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3 Guard Rails for Life

Have you ever hit a guard rail?  Most of the time, we drive by them and don’t even notice.  Driving off the road is always dangerous, but when they add a guardrail it is really dangerous.  They know going fast enough you could loose your life if you go off the road in that spot.  You will never be more grateful for a guardrail than when you hit one.  Yes they ruin the side of your car but they save your life.
 
I think in life it is easy in life to treat our roads like our lives.  We only have guardrails that other people put in place for us.  What are the places that God has called us to put up some key guardrails in our own lives?
 
1 John 2:16  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
 
Here John identifies three places God has called us to place some guard rails.  Now I want to share how a friend of mine recommended my guard rails should be.  This is an older man of God that wants to protect me from these areas that could keep me from fulfilling what God has called me to. Here is what he shared:
 
1. I will not develop personal relationships with the opposite sex in an isolated place

I know this is culturally not popular, but it is wise.  Friendship involves intimacy of emotion and soul.  I made a promise with my wife 13 years to make her the only woman outside of my daughters who know my heart. The key word is isolated.  I have friends who are the opposite sex, but that is only in the context with my wife and not apart from it.  If you are single your guard rail will have to be different, but please marry your friend and not someone you have known for only a few weeks. 

2. I will not accept an attitude (in me) that someone owes me something or that I deserve something

God does not owe me anything, but I owe Him everything. He has not called me to use people to serve me or for things to be equal or fair.  He has called me to serve others and keep short accounts.  If there is a difference between give and take, I am called to give. 

3. When a win does not involve others, I have bumped up against the guardrail of my own pride, pursuing my personal success and achievements. 

Winning in life is not when I set up my success, but setting up the success of others.  Real achievement, legacy, and transcendence is found in giving until it hurts and risking on other people.  When I am motivated by making myself known and increasing my influence for my pride, I have actually compromised the gospel.  Jesus gave the model of what it means to serve others and not yourself.

So what guardrails do you need to add in your life to keep you from losing what you care most about. 

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg

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

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