As a believer, are you seizing the mission of Jesus? You might ask what the mission of Jesus is. So I'll start by explaining it with a writing exercise. Ok, get a piece of paper and a pen or your notepad app on your tablet or iPad. You got it yet?
Ok, write down or type out everything you know about what a Missionary does. Take 5 minutes and then continue reading...................................
Has 5 minutes elapsed yet?
Now whatever you wrote down on your paper is what YOU are supposed to do RIGHT WHERE YOU'RE AT. Really, to seize the mission of Jesus, you are a missionary. Our God is a Missionary, Jesus is a Missionary. The Church is to be a Missionary Church. The church exist for mission.
When we seize the mission of Jesus, we live out 1 Peter 2:9 which says,
...for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,
a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show
others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into
his wonderful light.
By seizing the mission of Jesus, you show the goodness or the light of God. Just as God brought you out of darkness in the the wonderful light, you should share that same light to someone else who is in the dark.
How do we share the love and the light of Jesus in this world in 2014. The key is building relationships with people God puts in your path. Most of the people that you will share the light of Jesus with, God has probably already put in you path and you probably already know. You just might not know them well enough. Get to know the person at work that rubs you the wrong way. Get to know the neighbor that you don't like. Find someone that's struggling with money and help them out. There might be someone that you know is struggling in an area that you excel at. There are many people that we come in contact on a daily basis that don't know the Love of Jesus. Go share Jesus with somebody today and seize the mission of Jesus!
Here's a tale of two brothers, that happens to be dogs. They were born in April of 2010 in Alabama. They were in a litter of ten Lab pups. One golden lab went to Colorado with his new owner, Kyle. Kyle is a "Cars" fan, so he named his puppy Mater. One of the other pups was a brown lab named, Jake. He stayed on the Ketchum/Odom Hill in Alabama.
At the beginning of August, I went back to Bama to pick up Sam and Kyle, who were staying at my mom and dad's house. Kyle and I had been throwing the tennis ball with Jake and Jake never stops playin' ball. He even sleeps with his ball! In three days, we probably threw the ball 200 times to Jake. Jake is committed to playin' ball and he never gives up. He brings the ball back to you over and over and over again.
His brother, Mater, our dog in Colorado, is a different story. We love Mater and he likes to play ball, however, after about 7 or 8 times, he's done. He'd rather go do something else. And when he's done, he doesn't even bring the ball back to ya.
Jake and Mater reminds me of our Spiritual Walk with Christ. You can also call it our Discipleship Process. We are called to be Jesus' disciple. Most believers would probably ask, "Why is this so important?", and "I don't have time!" is usually the excuse. As Jake has a passion and a desire to "play ball", we should have a passion and desire to be a disciple of Jesus. The reason to be a disciple of Jesus is pretty simple...we are called to go and make more disciples. We should not only be a disciple of Jesus, we are also called to be disciplemakers. Matt 28:19 says, "Go and make disicples...".
John 20:21 says, "As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you."
How can we make disciples if we are not disciples ourselves? It's time to seize the Mission of Jesus. Jesus came to "seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10.
So are you going to be like Jake and have a strong passion and desire......ok not for fetching a ball, but to have a strong passion and desire to be a disciple of Jesus?
First Love Fellowship will be a missional church. We will seize the mission of Jesus. Over the next days, weeks, and months, we will be covering what the Mission of Jesus is, in posts on Worshipdude.net. We will also be writing about all things First Love Fellowship and the Ketchum's journey of launching this brand new church plant!
We have started a Bible reading plan for the whole family for 2014 and yesterday was a discussion around the breakfast table about the first reading. It was Genesis 1 and 2 and Psalm 1. We also have my Mom, Dad, and Sherry's Mom here this week. So it was kool to get my dad in on the conversations with Jim, Sam, and Kyle. They knew the story of creation, but reading it for themselves and then talking about it, really gets them to thinking!
Our goal is to read through the Bible with them in 2014. Is it gonna be tough? Yep you better believe it, but the goal is not just to say we read though the Bible. The goal is to "ground" our kids in God's Word. If we get them grounded, they better "armed" when they go out into the world, which in Jim's case is sooner than later! He's a senior this year for those of you that don't know.
Psalms 1 was an excellent chapter to start because it talks about being grounded like a tree planted by a river. My prayer is that our kids "get" that concept!
This verse says that we don't have to be afraid, when we follow God, He promises to strengthen and help us in whatever we do. What a great promise!
Today is the last day of 2013. Today was my last reading of my Bible Plan. I did not hit my goal of reading the Bible through 100%. I read 69.3% of the Bible in 2013. I really don't like that percentage, so I will push harder in 2014. This year we will be reading together as a family. If I can encourage my kids to read the Bible and they "get it", it will be the best gift that I can give them. So we are starting tomorrow with the "Book at a Time Bible" Reading Plan by Discipleship Journal through You Version. Which leads me to my next challenge to you.
You Version is challenging everyone to pick a verse for the year. A verse to help you through 2014. Maybe a reflection for you you to focus on through the year. It might be a new discipline this year or a different way of thinking for the year. They are using a hashtag through twitter and Facebook.
Yesterday, I led worship for the first time in 6 months. It was a great experience! Worshiping with great musicians and great new friends was pretty kool! We've been members at River of Grace for about 4 months. It's the first time I've been a member of a church without being on it's staff in 20 years.
We've been "waiting on God" for about 4 months and that's something that I don't really enjoy, but yesterday, God encouraged me as led with a great group of musicians. Thanks Jason Burns for asking me to lead while you were away! The musicians that I led with yesterday was:
Jim Young-Accoustic Guitar
Evan Lancelot-Accoustic Guitar
Today's verse is found in Isaiah 40:31
The verse promises that when we wait on the Lord, He will renew our strength so we can do great things for HIM. That is so kool!
Today, we were in Revelation 21, an awesome chapter of what we have to look forward to after this life comes to an end. Go read the entire chapter it's pretty awesome.
Here's ten facts about heaven:
1. It shines with the Glory of God
2. It has 12 gates guarded by 12 angels
3. Each tribes of Israel (12 of them) are written on each gate.
4. There are 3 gates on each side (North, South, East and West) of the city.
5. The wall has 12 foundation stones, each represented by the 12 apostles.
6. The city measures 1,400 miles square, length, width, and height.
7. The walls are 216 feet thick.
8. The wall is made out of jasper.
9. The foundation stones are made out of 12 different precious stones, v. 19-20
10. The city is made out of pure Gold that is clear! Can you say transparent Gold?
11. The gates are made our of pearl.
12. There is no temple because God and the Lamp are it's temple. They are also the LIGHT of the City.
Go read the rest of it today and share it with your family and friends!
Verse and Thought for the Day: At the church that I went to yesterday, Pastor Paul spoke on Hebrews 10:18-25.
Verse 24-25 says this, 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
If believers in churches would stimulate one another to love and good deeds and we would encourage one another, there would be no churches splitting. It seems that strife is all around in churches everywhere. The problem? Those same believers don't read the Bible and they don't know the TRUTH and instead they listen to Satan's lies.
is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting
their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of
reconciliation. 20 Therefore,
we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We
implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20