Happy Saturday my dear readers! I hope your weekend has been relaxing so far, and you’ve gotten a few naps in here and there; I definitely have.
Today I want to talk about joy. Being a joyous person has always been something I have struggled with, and I think part of the reason why is because I am always focused on being happy instead. And trust me friends, happiness and joy are two completely different things. Happiness is based on circumstance and worldly possessions, whereas joy is based on the goodness of God.
Did you know that the Greek word for joy is chara? And according to Bruce Hurt, chara is the “deep-down sense of well-being that abides in the heart of the person who is filled with the Spirit and knows all is well between himself and the Lord.” I am so humbled by these words. God love us so much that He was willing to create this emotion called joy, which we can feel at any time. It is unlike any other emotion because it is not limited by our circumstances, which I think is incredible, and something we definitely don’t deserve.
Have you ever seen a canvas or home decor that says “Choose Joy”? I used to get so angry whenever I ran across that quote. I would think to myself “You can’t just CHOOSE joy. Choosing to feel something that you’re not really feeling is lying to yourself.” The truth is I wasn’t really talking about joy, I was talking about happiness. Choosing happiness is having a bad day and forcing yourself to put a smile on your face. Choosing joy is acknowledging that God is always good and He loves us more than we could ever know, no matter the circumstance. When we soak in the truth of those words, nothing else matters because at the end of the day we know we have an Almighty God who is greater than any worldly possession or awful situation.
It’s hard to choose joy. It means letting go of your feelings and clinging to truth, and praising God in the storm. But as I have learned this week, choosing joy is oh so worth it.
You know what I’m talking about. You wake up feeling lazy, tired, having no motivation, but most of all you feel kind of meaningless. Well, at least I do. I think it is one of the worst feelings you can ever experience, and I was sulking in it.
I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes I forget that I can talk to God about whatever, whenever. That includes when I get into these funks. I tell myself, “I’ll just feel crappy about myself now and talk to God about it later.” Well, I actually don’t think that in the moment, but as I’ve sat here thinking about Saturday I realize that is what I do. I don’t engage with God during the hurt because I feel like He can’t do something about the situation immediately, which is completely false. He revealed that to me VERY clearly.
After moping around all morning, I decided to get out of the house and have quiet time with Jesus. I stopped by a grand establishment, Panera Bread, to have soup and read God’s encouraging Word. As some of you know, I am reading through the Bible beginning to end this year… and maybe next year too. I’m currently in 1st Kings, and Saturday I read chapter 10. To sum it up, King Solomon (the current king of the Israelites at the time) was really successful, wise, and wealthy. His leadership was so eye-catching that a queen came to visit him asking how he did it all, and you know what he says?
He gives all the glory to God. Right then I was reminded that that is what I’m supposed to do too! Every single day I have the opportunity to pursue my mission to share God’s goodness, including funky Saturdays. After reading this passage I felt so hopeful and encouraged that I prayed, asking the Lord to turn around my day and give me the opportunity to share the Gospel. Boy did he do it.
After Panera, I hit up a local coffee shop to read. When I get there the power is out, and the barista (whose name is Seth- I find that out later) tells me that they are limited in what drinks they can make for me. And to make a long story short, Seth ends up offering to pay for my drink. I am blown away by his kindness. These kind of things don’t happen to little ol’ Kassie- ever. I thanked him, and grabbed a table so I could read for an hour or so. While reading though, I couldn’t stop thinking about Seth’s kind gesture. His offer was so genuine, kind, and humble; He was in no way doing it to make him feel good about himself, and I realized that was the character of Jesus. Immediately after this realization, God whispers to me, “Thank him again.” So I did. And you know what? We chatted and I found out he was a believer who needed encouragement just as much as I did.
I don’t tell you all of this to brag; in fact, it’s just the opposite. I have hard days y’all. I have days where I feel worthless and see no hope. I have days where the funk hits me so hard that I can’t get out of bed. It’s depressing and painful, but this past Saturday I learned first-hand that God is more than willing to pull me out of that dark pit IMMEDIATELY. He gave me hope, then He showed me that I had purpose. He also showed me that other believers have purpose too, and that they can be just as discouraged or hopeful as I am. This may sound confusing and silly, but it was such a comforting feeling knowing that God can bring two hurting people and have them walk away feeling loved.
If you’re feeling the funk today, I hope that you found encouragement in this. I pray that you’re not like me and wait to talk to God when the pain has lessened. I pray that you run to God the moment you feel empty, because he can make you whole. NOTHING in this world can satisfy but him. One day we won’t even have to worry about the funk. We’ll be singing, dancing, and praising Jesus. I look forward to that.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
What do you think of when you hear the words black coffee?
Saturday mornings on the couch? The source that gets you through the day (behind Jesus, of course)? Or maybe you just think “ew.” You know what I think?
Most people don’t like black coffee, and the majority that do like it have accustomed a taste to it over time. And you know what? The same thing happens when our hearts are bitter. Being bitter feels gross at first, but as we let the anger, resentment, and hurt make a home in our hearts it starts to become a familiar feeling.
I bring this whole subject up because I am guilty of letting bitterness reside, and I think it’s so easy for all of us to let it happen. We see bitterness as justification for times we have been wronged, and friends, we need to let that mindset go. It’s not healthy. More importantly, it’s not what the Lord wants for us.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
– Proverbs 4:23
I love that God makes it so clear how important it is for us to watch what we let inside our hearts. “Above all else” guys- God thinks this is important. He cares about the condition of our hearts, and He wants them to be full of his Word, not the ugly comments on Facebook or that nasty look your friend gave you for no reason.
So this week, I say we all devote ourselves to spring cleaning our hearts; lets take out all the yucky stuff and instead fill it with beautiful truth. If you don’t know where to start, here’s the steps I will be taking throughout this week.
Confessing: Spilling the beans to God is a great way to start. Confessing my bitterness and what I’m upset about gives Him the opportunity to lift those burdens off of my shoulders, and He can do that for you too!
Now repent of your sins and and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord
– Acts 4:19-20
2. Alter my thoughts: Whenever I have the urge to hold a grudge, I’ll remind myself that being bitter hurts me more than hurts anyone else. Letting ugly thoughts about someone or something dwell in my mind will allow them to seep into my heart, which is the OPPOSITE of guarding my heart!
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
– Ephesians 4:31-32
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
– Romans 12:2
3. Prayer: Praying for those I’m upset with is a vital step to truly getting the yucky stuff out of my heart. It may sound absurd, but that’s that’s what so cool about God: He calls us to be different and respond to the world differently. Though this may be a difficult challenge, praying for others can not only bless them, but free me from bitterness! It’s a win-win!
It’s also important to pray about the condition of my heart. I have to be willing to be humble with God and confess that I have also made a mistake by holding on to my hurt. Asking for help in trusting Him and loving others is a great way to show that I NEED God in the process of all of this.
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
– Matthew 5:44
Have you gotten used to the taste of your stale, black coffee? If so, let’s use this week to dump it out, clean up the mug, and fill it with something sweeter- WAY sweeter.
This journal, you see, has become very near and dear to my heart. It holds all kinds of things like quiet time entries, entries about my day, particular memories, and some days I’ll just write away all of the feels that I’m feeling.
Sometimes my entries give me ideas to write about on my blog, so tonight I was skimming through my journal searching for content when I suddenly noticed a particular pattern in my journal.
Y’all, my emotions are SO INCONSISTENT. It’s bizarre. I am literally lol’ing at myself just thinking about it. One day I’m praising Jesus, thanking Him for how cool He is and how much I trust Him, and then the next day my journal is tear-stained and full of words contradictory to what was said prior. I couldn’t help but think, “What is going on here?!”
I think Paul explains it best in Romans 7:14-17,
“So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for what I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the doing wrong; it is the sin living in me that does it.”
This is me right now. This is the season I’m living in. It’s weird, confusing, painful, and a billion other things. I can’t tell you how many times this Christmas break where I’ve wanted to do something the Lord has called me to do and I haven’t. I say “I trust you Lord,” but my actions don’t follow up afterwards. I’ve been so frustrated with myself because of my inconsistency, and I’m sure you’ve been here- we all have. We are humans, sinners, wanting to please our flesh and desert our spirit.
It’s comforting though to know that even someone like Paul, a man who was such a huge advocate of the Kingdom, struggled with the inconsistency and confusion of his own thoughts and actions. But you know what’s even more comforting?
That we have a God who IS consistent and stable. We even get the honor to call Him our rock!
Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. – Psalm 71:3
We’ve got to hold onto that truth, friends. He can be our stable, never moving, never changing, rock.
BUT WE’VE GOT TO LET HIM BE THAT FOR US.
Just like Paul said in Romans 7, the law is not what is wrong- it is us. I know that’s harsh, but hear me out for a second.
God has been pursuing us since the beginning of time. That’s why Jesus came, because God wanted His people to know their creator and how much He loves them! Jesus, the sinless human, died for us so God could make Himself fully available to us, humans of many faults, whenever we need Him. So we need to ask ourselves,
What is keep us from living on mud and mire to living on THE firm and solid rock?
I’m still trying to figure that out for myself, honestly. I’ve noticed there’s a disconnect between my head, my heart, and my spirit. My head knows God’s promises and the truth that they hold, but my heart doesn’t at all. It’s been a challenge finding what’s causing that disconnect, but I’m trying to figure it out. Just like any relationship, I’m working hard to make my relationship with the Lord better, and we all know that things like that can take time.
So what is it for you? Is there something that’s keeping you from confidently standing on the Rock? Now I want to remind you, it’s okay that your emotions are unstable. It’s okay that you’re confused and you have no idea what’s going on right now. You’re human- it happens. What’s not okay though, is to sit in your emotions and confusion, to sit in your mud and mire. No, you are called to so much more friend. That is one thing I know for sure.
So let’s get through this season together. I know we can do it, along with the help of our sweet friend Jesus.
And thanks for reading and spending time with me. 🙂 I will chat with y’all soon!
Hello friends! After a month of not writing, I am finally back, and it feels good to be back. I hope that y’all had a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
To kick off 2017, I want to start a tradition on my blog to write about each passing year. You see, in my 19 years of living I have learned that it’s so easy to pass by and forget moments that got you to where you are in the present. You look at where you’re at now and you think, “Wow, how did I end up getting here?” And it stinks, because those moments are moments where we can thank God for what he’s done, whether it be big or small, and we can see how his faithfulness brought us to the present. I don’t want to miss out on glorifying my king. I want to tell the whole world what he’s done in my life.
So here it goes.
2016 for me was.. a lot, if I’m going to be honest. There was a ton of pain, stress, and fear, but there was even more joy, peace, and celebration. It was the year where everything changed because I finally let Jesus live in me. He wasn’t just a visitor that I invited in for a cup of tea every once in a while. No. I asked him to move into my heart.
Because of that radical invitation, Jesus completely came into my life and swept me off my feet. The first major sign of his newfound presence was when he called me to create this blog. Y’all have no idea how baffled I was. God wanted little ol’ me to create something on the internet for everyone to see. What? There’s no way I could do it!
But I did, with His help. After weeks of trying to figure out how this whole shebang works, I uploaded my first blog post. Then the next one, and the next one. Next thing you know there are people calling and messaging me telling me how touched they are by my posts, or how they enjoy my makeup videos. That’s when I knew that the Lord was in the middle of all this. And I just want to say thank you to all of the people who have responded in any way to my blog. It means the world to me, and you should know that what I’m doing would be nothing without my Jesus. I couldn’t have done this without Him.
Another huge milestone for me this year was finishing high school and going off to college. God has done such amazing things through my education. Not only am I attending my top choice school, but he readily prepared me for my 4 (maybe 8) year journey by blessing me with an amazing roommate and awesome friends. I was so excited to enter college with a fresh start and make new friends, but little did I know that God would fulfill my heart’s desires before I even started my first day of classes! Wowza. He just blows my mind.
While being at UT, so many blessings and miracles have come my way that I can’t even count them. But, there are some that I would love to highlight and touch on.
First would definitely have to be starting a bible study in my residence hall. I’ve never mentioned it on my blog, but at the very start of my fall semester God called me to start a bible study. Again, I was baffled and I didn’t know how the heck I was going to pull it off. I had never EVER attended a bible study, let alone led one, but boy oh boy did the Lord step in.
On my very first day of classes I stepped into an elevator to then meet one of my future friends, Christian. He pointed at my shoes that say “Jesus Rocks,” said they were cool, and it all snowballed from there. I got to meet his friend Carolyn who also felt called to start a bible study within the residence hall, and BOOM! We made it happen. Now some may say that it wasn’t a very successful bible study. We had a few people show up here and there, sometimes it was just the main squad, but ultimately it didn’t really matter. I think the bible study has been super successful, and one of my favorite parts of college yet! Getting together with friends to just talk about life and learn more about Jesus has been one of the biggest blessings, and I couldn’t be more grateful that God once again called little ol’ me to get out of my comfort zone.
Another big part of my experience at UT was how I spent my Thursday nights. For 2 hours every week I got to hang out with some really cool kids who live in under-resourced communities through a non-profit called “Mount Nebo”. These kid’s living situations are more than likely way tougher than mine, and I am so grateful that I got the privilege to love on them and share the gospel with them. It has opened my eyes to my own resources and how incredibly blessed I am. Not only have I gained a thankful heart, but the desire for helping children has flooded inside of me. I look at them and I can’t help but smile, and when they’re in pain I’m in pain; it’s been the craziest feeling.
I’ve also recently been given the opportunity to be a part of the marketing team for Mount Nebo, which I am super excited for! The Lord has been ever so present in this journey, and I’m so excited where He going to take me within this ministry.
Now like I said in the beginning of this post, 2016 did have some very rough patches- in fact, it was probably one of the most difficult years of my life. I battled with illness, illnesses in the family, deaths in the family, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, and a ton of other things, and I tell you all these things because I want you to know that I still believe that God is good.
I am able to sit here and write because the Lord was faithful in every. single. situation. There was not a time that I called out for Him where He did not show up. That doesn’t mean that my experiences were painless- no, not in the slightest, but my devoted Father would come in every time and give me peace when I cried out. Sometimes I wonder where I would be right now if it wasn’t for God; I don’t think it would be a very good place.
I am excited for 2017. The word “hope” has been stuck in my head the past few days and I think it’s a reminder for me to keep my eyes on the Lord, because the mountains that I faced in 2016 that are still in my way will one day be totally obliterated. I have hope in that for me, and I have hope in that for you too. Oh dear reader, I hope you know how much you are loved by our Father. He cares for you so much, and He wants you to experience his sweet love. I encourage you to let Him in, and let Him in all the way. I did in 2016, and I honestly wish I would have given it all to God sooner.
But now all that we have is what is ahead. So take heart and keep your eyes on him, for he has overcome the world.
I did it. I made it. I got through my first semester of college.
With me being on break now, I know many of my family members and friends are bound to ask the question, “How was your very first semester of college?!” And I’m here on my blog to share with everyone how my first semester actually went. It’s so easy to be passive and say “It was good!” but I don’t want to be passive; I want to be honest.
And honestly, this was one of the hardest seasons I’ve ever been through in my entire life, and not for the reasons I thought it would be.
It wasn’t the transition, the classes, or the time management that made my semester so tough, but my relationship with Lord was constantly being challenged by hurdles I had already gotten over. But that’s the thing- I got over them, but I didn’t actually confront them head on. And on top of that, there were new hurdles that I had to face.
These hurdles that I’m talking about are things like anxiety, depression, low-self esteem, illness and fear. Some I battled with every day, and some crept up on me every so often. The worst part of it all is that I expected these things. I expected to feel anxious in certain situations. I expected to wake up and hate what I saw in the mirror. I expected to have a stomach-ache every day. It was routine, and I hated that I was becoming accustomed to these feelings that are not of God.
While all of this was happening, I was also pursuing the Lord the most I ever had. My. heart. was. on. FIRE for the Lord when I entered college. It was crazy. All I wanted to do was spend time with him, talk about him and see him move on my campus, and man were those promises fulfilled.
But I was confused. The Lord’s presence was everywhere I went and infiltrating everything around me, but he wasn’t infiltrating me. Well, at least I thought. I couldn’t understand why I was mentally battling myself all the time and the Lord wasn’t coming through for me.
Then it hit me a few nights ago. I was taking a practice exam for my philosophy class (which I do not recommend unless you are a die-hard fan of Aristotle or Locke), and after studying for an entire week my grade barely improved from the first time I took it, and the first time I didn’t even study at all.
I cried. If I made a bad grade on this exam there was a likely chance I would make a C in the class, and if you know me you know that it would be devastating to me if I made C. My sweet roommate came over and gave me a hug, reassuring me that things would be okay. After my little episode, I went and took a shower to cool off. I was so frustrated. I cried to God asking why this semester was so dang difficult, and that I wanted it to stop.
Then Matthew 6:24 popped into my head:
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Now my situation doesn’t necessarily involve money, but as I kept thinking about this verse I made a connection.
For a majority of my life, I have been giving in to what the world says is true. Just like people depend on money more than the Lord’s provision, I was putting more trust into what the world said about me and my abilities than what God says about me; more crucially, I was believing the lies that the enemy was constantly whispering in my ear. And this verse reminded me that I can’t believe in those lies anymore if I want to continue to pursue the Lord with all my heart.
When we allow God to move into our lives completely, he doesn’t want to have roommates. He doesn’t make room for fear, anxiety, insecurity, or idols to reside in our hearts- he wants them out.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. – 1 John 4:18
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
God knows the desires of my heart. He knows that I have been running after him faster than I ever have my entire life, but he also knows that for me to continue following him I have to change some things. I have to kick my old residents out so he can completely settle in. He made that apparent to me as I was continually facing my bad habits and the lies I kept believing.
I want to encourage any of you who are going through something similar to keep pushing through and CLING to the Lord as you’re fighting your way through this difficult season. It’s not going to be easy, but the end is worth it. I haven’t reached the end myself, but I know that it’s coming soon and I am so excited to see what’s in store. I know it’s bigger than what I can imagine; the smallness of my thinking has limited me in the past, and I don’t want that to happen anymore. I don’t want that to happen to you. Our God is so huge and he has big plans, and that’s why we need to pursue him and him alone, not the lies that the enemy tells us.
Ironically, I would like to end this post with a quote by a philosopher named Augustine,
“Since God is the highest good, He would not allow any evil to exist in His works, unless His omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil.”
Hi friends. It’s been a while since I’ve just opened up my laptop and just started writing. I’ve missed it!
I was inspired to write about what the Lord has been doing in my life, specifically what he has been doing today, and that is the fact that he has been giving me rest.
I’m a college student. It is the most hectic time of the semester with finals rolling around and trying to finish up the last of my tests and papers,
but I’m not worried at all. Not one bit. Isn’t that crazy? It blows my mind how swiftly the Lord’s peace moves. Theoretically, I should be freaking out, having breakdowns, crying ten times a day, but everything is smooth sailing. He makes it smooth sailing.
Another thing: not only has the Lord given me peace, but he has take away my fears and anxieties subsided them to a minimum.
For example, today I had to do a presentation for a class. Normally, I would get extremely anxious to the point where I’d feel like fainting, but today God swooped me in his arms and said I’m loved and cared for. I woke up with 1 Peter 5:7 as the first thing on my mind, and that helped carry me through the time up to my presentation. I wasn’t anxious; I actually felt confident! It was something that has been foreign to me for such a long time. It was nice to once again fall into the Lord’s peace.
I’m writing this on my blog because I want all of you out there who are stressing out, extremely anxious, or just overall having a bad week to know that YOU ARE LOVED and God WANTS to give you rest! You just have to truly invite him in to do so.
I promise, He will be there the second you call for Him.
Hello friends! I am so incredibly excited to share with you something I have been relishing in the past couple of weeks, and that is God’s grace.
What is God’s grace?
Well according to the handy dandy internet, grace is the free and undeserved favor of God.
Keep that in mind, you’ll need to remember that in a minute. For now, let me share with you a common scenario I’ve been experiencing lately:
Me: Okay, I’m going to study for this class, workout, eat, do this and that, and then read my bible!
*Night time comes*
Me: Oh gosh I spent my entire day studying and I didn’t get to do this and that.. or read my bible! I’ll just catch up tomorrow.
Me: (repeats this process 3 days in a row)
Me: Ahh no I haven’t read my bible in days, God is probably so disappointed dkgndinfknfjefnj.
You get the point.
Do you ever do this? Do you ever try to intentionally spend time with The Lord, but you let other responsibilities get in the way? Because I’ll be honest, I go through this process ALL THE TIME, and the worst part is that I feel like I am failing God.
But let me tell you something friends,
God is a gracious God that runs after our hearts, not our Christian duties.
I am a person who puts very high expectations on myself; I have ever since I was a little kid. And when I came to know God, I somehow got the idea that the expectations I have on myself are also God’s expectations.
But that is SO UNTRUE.
A lot of the time, I’m harder on myself than God is. Iam the one who sets a goal to have quiet time with The Lord every day, not him. Although he delights in when I spend time with him, he doesn’t force me to because he is a God who believes in free will. He wants us to crave the word, not forcefully feed on it.
And even on the days I do take the time to read the word, I still need God’s grace. You know why?
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet, God with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty of our sins. – Romans 3:23
Every day I fall short because of sin. Even if I do something pleasing to the Lord, like reading his word, it doesn’t wipe away the displeasing things I also do, like talking back or having a bad attitude. But that’s the beautiful thing about our Father- HE LOVES US ANYWAY. He sent his perfect son to die on a cross because he thinks we’re worth something despite our failures.
This is GRACE y’all!
The only thing God expects of his people is for us to willingly pursue him with all we have. That doesn’t mean always getting things right, but always striving for what is right, and what He is calling us to as his disciples. Every expectation that doesn’t line up with that is our own.
So the next time you beat yourself up on not reading the word, or not praying for that friend you grab lunch with, remember that God’s grace is abundant whether we do those things are not. Even so, that kind of grace and love should encourage us to say “yes” to him next time.
Wow y’all. It’s that time of the year already. School is here, and summer is over. I cannot even express how blown away I am about how quickly these past 3 months have whizzed by. But I do have to say, in those 3 months I have grown A LOT. I have learned so much about the Lord as my relationship with him has increasingly gotten deeper and deeper. And one of the things that He has brought to my attention the most is people.
People who are hurting and lacking
Have you ever seen someone whose face easily gives away that something is seriously troubling them? Because I have, and I’ve seen it way too many times. And y’all,
we are called to HELP those people.
Especially with a new school year starting, it is so easy to stick with our group of friends and be comfortable with that. It is so easy to just pass on by in the hallways and not speak a word to anyone, because it’s the safe thing to do.
But God doesn’t call us to be safe.
He calls us to be courageous and brave, and help those who are HURTING.
This is my command- be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua shares this with the Israelites before taking possession of the land God had promised them. I believe that the Lord also want us to apply this to ourselves when we are about to go out on the mission field, a.k.a, outside the walls of the comfort of our church, friends, and sometimes homes.
We are on a mission to show people the love of Jesus, and I feel like we tend to forget that when we are in the comfort of our Christian bubble for too long. It’s not about just knowing what is right and wrong, reading the Bible, and hanging out with other Christians, it’s about using those tools and knowledge and sharing it with others. It’s about loving on people. Why else are we doing those things? For our sake?
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Goodbye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well” -but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
It took me a long time to realize that my life is about more than just me; it’s also about those around me, because I do leave my mark on each and every person I encounter.
And does that mark represent Jesus?
Honestly, not always, but it’s a work in progress. So today, I am challenging you and myself to take action. Whether it’s going up to a person and telling them you’re praying for them, or buying someone a meal, there are plenty of ways for all us to take action and share with people the love that saves.
It saved me, and it saved you.
So why don’t we help others get saved?
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
A lot of times, we think of Jesus as the man who did miraculous, unexplainable things that we can never wrap our heads around. He is the perfect man who sacrificed himself for the imperfect. While this is beautiful truth, we are still missing one very important aspect of the story.
So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. – Hebrews 2:11
He died because he loves us.
He died so He could call us family.
He wanted us sinners to be apart of His family so we could be loved the way the Father loves Him.
This blows my mind. Jesus is my brother, OUR brother. Do we ever truly appreciate how amazing that is?
Like I said earlier, we always see Jesus as our Savior, which He rightfully is, but I feel that sometimes that makes Him seem so far away. He is the popular kid at school and there is no way we can get into his circle.
But that’s not true y’all.
He walked on the Earth side by side with humans. He endured the same trials and tribulations that we went through. Temptation, anger, suffering- He went through it all so He could later on help us, like the big brother that He is. And the best part is, because Jesus never sinned throughout His entire life (even during the rough times) His advice is perfect!
Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. – Hebrews 2:17-18
Guys, don’t ever forget that Jesus loves you. He wants to spend time with you and for you to see him as he sees you- A brother/sister in Christ.