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 6: 50 Days of Impact

Jesus is known by many, but how many knows him personally?

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)”

Romans 8:5-9 NLT

 

I wonder at the fact that approximately 30% of the world claims the title Christian, that’s quite a number. But how many of those 2.2 billion people are controlled by sinful nature and how many trust the Holy Spirit?

 

With the strife and callings and scandals we hear about I would think that some are not who they want to be. It is very easy to go back to the sinful ways we are used to. We have failed in grounding new believers so when  the difficult times come they fall and don’t rely on God, instead trying to do it all themselves.

 

So how do we break this cycle? How do we challenge our brothers and sisters is Christ?

 

We need to ensure first that we are walking with the Holy Spirit fully. We can’t be looked at as those people who say one thing and do another. Second, we need to disciple our new believers. We sometimes forget that we may have grown up in church and have an intellectual foundation, but many new believers don’t, or what they do have is flawed. Guide them, walk with them, get dirty with them, pick them up when they fall, correct them, encourage them and love them.

 

Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life. Guide my path. Help me to walk in righteousness.  I want to follow Jesus and do Gods will in my life. Let me be an example to others. Guide me to others who need to be mentored in the faith. May I be a blessing to others. 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 4: 50 Days of Impact

Making time to talk to someone about Jesus should feel like some thing we need to squeeze into our schedule. Yet we make it a chore, something we should make time for and get around to if we have time. Our priorities may need to be updated, when was the last time you honestly stepped back and took a good look at your priorities? What is important to you here and now compared to eternity?

 

“A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.”

Proverbs 25:26 NKJV

 

 

I honestly not sure the last real time I had a deep conversation about Jesus with someone who needed to hear it. I have, but lately I feel it has been to long. Why? Am I too busy? Probably not. Am I worried about people’s view of me? Maybe. 

 

It’s time to shed our pride. It us time to share to love a Jesus and his sacrifice for us. So many missed opportunities, we can’t afford not to share his grace with those around us. Jesus is returning soon and if we don’t start doing something now it will be to late. 

 

On our own we are not righteous. With Jesus and the Holy Spirit living in us we have the power to be great witnesses to those around us. Trust him for words and insight. Let’s start sharing stories of the lost being found. Encourage on another that Jesus is still redeeming people. If the angels rejoice over one sinner repenting, should we not rejoice as well. Should we not be excited to share the love that flows in us?

 

Dear Jesus, move in our lives, Holy Spirit, we need your power to move us past just talking the weather and the game to sharing Jesus with our friends, families and coworkers. Give us the words to speak, show us exactly what the person we are talking to needs to hear. You love them and want them to repent and return to you, give us a heart for the same. Jesus, we want to see people as you do. Amen

 

Day 2: 50 Days of Impact

How we live our daily lives impact those around us. How we respond and how we treat others can greatly affect our witness. Not all Christians actions match their words but if we as believers want to make a change in those around us we need to show them how important it is to us.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT

Love never gives up. That is the motto of my marriage. Never give up, never lose faith, endure through every circumstance. I wish I could say this was true of all my friendships, coworkers or even the connections I have with some of my family. I want it to be but it seems easier to just give up, and let the “wind of fate” prevail.

But we are reminded here that if we love others as Jesus loves others, then we should never give up on those we love. They still matter to God no matter how we feel towards them. Our love we share with them no matter what the circumstance, stands as an example of who we are and what we believe in.

So today if you feel like someone you have been talking to or sharing your faith with is a lost cause, give your head a reset and remember love never gives up. God hasn’t given up on them so neither should you. Love them. Pour your life into them and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

Jesus, help us to never give up loving our brothers and sisters. There are so many people in this world who need to know you Jesus. There are no lost causes. Holy Spirit I will do my part so to help you do your part. Give me opportunities to show the love of Jesus with those around me, even today. They matter to you, so they matter to me. Amen

 

Day 50: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 50: Well it was great revisiting this original series with you. I hope you enjoyed it. Remember, prayer is a powerful weapon we can use to reach the lost, and talk to God.

DAY FIFTY

But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last. (Matthew 27:50 MSG)

When I started the 50 Days of Pray I did not count ahead to see when if would be ending. I think it is fitting that it ended on Good Friday.

Jesus, beaten and bruised, hanging up on the cross, they didn’t stop mocking Him, they gave Him sour wine. But that is not why Jesus was crying out. I can’t imagine what He must have been going through as every imaginable sin from creation to completion was put on Him. It was so unbearable that he cried out loudly. It wasn’t the torture or the cross, that killed Him, I believe it was the overwhelming sin that was thrust upon Him that took His last breath.

But I am so glad that the story doesn’t end there. 3 days later He resurrected from the grave. Amazing. He defeated sin and death once and for all. So he knows what you are experiencing, he knows your pain.

Dear Jesus, thank You for taking sin on for us. Thank You for bearing it all on the cross. You are so amazing. Keep working in my life, I want to do anything You ask of me. Amen

Day 49: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts of Day 49: Ever have that one friends that you really enjoyed being around but wouldn’t dare let them hang out with the rest of your friends? You and they get along fine, but you know that they just wouldn’t fit in with the rest. I am sure that if you took the time a patience they would have no issues with your group of friends, but why take the chance. Closet friends. Is that how you treat Jesus?

DAY FORTY-NINE

“If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendour of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 MSG)

So how’s your day going? That’s a question most people are asked multiple times a day. We answer with good or living the dream, or with whatever catch phrase we have.

But would you be willing to change that up and start really telling them how things are. Would you be willing to say, things are great, God’s doing something awesome in my life or I am having a terrible day and I think need some time in prayer.

A lot of Christians tend to separate work and their walk with Christ. Maybe even their relationships outside church don’t even know that you are a follower of Christ. Jesus takes a huge stand on this in Mark 8. Just like we don’t like to be ignored by our friends, neither does He. He wants us to lift Him up in front of everyone no matter where their hearts are.

So, don’t be embarrassed to talk about you walk with Jesus, I challenge you this day to make a point of telling someone about something God is doing in your life. Be proud of who you are in Christ. He is proud of you.

Dear Jesus, give me the freedom to talk about what You are doing in my life with my friends and coworkers. Use it to be a witness to them. I am not embarrassed to be a follower of Christ. Let my actions and my words show this to be true. Amen