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Jesus > Religion

Have you ever gone to church because you are supposed to?  Some of you do it every week…  Have you ever prayed and it was more just going through the motions? Have you ever felt like following Jesus sucks the fun out of life?  Have you ever felt bored because of your beliefs?  Have you ever been exhausted because all you do to keep your public religious perspective strong?  I know I have at times.  Here is what Jesus has to say about that…

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said following Him would not leave you tired, worn out, and burnt out on religion.  Key word… RELIGION.  Jesus did not come to start or continue a religion. Overtime, religion has become mans earning of God’s approval or appeasement of His wrath.   Jesus was around people who acted that way towards the Father He knew.  He came to show a better way.  

“Come to me. Get away with me.” speaks to relationship.  There is no sense of earning or appeasement, but friendship.  Jesus offers says he is offering the recover of life and real rest.  This is the opposite of the religious system that was imposed on the people Jesus was talking to.  Would you describe your relationship with Jesus as “come with me, get away with me, recovery of life, and real rest?”  or are you stuck in religion?  

Jesus gives us the answer. “Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”  Key word is with.  Religion is you do on your own, relationship is with.  How would you describe your relationship with Jesus… with or  just for?

Relationships take effort but not to earn but develop.  They are strengthened over time.  Vulnerability and truth are keys to depth of relationship.  Prayer is how we communicate.  Scripture is how we learn His wisdom and ways.  Worship is how we set our mind, heart, and soul.  Want to live free and light… Let religion fall away and develop relationship with the God who gave His Son so you could know Him. Come. Walk. Work. With. Watch. Learn. Relationship

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg

Investment and the Kingdom

A business man owns an investment company and has three employees.  He is getting ready to go on a 2 year trip to start some new business ventures. To keep the company he already has going, he entrusts each employee with money based on what he thinks they are capable of overseeing.  For one he gives $1.4 million, another $3 million, and his strongest employee $7 million.  

2 years later, the owner returns to see how his business is running.  The employee entrusted with investing $7 million now has $14 million.  The owner rewards his success by adding another $7 to his accounts.  The employee with $3 million now has $6 million, and is entrusted with an additional $3 million.  The employee with $1.4 million put it in a brief case and did nothing with it.  When asked why an investment company employee did not invest the money, the employee replyed

Matthew 25:24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ (emphasis mine)

This story is a paraphrase of a parable Jesus often referred to as the parable of the talents.  For the amount of money was called a talent. 

The business owner trusted the servant because he was a good man, but the employee questioned the character of the owner.   I think one of the reasons we do not experience all God has for us is we distrust God’s character and motive in our lives. Is God really setting me up for joy or keeping me from something good?  Is God really good when bad things happen in my life? If I tithe, does God really bless me?  

“I was afraid” really says it all.  Not only did this employee doubt the goodness of the owner, but they doubted their talent.  Fear so easily creeps in.  It is one of the enemies first tactics against you… Fear.  Some say fear is False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.  Sometimes the evidence is real and there is real reason for why we could choose fear.  There are 365 times in scripture God tells us not to give into fear.  Why?  Life and the enemy gives us plenty of reasons to fear.  

Each employee had reason to fear.  If they lost all the money they would loose their job.  Investing has risk, and risk invokes fear. Two employees buried their fear and their ability made way to double their talents. The employee entrusted with the least buried their talent and fear won the day. 

God has uniquely designed the fabric of who you are.  You have a personality make up, you have gifts, resources, and many other things.  You also have an enemy looking to keep you ineffective in the Kingdom of God by intimidating you with fear so you would bury your talent.  

Today you will bury something: your talent or your fear… choose

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church

Something New

Today I want to try something new…  Instead of reading my 500 word devotional, answer the closing question.

John 13:34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

In your marriage, family, place of work… Today, how will you PROVE to these people that you are a disciple of Jesus in the way that you love?

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon
thevibrant.church 

What if God…

8 years ago, God gave me a dream.  It is one of those dreams that is bigger than you and requires God to move or it will completely never take flight.  God spoke to me to plant a church, but not yet.  I don’t know if you have ever had to sit on a dream before, but it is rough!  I spend the next 4 years letting God birth a church in my heart.  Then something I did not understand happened. God asked me to let the dream die and tell my senior pastor I was letting it die.  That was one of the most painful things I have ever done.  Letting the dream God gave me die…

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Two years later, I met with a mentor of mine who gave me a prophetic word.  “God is calling you to plant a church.”  I left that meeting not sure what happened and went to Walmart to get some things and when I got out of my truck, I threw up. 

19 months later, after many incredible events and interactions that only God could set up, we are about to move to a suburb of Miami.  We are going to an area that is 97% unchurched.  So we are going to a place that is not looking for a church, needing money we don’t have, with a team we don’t have, and no guaranteed income when we get there.  Oh and I just had my 4th child. But what if God…

What if people joined us and prayed for God to move? What if God stirred people to give?  What if people moved to help us plant this church? What if people showed up?  What if marriages are restored?  What if dads begin following Jesus?  What if kids watch God change their dads life?  What if the public school sees a church serve them?  What if single mom’s find help in a church? What if people get healed?  What if addicts get freedom?  What if God changes a city?  What if God moves takes a family asking them to sell everything and leave familiar? What if we obey?  What if God…

When I turn 60, I will look back over my life.  I don’t want to play it safe.  I don’t want to do what is expected.  I want to live my life believing… What if God…  I don’t want to get to 60 and look back and wander… What if I obey?  What would God have done?

Now you… What if God did _______ in your life?  What if you obeyed?  What if you forgave? What if you forgave the debt?  What if you talked to them?  What if you gave until it hurts?  What if you started that business?  What if you sought God for a purpose in your life?  What if you obeyed?

Go to the Dream Giver and let Him give you a dream birthed in conviction!

If you want to hear more about my upcoming journey go to thevibrant.church

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Thermostats and Thermometers

A couple weeks ago, I walk into a house that felt HOT!  I walked into a wall of heat like I walked into the desert.  My internal thermometer was reading “this is miserable.” So I go to the thermostat and change the temperature.  A couple hours later (yes my a/c unit is weak), the temperature was normalized and it was good.

I could have just complained about the temperature and made other people miserable.  Or I can go set a new temperature on the thermostat. 

Proverbs 13:9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy,
    but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Almost anyone can tell whether a room is hot or cold.  Almost anyone can identify a problem in this life.  You can identify it in your job, your spouse, you parent, your kid, your church, and every once in a while yourself. Anyone can identity a problem.  If you can identify a problem, this does not make you special.  It just makes you human. 

When you can change a situation without making the room too hot or cold, you are a thermostat.  Jesus wanted his followers to be thermostats.  He wanted them to change the temperature of wherever they went.  

Paul and Silas were once in prison because they preached the gospel.  At midnight, they starting singing worship songs out of a heart of joy.  Their circumstances could have made them a thermometer and they could have been angry or discouraged.  Like the Psalm, their life was full of light and joy.  The jail is shaken and the doors open.  The warden comes to find the doors open and Paul and Silas still in their cell.  They lead this man to Jesus and his whole family gets saved. Why?  They were a thermostat.  

How to be a Thermostat?

  1. Don’t let your circumstances shape your internal temperature.  It is easy to let our temporary problems shape our internal temperature.  God has put His Spirit in you so you can choose light and joy. 
  2. Don’t let your emotions cause you to set the wrong temperature.  Remember who you are and whose you are!  God has called you to change the world you are in not be changed by it!
  3. Invite God to give you light and joy.  He is your source and wants to teach you how to be a thermostat, not just a thermometer. 

You are a thermometer.  You can feel the temperature.  A thermostat needs a thermometer to know how to adjust.  So choose to be more than a thermometer and change the world around you.  Set the temperature at home, at work, at church, in your heart.  Don’t let other people taint your ability to set the right temperature.  Gossip kills. Negativity destroys.  Fear corrupts. Joy brings hope. Light dispels darkness. Love covers.

So go be a thermometer!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

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