believer can discuss baptism with the other person.  Baptism signifies a new step of surrender and a public profession for faith for this new Christian.
This is by no means the correct steps in ministering to another person who is not a believer.  It is just an example from Scripture of how to be a light in a dark world and minister to others like Jesus did.  So, I challenge you today to be a "Friend of Sinners."

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Waiting on the Lord

Waiting on the Lord in life is a very hard and necessary thing.  It is a necessary evil at times as well as something God uses to push us toward him.  I will be using the next couple posts to describe my journey of waiting on the Lord right now.
God is giving me the strength to believe that he will provide me some type of ministry job soon.  There are some opportunities that I am waiting on hear back from right now.  God is giving me trust in him through this time in my life.  God is reminding to seek advice from others then in interviews tell how God has used me in my gifts.  Also, there is a the reminder that how God has already been working in me: Phillippians 1:6.
God is also giving me the peace through this waiting time in my life.  He will provide me the right opportunity in his timing.  I just have to remind myself that he is in control of my life.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Is this God's Will?

Paul asks this question is the book of Acts and in some of his letters in the Prison Epistles.  It is a question that we should be asking as Christians as we live out our life every day.  We have to examine and ask God does God want us share about him certain situations as well as where he is leading us in life.
In my life this applies in asking and looking at specific ministry jobs that he is leading me to.  God is calling me to ask him the pertinent question, "Is this where you are leading or "Is this where you are leading me."   In these instances, I am also asking God, "Is this a great fit for me personally."  I am seeking God's direction as to where God will use me the best when I am asking these questions.  They seek to show an introspective on God's greatness and leading.
In reading the book of Acts lately God has revealed to me that I need to ask this question for often.  Jesus says in Matthew 7:7-8 and Revelation 3:20 if we seek him then it will be given to you.  When we seek after God then he will provide for us in life.  Lastly, in Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  This truth reminds us that we are to be bold in serving and telling others about him then he will provide for us.
Lastly, this question can help us trust God more.   It will help put our struggles in whatever we are waiting on and help remind us the God is in control.  This question can further embody our trust in God and our ability to abide in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Singleness

Singleness and finding the right person for you has to be the hardest thing alive.   Sometimes you think that this person is the right fit while other times this one is.  When it doesn't work out at times, God still encourages you and shows you he will provide for you.
Singleness allows you to be the person that you want to become in life.  It helps you realize that you are content in Jesus Christ alone. It reminds you that you are desperately dependent on Jesus for everything in life.  As Christians, Jesus is the only thing that gives us joy in life.   You realize that it is necessary to cut out the useless things in your life that pull you away from Jesus Christ in your life in order to become you who want to marry become.
Singleness helps reveal the person we should be pursuing in marriage when that time comes.  I thought opposites attract but this one relationship I was trying to make work ended up not working out. When you start a conversation the person talking back has to talk back as well.   Also, the person you marry has to have similar interests and passions.   If they do not have similar passions and interests there will not be a connection.
Lastly, remember that God providing you a life will happen in his timing.  It is really frustrating being single in your 20's.  Being single in your 20's is about maturing and God's leading to the woman/man that he has for life.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Desperately Dependent on Jesus

Reading through the Discipleship Focus study on reminded me of how much I need to be desperately dependent on God for everything in life.  John 15:5, says "without depending on our relationship with God we can do nothing" of eternal significance.  This means we need God every hour of the day for all things in life.
God calls us to depend on him for our thought life.  In Psalm 19:14, King David says, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer." King David acknowledges the our thought life and the things that come out of our mouth has to be acceptable and pleasing to God.  God calls us to surrender all desires that are not of him.  In 1 Corinthians 6:20, Paul reminds us that we are bought with a price.
In another aspect, we have to be desperately dependent on God for God's will for our life.  God promised a future in the Israelites in Jeremiah 31:11.  He helped them see through the prophet Isaiah that he will restore all things to the people and give them a future.  This is a promise that I need to remind myself of when I am asking for God's guidance on a future ministry position.  God has been using the past couple years in a small part time volunteer role at church and he will use me in whatever full time position he leads me to.
Lastly, Proverbs 3:5-6 helps us trust God with these struggles with our future.  This verse helps remind us to trust God with all we have.  Also, it helps us see that God will lead us when we trust him with the future.
I hope you are encouraged about this blog.  These are some things I am struggling with and God is teaching me right now.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Godly wisdom

Godly wisdom leads to insight, understanding, abundant life, and a fear of God.  These things give us direction when we follow God's ways.  These certain characteristics are a result of living a godly life.
The fearing God aspect of godly wisdom is an important aspect of godly wisdom.  When we fear God we revere him as Lord of our life.  This means we honor him when making our decisions.  In this, we ask for his direction in all that we do.  In putting God first in fearing God we are seeking God's ways not ours.
Insight and understanding are a by-product of godly wisdom.  When we seek God's ways, then he gives us insight and understanding for a certain decision.  Seeking Godly wisdom leads to a life of understanding where God wants us in life.  God gives us insight to where he wants us to go.  Lastly, he gives us understanding about this decision for our life.
Lastly, overall God gives us abundant life when we rely on Godly wisdom.  This abundant life includes insight, understanding, humility, grace, and abundant life.  John 10:10, says "the theif comes to kill and destroy but I have come to give you life and life abundant." Jesus' desires is for us to rely on his ways not our ways.  Godly wisdom gives us guidance and direction in life.
What decision in life do you need to rely on Godly wisdom? What other sources of wisdom are you seeking?