What Will You Do With Your Power?

What Will You Do With Your Power?

John 1:12 says that our belief in Jesus empowers us to become the sons of God. John references this when he writes “beloved, now are we the sons of God...” in 1 John 3:2. The gospel of John and the other Johannine epistles were written in a span of about 5-10 years later. John continues the motif of spiritual sonship to his audience. His later epistles are written with an idea that there has been a progression of sorts. He says in the latter epistle, “now are we…” indicating that something has changed. Progression. In our walk of faith, we must concern ourselves with progression. The writer of Hebrews says in the first verse of Chapter 6, “let us go on unto perfection...” We are challenged to growth throughout scripture. We should always be adding to our Christian experience, but are we?

I ask this because I’m challenged in this same way. Am I adding virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity (2 Peter 1:5-8)? Am I advancing in the cause of Christ? What if I’m not? In weight loss and exercise, people often talk about the plateau. They reach a point where no matter what they do, they can only maintain the point they’ve reached and can’t seem to go beyond it. But John 1:12 says that I have the power to become the son (child/offspring) of God. Many times, we look like only what we’ve done. We look like a good church member. We look like a do-gooder! But, that’s all. When will we use the power we’ve been given to finally BE what we’ve been empowered to become! 

Did you plateau in the becoming phase? I’ll admit, there are times I look at my spiritual life and have to concede that this is my reality. But, can I press into going beyond where I’m used to going? Can my mind be stretched to access the deeper things of God that take a little (or a lot) more critical thinking and divine help to fully understand? Am I willing to alter my schedule to meet God when He is inviting me to fellowship? Am I willing to ask like the rich, young ruler, “what yet lack I?” Am I willing to release what I think I should be or what I think I should be doing to receive the revelation of what God wants me to do? 

I have the power to do this? I’ve been given this power and it’s mine to use. It’s yours to use! Romans 8:19 says that the world is waiting for the sons of God to be revealed. Your job is waiting on the impact of your influence. Your neighborhood is. Your church is. Your family is. Most importantly, the Kingdom is waiting on you! What will you do with your power? 

Here’s What Happened…

Here’s What Happened…

In this episode, we discuss what led us to this point and how we’re seeking to maneuver from this pivotal moment. Each week, you’re invited to join the discussion and share your thoughts with us. We serve in local churches and have many friends who are faith leaders and leaders within other local assemblies. There are many topics they cannot openly discuss but using this platform, we will. We also have several friends and family members who no longer attend church.

Be Reconciled

Some of them have walked away from the faith and some of them were never really into the church thing beyond the demand of their parents. So, what we do? Our answer is this discussion platform where no topic is off-limits. We’ll do our best to openly and transparently discuss these hard-hitting topics through the lens of the word and our vast experiences. Join us each week, we’re saving a seat for you!

How to Retain Your Focus

How to Retain Your Focus

Today I finished a job that was weeks in the making. I took a sigh of relief then I thought about how glad I would be to spend time doing something besides that job. It took so long and there were days I couldn’t see the end in sight! But, it was only one part of a busy week and start to the new year. 

With that sense of accomplishment came the temptation to look around and find something else to get into! I was quickly reminded that there was other work that needed to be completed before starting something else! Then as I often do, I thought about the significance of that reminder. Here’s something I wrote down when I thought about it, before you go do anything else, you need to be certain that you’ve completed the current assignment! 

That’s not really sexy and I’d never think of putting it on a shirt but it did remind me to remain focused! As I sat back down at my desk, I was reminded about another post I was working on as 2022 came to a close. In that post, I asked another question that keeps me grounded, “Am I being successful in my assignment?” It’s easy to become distracted and put down what you’re doing to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing or what is considered cool. I couldn’t because I hadn’t yet finished the work for my clients. 

Before you go do anything else, you need to be certain that you’ve completed the current assignment!

Comparison is the thief of joy and often times admiring and even envying what someone else has will cause you to miss the beauty in what you’re beholding! Though there was a bit of a reprieve in my home office today, the work continues! 

As you read this, I want to encourage you to keep working! Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Don’t count their numbers or try and measure their harvest before your fields turn white! We’re capable of much more than we accomplish. Problem is, we only find out when we’re focused enough to follow through! 

When you’re tempted to detour or deviate from your journey, ask yourself the question, “am I being successful in my assignment?” Lastly, I leave you with this thought. I decided in late 2022 not to spend another day comparing myself to anyone else. Instead, I’m choosing to spend my days and time in compliance to the will of God for my life! That should eliminate any comparison or envy. Try it and let me know how it works for you! 

“Distraction-proof” is my new way of life!