Author Archives: Brandon

Developed or Discovered?

I work with leaders from the age 13-60.  Many of them want positions of authority.  Some have had a lot of leadership experience and some none at all.  The most successful leaders are not the ones that are fighting for position but those who are quick to learn and ask a lot of questions.  They are concerned with being developed.

I am 30 years old this year.  I am reviewing my 20’s and I see a them.  There were times when I tried to prove myself so I would be discovered as a great leader.  Those times were always full of conflict and insecurity.  Then there were times when I was all about being developed, not striving or proving anything.  I recognized my need for growth huge in this time.  I found mentors and leaders who could help me.  I did what they said whether it made sense or not.  I grew a ton! Also, leadership opportunity came my way. 

Jesus was God’s son and Jesus was about 30 when He started his ministry.  Why not 18 after all he is God in flesh.  Joseph was 30 when He was promoted 2nd in command of Egypt, before that he was a slave in Potiphar’s house and a prisoner in a political prison. David was about 30 when He was finally given the role of King of Israel.  All of them had been given a dream years before that. God waited until they were developed before they were given position. 

Can you imaging being Jesus at 25.  You know who you are and the mission you have been called to and you have to wait.  From age 12 – 30 we have one verse.

Luke 2:52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

Weird thought isn’t it. Jesus had to grow in wisdom and favor with God.  Jesus needed developed.  Even at 30 he is saying my time hasn’t come.  Can you imagine Mary?  She has a virgin birth, and I am sure everyone believes the engaged pregnant woman saying she has not had sex.  She wants her son discovered for who He is. 

Joseph has a vision of greatness. He tell his family who you would hope supports his dreams, and he gets sold into slavery by his brothers.  If Joseph is to one day lead an Egyptian amy being in the caption of the guards house, in charge of everything in the house.  Maybe God is up to something.  If farmer boy is going to be 2nd in command of the greatest nation on earth, learning politics in a political prison doesn’t seem that far out.  As a prisoner, Joseph is put in charge of the prison. Slavery and a prisoner would not his first choice, but he was developed into who God wanted him to be. 

You might feel stuck in obscurity and that you have not been discovered yet in the dream that God has for you, but God has a tendency to test his people in the place of obscurity to see if they will be humble and be developed or just whine about their circumstances.  God has GREAT THING planned for you life, but He wants you focused on being developed so He can trust you being discovered.  Who is further in the journey that you need to have mentor you?  What job do you have you need to do your very best in?

Go be Vital!

Recklessly obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

In the Light

I was leading a mission trip last spring, and I was responsible for leading the guys in the morning.  The morning after a full day of concrete is not an easy morning to wake up teenage boys up.  So I decided to just turn on the lights and do the loudest rooster crow I could.  When teenage boys wake up quickly things go bad.  Did I abuse my authority by waking them up an hour early… Maybe. 

John the disciple knew Jesus as good as any man did in this time.  He wrote 4 books of the new testament and never referred to himself by name. He referred to himself as the disciple Jesus loved or the beloved. He knew Jesus.  In his letters he referred to Jesus as love and light.  When we think of the light of Jesus we are often afraid. 

John 3:20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.

Yet John says we miss understand the light when we are afraid.  We think Jesus is going to use the light the way I did in Honduras.  We think it will hurt and expose.  But that is NOT the gospel…

1 John 1:This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Followers of Jesus love the light. They know it is gentle and kind.  They know even when brought into christian community there is no condemnation, no record of wrongs kept, or fear.  Instead they know that by bringing sin in the light they will receive mercy, grace, and freedom.  As a result, this believer walking in the light can walk in joy!  Real joy… Joy without consequence… Joy without shame… Real Joy!  I want this joy! I want this kind of christian brothers!  I want to walk in the light!

Where is there darkness in you that needs to be brought into the light?  What if we simply misunderstand the gospel?  Often we believe that sin is fun.  We believe that the ecstasy found in sin and the thrill in perversion is better than life God’s way. Could Jesus replace that ecstasy and thrill found in sin?  If this were true we would come quickly to Jesus!

John is saying this is the Jesus he knows.  When you know Jesus you do not want to sin because it is not light and there is not real life and joy in it. So today who do you need to confess the things you have hidden in darkness?  What do you need to bring into the light?

Go be vital! Be in the Light!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus 

Brandon Sereg

Don’t Remove Ancient Boundries

Proverbs 22:28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.

Right now in the USA there are major reforms in immigration.  Controlling our borders is a major issue.  Many wars have been waged over borders and ancient boundary markers.  Land means money. Boundaries mean control.  However they also mean security. Though annoying, security in the airport is a big deal, and I am very grateful it is taken seriously. 

God has set up some major ancient boundaries when it comes to our sexual lives:

#1- No Sex Before Marriage 
Sex was God’s idea designed for marriage.  1 Thessalonians 4:1-5 encourages us to stay away from sexual sin and control our own bodies. When I do premarital counseling with a couple who is having sex, it is very different from the one who is not.  The wedding day is different.  It is pure!

#2- No Dating or Marrying Unbelievers
2 Corinthians 6:14 There are not good people and bad people.  There are only lost people and found people.  Lost people still walk in darkness, and as believers we are to share Jesus with them but not be pursuing intimate relationship with them. 

#3- Homosexuality is a Sin
Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Homosexuality is not the “unpardonable” sin, in fact it is not greater than lust, pornography, or sex before marriage. It is still a sin, and, like all sexual sin, it has the power to destroy you.  God is working for you, and the enemy is working to destroy you.  

#4- No Sexual Touching (outside of marriage)
1 Corinthians 7:1. In teenage world, I get asked all the time “How far is too far?”  What they are really asking is how close to sin can I get without making God angry and making me feel guilty. The better question is how far from sin can I get, to not get caught in its trap?  Also, masturbation alway has lust attached to it, and Jesus said lust is the same as adultery. Run from sexual sin!

#5-No Lustful Thinking
Matthew 5:27-28, Job 31:1, 2 Timothy 2:22. Purity is about the heart and not just our hands.  In sexual sin, people ALWAYS get hurt.  This is not a victimless crime!  Run from sexual sin, stop feeding your sinful nature.  

#6- Avoid Immoral Friends
1 Corinthians 5:9. Do not have friendship with people who claim to follow Jesus and live sexually immoral lives.  Notice I did not talk about people who do not claim to follow Jesus. Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.  The closest people you have to you shape the most important parts of your life. 

Romans 12:2 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.

Being a Vital Man is impossible if you do not RUN FROM SEXUAL SIN! Go be Vital

Brandon Sereg

Jesus is NOT a Republican

I have never seen so much attention in an election year.  I have never heard more buzz about the issues.  I have never heard a president talked about in such a poor way.

In 1 Samuel, God had given the Israelites “the promised land.”  God had set up a government of judges to govern the 12 tribes, but it was not a democracy.  It was not a dictatorship.  It was a theocracy.  All the neighboring tribes had kings they could see and follow.  Israel did not.  So they asked Samuel the prophet to ask God for a king.  

God did not want Israel to have a king, but He gave them what they asked for.  Saul committed suicide.  David did well.  Solomon built temples to other God’s.  After Solomon, Israel was split between two kings.  When Syria came against divided Israel they lost quickly.  They were conquered by Persia, then Syria, the Assyria, and eventually Rome. 

Jesus comes as a messiah, and Israel doesn’t want to accept Him because He is not overthrowing Rome and establishing Israel as a world power.  Jesus in fact said…

Matthew 22:19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, 20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

Rome is a corrupt government that by no means shared God’s values, yet Jesus affirms their authority. 

Then the Apostle Paul writes…

1 Timothy 2: Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior.

This was written when Paul was being hunted for his faith, yet encourages the Church to pray for it’s government.  He did not say pray against them, slander them, or have negative hopes toward them.  Jesus actually validates their authority say it came from the Lord.  Jesus life was in Pilate’s hands and Jesus tells him…

John 19:11 Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”

Gossip, slander, and rebellion against leadership is sin.  Jesus plan for government is not and never will be democracy.  It is a theocracy.  We are foreigners in a strange land, and like Jesus apart of a kingdom not of this world.

Do NOT get me wrong.  I love our nation!  I am for our military!  I want reform in country!  I am for our president!  I will vote my values.  I trust the Lord to set up His leader for our country.  I would like to encourage you to pray for our president and pray for the Lords leader for our nation, and remember that this world will pass away and we a part of a great kingdom with a great King.

Go be Vital

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

What is a “Man’s Man?” Part 2

This last week, I met with my senior pastor.  This does not happen often, so when I come I come prepared with questions.  Since I have been at this church, I am so honored by the men who make up our Directional Leadership Team.  Their respect and unity among them is incredible.  I have seen them disagree behind closed door and so love the way they treat each other.  They are not perfect men but I want to be like them in 15-20 years.

1 Corinthians 11:1 And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

Those are quite the words.  There is such a level of responsibility in them.  I asked my pastor how he created this culture of honor among his men. Here is what he said:

  1. Clothe yourself in humility. 

Humility is choosing to be known for who you really are, nothing more and nothing less.  He said he often reminds himself of how he needs insight and direction that he doesn’t have on his own. Recognizing our need for wisdom is key for being clothed in humility, especially our need for God’s wisdom. 

Proverbs 15:33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.

Do you work with people?  Then you need wisdom. Are you married? Then you need wisdom.  Do you parent a teenager? You really need wisdom. Do you really believe God’s wisdom is best?  Do your choices reflect that?

2. Honor Other Peoples Strengths and Weaknesses

You are incredibly gifted!  However you do not posses all gifting. Nor can you develop all gifting!  I will never be able to sing.  I sing like a dying dog.  I will never be invited to sing on a worship team.  My pastor shared how he intentionally surrounds himself with people who shore up his weaknesses.  He said he is not good with detail and feels constrained in structures.  So he puts two men around him who are amazing with details and creates healthy structures.  He says then comes the hard part, He has to stay out of the detail and structure.  He says when he micromanages them, he is not honoring their strengths.  So where are you weak?  Financially? Marriage? Parenting? Business? Friendship? Something at work?  Who is great at it that could help you in your journey?

3. Be Vulnerable

He says vulnerability is your willingness to admit where you are and how you need led.  He shared how he chooses to be under authority and that there are people in his life that can tell him “no.”  Who can tell you no?  Who knows your brokenness?  A mentor of mine once told me that I am only as strong as the men in my corner who can and has the courage to tell me “NO” and I would follow. Who is in your corner like that?

So are you clothed in humility?  Do you value the strengths and weaknesses of others?  Who are you vulnerable with?  These are marking of a real “man’s man.”

Go Be Vital

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

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