Jarrid Wilson

  • Social Netchurch

    The internet is something we all use and enjoy, but are we using it too much, or not enough at all?

    I hear so many people rebel against social websites because they claim, “It distracts them from God” or, “It’s just too worldly.” I know this might sound odd, but I want people to start re-thinking their decisions.

    Now, don’t get me wrong… I understand their reasoning to boycott these cultural habits, but shouldn’t their reasoning to leave give them an even bigger reason to stay?

    We as Christians continuously talk about being a light to the world, an example of Christ, and a reflection of His Hope. So, if the internet is something you claim distracts people from God, then how about you be the difference and make it a place that attracts people to GOD.

    Let’s be a generation that TAKES BACK the internet and social media for the Good of Christ, using them to share His LOVE and HOPE.

    Use your social networks for Gospel good works. We are called to tweet, post, pin, tumbl and digg all in the name of Christ.

    Social Tips:

    1. Be consistent. (Keep your posts fresh, and up to date. Don’t let your platform get dry. You never know who you’re reaching.)

    2. Be honest. (Don’t try to be someone you’re not. People will call your bluff. Honesty is the greatest of leaders!)

    3. Be creative. (Think outside the box.You never know until you try! Pictures and videos are a great way to increase engagement.)

    4. Give God The Glory. (If you’re not glorifying him, you’re glorifying yourself.)

    Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    How are you using your social networks to share the love of Christ? Leave your comments below. 

    - Jarrid Wilson

  • Army of the Broken

    Within the last few days, a theme of “Brokenness” has taken point over my times of study and devotion. Whether it be my own brokenness, or the brokenness I see in others, Jesus provides a beautiful antidote for anyone going through a tough time.

    At one point we have all have felt:

    1) Broken

    2) Useless

    3) Abused

    4) Hurt

    5) Worn out

    6) Depressed

    7) Guilty

    8) Weak

    9) Addicted

    10) Dirty

    And if you have NEVER felt one of these, I’d love to hear your God-given secret to perfection.

    The reality is that all of us are broken, but don’t confuse brokenness with uselessness. Just because you are broken does not mean God can’t use you. In fact, 99% of the people Jesus used for His ministry were broken, addicted, weak, and dirty. Dig into the depths of scripture and see for yourself.

    Don’t let Satan confuse your brokenness for uselessness.

    Through the power of Jesus Christ:

    1) You are useable.

    2) You are beautiful.

    3) You are able.

    4) You are capable.

    God uses broken people to bring HOPE to a broken world.

    Romans 8:11The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

    We are the army of the broken, finding restoration and power through the hope of Jesus Christ.

  • Fix Your Eyes

    Over the last few weeks I’ve begun studying a passage of scripture that has really transformed the way I live my everyday life. I believe so much in the power of this text, that I wish to share it to all of you, in hopes that it will help you in your walk with the Lord.

    I want to open up and just admit to you how crazy life has been for me over the last few months. And when I say crazy, I don’t mean bad. I just mean crazy.

    There have just been an incredible amount changes in my life that all seem to be happening at once. And regardless of what I do to try slow things down, and re-think where I am headed, I feel like God is simply saying “Just trust me.”

    So guess what? That’s exactly what I am doing, and I pray that this post will help you to do the same.

    Hebrews 12:2 says this, “fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

    And the part I want you to focus on is, “fix your eyes on Jesus.”

    For some reason those five words stood highlighted to my gazing eyes. I am not sure if I had read this text before, but I am almost positive that this is the first time I’ve actually understood its power. As I read it I felt this warm sensation fall over my body, as if God was telling me, “See! I told you.” And He was right. He was definitely right.

    I guess I’ve realized the answer to any problem, hardship, or ailment in my life. Wanna know what it is?

    Ok, get ready… FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS.

    Yup, that’s it. Some of you might think that’s silly, but others of you just read those five words and felt the same spiritual sensation I did. Why? Because you got honest with yourself and realized how powerfully true that statement is.

    So many of us are trying to do things on our own, when all God want’s is for us to do things with Him. We think we aren’t ready for the things ahead, but we forget that we are the ones who asked for them. We are the ones who prayed for them. And we are the ones who God has been molding to take on the tasks He has put before us.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I know you personally, or know exactly what you’re going through. But what I am saying is this… FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS and you will not be strayed wrong.

    Fix your eyes on Jesus. He will never steer you wrong.

  • 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

  • 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.