On your mark, get set, GO!

So I have been listening to and watching the CDs and DVDs from Catalyst ’09.  I am remembering all of the great things that I heard at the conference, and I cannot help but have the question rattling around in my head, What is keeping me, or anyone for that matter, from being on HIS mark?  I us the word HIS purposefully.  Anyone can make a mark for themselves, but only a few can truly say that they can make a mark for the Lord.  In the opening session, Andy Stanley made this statement, “My mark is something far too small to spend my life working for, but God’s mark is worth everything within me and all my energy.”  That idea has caused me to think a lot over the past few days.  Am I wasting my life trying to make a mark for myself, or have I truly committed myself to letting God make His mark in and through me?  I believe that I have committed myself to God’s direction and His mark, but at times I know that my sinful and selfish nature shine through in doing things for myself.  It is the constant struggle between my flesh and my spirit.  I have the desire to live for God, but at times I stifle it in order to serve myself.  I hate it that that has to be a struggle for all of humanity, but I know that it is so that God can be glorified.  Therefore, I leave you with this question: Are you spending your life striving to leave your mark, or are you surrendering your life so that God can make His mark through you?  I would love to hear your responses.

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 10:42 am  Comments (2)  
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Jesus, Your words are better than life

I love getting to spend time with people who care about doing what God has called them to do.  It is so refreshing to get together with fellow believers who actually want to make an impact in this world before God the Father calls us home to heaven.  I think that it is of paramount importance that American church members begin to transform into followers of Christ who live in community with one another.  I am not saying that we all need to move into a giant compound and live secluded from the world, but rather I am saying that we need to stop playing church and actually be the church.  Why is this such a hard concept for so many people to grasp?  Christ called us to be the church.  You will not find a passage in Scripture where Jesus tells the disciples, “I want you to build a building that you meet at on a weekly basis for approximately 2 hours, and maybe occasionally have a pot luck dinner because those are really fun.”  That is not in the Bible, trust me on this one.  Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them all that I have commanded you, and surely I am with you until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).  We, as Christians, are a people who have been called out by the Lord Most High.  Why in the name of all the is good would we not follow the command of Jesus.  I think that it is important to point out that when you look at that passage in the original Greek language the only to verbs are “Go” and “Make.”  The other action words are participles.  Therefore, the two verbs are emphasized and should not simply be glazed over in reading the passage.  We are to go and make disciples.  It is a fact that we cannot “Go and make disciples” while we are pinned up inside of our comfortable church buildings.

Now do not misunderstand me.  I m not saying that every Christian needs to move to Uganda next week.  There are thousands of needs in your own backyard.  The thing is, we have lost the quality of caring for other people.  It is always considered to be to inconvenient.  I mean I know that some people have to be home to see American Idol every week, because their salvation might actually be lost if they don’t know who made it through to the next round, but in the meantime there are people in the Atlanta metro area who are literally dying without ever having heard about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is not a laughing matter.  We are called to be ambassadors for Christ and we take that calling so lightly that it is disgusting.  We have become so lazy in our faith that it is appalling.  I say these things to try to motivate you into action for God.  This is a call to action to minister to the people that we live next door to or the people that we drive past on our way to work every day.  I have decided that I will not be a man who lets my life pass me by, and I have made no impact in this world for the sake of Christ.  I echo the words of Joshua when he says, “Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

We have to ban together with our fellow believers and create a coalition that can make a mark on our communities.  It does not take much to speak volumes into the lives of people.  It is not going to be easy, but God neve promised that it would.  It will take hard work, and you may even sweat a little, but the reward will be great in heaven.  Let me know what you think about this.  I am not even remotely the first person to either think or blog about these lines of thought, so I know you have opinions about them.

Published in: on February 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm  Comments (2)  
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