It’s really easy to get caught up in the world's laser focus of money-making, getting popular, and the strive for successful living. But what if I told you God couldn't care less about those things? In fact, what if I told you that God isn’t focused on your “worldly success” at all, that is unless it is being used for the glorification of Jesus.
What a relief….
Think about it:
When it comes to the purpose of our being, do you think God is looking for us to join in on what the world has created? Nope, not at all. God wants us to be the difference in this world, and stand up for the purpose of His name (Romans 12:2). The last thing God wants is more people following the world’s shallow, dark, and vulturous ways.
Here’s My Point:
We were made to be more than puppets of the world. It’s time to start giving ourselves a little credit. We are a children of The King, and we were made to live for more than a paycheck and worldly acceptance. Don’t let the world fool you into thinking your life was meant to be lived for “its glory” rather than God’s.
Reflect: Jeremiah 1:5 notes that we were set apart from the beginning, and that we were destined for greatness.
Worldly success will never compare to purposeful living. And until your heart can wrap itself around this vital truth, your worth will never be fulfilled because you are seeking to fill it from a place that doesn’t have what you need. Way too many times have I seen men and women of all ages being let down by the world, only to get back up and try again. It’s time to break through the lies of the world, and seek purposeful living through the one who it is founded upon.
Stop seeking worth in a world that cannot offer what you truly need. Only Jesus can offer that.
Over the last few months I have had hundreds of you request a post on “How to Study The Bible.” Well, here it is. I pray this post blesses you, challenges you, and inspires you to take the initiative to deepen your relationship with God.
Below is the formula I use when studying and journaling through the scriptures. This doesn’t mean it’s the only way to study, but I do believe this formula is a great way to strengthen your foundation in Christ.
3. Audience (who is the text directed to?)
1. How does it affect me?
2. How does it make me feel?
3. In what ways do I share a similar experience?
1. What did I learn?
2. How can it be applied to my life?
3. What is God trying to tell me through this text?
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.
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
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:
5) Worn out
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 8:11 – The 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.