I really enjoy blogging. However, there are some areas of my life that the whole world does not really need to know about. Let’s be real. My aim on this blog is to be authentic within reason. There are some things about my family, myself, my church, my friends, etc. that I am not willing to share with anyone. Those are for private prayers and private thoughts.
This is where my journal comes in. The journal is my way of expressing things that I would not share on my blog. In a journal I can pray, vent, rant, or write thoughts down on a piece of paper to better free my mind up to think on other things.
The problem that I have had recently is that I have not disciplined myself to journal. I have been writing a lot of blog posts and using the blog as an excuse not to journal. Is this a problem? For me….yes. This is why.
A journal is my release mechanism. It is my way of relieving stress or getting thoughts on paper so that I will not forget them. When I don’t journal, my mind is full of all kinds of thoughts. Some that I need to give attention to and some that have been pent up in there for awhile. I do not write stories nor do I write in my journal as though I ever intend for my journal to be published. I write the way I need to write to communicate in my journal exactly what is going on in my life at that time.
Journaling for me should become more of a discipline. I know many people that use journaling as a discipline. I do not have much of an excuse as to why I have not journaled in awhile except for the fact that I let other menial stuff get in the way. I have time. I have a place. I also can write for an hour or more if I need to. The main thing is that I just need to stop making excuses and do it.
What about you? What is there in your life that you have postponed for awhile and you need to stop making excuses and just do it? Hit up the comments.
Ministry starts with the local church. From the church it spreads into the community, the state, the country and then to the world. Discipleship, accountability, evangelism and ministry all begin in the local church.
Being a missionary in another country is great but it does not exempt you from being a missionary at home. Out of the top 5 countries in the world with unchurched people, the United States is #4. If you are a disciple, if you carry the name of Christ and the Holy Spirit lives in you – You are a missionary.
If you say you love Christ and do not share Christ with others, you do not love them. The Bible clearly says that you cannot love God and hate your neighbor.
Sometimes love is harsh. If you are playing with a child in the front yard and the frisbee or ball goes into the street, the child is going after it. The child may not see the car that is coming at them. Love is the dad running after the child and grabbing them by the jacket collar or arm and snatching them out of harm’s way before the car runs the child over. The child may not understand because they were too focused on the toy. The parent does not care about what the child thinks because the child is safe.
Matthew 10:33 – A Christian can easily avoid persecution by denying that he or she is a disciple of Jesus. The true disciple does not fear death or persecution and is not afraid to publicly acknowledge and confess Jesus. It does not matter if we lose relationships because of Christ. It is far better to have a relationship with Jesus than with another person. The eternal consequences for those who deny Christ will be far worse than the persecution they were trying to avoid. So what if you are lied about? So what if you are made fun of? So what if you are criticized? So what?
When the Holy Spirit lives in you, you have been regenerated. There is an abundant life of joy. You can and should take delight in your Savior.
Having the mindset that you are just a sinner saved by grace causes one to think they are to serve God out of duty and obligation and not out of joy and obedience. You don’t have to…You GET to.
Keep in mind that Jesus hand chose his disciples. If you are a Christian, a disciple, Jesus chose you.
There are over 6,000 people groups and languages that have never heard of Jesus or the message of the Gospel.
If we have failed in this area of being missional of being a missionary, we should repent, recharge, and refocus. We need to repent of not living like a missionary. We need to recharge by feasting upon the Holy Scriptures. We need to refocus by asking God to give us the eyes of Christ so that we can see others the way Christ sees them.
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In the Book of Acts, the church begins at an event called Pentecost. The apostles take time during the week to study the Scriptures and pray. The people start to form small groups in their homes and discussing what they had heard in the sermon. People were being saved inside people’s homes. I find this very encouraging.
This translates to us today. We go to church and then wherever we go, we share what we have learned from the sermon. This could happen in a house, restaurant, coffeehouse, or wherever people gather for fellowship.
A sermon, Bible study, quiet time, small group study, could and should be shared. It opens a topic for conversation. Once laid on the table, you can easily see how people become involved or how people remove themselves from the conversation.
People in all walks of life are going to talk about God. They may not necessarily talk about Jesus but they will talk about God. They will talk about what they believe and don’t believe or what they like and don’t like. Now while some of their beliefs or theories might be wrong or confusing, why not use the Bible to help steer the conversation towards a more Christ – centered conversation?
This is an easy way to share about sermons, Bible studies, or your own personal relationship with Christ. You can speak into the conversation from your own personal experience. I believe that God can and will work anywhere he wants. I believe that we need to make sure that we are available to him when he wants to use us for his purposes.
We are called to be salt. We are called to be light. We are called to be disciples and love our neighbors. Why not love them by buying them a cup of coffee and share with them what God is doing in your life?
Who are you currently talking to about what God is doing in your life? Hit up the comments.
Visioneering is a great book on accomplishing the vision that God has given you for your life. Visioneering is written by Andy Stanley. In this book, Andy walks through the book of Nehemiah and pulls principles and application from it for our lives.
Some people will dream great dreams and never pursue or chase after them. They will be just dreams. Other people will begin to pursue their vision and realize half way in that it is difficult and hard work. These people will give up and toss in the towel. The people that, like Nehemiah, are visioneers, pursue the vision God has given them to accomplish and they work hard at it no matter how difficult.
When God gives you a vision and you step out on faith and begin to pursue that which God puts in your heart, you will face opposition. Nehemiah did, Noah did, John the Baptizer did, Jesus did. Why should you be any different? Do not be surprised. Opposition is going to happen.
People will criticize you. People will make fun of you. People will lie about you. To them, what you are doing is not normal. It’s ok. Don’t expect them to understand. Just continue doing what God has called you to do. When this happened to Nehemiah, he said, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” Nehemiah knew that what he was doing was important. He also knew that God would ultimately get the honor and glory from it. God has called you to a work that he wants to use you to accomplish. You do not have time to be distracted.
I love the closing of the book.
“Pay the price. Embrace the vision. After all, everybody ends up somewhere in life. You have the opportunity to end up somewhere on purpose.”
You can buy Visioneering here.