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Called?

Called?

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,declares the Lord.”
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.” ` Jeremiah 1:4-10 ESV


Now, the calling of the Lord on our life may be nothing like that of Jeremiah. It may not be anywhere as dramatic and life changing of that of Paul, nor as instantaneous as that of that Disciples.

But believe me, we are called.

We are called to...
... Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength
... Love Your neighbor as yourself
... Take up your cross and follow Him
... Go therefore and make disciples, teaching and baptizing them
... Love as you have been loved
... Forgive as you have been forgiven
... Do the work of Him who has sent you as long as it is day. For night is coming when no one can work

Before He formed us, He knew us in the womb. He has had a hand in our life, before we even knew Him. He has led and guided before we even knew to ask. His grace has been given, even before we knew we needed it.

Of course He has called us...

Now go therefore and make a difference... Be a world changer and glorify God through it all.

Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem


REAL

Real

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” - John 15:5-7 NIV


I read this the other day and wanted to share. It’s a snippet from author and attorney Lee Strobel sharing how Jesus became real for him.

“I didn't become a Christian because God promised I would have an even happier life than I had as an atheist. He never promised any such thing. Indeed, following him would inevitably bring divine demotions in the eyes of the world.

Rather, I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take.” - Lee Strobel


For some, it’s a logical understanding that Jesus is who He said He is. For some it’s an unexplainable drawing to Him and a clarity that Jesus is the Son of God, and gives hope and grace and forgiveness through what He endured on the cross.

For me, it was a bit different. It was in a graduate assistant coach’s office at the University of Southern Mississippi. A moment in time when I came to the realization that Jesus was real and wanted a relationship with me, and I needed a relationship with Him.

Everyone’s story is different. For all it’s a realization that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and came to live and die and live again so that we might have life, everlasting life and live it abundantly.

Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem


Goals

Goals

There have been a lot of books written, speeches spoken and things said about goals over the years. Most of us have gone to conferences and/or seminars that have guided us in goal setting and have reiterated the importance of having goals in business, in our professional life, in our personal life.

But rarely have we heard much about having goals or setting goals in our faith life. Yet, here’s Paul plainly laying it out:

“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:13-14 NASB

Our Goal: The prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus

Now, what does that mean?

Paul’s goal was to...
Know Christ
Be like Christ
Be all that Christ had in mind for him to be

Like an elite athlete in training, we must have a single-mindedness and not allow anything to distract us or keep us from reaching our goal.

To me, the cool part of this is that Jesus wants to help us reach this goal. He wants us to know Him more. He wants us, even calls us to be more like Him. He wants us to have an abundant life and to live it joyfully.

Opposite of what we often times face when we set our business, professional and personal goals, instead of folks competing and striving against us, we have our goal Himself cheering us on, supporting our efforts, giving us strength in our weakness, reminding us that all things are possible through Him.

If we make Jesus our ultimate goal and our focus is striving to and pressing on to reach that goal, then all “other” goals (business, personal, professional) should fall in to their proper place underneath the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Set your sights on high. Know from where your help comes.

Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem


The Assist

The Assist

“Then Jesus came to them and 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 to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” - Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

I remember very little about my years of basketball. Very little about high school or college games or opponents. Just a memory here and a memory there. Most of it flushed away as we went from game to game.... year to year.

That being said, I do have one strong memory of my favorite play in college.

It happened my senior year in college. Our point guard had been injured the game before and our backup point guard wasn’t quite ready for that full time responsibility. So, this 6’6” swingman stepped into the floor general role for our Homecoming game.

During the first half of that game, I stepped in front of a pass and started going the other way to lead a fast break. As I was approaching the free throw line, from my peripheral vision I could see one of my teammates on my right streaking toward the basket. So, I dribbled the ball between my legs and went to the left side of the free throw line, pulling the defender toward me and thus opening up the right side of the floor.

Then, without slowing or thinking, I pulled my dribble up and floated a pass toward the rim. At that moment, my teammate leaped toward the basket, caught the ball and dunked the alley-oop pass.

BOOM!

And the crowd went nuts with a thundering roaring. The loudest I had ever heard in my years as a player.

I wasn’t the one that scored. I got no glory per se... I just made the pass.

And though I had worked on the ball handling move many, many times over the previous summer (primarily to be able to be able to take my own shot), my teammate and I had never practiced that play... that pass and dunk. It just sort of happened.

And it’s my favorite basketball memory of my playing career. Not scoring but making the assist.

Making the assist is like sharing my faith. You see at that moment, my job was to distribute the ball to another. At the moment that I accepted Jesus as my Savior, my job, if you would, became to grow in my faith... and then share it with others.

My assists now are in helping to lead others to Jesus. Some may accept right now and ask Jesus to be their Savior at the very moment I share. Some may hear and not yet respond until another or another share with him as well.

My job is to make the assist, share my faith, let others know where I stand and what I believe.

There is great joy in making the assist... great joy when someone prays to accept Christ. It’s emotional and exciting and a memory that lasts a lifetime... and an eternity changing moment for the one who accepts and believes, for the one who accepts the pass and scores.

Boom!

And the angels in heaven celebrate... with a thundering roar.

Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem



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