Making good habits

So starting habits. Bad ones are easy to start and good ones are hard. Why is that? Bad ones are ones that can seem fun at first, even fun down the road, but they aren’t good for you in some way. It may not be healthy or somehow distracting you from what you should be doing.
 
Drinking is as simple as popping open a beer. And they seem harmless at first. “One beer today won’t hurt me,” you say. Then tomorrow it becomes two. Next month you’re drinking a six-pack every day and 10 years from now you’re a raging alcoholic. OK that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you can see how easy it would be to do that.
 
Good ones are things like exercising, eating healthier, spending more time with family.  These are things we all know are good for us, things we should be doing. And for some reason, they seem to be easier to start and easier to stick than easy ones.
 
Think about eating healthier. How much harder would it be to grab an apple instead of a candy bar? Or how about grabbing some water or fruit juice instead of a soda? Not much at all. But I tend to gravitate towards the unhealthy ones. Isn’t that odd?
 
I strive to pray and read the Bible daily. But why is it so hard to get into and stay in the habit? I read tons of stuff every day for entertainment. We spend so much time on social media, but can’t spend 5 minutes in prayer.
 
Why is that?
 
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. -Romans 7:15-20
 
This long exposition is exactly what I go through when I try to get myself right with my habits. I know what I should be doing, but I don’t do it. Why is that? It makes no sense.
 
We are sinful in nature and we know what we should be doing, but our sin nature won’t let us.
 
What is the answer? Well Paul tells us;
 
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! -Romans 7:25
 
So there is our answer. In the end Christ Jesus will deliver us from our sinful bodies into glory.
 
But there are things we can do today, to help replace our bad habits with good. Here is an article I came across to that gives some practical suggestions on how to make new habits stick.
 
But as usual, a common theme with me is to think small. So one of my favorites and the one that works the best for me is to start small.
 
Do something small. You want to exercise more? Well don’t join a gym right away or go commit to some huge complex program. Try something little. Try parking a little farther away from your office. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk after dinner instead of watching TV. All little things that don’t cost you much in activity, but are easy to make a habit.
 
Want to read the Bible and pray more? Don’t try to become a monk on day one. Sit down and read a few verses. Read the same verse over a course of a week to commit it to memory.  Don’t worry about waking up an hour early to spend an hour in prayer. Take your commute time to pray instead of listening to the radio.
 
It’s amazing how even these little things can impact your life if you start doing them. And because they are little, they are easy to do every day. They won’t change your routine much, if at all and before you know it, they will become second nature.
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God is on the move

Our God is an active God, he doesn’t stand still, he’s not overwhelmed, he’s not passive. God wants us to join him.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. -Matthew 7:13-14

The road to life, to God’s kingdom is narrow. It is not something people will just stumble upon and accidentally get into the kingdom. It something you need to actively seek.

So how do you enter the gate?

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and throw into the fire. Thus, but their fruit you will recognize them. -Matthew 7:16-20

You enter the gate by bearing good fruit.

How do we bear good fruit?

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ -Matthew 7:21-23

You bear good fruit, by doing the will of the Father.

How do we do the will of the Father?

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had a foundation on the rock. But everyone who hers these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. -Matthew 7:24-27

You do the will of the Father, by putting the words of Jesus into action.

 

When the world hates us

I’ve recently seen some very hateful things spoken about Christians. A few examples I’ve seen are comparisons to ISIS. I quote one “The only difference between Christians and ISIS is that Christians haven’t started beheading people yet”

This isn’t a ‘feel-good’ post, but it’s something we should all be aware of even though we may have experienced this in some fashion already. It’s not a matter of if, but when you see some persecution for Christ.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it will love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out if the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:18-19

Since the time of Christ people have hated Christians. We’ve often carry around a bad reputation for being unkind, intolerant, harsh, judgmental, self-righteous, and often as uneducated. As we are human and sinful, there is always some truth behind a reputation and even in the time after Jesus, there were many who proclaimed to be followers of Jesus who truly were not.

However, despite that, anytime you live a life of moral absolutes or speak out about it, you’ll get attacked by those who don’t want to hear that they are doing it wrong.

They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. – John 15:22

People who hear about Christ or see him lived out in the life of a Christian now have no excuse or “way out.” They won’t be happy and they’ll strike out at you.

Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. -1 John 3:12

Cain murdered his brother because his brothers righteousness exposed his own evilness. The love God had for Abel, declared Cain’s disregard. Cain responded by killing his brother.

When looking at John 15:18, the word used for if is ei which assumes something is true. Basically Jesus is saying, “If the world hates you — and it does.” So as followers of Christ, we will be hated by the world. But his reminder that He was hated from the time of his birth. King Herod tried to kill him at his birth. The world knew who he was and was trying to prevent it.

Our following of Christ comes with a hefty price tag. We may lose friends or we could lose jobs. In other countries around the world, you could lose your life. But regardless of the extreme, the light that you have in Jesus Christ, exposes the darkness of the world and it will hate you for it.

But why does the world really hate us? First, we are no longer identified with the world. The love the world has for people is fickle. It can change in a moment. Just look through the news today (doesn’t matter when you read this, you’ll find examples). You’ll find someone who “fell from grace” so to speak of the public. Some celebrity who yesterday was everyone’s favorite, but today something came out and the world hates him. To be loved by the world, you need to do what the world does.

Secondly, we are identified with Christ and the world rejects Christ. When our lives truly reflect Christ, people will either reject us or accept us, but they are really rejecting Christ or accepting Christ.

We should be careful as well, because all of our persecution may not be for Christ. We can be jerks. We can be obnoxious and argumentative. We may not listen and be quick to anger. We should truly listen to people, be sensitive and respectful. When we are not, we bring the persecution on ourselves.

Thirdly, much of the world is ignorant of God.

They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. -John 15:21

In other words, Jesus tells us, ‘Don’t take it personally. They are directing their persecution towards Me.’ Many only know the name of Jesus Christ as a curse word. Many don’t own a Bible let alone read one. Those we see as persecuting us may just have never heard a clear representation of the Bible. There is a difference between knowing about God and knowing God.

It is up to us not to chastise the unbelievers for sinful living, yet we look the other way when a fellow Christian sins. Or worse, we tell one they are living in sin, then go and live like that ourselves. Unbelievers sin, it’s part of who they are. We should not condemn them for doing something sinful. We should pray for them, care for them, love them like Christ loved us. We can share the good news of Christ even if they still rebel against it. We should share this Gospel through our lives and our words, not in a belligerent, condemning fashion, but in a loving way, the same way that Christ shared it to us.

Our persecution here in the United States can hardly be called that compared to what others face around the world, but despite the difference in degrees of persecution, we have an opportunity to witness to the world in how we respond to this persecution and through our lives.

But in all, be bold, be strong and trust Christ. It’s better to be loved by Christ, than liked by the world.

Do Everything in Love

Last year our church had a sermon series entitled Last Man Standing that was one of my favorites of the year and really impacted my life in 2016. My favorite in the series is the one entitled Men or Boys . I had written a post Act Like Men about this back then that is worth the few minutes to read and will give plenty of context into this post.

One of the verses I highlighted in that post was 1 Corinthians 16:13-14;

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong. Do everything in love.

The final part of that, “Do everything in love,” provides context for all that we are implored with doing in the first part of the verse. You could change the wording slightly and this verse becomes;

Be on your guard, in love.
Stand firm in the faith, in love.
Be men of courage, in love.
Be strong, in love.

A sidebar on word etymology.
I love learning more about the origins of the words we use as they are often far different from how we use them today. And when ancient texts, like the Bible are translated into our modern language often words are used that have the proper meaning, but our modern interpretation of those words could be different. So I enjoy looking at where the words come from and even learning the Greek or Hebrew that the Bible was originally written in so as to better understand the original meaning.

God’s Word doesn’t change and is true to what God is wanting us to hear, however our imperfect language that we use today can sometimes lead to misunderstandings or misinterpretations if you are not careful. While God will let His truth come through regardless of what language you read His Word in, it does help to understand what the writers were originally trying to convey.

The sentences sound a bit strange in our modern vernacular, but when you look at the original language the word for love used in the 14th verse is, agape. Of all the different words for love used throughout the Bible, agape is used to indicate the highest form of love. Often used to indicate the love God has for us or we have for God. It is a universal, unconditional love that is there regardless of circumstances.

In the King James version, this is translated as ‘charity’ which while we use that word typically as “benevolence for the poor”, it’s older usages from which it originated was defined more like “Christian love of one’s fellows.”

So what is being said here in this verse? What Paul was trying to tell his readers, is everything should be done in love to God. By doing these in love, we should be like Christ. Being like Christ should be the foundation for every decision we make and every action we take.

Be on Guard

As Christians we have a powerful enemy. One that tempts and attacks continuously, trying to thwart our work for God. So in that we should;

Watch against Evil: We need to watch for the evil in this world, but do so in the context of love. When we have the love of God in us and that love comes out from us, evil becomes easier to spot. With that context, we can judge our actions and the actions of others in that light. Does that activity we are about to take glorify God and show the love of Christ to those that might witness our actions? If not, be on guard. Do the words we speak to our spouse share the same love that God shares to us? If not, be on guard against those words.

That meaning of being on guard has us looking for negatives. But we should also be looking for the positives, for example, we should be on guard looking for opportunities to do good. James 2:14-26 tells us that faith without action is dead;

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. -James 2:17

We should be on guard to see those opportunities that God puts in front of us every day to do good. It could be something big and in the open like being on mission over seas. It could be as small as a smile to a stranger. In fact, I believe those little things can have a big impact for God’s kingdom and they are simple easy things to do. But we need to be on guard to seize the opportunities we are given.

Stand Firm in the Faith

We need to stand firm in the faith that was given to us by the Word of God.

Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:1-2

We need to persevere in the faith, for if we don’t than this is an evidence that we never had the saving faith in the first place. Judas Iscariot, for example, eventually showed that he was not a true believer.

We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. -Hebrews 3:14

A hallmark of a Christian saving faith, is continuing till the end. Many will hate Christians, they will criticize you, they will mock you, they may even try to harm or kill you…but the perseverance in persecution will be a sure sign of salvation.

Remembering the promises of God’s love will help us keep on. God’s love will never fail us and when we remember that, keeping our faith becomes so much easier. And when we stand firm in faith, showing the love of God to others, even those that oppose us, becomes natural.

Be men of courage

Men our judged by many things these days. Physical strength, money and possessions, their successes and status. But John MacArthur says it well in his sermon, How to Be a Man of Courage;

There is a trait that I think distinguishes a man most distinctively, the solitary foundation of manhood. And I want to sum it up in one word, it’s the word fortitude….Now I know that’s not an often used word today and that’s why I picked it. It’s not one that has a lot of baggage. It’s one that may come to you sort of from out of left field and you’re wondering what it means. Let me tell you what it means. Webster’s dictionary says, “Fortitude is that strength or firmness of mind, courage of soul which enables a person to encounter danger with coolness, to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression or despondency.” And then we could sum that up by saying, “Fortitude is courage built on strength of soul.” Fortitude is a good word because it combines courage with strength but it also has a third component and that is conviction. Fortitude is the combination of those three things: conviction, courage and strength.

We are to have courage in our faith, we are to be strong in our faith and we are to be sure of our faith. But remember this is all to be done in love. The love is a critical part. There are many strong and courageous people that believe strongly in something, but without the love, they can just become tyrants. We as Christan’s are called to have fortitude, but to be loving as well.

John again sums this is up very well;

They know that they must have the truth, they must have unwavering conviction about the truth, they must have the courage to stand for those convictions and the strength to withstand the assault. That’s what defines a man. A man is known by his character, by his fortitude.

 

Be Strong

With all these others, we are to be strong. We should put all our energy which God has provided in maintaining the truth. When we exercise this faith, we become spiritually stronger. When I physically exercise, I become physically stronger. It is no different when exercise our faith. When we do so, our faith become stronger and we are able to resist the enemy even more effectively.

The word used for be strong here krataióō is which is translated to be strengthened in a passive voice. The other actions talks about previously in the verse are things we need to do, things we can take action on. This call to be strong is a willingness to all God to strengthen us. Something God does to us and for us, not something we can do for ourselves. The thing we must do is submit ourselves to Him so He can make us strong in the faith. The more we submit, the stronger God can make us. When we become strong in the faith, we are able to do the others much more effectively.

In Love

So all these things Paul is admonishing us to do and we do them in love like Christ loved, they will draw us closer to Christ giving us the strength and courage to endure to the end and resist the enemy and allows us to be strong in the faith so that others can see the love of Christ in us.

The love is the key part to all of these. Christ loved us even though we are sinners and gave us a pathway to God that we could never follow on our own. Through Christ we can be made strong and fearless. Through Christ we can be sure we can persevere until the end. Though Christ we can be on guard against the enemy and be watchful of those opportunities that God gives us to serve. And through Christ we can share the love that he has shared with us.

Am I an Exceptional Christian?

gummibarchen-fruit-gums-bear-sweetness-54633The title of this blog is Exceptional Christian, but what do I really mean by that?  Does it mean I’m a great Christian?  Nope not at all!  I’m far from it in fact.  I need a savior, if I was truly great I wouldn’t need one (nor would I be a Christian I suppose).

In that sense, will I ever become one?  Very unlikely.  I find that for every step forward I take, it seems I’ve taken a step or two backwards.  I learn and work on one aspect of my faith, only to falter in another.  Thankfully, I have a God that forgives and sent me a savior to lift me up.

So why the name Exceptional Christian?  Well I think we are looking at the word exceptional wrong.  My first inclination when I hear the word exceptional is just one of the definitions of the word.

Exceptional:  unusually good; outstanding

If we use that definition, then my answers above hold true.  But looking further at the definitions of the word I find this:

Exceptional: unusual; not typical.

I think this definition holds more to what my vision for this blog and for my Christian life is.  One that exemplifies what I mean by the title of Exceptional Christian.

We live in exceptional times.  Here in 2016, we see people around the world slaughtered almost daily, not because of some political war between nations,  no it’s really just a hatred of people who are not like them.  The innocents are killed, just to spread fear.  Just the other day, I read about a video that surfaced showing terrorists beheading a 12 year old boy.

Here in the US, we struggle with an economy that is less than exceptional (using the first definition).  People are out of work or working at jobs below their qualifications.   People live off of handouts because it’s easier to do so than to fight the day to day struggle of working and living paycheck to paycheck (and in some cases they do better with the handouts than they would working).

See every day we live in a world that is less that exceptional (1st definition), so we as Christians should strive to be exceptional (2nd definition).   Lets not be typical Christians (and by no means am I meaning to judge anyone as their relationship between God and themselves is known to God, not to me.)   So how can we do that?

Well first, remember we serve an exceptional God (using the 1st definition), he is able to use our weaknesses and failures for good.  He can take our flaws and use them for His glory.  Despite ourselves and our flaws we are exceptional Christians because we live for him.

Secondly, I think we can be more than typical Christians by letting people know we are and to then live that life out.  No greater harm is done to non-believers and their view of Christianity than that done by Christians  themselves.  I’m a believer that is happy to give a reason for my faith and my belief in Christ and will shout it from the roof tops, but I’m not going to beat you over the head with it.  You’re gonna know where I stand.  Too many times, we see those that expose to be Christians while they are around other Christians or in church, but once they leave that environment, no one would know.  One of the worse things someone could say to me is “I didn’t know you were a Christian.”

Thirdly, what can we do to change the world for Christ?   But before we can change the world, are we in tune with God and his wishes?  God places opportunities in our paths every day to live our lives for him.  Are we ready and willing to obey?  Sometimes they aren’t easy things to do, it will take us out of our comfort zones.  But are we willing to obey if we get that gentle nudge from  God?  It may not be big things either.  I learned a while back, while searching for my purpose with God, that it’s often the little things that God uses for his Glory.  The smile you can give someone in need.  The small gesture of kindness to a passing stranger.  A call to a family member out of the blue, perhaps when they are feeling lonely unbeknownst to you.  It’s those little things that God often uses to make a huge impact in the world.

Are we open to God all day, every day?  Or is that just for the weekends?  God doesn’t exist just on Sundays, it’s a 7 day a week, 24 hour a day thing.   God isn’t confined to the church building.  God should come to work with us, to play with us, out with the friends with us.  Can we live for God always, everyday and everywhere?

See it’s those kinds of things that make a difference in the world, and it’s that version of Exceptional that I mean by the title of this blog.   Lets not be typical, ordinary Christians, let’s be exceptional!

God Gives Us Enough Time

How many times have I said “I don’t have enough time”? I deliberately keep myself busy, because I hate to sit idle. This quote from Professor Bruce Hindmarsh struck me as I thought about being busy;

Busyness is moral laziness [because it is often a statement of our self-importance and our excuse to be inattentive to people]. . . . But God has given us just enough time to do what we need to do moment by moment to respond to him. And his grace is there; it is eternally present. Every moment is a sacrament where time touches eternity and there is exactly enough time to do what God has called us to do.

It got me thinking about why I’m so busy, is it out of a sense of self-importance? Or perhaps an unconscious reason to be inattentive to others? I had to stop to think about what this is saying and my own experiences.

Think back to the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10. Jesus came to a village and was welcomed into the home of Martha and her sister Mary. Having someone like Jesus in your home was a big deal and Martha fell compelled to be busy preparing the meal she was preparing for everyone. Mary on the other hand sat at the feet of Jesus listening to his teaching. Martha was indignant and asked Jesus to tell Mary to come help Martha as it wasn’t fair that she was doing all the work herself. Jesus replied with something very important;

“My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42

Martha may have been felt the need to please everyone by preparing a large meal or she may have been using her busyness to show Jesus how essential she was. Do I keep busy to let everyone know how “needed” I am?

Or do I use busyness to avoid making harder, more costly choices? Do we use our busyness to mask our underlying laziness? Are we the “Lazy Busy” as Tony Reinke states in his article?

The most common species of slothfulness is “lazy busy” — a full schedule endured in a spiritual haze, begrudging interruptions, resenting needy people, driven by a craving for the next comfort.

Busyness can be an escape. An overflowing schedule can become a shield protecting us from the unpredictable, inconvenient, time-consuming needs of other people. Are we willing to dismiss the needs of those that need help, because we are “too busy”?

God always provides exactly enough time to do He has called us to do. He has given us the time, but are we good stewards of that time? Remember the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25;

For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ – Matthew 25:14-30

God has given us the time to do what he has called us. Do we invest that time, use it in the moment he has given it to us and reap the return? Or do we squander that time by being to busy to invest it in God’s kingdom? If God fills our plate full of things to do for his sake, we need to remain faithful to our callings even if that means we need to refrain from doing other things. But God always gives us enough time.

He presents us with opportunities every day if we only take the time to notice them and act on them. Can we be attentive to the needs of others even if it means we take time away from our “busy” schedules? Can we act upon those that need help, even if it causes us discomfort. That’s a challenge I know won’t be easy to faithfully carry out. It is going to force me to slow down and pay attention. To not be so busy or use my busyness as an excuse. Not an easy challenge to undertake.

Egg Shells in the Cake Batter

My youngest son loves to help my wife cook. From his youngest days, he would ask to help. I can remember my wife patiently helping him along as he delighted in helping in some small way. One day, while my wife is making a cake, my son comes up and wants to cracks the eggs. Despite knowing the potential for a mess, my wife delights in letting him help her. Needless to say, taking a bite into the cake after it was finished, revealed an egg shell that was missed.

My wife didn’t need my son to help her make the cake. She delighted in him, just him wanting to help. To show an interest in what she is doing. Not for the work that was done, but for the heart that they had to do it all along. Now that he has expressed interest and willingness to help, we have encouraged him in this and have given him something that he enjoys doing.

That’s the way that God views us doing work in His kingdom. He doesn’t need us to do anymore than my wife needed my son’s help. But God delights in us helping Him, despite the mess we may leave behind, or the imperfect result of our work. And when we do it with the heart like my son had with my wife, God delights in us doing this work and will give us a passion for more. When we understand this, we can may just begin to understand the reason for the passions that God has give us in this life. We can use those passions to further His kingdom, not so we can accomplish things (because remember, He doesn’t need us to help), but so he can delight in us and our willingness to help.

We can also begin to fully understand humility. We don’t do things for God’s kingdom because he needs us to, but because it builds us up…it adds to us. Read what Craig Gross has to say in his book Go Small,

Here’s another aspect of humility we can draw from Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Mark: an understanding that our acts of service are all about Him and have nothing to do with us. What do I mean? I mean simply: God doesn’t need your ministry idea.

His plans aren’t going to come crumbling down if you don’t do your thing.

God’s kingdom is not contingent on you. Or me. Or any of us.

Does he use our works? Absolutely.

Does God want us to partner with Him in bringing about His plans and purposes for this world and all the individual people in it? You better believe it.

Does Jesus need you to do your part? No way.

Everything we do for God in our ministry is something that God could’ve done with us. He doesn’t need us… We need him!

My wife allowing my son to help her, helped build his passion and make him a better young man, she didn’t need him, in fact he needed her.

Thankfully God allows us to help Him in his work. God has given us passions and gifts. Start using them for Him, not so we can do something, but so He can delight in us!