Jarrid Wilson

  • Your Scars are Proof that God Heals

    1. “Crying is not allowed.

    2. “Keep your pain to yourself.

    3. “Never let others know your weakness.”

    These are things we’ve heard throughout life. And while many of us may try to shake off their weight, you’d be surprised to know how many people are haunted by these thoughts on a daily basis.

     

    We live in a world that calls failure a weakness, and labels weakness a flaw. We are taught to mask the truth because “it’s better if you keep that to yourself,” and that the best way to lead is from our strengths instead of our weakness.

    If I can be honest, I think our world has built itself on a shallow and narrow foundation. The truth is that this foundation is ready to crack at any second. While I know this is just my opinion, I think I have a pretty valid point to stand upon.

    I believe in a God of Grace, love, and second chances. And if it wasn’t for those divine qualities all working together, I can promise you that I wouldn’t be standing here today. I’ve been redeemed.

    I’m not proud of my past, but I wear my scars on my sleeve because I am proud of who I’ve become in Christ. These scars remind me that I can conquer all things, and that healing is possible through God.

    My failures and mistakes are NOT my most treasured moments, but because of them I am now a living testimony of His redemption and grace. Guess what? So are you!

    Your story is His glory. Share it to the world. Don’t hide your scars, wear them as proof that God heals.

    -Jarrid Wilson

  • The Director's Cut

    As a Christian, I believe some of the easiest traps for me to fall into are the ones I have personally set for myself. Sometimes, the hardest things for me to overcome are usually the walls I have personally built with my own hands. And sometimes, the hardest addictions to conquer are the ones I have subconsciously self-inflicted upon myself.

    The Reality Is: It’s really easy to get in a habit of doing things OUR way, on OUR time, and for OUR benefit. But, if we are to get really honest with each other, that is the exact opposite of who Jesus Christ has called us to be.

    We need to realize that as Christians, we are NOT the directors of our lives anymore, and that we gave up that right the second we decided to GIVE our lives to HIM. In reality, we are supporting actors who have been blessed with the opportunity to be part of God’s bigger story. This role is not to be taken lightly, and I believe that God’s story is one that will break all box-office records.

    When we begin directing our lives the way that we see fit, we will begin to lose touch with our heavenly father. That intimate and personal connection is the very thing that keeps us focused on righteousness, and turned away from worldliness.

    Stay focused on your role as a supporting actor, and allow God to direct your life in the way He sees fit. It’s not about US. Trust me; if He can create the world, I’m sure he’s more than capable of directing your life.

    Proverbs 3:6 – In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

  • Only by the Grace of God – A Testimony

    For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jarrid Wilson. I consider myself a husband, pastor, author, and blogger. I currently oversee social media for Logos Bible Software, love to eat Mexican food, and have a weird obsession with fishing. I’m currently finishing up my second book with Thomas Nelson Publishing, preparing to celebrate my first wedding anniversary, and on the daily love to spend time with my beautiful wife Julianne and fluffy dog Paisley.

    And while much of you might have a preconceived notion about who I am, I guarantee you don’t know the first thing about me. I’m not saying this to be rude or harsh. But I need people to realize that just because I enjoy putting much of my life through the spotlight of social media, it doesn’t mean I don’t have my own struggles, failures, and demons to deal with.

    I’m not a perfect Christian. I’m not a perfect husband. I’m not a perfect anything. Is anyone? Romans 3:23

    I’m just like you, and it’s only by the grace of God that I am standing here today. I want this post to make you re-think the way you view pastors, bloggers, authors, and anyone else you might gain personal wisdom from. Not to deter you from listening to them, but to make you understand that you can relate to them more than you realize. You aren’t much different from each other than you may think.

    The dark and honest parts of me aren’t all that pretty, but I believe they have made me who I am today. And while my social media profiles paint a picture of someone who loves life and trusts in God, this wasn’t always the case in my life.

    Would you have guessed I once contemplated suicide while I was a teenager? Did you know I struggled with severe depression all throughout high school? Did you know I was once three hours away from having my leg amputated? And did you know I once lived in a friends shower-less warehouse for six months, all in order to save money while writing my first book?

    The reality is that I am just as human as you, broken as you, and flawed as you. My life isn’t perfect, but I do have a Savior who is.

    I’m not quite sure what my intention is for writing this post, but I pray God uses it to speak to you regardless. I didn’t grow up knowing God as my father in heaven, but I am sure glad I can stand here today and say that has changed. Whenever you read one of my books, posts, tweets or Facebook statuses, please understand that everything I do is for the glorification of Christ. My goal is to showcase His love, His glory, His forgiveness, and His eternal promises. I may not always do it perfectly, but you can make darn sure I’ll be trying my hardest.

    Humbly imperfect,

    Jarrid Wilson

  • Serving Isn’t Enough

    You serve at your local Church over 40+ hours a week, unpaid. You are involved in multiple ministries.You always arrive early and make sure to stay late. You help collect tithes and offerings. You serve on the worship team. And not to mention, you are an intern. Let’s just put it this way: you are a Church-serving machine.

    God is proud of you for serving the local Church. He is applauding you for all your hard work, and the angels are rejoicing over your blistered hands and dirty clothes. But at the end of the day, will that alone sustain you? Will those precious acts of service bring affirmation towards salvation? And will those blistered hands alone grant you entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven?

    See, it’s very easy for us to stand in the entrance of a crowded church, with our lanyard placed perfectly around our necks, and feel like we deserve to be there. As if something we did granted us access into this “holy of holies” position. Secretly expecting the entire church body to stand in recognition of our audacious servant-hood and spiritual presence. Yeah, I said it because most are thinking it.

    I believe that the church of today is facing an epidemic. One of false security and an even greater sense of false salvation. It’s called serving. And while that might sound a little silly, I want you to examine your heart with me for a moment. Don’t get me wrong, I am not necessarily questioning your salvation; I am questioning where you are seeking it from…

    Here’s my point:

    Just because you serve, doesn’t mean you’re saved.

    Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name. But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

    There is more to the church than serving. And until you realize serving is an addition, not your foundation, you are headed down a road paved by a false sense of security. I know plenty of people willing to serve the church, but who aren’t willing to seek God. Believe me, I used to be one of them.

    Romans 16:18 - Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, serving your local church is incredible. I believe that the local church is the hope of the world. But my heart goes out to the people who feel that their relationship with God peaks and completes with serving. I mean, c’mon really? God is bigger than a plastic lanyard, fake security t-shirt, and a youth group pizza party.

    This post is to open your eyes to the greatness of God’s divine wisdom and direction. Can some of these attributes be found in the beauty of serving? Yes, but that alone will not sustain you for the road ahead. Serving alone will not plant the roots of your faith deep into the love of Christ.

    Colossians 2:7 - Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

    God is looking for more than servants. He is looking for seekers. People who go to extreme lengths to seek his face. And although serving is an incredible catalyst in learning the importance of being a bond-servant, it is not meant to be your only avenue for divine wisdom. It’s meant to be an addition.

    Matthew 6:33 - Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

    APPLY:

    1. Check your head.

    Are you serving for self-satisfaction, or God-breathed wisdom?

    2. Check your heart.

    Are you serving to further God’s kingdom, or to further your platform?

    3. Check your hands.

    Are you serving to build the kingdom, or to build your spiritual resume?

    God is looking for more than servants. He is looking for seekers. Don’t let the false security of servanthood get in the way of your relationship with God. Heart work is just as important as hard word.

    - Jarrid Wilson

  • About Jarrid Wilson

    Jarrid Wilson is a pastor, blogger, and author (30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us) from Orange County, California. He writes about grace, second chances, and empowering a younger generation to find their potential in Christ.

    Find out more on his blog.