Day 19: 50 Days of Impact

Have you every jumped in someone’s car to a smell that almost immediately makes you roll down the window even in mid winter? Something is just not fresh. You look around and the car itself isn’t that dirty but something has clung unto the fabric and is there to stay. Maybe the owner has tried everything in his own power, bought all the latest car care products, but nothing works the smell keeps coming back. Until he takes the car to a professional, someone who knows how to deal with the issue nothing the owner can do will remove the foulness.

We do the same thing with our lives. We try to fix every mistake and sin with our own strength and wonder why its not working. Jesus is the professional, the only one who specializes in removing the foulness that infests our lives and makes us smell bad to the world around us. The world doesn’t know they or we smell bad, because they have the same scent. Until we become clean and are given the aroma of God only then will they see the truth in us.

“And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.””

Mark 7:20-23 NLT

Ever talk to someone with really bad breath? They have no clue and just keep talking to you. You offer them some gum or a mint, they may take it showing signs of embarrassment or signs of gratitude. Ever offer it and be refuse? Or how about knowing someone who has really bad body odour? Someone who is so used to their own smell that the don’t even notice and even when confronted really don’t care to fix it as they don’t smell it?  But those who don’t realize they have an issue are most times grateful that you let them know.

Well that’s what Jesus said to the Pharisees in Mark ch 2, he when confronted by the Pharisees about eating with sinners and tax collectors the unclean people, now I am paraphrasing ” I didn’t come to give soap to those that think they are already clean, I came to offer soap to the dirty and in need.”

There are some people who refuse no matter what to admit they are sinners and are doing anything wrong. They are dead set that all roads lead to heaven and that it is a guarantee to the ‘good’ person. These people are probably some of the hardest people to reach for Jesus because they don’t want to know or care to know. They are satisfied to continue with their bad breath.

Now there are others who are just waiting for someone to share with them about Jesus. They as well are unaware of their condition, but once made aware they almost immediately start looking for a solution. We need to be their ready to share about Jesus. The enemy will do his hardest to substitute Jesus with something else that may smell, good for a while but eventually start to smell even worse then before.

So today I pray that we will start to open our eyes to those who need Jesus, Holy Spirit guide us to those who are ready to hear. We need encouragement that people want to receive Christ into their lives. Momentum is a powerful tool, it can make or break a person. Give us momentum to move forward in reaching the lost.

Dear Jesus, we call on you today to give us opportunities to reach the lost. Even today. Jesus we want to tell others of what you did for them and how they can have the hope you provide. How you will wash away their sins and make them clean. Holy Spirit, give us the right words to speak, we need momentum in this, we need a passion for reaching the lost that is like a wildfire, uncontainable. Work through your people. Amen

Day 18: 50 Days of Impact

What does it mean to be a good or pure person? I am sure that most people you ask will tell you that they are good people, they compare themselves to other “good” people or even “bad” people and if they hit the mark or consider themselves better then they are good. We have incorporated this into how we daily communicate with one another, “how’s your day?” “good”, “how you doing?” “good”, or “how’s the family?” “good”. We have ingrained into our hearts that if we don’t lie, cheat, steal or murder and we follow the laws of the land we must be good people. I mean I don’t do what they do.

So, with this though pattern as the basis of their lives, when we bring them the good news of Jesus and the salvation he provides, they often are confused as why they need him. The are already ‘good’ people. The may say why wouldn’t a good God let me into heaven I am a good person. They truly don’t understand the big picture of being good or pure.

 

“People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.”

Proverbs 16:2 NLT

 

What’s your motive for what you do today? Are you living your life to pleasure yourself? Or are you focused on the great commission of reaching and saving the lost?

 

We get so caught up in out lives that our focus is so far off track. Honestly, I have been there. I know where I need to be but for so long I have been focused on me that I need to stop and focus on Jesus. Sure, it is easy to say but super hard to do. We are bombarded daily by things that continually tell us the focus needs to be on us. Things we can do to make us pure, things that give us pleasure, things to take the pain away.

 

But if we can turn our eyes to Jesus, set our motives back to doing his will and focusing our attention on our task of fulfilling the great commission, how much more will our lives be satisfied. There will always be a cliff hanger at the end of a tv show, there is always a sequel to your movie, the next drink in only a bottle way, but Jesus can satisfy you in ways material things can’t.

 

So, I challenge you today to refocus your motives back to sharing your faith with other, tell them about Jesus. Let your relationship with him be a sweet aroma, something they desire. It will satisfy more then anything else.

 

Dear Jesus, I no longer want to be just seeing myself pure in my own eyes. My motives have been for me. I no longer want that, I want my focus to be on you and telling people about you. Holy Spirit help me to get over my barriers that I have put in place and reach others with the love of Christ. Let my life be a reflection of your goodness so others can see you in me, show them that their “good” isn’t good enough that they need you. Amen

 

 

 

Day 16: 50 Days of Impact

 

Let’s take 2 min and be truly honest with ourselves. What do we want? What is the purpose for us to be living? Okay it may take more then 2 min to answer that question, it may take a lifetime, but if we can see the target that is set before us it will help propel us to do something amazing. I love the way Mike Miller of NOVA Church puts it “You are an arrow, only effective when propelled towards the target” (Paraphrased) If we don’t move forward, if we stay satisfied where we are at we will never be effective. Our target needs to be telling others about Jesus and the love he has for them. We can’t let troubles get in our way.

 

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”

2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT

 

Francis Chan has a video of him holding a 20 foot rope. The length of the rope doesn’t really matter, but the 2 inch on the one end painted red does. The red paint represents out life here on earth. We focus really hard on that red paint. Nothing matters more it seems at times. But we tend to forget about the other 19 foot 10 inch, which represents eternity.

 

So when troubles come our way we think of them merely in the hear and now. Imagine if when troubles came our way we measured them in light of eternity? Things that cause us so much pain and drama would seem petty in comparison. Of course we can’t ignore that they are happening, and we must deal with them, but our way of pushing past the troubles would change.

 

What are you doing today that will impact eternity? Are you motivated in sharing the love of Christ with your family, coworkers, the strangers you meet? Life is very short compared to eternity. The choices are very different, heaven or hell. Use what life you have to share Jesus love. I know I need to work on it too.

 

Dear Jesus, life is short. People know that, that’s why they try to cram so much into it. But in doing that they push you out. Help us as believers to be able to share your love and make an impact in their lives. Life is more then the red paint, but eternity is forever. Holy Spirit empower us to get in with the mission. Let us not be stone not in our faith. Amen.

 

Day 12: 50 Days of Impact

Day 12: 50 Days of Impact
 
Unless you are asleep under a rock or are a hermit in the woods (in both cases why are you on the internet), you know that this world is going crazy. Hatred for fellow mankind which we hope is going runs deep in many, they think of themselves greater then others. Here is the problem and I will say it over and over again, we are so focused on the symptoms and side effects but we fail to see the sickness, Sin. Like a weed unless we destroy the root it will continue to work its way back into our society.
 
The awesome part is that Jesus already defeated the root of sin, he has power over sin. We are foolish to believe that just coming together against sin in our own power will lead to any big changes. All the rallies, policies, vigilantly justice or your social media outcries can do nothing to stop sin. Until people fall to their knees and cry out to Jesus to rescue them the cycle of sin will continue until Jesus returns.
 
 
“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?”
Proverbs 6:6-9 NLT
We are in summer, it isn’t time to be sun bathing. Wake up! Jesus is returning soon! Are you ready? Are you sharing with others the hope you have in Christ? Wake up! Don’t be like the foolish virgins who have empty lamps when the groom returns. Fill them up. Wake up! Church are we asleep at the wheel? Wake up! There is a world, a country, a community, a neighbor who needs to know about Jesus. Wake up! Where is our passion for the lost, why are we so apathetic to the cause, everyone needs Jesus. Wake up!
Holy Spirit, we need an influx of passion for the lost. Give us a desire and grieve our hearts for the people who need Jesus. Give us wisdom and determination to just do it. Help us put our pride aside, we need to reach the people who don’t know you. Not to grow our personal church but to grow your CHURCH. If we want to see things change we need to be changed first. Amen
 

Day 10: 50 Days of Impact

Today with so much going on in our society it is very easy to just be silent and let it just happen. I mean isn’t there enough people being loud and obnoxious for everyone? People fighting to have rights to allow their sin to be public and accessible, I most cases forcing others to accept the unacceptable. Sin doesn’t change with the times, sin is sin. How you define something doesn’t change what it is.

 

I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse. The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words: “ LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”

Psalms 39:1-5 NLT

 

Every been with someone for a long period of silence? Awkward at times isn’t it, not knowing exactly what to say next. Maybe you are choosing to be silent or lost for words, but in this verse, we are reminded yet again that life is short. The moment we choose to be silent might be the only time the person you are neglecting to share the love of Christ to is ready to hear it. I don’t want to miss out on those times, I need to be more vocal about my faith, I want to obey.

 

As believers, we need to speak out in love. Sometimes it is hard because others have taken up the cause and have been either hateful in their approach or have been butchered by the opposition for their stance. Tolerance is their argument but tolerance in what I believe not yours.

 

Now we don’t have to go this alone, if you are wiling to speak out about your faith you have help. Like any good political leader they have a speech writer, well we don’t have a writer but we do have the Holy Spirit living inside us who can give us words to speak, reveal truths and things that only he can know.  If we would tap into the power he has for us we can speak love and truth that will change the world. Then and only then will we be able to impact those around us and the world.

 

Dear Jesus, let us not be silent about our faith anymore. Our lives are but a moment and can be taken away just as easy as the next breath. Continually use me to reach others more then I have in the past. So much more. Amen

 

Day 8: 50 Days of Impact

Making an impact on those around you takes more then just words, it need actions. But both actions and words must match. We can’t use the term do as I say and not as I do any more. To often we are easy to write, say things but to make them a priority in our lives is another. But on the flip side there are pope out there doing good things but just to make themselves feel better and not to glorify God. We do good things because of what Jesus has done for us. No list of good things can ever bring us closer to God, only the acceptance of salvation freely given through Jesus sacrifice and redemption.

“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””

Matthew 28:18-20

 

“If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you. ”

Romans 14:18

 

Are you serving Christ in your church, in your home, in your workplace? Honestly and truly, exam yourself, when was the last time you shared your faith? Invited someone to church? Made a disciple?

 

We get so caught up in what others might think of us, that we forget that it is what God thinks of us that matters.

 

A movie with nobody talking about it flops, if those who do watch it don’t tell others how great it is will be out if the theatres before it even started. Music only becomes popular with constraint bombardment over the airwaves. TV is rated in the number of people who view it regularly. But they are all dependant on what others think about it.

 

Christianity, and the love of Jesus, needs you to communicate that love to others. Jesus doesn’t reach people by osmosis. The season of being the church, and expecting them to figure out how to be saved is over. It didn’t work that well. The saying “be Jesus to your neighbour and If you have to open your mouth”, is irrelevant now a day.

 

I challenge you to set a goal. If you need to be held accountable, post your goal on here. Ask us to question you on your goal. Pick a number of people you want to reach for Jesus, how many per month, year or week. Maybe you goal us simple inviting people to church, that’s okay too. Church isn’t for the believer.

 

Dear Jesus, challenge us to reach others for you. Pull us off the couch and out of our comfort zones as you have called us as believers to be so much more. We love you Jesus and we desire to do your will. Let’s start doing your will. Amen

 

Day 7: 50 Days of Impact

How do you impact those around you who don’t think that their life is missing anything? What do you give to the person who has everything? There is nothing in our own strength that we can do to convince a person they need a savior. The Holy Spirit’s role is to impart on the hearts of unbelievers the need for a savior, convict them that what they are doing is sinful. We need to be open to be used by him in reaching them.

 

“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.”

1 Peter 1:18-20 NLT

 

Take some time today to thank God for the ransom paid so that you might live. If it wasn’t for Jesus sacrifice on the cross and resurrection all that we believe would be nothing. But I am so thankful that it means so much.

 

Pray today that Jesus will be revealed to your friends, family, coworkers and the random people you meet each day. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give you words and guidance to connect and share Christ’s love to them. I pray that we can share the hope we have in him.

 

Dear Jesus, I don’t want to hoard your salvation. Give me a passion to share it with others. I don’t want to be like the foolish worker who hid his coin, lest I be thrown out for not multiplying what you have given me. Open my lips and guide in me in the words needed to share your love. Amen

 

Day 5: 50 Days of Impact

As we open the letters in the New Testament we are reading the mail of the early church. So much of what was written impacts pour walk as believers as the early church and the church today are dealing with very similar challenges.

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”

Romans 1:8-12 NKJV

 

As I was reading this morning I was debating on what to ask about. I thought about using the second half of Romans, But I didn’t feel that was needed today.

 

Today the question I feel I want to ask is this. What are you currently doing to spread the hope of Christ?

 

Paul had a desire to share the love of Christ to the world. He traveled and spread letters all over the known world. His words are now forever with us as part of the bible. He went to jail, eventually was killed, but through that all his sole desire was kingdom building, individually and the Church.

 

People around me know my faith, more from word of mouth then from me. I am open to talk about it to them if they ask, but am I too quiet in the faith. My actions speak louder then words, but eventually I do need to speak and share.

 

Are we building each other up on prayer? Are we encouraging one another enough? Are we asking or challenging our brothers and sisters in the faith about what they are doing to reach the lost? If not then we need to change our mindset. We joke together and talk about so much stuff and avoid what really matters. We can build each other up and share tools to reach the lost. This is what the family of God is all about.

 

Thank you, Jesus, for equipping us. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to guide us, help us to listen to his guidance. Help us to listen to each other and be willing to ask each other the tough questions. This world needs you now just as much as ever, and people won’t just come unless someone tells them. Help us be a people who are willing to share the love that you have given us. Don’t let us hoard your salvation. Amen

 

Day 1: 50 Days of Impact

Who is on your list of untouchables? Maybe not a physical list you would have on paper, but those people you think have no chance of ever accepting Jesus. Who would have ever thought Brian Welch of Korn fame or The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels or Michael “Bull” Roberts former career criminal would ever accept the gift of salvation given. There are many examples of those we see in the media and those we see in our daily walks who have gone through extreme 180 with their lives. If we dig deeper into their lives and we will find that somewhere someone was loving them, praying for them, never giving up on the hope that one day they would experience the love of Christ.

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. (John 15:12 NLT)

Jesus loved us so much that He died for you. Can you honestly say you are willing to die for someone? Of course, you say, my parents, grandparents, Kids, family, best friends, but what about your enemy, your co-worker, the vagrant on the street corner, ISIS member, or that guy?

I am sure just reading this, you thought of someone who would be on the not really list. Jesus didn’t have a list of those He didn’t want to save. His gift of salvation bought by His blood extends to everyone.

We need to love like Christ, we need to have a heart for the ones that don’t have a relationship with Jesus, we need to step up and love those who otherwise would be unloved.

Dear Jesus, we need to stop judging the world and start loving it as You do. You see each person as a potential child of Christ. That none should perish. Help me to love the people of this world, not just the ones I am comfortable with, but all. Give me the passion and confidence to share Your love to those who need You, not only in deeds but with the truth as well. You love the world, every one, they matter to you so they should matter to me. Amen