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Serve - Day 3

Serve - Day 3

Written by Jamey Smith

Have you accepted Christ as your lord and savior and experienced the gift of God’s grace and forgiveness. The spiritual high tingles from head to toe from knowing that you no longer are a slave to the bondage of your sin. Sin that had been dragging you down for longer than you know. Baggage weight you didn’t even know you were carrying has been lifted off your shoulders and suddenly you feel it; FREEDOM.

Now What?

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Now Go, Share

Go to family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers. Go and share your story. Share that spiritual high you felt when you said “yes” to Jesus, share how you were carrying baggage you didn’t know you had and now it’s gone. Share the freedom.

I accepted Christ at a men’s encounter on February 2, 2013. I remember when I got to the men’s encounter that I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea how much baggage I was carrying around. I had no idea I was going to accept Christ as my savior.

By the end of the weekend of the encounter, the baggage I had been carrying around, the sin I had been storing in my soul; was gone. It is hard to describe how it feels to not be a slave to the bondage of sin anymore. It is hard to describe how it feels to be FREE.

Serve

When you are on a spiritual high, you want to serve the world all at once! But the truth is, not everyone knows what their gift is to be able to serve in order to serve effectively and whole heartedly. If you don’t know what your gift is, pray and ask God. 

Every day I pray out loud to God during my drive to work. While I was asking God how I could serve Him, He asked me, “Who are you”? At first, I was like, you are God. You know who I am. Again he asked me, “Who are you”? I answered Him. I am Jamey Smith. I am a dad. I am a coach. I’m a mentor. I am a leader. I am like an overgrown kid. And God said yes. And so…. So my service will be with students and young adults.

Ok, so the crazy thing is that TJ came to me 1 week later and asked if I would be interested in being a leader in high school ministry. He was really trying to sell the idea and the whole time I was smiling because God already told me that is what I should be doing.

Four years later, I am still in high school ministry. I have made friends with so many of the students, their parents, and with other leaders. But most importantly, I have served and I have helped lead students to Jesus. I have served using my God given skill, to be a light for others, and to glorify God.

Share - Day 5

Share - Day 5

Written by Greg Knarr

Matthew 28:18-20Jesus 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.

In today’s world all we seem to DO is share.  You can’t get on social media without seeing people share what they had for dinner, where they went on vacation and their feelings on almost everything else.  Almost everything…   The things we are most likely to share are literally the things in this life that in the grand scheme of things mean the least. 

The Great Commission was Jesus’ last earthly message to his disciples.  He urged all of his disciples to go and to share.  If the disciples had our hesitancy to share, many books of the New Testament would have never been written.  Their witness, their experiences, and their testaments to how Christ changed their lives would have been lost forever.  Did they share out of a since of duty or perhaps obligation or did they share because the witnessed the true power of Jesus in their lives and the lives that Jesus touched?  That true sense of urgency to share the good news.  Those transformational stories of how Jesus works in the most hopeless of situations and brings peace and comfort are not only true but compelling.  Everyone of us has a story of how Christ has transformed our lives.  The sharing of those stories is the juice that brings people to Christ.  Why hide those?

I have the opportunity to speak on various tax issues all over the country.  I know it can be a really boring topic, but when I speak about the these topics I don’t quote facts and give so much of the why.  I show examples.  I give stories.  I show impact and results.  

“Facts tell stories sell”  

About a year ago I got in discussion on God with a coworker.  I’ll call him Ted.  Ted is an atheist.  So Ted asked me if I believed in God and started to want to argue facts.  You could tell Ted had practiced his arguments against God.  He wanted to point out areas that he didn’t think were true or to him sounded crazy.  Rather than argue facts, I simply shared what Jesus had done and continues to do in my life.  I SHARED my story.  Ted couldn’t argue the impact or result.  For me, that is uncomfortable.  It is something I had to step into. Sharing an experience like a great meal or an awesome vacation is easy.  Sharing how Jesus transformed your life is tough.  It is definitely not for sissies.  

Father, We thank you for the opportunities you give us to share Your word. We know as we share our unique stories and experiences that you are right their with us.  Please help us to be more mindful of our job to SHARE Your Gospel.  Give us strength, courage, and wisdom to bring more people to You.  We pray all of this on Your name. Amen.

Share - Day 1

Share - Day 1

Written by Ruthann Armentrout

I Peter 3:15 (NIV) says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect,”  

God gives us opportunities everyday of our life to show His love.  The question is, do we share it or not?  God gives us many doors to choose.  If we choose not to open the door then He will use someone else to do His work and you will miss out on the blessings He has in store for you.

For example, God called me to go to Russia and minister to the children in the Russian orphanages.  I shared the gospel message with the children but no one asked Jesus into their heart at that time.  I felt maybe I hadn't completed God's task.  When I returned home my 8-year-old son asked me why I went so far away and left him at home.  I explained that these children had no parents to love them, but more importantly that they needed Christ's love that would last forever and they could receive the gift of eternal life. 

He held my hand and said that he wanted to ask Christ to be his savior.  God showed me it was Levi's time.  If I hadn't followed His call I wouldn't have shared the special moment with my son.  Levi is in college now, but before he graduated from high school we both returned to Russia together to share His love with orphans.

My challenge to you is to start your day with prayer.  Ask God how He will use you today.  Second, love people around you.  God will place others in your path that need to hear your story.  Last, when God puts it on your heart to share His love, take the risk and do it.  Just look for the blessings He has in store for you! 

Go - Day 1

Go - Day 1

Written by Hanna Baker

Mark 16:15 begins by saying, "GO into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone." This command, often referred to as the "Great Commission" sounds simple, and is easy to understand. For most Christians, including me, we have a really hard time playing this out. Either we are afraid of being laughed at or we are too comfortable in our faith.

In a study conducted by LifeWay Research 80% of those who attend church one or two more times a month, believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61% have not shared the gospel in the last sixth months. Sixth months that someone could have been lead to Christ and promised eternity in heaven, gone.

In Philippians 2:12-13 it says "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." God's reason for putting us on this earth is to share the gospel with others and lead them to Christ. The Father's greatest desire is for you to have a relationship with Him through Christ and to show others the light of Jesus.

Many days I have a hard time getting up and going to school, but something my mom constantly tells me, "Hanna, you have to go, not for you but for other people. Who else is going to show them love? Who else is going to show them the light of Jesus?" Maybe instead of going right up to a person and bluntly saying," Do you have a relationship with God?" You can be kind to them, love on them, show them grace and smile at them when you pass by.  Living out our faith means  more than just words.  Maybe they'll ask questions which is the perfect opportunity to share the good news. Maybe they'll want to learn more, or maybe they'll cut you off as soon as the word Jesus leaves your lips. Either way, you will be following God's greatest desire.

It's not our job to lead everyone to Christ, but to plant the seed. Our most important mission as Christians is not just to know Christ, but to make him known to others. So GO and share the good news.