April 22, 2012 Comments Off on Wrong Well
John 4:1-26 (Woman at the well)
We believe that we have to hide our sin to be a christian, we believe that we have to hide our deficiencies – that we have to be perfect to be a christian. But we have to allow ourselves to expose our flaws and sins to Jesus to be healed.
There are so many of us that go to the wrong wells that we go to draw our source of happiness and life.We go to all the wrong wells to satisfy our thirst. 3 wells that we go to that are wrong:
- Well, I am not worthy. We ask God why He would even want someone want us, a sinner. We feel that we are unworthy of Gods love and that we can’t be of any use to His plan. However, when God lays out commands for our life we are supposed to follow. But sometimes we feel like God is asking too much of us and we will always fall short. But I don’t have it and God doesn’t need it- holiness is not what God wants from me, it’s what He wants for me. It’s why Jesus died. God doesn’t command me to live life His way to deprive me of what is good, He commands me to live a certain way to get something that is so much better. If we knew how much Jesus wanted to bless us, we wouldn’t be focused on how much we are missing out on when all of our friends are having sex and drinking. We do not know that plan that God has for our life. Do not ever think that anyone has ever done something great for God that hasn’t sacrificed an even greater cost for the cause of Jesus on this earth. God’s commands aren’t about what we wants from me, but for me. If you knew who God was, you wouldn’t have to fall into sin to be satisfied. We tell God what He can and cannot do in our lives, even though Jesus is Lord.
- Well, it’s too hard. We feel like we really want to change and live our life for God, but we think our situation is too hard to live the way God has called us to live. It’s time to stop going to the same source of your happiness. The source of true satisfaction is what Jesus wants to do inside of us. We think that if we get the right relationship, the right GPA, the right salary, but we will never be satisfied because it’s the wrong well. We feel like the pain is too much, like we can’t go on because our life is so devastating but we are neglecting to realize the reality of what was nailed to a cross two thousand and twelve years ago. We do not need what the world tries to tell us what we need to do, what we need to sacrifice because we have a spring of living water inside of us- we have a God that loves us more than anyone ever could. Even if we aren’t feeling loved from the person we love, we have a father in heaven that loves us. God calls us out of our sin, He doesn’t overlook it and pretend it’s not there. We have to let go and leave the other wells of our happiness for the spring of living water that Jesus offers us! We think that the next relationship is going to satisfy us, the next hookup, the next girlfriend and boyfriend will do for us will make us happy. But it will never satisfy our soul that we have so longed to satisfy for years of pain we have gone through. It’s not going to work.
- Well, not now. We want to live our college life, we want to live the wild life and we will get our act together later. Jesus doesn’t ask for a raincheck, the time is now. We are placed on the earth for a very specific reason- every day we have to live for God. God wants to clean us up where we are at, to show us off and use us because He loves us and made us. Jesus wants to change us not because He is ashamed of us, but because He wants to use us and show what He can do through the least of these.
We are all human beings and fall short of the glory of God. But the moment when we put our foot down and realize that Jesus is our source of happiness, love, and joy- we find a whole new level of our relationship with God.
November 7, 2011 Comments Off on Obedience = Resistance
“Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may live long in the land that the LORD swore to your forefathers to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Deuteronomy 11 : 8 – 9
We believe that God treats us like we may treat our dog. God may ask us to do something, but if we decide to go and chase a squirrel instead God will still be happy with us because it’s all about just enjoying eachothers company, right? Wrong.
Sometimes great obedience to God causes great resistance from others in our life. Others will not understand why God has called you to make a certain decision or live your life in a certain way. However, that’s ok if they don’t understand because we’re not out to please others with our life choices – only our God. I have found that the quickest way to lose obedience and closeness to God is to start valuing what others think of me more than what God thinks of me.
People may make fun of you, friends may forsake you, or you may not get invited to all the functions you used to go to. But hold firm to the promises God has made you. Understand that when someone may threaten you or tell you your full of lies and God tells you something different, God will always 10 times out of 10, 100% be right.
Look at Deuteronomy 11:8-9, the verse opened with, God called Moses to obey the commands He had given him for today to be able to accomplish Gods plan for him weeks later. God promises the Israelites the promised land, but it was only going to be accomplished by following the commandments He was giving them in the here and now.
What are the things that God is asking you to sacrifice for today? What is He asking you to do right here, right now? Sure certain things about our life may be fun or important to us for now, but they are the very things that are going to keep us from inheriting the life God has planned out for us later.
The greatest intimacy found with God is created through our obedience on the smallest of things.
September 6, 2011 Comments Off on Mascot Workout
As I was watching Aubie the Tiger’s Capital One Mascot Challenge Video, it hit me. How hard would it be to actually exercise in a mascot suit and expect to get results?
The answer: Incredibly hard with little to no results. Sure you’d sweat a lot more than you would normally, but you wouldn’t be able to run very far or have the movement to lift heavy-weights.
For many of us, I think this exactly represents our faith. We show up, expecting to get results, but with the wrong attitude and appearance. We’d rather cheer others on, much like a mascot, then be in the game making an impact.
We think that just showing up is going to get the job done. We attend church, campus ministries, school clubs, small groups, or bible studies with the right intentions but the wrong attitude and intentions of what we need to do.
We allow things to weigh us down, to slow us down from getting to the points that God needs us to be with. We dream big dreams full of money and fame, we wish away our future on selfish goals, and average American lives. In our times of singleness, we wish it away on someone else. We constantly crave attention by members of the opposite sex, hoping to feel special and beautiful with their affections.
Much like the mascot outfit, our worldly desires and problems weigh us down from the God-sized results we think we’re achieving…When in reality, we’re just breaking a sweat with no result.
Showing up with your intentions and your dreams for what you want God to do for you is going to get you no where. You don’t have the authority or resume to make deals with God.
Show up with one intention: I am going to obey God no matter what He tells me, when He tells me. This isn’t my life to live, but mine to give to the One who loves me most.
August 23, 2011 Comments Off on God Beach Diet.
So I have recently gone on a diet, for many reasons- mainly because I love “good” food too much. Anyways, it hit me today that the way we approach diets is also a major flaw that we have when living our calling for God.
We like the results the diet can bring us, but we aren’t willing to put forth the appropriate effort to maximize our results. We like to think that we are going to trim down 20 pounds, while still eating our favorite dish every once in awhile.
We like the idea of a God sized calling, with God sized results and impact, but with our own favorite lifestyle preference.
Godly lifestyle= Godly rewards
My lifestyle= Ignorance that God would still move in the vision He has given me.
Don’t be discouraged, that’s not the point of this post. The point of the post is for you to understand that if you want to see God sized results, you have to live a God filled life.
Don’t be naive to think that it’s going to be easy. Much like those occasional days that you wake up to do your exercise while you’re dieting and feel stiff and feel pain, you’re going to have those times in your life.
God is never a fan of cheating the system; minimal effort and dedication will never equal a huge impact for the kingdom. Extreme sacrifice and extreme devotion to God in your life will reap the extreme impact for the kingdom.
If you want results, you’re going to have to be able to accept the consequences. Sometimes that’s being made fun of, losing friends, or anything else the world determines success as. Hold fast in the promise God has made you, believe Him to work inside you in a mighty way. We have the blessing of serving a great and powerful God.
August 10, 2011 Comments Off on Actions and Words
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. -James 1:23
Throughout our life we constantly hear the phrase “actions speak louder than words”. We understand it. Take it to heart. File it in our mind and move on. Never applying it, consciously.
We, as christians, today are so good at speaking the bible, telling others we go to church, singing worship songs in the car, or telling people we are praying for them. But when do we ever actually take action?
There are situations in your life that are going to call you to be Jesus rather than speak Jesus. Nobody can BE Jesus, but you get the point.
Think about the last friendship/relationship in your life and how it ended. What do you remember? You probably remember the actions as of why the relationship ended rather than what was said. You remember what the person did you, rather than the apology. Why? Because your actions leave a lasting impact more than your words.
Sometimes we get so busy telling others about God that we forget to spend time with God, ourselves. We get so caught up inviting people to church, writing blogs, counseling others, or listening to Pastors that we forget to have a personal relationship with Jesus. (All those things are extremely important to your walk, but that’s not the point of this post)
If I can write these blog posts, but do not live the very words I speak then what good is that? If my actions do not align with the words I speak, then what kind of a witness am I?
Before I die to others and love on them the way Christ loves me, I have to die to myself first and love me for me first. If you can’t love the person God has called you to be, you can’t love others the way you need to.
June 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
Colossians 3:21 – “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
As fathers day 2011 comes to a close, I wanted to bring up a different perspective on the day. As I drove home in the car today from Mobile, Alabama I began to ponder the meaning of fathers day and how it relates to christianity.
So, you probably spent the day or a meal honoring your father- cell phone free, sports filled, high calorie meal. Maybe you even bought him a gift or wrote him a card or for some you did nothing. You took the time out of your day to make some gesture of appreciation for your father. But, when was the last time you had a fathers day for your heavenly father?
As with most holidays, we act a certain way only on that holiday. We only give each other gifts on their birthdays, we only get together as a whole family during thanksgiving, and we only put down our busy work schedule during christmas week. We act a certain way because of a certain day.
We neglect our heavenly father 365 days of the year. We forget that the entire reason we have our fathers day celebration with our dad is because our heavenly father allows us. Much like our trends for buying gifts, only being on holidays, we only spend time in church with our heavenly father on holidays– easter and christmas eve.
We act like we want to give our life to Christ on those days, we act like we are genuinely interested in having a relationship with our heavenly father because it’s our day to act a certain way. We attend church on easter and christmas eve in hopes of appeasing our heavenly father because it’s His national holidays– just like we honor our dads on their one day of the year.
As any wise-man would tell you, it takes more effort than 1 day out of the 365 of the year to have a relationship with your dad. More effort is required than slapping a steak on the grill and putting it on his plate and going back to your phone conversation to actually make your dad feel special. We tell ourselves that the only way we get a reaction is by doing an action for our dad. However, that’s not what our Heavenly Father wants…
Titus 3:5 goes on to tell us that there is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation (approval of God our Father) to get into heaven. We get lost in transition between our thoughts on earning our earthly fathers respect and love and our heavenly fathers respect and love.
God isn’t after our good works, He’s after a life full of love and compassion on those around us, so that He might be glorified by our life- not us. God is after us to pursue our purpose in life, according to His will for our life, and to use the gifts He gave us to accomplish the task at hand. God doesn’t want us merely wasting our time by trying to earn our way into heaven through good works, it’s why He sent His son Jesus to die for us, so that we wouldn’t have to waste our time worrying about earning salvation and a chance to spend eternity in Heaven. God is giving us the green light to run after our calling in our life and hold nothing back.
God isn’t a fan of a holiday-attitude lifestyle towards His plan for our life. He wants us to act a certain way on every day, not just one day. Much life we sacrifice our time and money for our fathers on fathers day, God expects us to sacrifice our life, finances, relationships, and attitude for the furthering of His kingdom- not our kingdoms.
My challenge is this: Live out fathers day everyday for your Heavenly Father, not just June 19th for your earthly father. When someone asks you why you have such joy or why you’re doing what you’re doing, tell them today is Fathers day. I promise it will begin a conversation that you will never forget.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed,
… say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”