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Power of Purpose

This Monday, I went to a Starbucks and bought coffee for the two people behind me in line.  They were pleasantly surprised at their free coffee.  We talked about their journey in Medical School and the stress of picking where they were headed in medicine.  Their pick determines their residency and if they decide to change later they will start over in residency.  They were both in long term relationships.  

I started talking about moving to south Florida to start a church.  They told me they went to church when they were home with their parents but struggled to find a church here.  They asked me why I was planting a church here.  I told them I am planting a church to reach people who do not go to church.  Their response was perfect: “why would someone who doesn’t want to go to church go to yours?”

I told them 3 reasons: 1. People dont need religion but to know God, like really know Him 2. People know they need friends 3. People need purpose

They shared with me how people who eat right and have purpose live better and healthier than anyone else.  It is amazing how purpose impacts our bodies. I shared with them how my vision is to have a church where it is common for people to have a purpose filled burden birth in conviction from God’s presence.  Then they use that purpose to make a difference in someone else’s life.  They were completely intrigued and couldn’t believe someone would move here to make that happen.  

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

God has a purpose that He wants to birth in your to make a difference in the life of someone else.  I caring for others and showing generosity, you will find life to the fullest!  So today get in God’s presence and find purpose.  Let that purpose lead you to help someone live a better story!

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church

Grateful

I recently met with a friend who was really frustrated with their place of work.  They shared how discouraged they were in the expectations put on them and how the overall culture is overworked and those that work the longest are the most celebrated. Seeing the negative impact on himself and several that had decided not to work there, he decided he wasn’t sure he wanted to work there.

This Sunday, at his church they preached on writing a list of things they are grateful for. He was led by the Lord to write things about his work.  It was not hard for him to make the list.  He read the list outloud and it softened his heart toward his work.  He went from ready to consider quitting to grateful for his opportunity.

I think all of us can relate with his frustration.  It might not be a job, but a person or a group of people.  So I want you to do something.  I want you to write down one person or thing in your life that really frustrates you. Really stop reading and write it down. 

I know I can struggle here.  I remember asking God to work at a certain place and then about 6 month later I am complaining to God about working there.  I ask God for a child and when they are screaming I question why I prayed that.  I am grateful for a vehicle and the moment I have an issue, I complain.  What if I just stayed grateful and chose to look at the blessing and not the challenges.  What I focus is on is up to me and I want to live a grateful life.  Not to mention we like spending time with grateful people. 

What do you complain about today that is actually a blessing from God?  Where do you need to change your focus. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Next I want you to write down 7 things about that person or thing that you are thankful for about them or it. Don’t say, “I have nothing.”  There is something.  Take the time to let it be deeply personal.  Now read it outloud.  Read it again before you see that person or go to that job and notice how different your attitude is.  

Why?  It is hard to keep a grateful spirit down.  Grateful people are noticed for their genuine smile. They are noticed in how they treat people different.  They are noticed for how the see more than normal people do.  If you were a boss interviewing two equally qualified people, one was grateful and had a smile, the other just didn’t. Who would you hire?  The grateful one… Why we like being around grateful people is because they are fun and light up a room.  They emanate hope. 

So today choose to be grateful. Choose to emanate hope!

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg

I don’t know how…

This week while driving I realized that when I press the gas pedal my truck moves when it is in gear.  I do not know how the truck knows how to change gears or how the gas pedal makes it go. I have a general idea but very limited.  I also preach from an ipad. I type it on my macbook and then the letters appear on the screen and then wirelessly transfer everything to my ipad for me to preach from.  I have no idea how it all work!  That does not keep me from driving or preaching with an ipad. 

26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29

Last week, I shared how this scripture is a parable about how we need to plant Jesus the seed into the dirt of our lives and let the dirt do its work. This week I want to look at something different:

The principle beneath the parable is that we should not let the fact we don’t understand how something works keep us from sowing seed.  I think when it comes to matters of Jesus we often feel like we need to understand how it is going to work or the results of planting before we sow.

Daniel had a dream of having significant influence even though he was the youngest in a family system where the youngest has no influence. He later gets sold into slavery, falsely accused ending up in prison, and forgotten about by the people he met in prison.  He also gets put in charge of his slave owners home and leads the prison while a prisoner. This was all a set up to make him second in command of Egypt and saves his whole family with that influence.  I am sure in the prison he did not know how.

David is anointed king and goes back to being a shepherd. He kills a giant and becomes the kings body guard only to have the king try to kill him.  He gets put in charge of an army only to find his success getting him demoted. Then he runs away alone only to find himself being chased by a king and the army he is supposed to be leading.  David taking lunch to his brothers gave an opportunity to kill a giant, being a body guard gave insight to being a leader of a state, and running for his life taught him leadership as he raise an army of outcasts. I am sure in the field tending sheep, being demoted, and running for his life cause him to not know how.

What if your journey of struggle is your great set up?  Where is you being discouraged in your “don’t know how” keeping your from planting seed? 

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg

Got Dirt?

26 Jesus also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like… 

I am sure people listening to Jesus were expecting something profound and amazing.  If it was 2019, I am sure we would expect to hear the Kingdom of God is like Wakanda (home of the Black Panther) or some alternate universe.  Jesus builds this great tension and I am sure it was a little anticlimactic when He shared the rest of the story. 

…a man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29

Jesus relates the Kingdom of God to a seed.  A seed by itself seems insignificant, when you planted becomes invisible, and often we are ignorant to its potential yield. The parable is let the dirt do its work. There are always layers to parables. One of them in this parable is that when you plant Jesus into the soil of your life, you have to let the dirt do its work.  What is the dirt of your life?
Disappointment
Insecurity
Rejection
Trouble
So pretty munch every part of your story that you wish wasn’t there.  We are often tempted to let Jesus into the pretty parts of our lives and not the mess.  However, Jesus’ power is revealed in the dirt.  Jesus can take your dirt, all the things that you think disqualify you and turn them into a harvest of good.  Either by the work of the enemy or your own bad decisions, or a little of both you have things in your life that you would think should keep God from using you.  The scripture says: No weapon formed against you can prosper and what someone did to harm you God intended for your good. 

I hope you are starting to get it… Jesus is looking for you to let him into your dirt.  You pray a prayer and it is like a seed.  It appears to be insignificant, invisible after prayed, and we often are ignorant to its potential.  You plant a seed and it will not produce harvest for months. Why?  The dirt has to do its work.  The sun has to shine and there needs to be rain.  There is a process to the miracle of planting one seed and get a hundred in return. 

The dirt by itself has little potential until the seed is planted in it.  The seed will take things out of the dirt and put new things in. Jesus said the kingdom of God is like a farmer who plants seed in the dirt.  What dirt in your life needs the Seed to be planted?  

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg

The Pace of Grace pt 2

Joshua was born a slave. He was taught to believe he was property.  It was all his family had known for 400 years.  Then one day a man who grew up in the royalty of Egypt named Moses demands this nation of slaves be set free.  Pharaoh of course refuses.  Then Joshua witnesses God do 10 plagues and set them free. Can you image the first day free?  Then God divides the Red Sea as they walk across on dry land. The Egyptian army follows behind only to have God crush them with the sea.  Then they are led by fire by night and cloud by day where to go.  3,000,000 people wake up each day to food on the ground for them to eat.  God gives this group of people who do not have military training victory in battle miraculously.  Joshua knows God is awesome!

Can you imagine?  Then Moses sends 12 spies including Joshua. 10 spies get intimidated by the giants and the walls they find and convince the rest of Israel not to trust God to give them victory.

I think this happens to all of us.  We know God is able and there are promises He has put in us.  We go and inspect the place He promised and sure enough there are walls and giants that stand in our way. 

Moses dies and Joshua is the new leader to take them into the promised land.  He is grieving the loss of His spiritual dad and now the weight of leadership sits on his shoulders.  He crosses into enemy territory and guess what he finds… A WALL.  

If you are Joshua, you want to make a first impression. Surely a catapult, battering ram, or a trojan horse would do the trick.  

Joshua 6:You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can.

God’s plan is to walk and worship.  Does not sounds like a battle plan that builds the glory of man or leader.  I think that is the point.  God want His name to receive the glory.  He wants you to experience victory but simply because He gives good gifts to His kids.  

Before each one of us stands a wall or a giant.  We have spent time trying to strategically bring down the wall or slay the giant.  The battle, it’s victory, and all the glory belong to God.  God will let us wear ourselves out trying to bring down the walls.  God’s has a plan where we rely on the PACE OF GRACE.  We can stride with Him because He does the heavy lifting.  Grace is God’s enablement to do what you cant alone.  The pace is not in a hurry or on our timeline.  Rest easy knowing God is a God who does the supernatural and He wants to reveal His glory and grace through you!

Today, ask God to bring down your wall and stride with him while your soul is at peace.

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg
www.yourvibrantchurch.com

 

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