Wednesday Encouragement

No, I am not calling you a fool! When I read this verse it brought to mind what I see posted on other social media platforms. It has been my experience that we tend to post mostly about God’s love and encouragement, even prominent Christian influencers, and hardly anything about the uncomfortable and sometimes hard truths. This isn’t a negative thing it is actually wonderful. But it causes me to wonder, if we believe all of God’s Word is the inerrant truth why are we not also posting the uncomfortable and hard truths?

I love God’s Word, all of His Word. My heart’s desire is to disciple others back to His Word where He teaches us about His love and where the truth of His Words convict us to make positive changes in our life so others will desire Jesus too. If our actions and our words don’t line up with our profession of Christ as our Lord and Savior then we miss opportunities to be the light Jesus left us to be.

Time is short, the harvest is overflowing and it isn’t about you. It’s all about Jesus.

Shalom!

Sold Out

Are you sold out for Jesus? What does that even mean and what does that look like?

I have heard the expression ‘sold out for Jesus’ often in my faith journey with Him and I’ve often wondered where the term came from. This verse could quite possibly be the origin.

To be a disciple of Jesus includes persecution and promise and suffering and blessing.

Are you willing to leave your family, your home, your job and your lifestyle for Jesus and the gospel? Am I? If you and I are willing Jesus promises we will not fail to receive a hundredfold in return in this present age. But it shouldn’t be the promise that causes us to be sold out. It should be Jesus and only Jesus.

And still I wonder, why isn’t this being taught?

#knowgodknowhisword

#knowhiswordknowgod

#discipleship

#belikejesus

Laced with Grace

I am a former rah-rah. Actually, once a rah-rah always a rah-rah. Cheerleading, which is the gift of encouragement, lives in my heart.

Coming from a large Italian family where we spoke loud and with our hands…the epiphany just occurred to me… For such a small part of our body our mouths can utter words that cause even bigger trouble.

I’ve been there and maybe you have too.

But, here’s the encouragement, when we choose to stay connected to Jesus consistently, He reminds us to ask for His help before we even enter into a conversation.

Try this: start your day asking Holy Spirit to cause all your conversations to be full of grace. I promise He will. It may be difficult at first but with practice it will become a habit.

Before you realize you’ll be looking for reasons to encourage others.

#discipleship #belikejesus #21daysformsahabit

Accountability

Perhaps Paul ought to have put a disclaimer in this part of his letter. But, he didn’t. He simply expected the Colossians to be so securely tethered to Jesus that what they said and how they conducted themselves would be like Jesus. He expected the Colossians to act with integrity.

Has the Church lost its ability to hold one another accountable? Perhaps a more pertinent question would be, has the Church forgotten how to disciple?

When we choose to be discipled and to disciple we build relationships that give us the freedom of accountability because we have taken the time to be transparent with one another and to build trust. There isn’t any room for feeling offended.

Then we can go and make disciples of all the nations. Because that’s what Jesus expects us to do.

#belikeJesus #wwjd #discipleship

Fresh Fruit

There is something about fresh fruit. Not the ‘fresh’ grocery store fruit but fruit picked from the source. Each bite brings a flavorful, juicy mouthful leaving the desire for more.

We live in an area where we’re known for our corn but it’s our fruit that others travel for. It is cherry picking season right now and soon the stone fruit will be ready. Every year people from out of town converge on our community and strip our orchards clean like a swarm of locust. It’s a good thing especially for our farmers. It’s a process of renewal.

Being renewed in the knowledge of God isn’t always easy even though it is perfect for us. We battle against old thought patterns, old ways of action and old ways of speaking.

But Jesus wants to heal us of these ‘old life’ traits. He wants us to stay so tightly connected to Him that we continually remind ourselves who He says we are.

Reminding ourselves of our identity in Christ helps us stop battling against the old life and we begin to allow the work of the Cross to work in us.

You are being renewed to bear fruit. Let it be fruit that is as fresh as that which is picked from the Source.

#discipleship