Day 39: 50 Days of Impact

I am sure we have all looked at someone and judged them based on their appearance. If we had the power to judge the world on our own standards what a confusing place that would be. I am so glad that God doesn’t ask my opinion on who should receive his mercy. No matter the size, gender, sexuality, artwork they have, piercings or colors God doesn’t separate them on these outward values. He looks at the heart and what their relationship status is with him.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”

Romans 3:23-24 NLT

 

Isn’t it amazing to see that we are really no different then those around us who don’t know Jesus love. We make the same mistakes and live our lives day to day in the same world that they do. What we have is that we accepted the gift of salvation free given by the father through the cross.

 

Seems so simple. So easy. Once you get it and understand it, it doesn’t make any sense why those who are wandering through life don’t. But it shouldn’t make us feel superior to those who haven’t yet accepted Christ. We need to see those people as Jesus sees them. Lost, alone, hurting, dying and in need of Jesus saving grace.

 

We are called to reach them, we are called to tell them about the grace that we have been given. Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock”, well he is knocking on every door of every person. Our job and mission is to let the people know who is on the other side so they will realize that it is safe to open the door to him.

 

I wish some days that we could open the door for people and push Jesus into their lives, it would make everything easier. But we all know that that kind of oppression isn’t what Jesus wants.

 

So, I ask you again today, do people matter to you? Do the lost and hurting people you meet everyday matter to you? Have you been given grace? Why aren’t you sharing this grace to others? Because they matter to God the should matter to you. Because they are loved by God they should be loved by you. Don’t expect someone else to do the mission you were called to do.

 

Jesus, I am asking you to keep opening my eyes and heart to the lost, I want to speak love and mercy to those around me. I want to daily reach others for you. You are coming back soon and I don’t want anyone to spend eternity in hell crying why didn’t he tell me about Jesus. Let me be a light to one around me, let me open my lips to speak the truth. Jesus you are what the people in this world need. Use me, even today. Amen

 

 

Day 38: 50 Days of Impact

Lately in times of disaster we often see people rushing to their social media accounts and posting prayers for _______. I guess the question we really need to ask is what else are you doing about it? |Prayers are important, but what are you practically doing about the situation? If you are willing to take the time to post about it you should have time to do something about it. It could be a simple as sending money. You may have a particular skill that could help in rebuilding or disaster relief. In your prayers are you asking God what you can do to help this need?

 

“One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?””

Luke 10:25-29 NLT

 

“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”

1 John 3:17-18 NLT

 

We are called by God to be a people who truly love our neighbours. If you were to pick up your bible and open to Luke 10 and continue to read you will see Jesus response to the question he was asked ” who is my neighbour?” Jesus didn’t spout off a list of qualities that quantify who your neighbour is, he told him that helping those in need defines who your neighbour is.

 

Well I come to tell you this, everyone we know has a need. Either being the need of the basics of life or spiritual needs, they all need something. 1 John is quite clear that we need to showcase the truth that lives in us by our actions. If we say we have the love of Jesus in our hearts but act selfishly then who will want what we have.

 

People respond to acts of generosity, look at the way the country is pulled together to help the people of Fort Mac Alberta, or more recently Florida, Houston. Christians should be at the front lines ready willing and able to assist in anyway possible. I have to assume that we are, one way or another. Just look at what Franklin Graham and Sarmatians Purse are doing, reports say they are doing more then FEMA. Love and generosity is contagious.

 

It comes down to this very question, why should we love our neighbor? I know when you read the answer you will say Kurt why are you pushing this again, but we need to change our mindset of how we live our daily lives.

 

If they matter to God, then they should matter to us!

 

Let’s live our lives like the people around us matter, let’s love them enough to share Jesus with them. Let’s see them as Jesus sees them, lost hurting and in need of a saviour. If not they are going to hell. There is no other way to heaven, we have the truth, and it isn’t meant to be bottled up or hidden, share it. Lets impact our world.

 

Jesus, let us be awesome neighbours, caring for those around us, loving them enough to tell them that they need a saviour. If that comes from helping them in their time of need, then push us to be there for them. If it is through times of mourning, then let us be a pillar of strength they can lean on. If it is through the daily walk of life, then let them see you in us and give us the words to share your saving grace with them. They matter to us because they matter to you. Guide us even today to share Jesus with our neighbours, Holy Spirit push us out of our comfort zone and let’s get to work. Amen

 

 

Day 37: 50 Days of Impact

Have you ever had someone tell you that there are many roads to God? They may rationalize it and say something like ‘well if God is so big why wouldn’t he diversify’. If God had many options for his followers to find him why then are other religious groups killing Christians? If we are all serving the same God would not killing his followers be counterproductive?  They are killing Christians because they are not serving the same God. They are following a fallen angel whose main objective is to keep people from sharing the truth about God. The truth is this, there are many roads to hell, but only one road to heaven.

“There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!””

John 14:2-7 NLT

 

One day I had an encounter with a wanderer. During our conversation turned to spirituality and he expressed that he believed in a creator whomever the creator may be. There is a very unbiblical thought movement among some believers that there are many roads to heaven. We as followers of Christ believe that Jesus is God. And if Jesus is God, then what he says must be true. Because if you claim he was only a great teacher, then looking at the words above without the divinity behind it would make him out to be a crazy man.

 

So, if we believe what he says to be true, then how can as believers think that without an acceptance of Jesus in the life of a person would allow them to enter the presence of the Father? We can’t, to do so goes against what we say we believe. Jesus spoke the words ” no one comes to the Father except through me”. That is a pretty cut and dry statement. He made this even before he made the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus knew the plan he had come to fulfill and was preparing his people for this choice they must make.

 

So, we as believers need to see people in this world as they truly are, lost. Were we not lost? Are we not sinners who are redeemed, yet we are still living in s a sinful world that still affects us daily? They may do good things, they may be good people, but without Jesus they are suffering the same fate as every mediocre or bad person out there. They may follow another faith that has a man or deity at its head, but don’t be fooled that man or deity is dead and not doing anything for them, they will suffer the same fate of any man or woman not following Jesus.

 

But don’t despair for your friends and family. We have a mission from Jesus too. As I have been writing for weeks now. They matter to God, so let’s show them they matter to us. Jesus told us to go into the world and reach the lost making disciples of all men. We need to be the ones who share the love of Jesus with these good people, we need to reach them for Jesus. Works cannot get us to heaven. A relationship with Jesus is the only way.

 

Seize every opportunity that is given to you to share Jesus. You will win some, you will lose some, but if you don’t try you will lose them all.

 

Jesus, I pray again today that you will give me and the readers opportunities to reach the lost, put random people in our paths or purposefully put someone we love in a place to reach them for you today. Give us the words to speak and the love to share to make an impact in their lives. If it is a simple invite to church, sharing your testimony or a full out gospel message, I pray you will give them courage to do something. Let every opportunity they receive become growth in their walk with you. Let them experience your joy and peace as they do your will and work towards accomplishing the mission. Amen

 

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Day 36: 50 Days of Impact

Back in the 90’s a band by the name of Audio Adrenaline put out a song that was call “Some Kind of Zombie”. Back then I knew it had catchy lyrics but never quite understood what it was doing on an album of this Christian band. Zombies aren’t something I am truly interested in, nor care to be. Yet I see now a correlation and connection that maybe the band might have been trying to make. I don’t think we have a word for it but it is almost like when we receive Jesus and his forgiveness we ‘un-zombie’, or he is the cure we are looking for. Before Christ we are aimlessly going through life without purpose. God intended us to have a relationship with him, it was his original design and even though Adam and Eve were patient zero, he made a way that we can restore our hearts.

 

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

 

How’s your heart condition these days? Is it alive flowing with the love of Christ? Or is it hardened to the ways of the world? Maybe parts are starting to be hardened again from the things we allow to enter our lives freely.

 

We are promised a new heart, one that isn’t covered in sin, one that is tender, responsive. That’s awesome. Think about a person who has actually received a new heart via transplant. I am sure they don’t go on living the way they had in the past leading up to their first heart failing, No, they try to live life to the fullest getting ever use out of this gift that was given them.

 

So, how are you responding to your new heart? Are you listening to the Holy Spirit guiding you? He is there with you wanting to help you, showing you how to get the best results from this new heart you have. He wants you to reach others so he can provide them with new hearts. The world is full of zombies walking around with hard hearts. Jesus died so we could be alive. God wants to restore the relationship that was broken back in the garden. What are we waiting for?

 

What is holding you back from sharing the love of Jesus with others? We have the heart cure, we know what ails them we know the surgeon who can fix them, we also know it is a free operation. Let’s not keep this cure to ourselves, we are called to let the whole world know.

 

Dear Jesus, thank you for giving me a new heart. Thank you that you offer this to anyone who asks for it. Holy Spirit guide me to not keep this to myself but I want to be bursting at the seams to share this with others. Funny thing is the more we share the bigger our hearts become and the more we will want to share. So, give us a passion to share your love with the lost and tell them of what you did for them. Amen

 

 

 

 

Day 35: 50 Days of Impact

What comes out of our mouths reflects who we are on the inside. I am sure you have heard the phrase ‘garbage in, garbage out’ well I believe the same can be said about your faith, ‘Truth in truth out’. What we take time to invest into our lives is what’s going to be our passion. How you spend your free time, what you spend your extra dollars on, these things will drive your life. If you investing in the kingdom you will reap the benefits, lives will be changed. You will make an impact in the lives of those around you.

 

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”

Ephesians 4:15 NLT

 

 

“The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.”

Proverbs 12:28 NLT

 

 

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””

John 8:32 NLT

 

 

Lately at our weekly church weekly prayer meetings there are only 2-3 people who attend. This can be discouraging but God is always there. It is amazing how God shows us things when we pray. I was praying for the community, asking God to use us to reach them. What got me excited was he was showing me that if the believers would stand up, speak the truth the church would become a buzz word in the community. It would get people curious and excited about what is happening. Not the building itself but the people and the lives changed because of the truth of Jesus love for them. I saw lives changed, people healed, freedom from addictions, dark sins of abusers and rapist hearts being given over to Jesus, dealers leaving their stuff at the alter giving their heart to Christ.

 

Believers we need to wake up and rekindle our fire. If your cold in your faith it is time to put your coal back in the fire of Gods love. We need servants of God who burn red hot and are willing to reach the lost. Because they matter to God they matter to us, we can’t wait for someone else to do it. That someone is you. Be the man or woman God has called you to be, start working the mission of reaching the lost. Rise up men and women of Faith. Spread the truth to all around you.

 

 

Jesus, burst forth in excitement in your believers, show the truth to those around us. Wake up the sleepers. The time is now for your believers to get out of their comfort zones and spread your truth. I want to spread your truth. They matter to you so they matter to me. Amen

 

Day 34: 50 Days of Impact

We all love a good movie where the hero sacrifices himself for the greater good. There are tears for the ones we know will never come back alive, or there is twangs of hope that they may return unscathed from the point of death.

What is amazing is that we have that very story in our lives if we know it or not. Jesus sacrificed himself for the greater good of mankind. He died so that might be free from sin. He also returned not unscathed though, his scars remained as a remined of what he has done for you. Yet many hear this and think that can’t be true, or that’s not for me.

 

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:12-13 NLT

 

“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9 NLT

 

 

Would you be willing to lay down your life for a friend? Jesus did for you. And he did it for your friends and family, the strangers you meet everyday, your coworkers and your enemy. He died so that we might live amazing lives sharing to other what he came to earth to do. The even more amazing part is he rose from the dead and invites us into a relationship with him. No other religion leader is alive, so they can’t have a relationship with their followers. That is what makes Christianity so real, it is also what makes it so offensive because it is the truth, and the truth can be scary.

 

If we could see ourselves the way God sees us in our sin we would crumble and hide in shame. I think that is what a lot of people do when they start thinking about God and Jesus. They run from their true selves and try to mask what they really are. For all the good things they do, the feel if they just continue in their good ways that they will earn heaven. No, they may not say it out loud, but how many times have you heard “but I’m a good person.”

 

If you haven’t noticed yet I have been focusing for awhile now on the mission. We need to be better at reaching the lost people for Jesus, or for bare minimum inviting them to church. At the men’s ministry I lead, I made a board that reads ” if they matter to God they should matter to us” and on it I asked the men to start writing names of people they want to see come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. This visual list of names not only puts them out in the open it shows us that we know many many people that need Jesus and we have a huge impact on their lives. I told the men that I want us to start taking names off the wall as we reach them and they make commitments to follow Christ. As we add names we need to be removing some too. I am excited to see God work though about prayers and these men.

 

So today I ask you, do you value those around you to lay down your life for them. Is their fate and eternity priority for you, or do you care that one day they will be burning in hell? If it does then you need to do something, the benefits of reaching them outweigh the cost it may take. Stop storing up treasures on earth, let’s start storing up treasures in heaven. I would rather someone thanking me in heaven for telling them about Jesus then someone in hell wishing I had.

 

Jesus, we are called to share your love. I am not sure exactly how we come to this point where it has become taboo to us your name. People are offended and almost angry when the name of Jesus comes up on social media. But when you get them one on one, away from the veil of a computer, and open up to them sharing your love, something starts to happen. I ask Holy Spirit you will give us opportunities today to do just that, sharing the love of Christ. Encourage us, rekindle our fire and excitement in sharing our faith. We are free because of your love and free people can free people. Let them matter to us as we know they matter to you. Amen.

 

 

 

Day 33: 50 Days of Impact

If I had the cure for some incurable disease and never shared it what would that make me? Or if I found it but then mad it so expensive that only the elite could afford it or put others in extreme financial hardship to get well, to the point of not living once cured. We look at what Jesus has done and can’t comprehend what he actually has done for this world. He selfishly gave him self up as a cure for sin. He then offered it freely to those who would only accept it and him. No works to be done, no daily mantras to recite, no human or idol to worship.  He asks that you talk to him, ask for forgiveness and do a 180 on the life you were living. He will take us, our personalities, likes and talents and use you to help others see who his is. Following Jesus doesn’t mean losing your identity but finding out who you were truly meant to be.

 

“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”

Jude 1:22-23 NLT

 

 

We have heard it before hate the sin but love the person. Why is that so important of a point? If we hate the person and the sin we then display that they are important to us, or if they aren’t important to us then how important are they to God. John 3:16 is the key where it says, “for God so loved the world”. This tells me the world is important to God, and if they are important to God they should be important to us.

 

This passage is an urgent plea to snatch people from the flames of judgment. We need to purposefully reach others, telling them about the saving grace of Jesus. Because if you believe it or not there are only two options in death. Heaven or hell. And the choices we make here on earth decide where we go. And don’t be fooled a choice of “not now”, it is a choice of hell.

 

So, what is holding you back from sharing your faith? What’s holding you back from inviting someone to your church? Do you love them enough to care where they spend eternity? I pray even today you will reach someone for Jesus!

 

Jesus, give us a strength and passion to reach the lost. Holy Spirit give us many opportunities even today to share about Jesus. You told us that God so loved the world and continues to love the world, not to condemn it but to bring life. Help us to see others the way God does, love them the way he does. They matter to him so they should matter to us. Amen

 

Day 32: 50 Days of Impact

There are many in the world that label themselves Christian. Christianity has become a label of people who attend a church that is founded in following Jesus. Yet attending a church does not make us a Christian anymore then going to a farm makes us a farmer. It takes a commitment and change to truly understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus. If those who claimed to be Christians all had a personal relationship with Jesus, I can only imagine what kind of world we would be living in. Are you ready to share your faith and make an impact?

“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”

Colossians 1:22 NLT

If you have accepted Christ into you heart, asked him to forgive you of your sins this verse is for you. We who have repented (turned a 180 from our old lives) now are holy and blameless as we stand before the holy God. Amazing that we can be called children of God.

Children still get dirty, but we should be wise and know when to ask for forgiveness, and strive to work with the Holy Spirit to steer clear of those things that will cause us to sin and damage us (potholes).

We matter to God. Those around us who don’t know God, let me tell you a secret. They matter to God. Even thought they are sinning and doing evil things, even thought they are dirty and want nothing to do with spiritual matters. Even if they call themselves atheists, Muslims, liberal, homeless or addicts, they matter to God.

The mantra I am now focusing my life and ministry on is based on Jesus mission to us.

If they matter to God, the should matter to us.

We are called to seek and save the lost, to make disciples who will in turn go out and seek and save the lost. Let’s start working at helping people that matter to God reconcile with the saviour so we don’t become selfish in out faith thinking it is only for us or the select few. For God so loved the World. Not a select chosen few. He displayed his love on the cross when he took ALL mankind’s sins.

Today, right now if your reading this and don’t know Jesus, maybe you know of Jesus, but you have never had a relationship with him. You never asked him to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart and cleanse you, I encourage you to call on him right now. Or you have walked away from him, thinking you can play both sides and one day repent, the problem with that is that one day might not give you a chance. Don’t delay. Let’s pray,

Dear Jesus, if today someone reading this, or someone shared this and someone who doesn’t know you is reading this, I pray they will call of your name. Jesus come into my heart, I know I am a sinner and I can’t get to heaven without your sacrifice. Come into my heart and make me clean, I want to change and follow you. Help me do a 180 in my life. God, you are so awesome. You promise if anyone calls on your name they will be saved, so help us to turn our lives around and share the message of your grace to all those around us. Because if they matter to you then the should matter to us. Amen

If you prayed to Jesus for the first time or maybe for the fifth time, I encourage you to tell someone you know who loves Jesus. Why? Because it will help you in more ways then you can imagine, they will help you in your new relationship with Jesus. Don’t wait tell them today. Find a church and plug in, the family of God will build you up. I would love to hear from you to, feel free to contact me. God bless.

Day 31: 50 Days of Impact

One thing I have learned on my little time here on earth, it that people will easily lay blame instead of accepting what is happening to them. We get in a car accident and we are looking for who is to blame, hopefully we are checking to see that everyone is alright first.

Here on the cross we see Jesus, hanging, bleeding, thirsty, experiencing something that no man can endure. It was an execution. In this moment Jesus could have exploded in anger at God, asking him “Why me?  Why now?” I think that most of mankind in the same situation would ask those questions. Instead Jesus shouted, “I trust you”.

 

“Then Jesus shouted, ‘Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!’ And with those words he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:46 NLT).

 

Here we see Jesus trust God’s plan to the very end. His words are reminisces of Psalms of old coming to life. “Into your hands I commit my spirit: You have redeemed me O LORD God of truth.” (Ps. 31:5 NKJV) As the people around the cross hear this finally cry from Jesus as he breathed his last breath alone, a Roman centurion, which all the Gospels account for, realizes the truth of whom they just crucified. R. Alan Cole suggests “The Lord demanded little knowledge and much faith as initial steps, in those who came to Him – witness His dealings with the dying thief – so that the centurion may have well become a true believer ultimately.”

Our actions and our deeds are on display for those around us to witness. Jesus was a prime example of a man whose actions spoke louder than words. His actions of surrender and humility changed the centurion’s life that day. Our daily actions will define who we are in Christ and we must be willing to commit our lives to God.

Today are you able to trust God? If Jesus in his last breath and his last minutes continued to trust God, what is stopping you? In his last moments, he continued to make an impact. We make an impact in how we respond to our situations. People are watching you. Will your words and actions draw them to a loving God, or will it help solidify the wall they have put up between?

 

Father, to see the plan of salvation unfold in the bible is a feat of wonder. How you used your Son to save the world is unlike any other truth out there.  Thank you for the impact Jesus made on the cross. Thank you for the impact He is making daily in my life and the life of others. Show me how I can touch the hearts of those around me. I want to bring people to you and help them experience life in a relationship with you. They matter to you God, so they matter to me. Let me make an impact. Amen

Day 30: 50 Days of Impact

Who doesn’t like to start a new project. The thrill of creating something from noting is exhilarating.  Maybe it is a novel that has been racing around in your mind, perhaps your renovating a house that you found that is a diamond in the rough. There is a certain joy in the work to complete the task, butt he true moment is when you can finally see the finish line and be able to cross it confidently saying it is finished.

 

30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:30 (NIV)

 

Here in this moment we see Jesus, having endured much pain, anguish and humiliation alone and on a cross. By the outsider looking at what is happening, you might see just another man enduring the punishment he solely deserved for the crime he committed, like the men on his right and left. I am sure for the disciples and people who knew Jesus this was a very confusing moment for them, for Jesus had done nothing deserving of this type of death.

Had those who had been by Jesus side listened to his words telling them that this would eventually happen to him, they may not have been as shocked or scared. But they had all left him when he was arrested, very few brave enough to come back and see what was happening to their friend and teacher.

Jesus knew that this was going to happen to him, in the garden he prayed for another way, yet yielded to the plan that was set in place before even time began. For redemption of mankind and restoration of relationship between man and God, this final sacrifice had to take place. So there on the cross Jesus completed the plan to provide freedom for sin for man. Jesus took all sin and bound it, taking control of sin and death.

Now the choice is yours. Will you accept the sacrifice Jesus made on your behalf on the cross? He died for you, and what is even more exciting is that three days later he rose again. He is ALIVE. He wants to provide you with the freedom from sin and a life in relationship with God. We were made for more then just living our lives without purpose.

 

Father, thank you so much that you complete what you start. Thank you that you provided a way for us to return to the relationship once lost in the garden. We know that you are going to come back and rescue us before setting up a new kingdom here on earth. Give us push to share your love with those around us who need to know you. They are loved by you so we should be loving them too. Amen