Day 14 : 50 Days of Impact

Have you ever talked to someone who is so opposed to Christianity that it makes them hard to be around? We begin to wonder if they will ever be freed from the sin that oppresses their lives. Sometimes we write them off as lost causes, so far gone that even a miracle seems hopeless. Yet we know that even the hardest case isn’t lost when it comes to Jesus. Saul is a perfect example of opposite person accepting what he was fighting and becoming new. So new in fact he even changed his name to Paul.

 

“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”

Colossians 4:5-6 NLT

 

So lately some of my posts have been focused on reaching the lost and our mission set forth by Jesus himself to go into the world and make disciples. Why is that so important to me right now? I think the question we need to be asking us why isn’t it important?

 

Outside of North America in places that we call the mission field, people are joining the faith in massive numbers. The amount if people they estimate to be converting everyday is something I find unbelievable and yet amazing. Why? Because I look around and don’t see hardly anyone coming to know Jesus where I am. How come people are flocking to Jesus elsewhere but not here in North America?

 

I don’t have the final answer. But one thing we need to do is repent for not following our mission. We as a church have become lazy in our mission. We give to missions, technically hiring others to reach the lost, and forget about the lost right outside our doors. Now not every Christian is doing this, but in general most are. I was one of them, I am working to change that.

 

To do this I am working at apply scripture such as the one above, my life motivator, a call to arms. I find I have opportunities but my body is weak and the pride I have holds me back. Not wanting to look stupid or say something to offend. But the fact is the cross is offensive to those who are lost. The devil does not want us sharing our faith with the lost.

 

The truth of Jesus’s saving grace may seem bitter at first, but it becomes sweet to those who believe.

 

Dear Jesus, forgive us as a whole and individually for not following your command to reach the lost. I don’t want to ignore those in need of a saviour anymore. I want to open my lips and speak the truth to others no matter what they think of me. Easier said then done, but with the Holy Spirit by my side I pray that I put my pride aside and move forward sharing Jesus with the lost. Amen

 

How are you impacting the world around you? I would love to hear your stories of reaching those who are lost. This will help encourage others to fulfil the mission.

Day 13: 50 Days of Impact

People all around us are searching for purpose. We accept so many counterfeit ideas that claim to give us purpose in life. We see this all the time in our world where people feel their purpose is something us “normal” people find disturbing. Whatever it maybe they fight hard to show people that what they believe is truth, they expect others to join them in their purpose. The thing about all these purpose driven lives is they are rooted in sin, and sin doesn’t care how many people get hurt along the way. They honestly believe what they are fighting for is truth. God created us with a purpose. You can read about our purpose in Genesis. It was to have a relationship with God. Sin divided us from having this God sent Jesus to restore this relationship. We need to help people see what our purpose is.

 

“For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.”

Philippians 1:20 NLT

 

Paul in this story was in prison for preaching the gospel of Christ. He was torn between reaching the lost and just going home to be with Jesus. I don’t believe at any time was Paul contemplating suicide, but the fact that he understood if for some reason he was to die while in jail, he knew where he was heading and was okay with it.

 

We are called to be bold for Christ. Not to be ashamed of the gospel. To share the love of Christ and make disciples as commanded in the great commission. Yet we sit in our own prison cells waiting for death. I say wake up and walk out the door, if you have Jesus as your saviour you are free and the door to your prison us side open. You no longer need to be sitting in it dwelling on the past of focusing on your sins. Jesus has set you free, and in that freedom, he asks you to share it with others. He commands you to share with others.

It says Jesus stands at the door to each and every person on earths heart and is knocking.  What in the world does he need us for? I believe our mission in sharing Jesus to the lost is not to save, for that is a choice they must ask for, ours is to focus the person to hear Jesus knocking. Leading them to the door and letting them know who is on the other side.

 

Dear Jesus, we are called to go and make disciples. Sharing to gospel if Christ to all people. I pray that we don’t become complacent expecting others to do the work for us. Missionaries have their place, but we don’t want to be funding them so we can sit back and say well my work is done. We are called to share with others. Holy Spirit equip us to share, guide us, motivate us out of our comfort zones. We want to tell others about Jesus love to them and the relationship he desires to have with them. Amen

 

Day 13: 50 Days of Impact

We look at other countries or even our own and wonder who put this person in charge. Are the even qualified to run this place? There are different ways to deal with this; 1) There are those who actively oppose them either with protesting and in some cases violence. 2) Those who just take it, they know it will pass and although they may not like it what can they do. 3) lastly there are those who flee for their live.

We need to flee into the arms of Jesus. Then and only then can we actively oppose the enemy that is destroying this world. We are not called to be passive, but to fight the enemy from within is hopeless. Only free people can free people.

 

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.” Psalms 5:11 NLT

All over the world there are millions of displaced people’s, we call refugees. Driven out of their homes by wars or cruel dictators and their armies. They flee in hopes of a new life somewhere else where things can be ” normal”.

Non-believers are living a life full of internal wars, and living a life lead by a mad dictator whose only desire is to keep them from finding the truth that they are heading towards destruction. These people need to have their eyes opened to the sin that infects their lives. As believers, we need to share the love of Jesus who is offering them not just refugee status but citizen status for anyone who would cry out to him for help. He came to rescue them from the path to destruction.

This mad dictator who is running their lives has convinced them that they are good enough, so much so that even when presented with the truth of Jesus they dismiss it as something for the weak person and not for them. We need to work even harder to break this chain of complacency in the lives of those around us. We need to display a life of joy and peace that can only come from Jesus.

Jesus, soften the hearts of those who need you, give us words to displace the lies that the enemy has build into their lives. Give us wisdom to use the right words at the right time, things that we would never know without the discernment of the Holy Spirit. We want to bring people to know you and to be free from the path of destruction. They matter to you and they matter to us. 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 9: 50 Days of Impact

During our Christian walk we can feel like what we are doing is producing no results. Some have an apathy towards their faith, leading to a whatever style of faith. Some of the things we do can be mundane, boring, plain. But these daily grind things push your faith forward, what you do today will have an impact on someone’s life.

 

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

 

“My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.””

Romans 15:7, 20-21 NLT

 

My drive moving forward is not thinking of myself but about others. But sometimes it is hard to just get started. Forward momentum is difficult when you have been sitting so long and you have become seized up. No matter how much you want to move you can’t. You brain may say do it but your whole body doesn’t help you out. The Holy Spirit is the answer to this, he can and will give you that push you need to get started in forward momentum, and he will be there with you, ensuring that you keep moving. If you trust him.

 

You don’t need a big event or exciting church service to start you momentum. Finding something to do to help others either in church or outside. Could be folding the bulletins, dusting, making coffee or handing our flyers. Outside it could be doing random acts of kindness, putting change in parking meters, loving those who have no one who loves them. To move forward you must put your foot on the gas.

 

Dear Jesus, today is the day I get moving in sharing about you. I don’t want to be sitting seized up. I have the opportunities help me to take advantage of them. I need to stop being afraid and trust the Holy Spirit will lead me in what to say. I will trust you. 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