The Jesus You See

Do you ever feel like some people’s relationship with Jesus is at another level? It certainly can be.  Now we all know people who give a lot of words to talk about how close God is and see right through it.  Yet then we meet people who are the real deal.  I think in all of us we want a closer relationship with Jesus and just dont know how.  Here is a key I have found:

Mark 6:1 Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.

Now Let me show you another experience:

Mark 10:46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!”50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

The Jesus they saw determined the Jesus they experienced.  Some only saw a carpenter.  They heard his teaching and it did not transform their lives and impacted the amount of miracles they experienced.  Now a blind man saw the Son of David, which refers to Jesus as the Messiah. He receives healing.  The experience and relationship is dictated by what they saw. 

So what do you see… Really… what do you really see?  Do you believe Jesus is the I AM?  The I AM is Jesus saying I AM EVERYTHING YOU NEED for this season.  I do not know what you are facing in 2019, but the way you see Jesus will determine if you trust in your own self, your work ethic, your religion, your intellect, or if you trust in the Son of David, the I AM.  I assure you He is for you, and He doesn’t give us what we want all the time, but He does give us what we need.  Some times He gets you out of your circumstances, but often He gets you through your circumstances.

So what do you see Jesus to be?  What are you looking for in your relationship with Him?  Do you see a Jesus that did THAT THERE in someone else’s life, or a Jesus who can do THIS HERE in your life?  Today go to the Jesus has plans to bless and prosper you and give you a hope and a future!

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church
@brandonsereg

 

God Will Be With You

There are some phrases in life that drive me nuts. I can’t stand when I’m told by someone that “I’ll be with you in a second.” What that often means is “I may be with you in a few minutes if I feel like it, but more then likely I won’t, because you really aren’t that important.” I know, that’s probably not what they’re thinking, but I sure fear it is. Another phrase I can’t stand, though I say it to my kids a lot, is “just be patient” (yes, I fully realize this makes me a hypocrite). Yes, I know I should be patient, but man, I really don’t want to be patient sometimes! And besides, telling me to be patient seldom helps. If anything, it just reminds me that I’m in a hurry and have no desire to be patient!

I think another phrase that is in danger of invoking similar fillings in us is “God will be with you.” It certainly didn’t seem to calm Gideon’s anxieties in Judges 6:11-17. This is a perfectly fine and theological phrase, but we frequently misunderstand it. I’ll be honest, there have been times when I’m struggling with something and someone says “God is with you” that I don’t find the phrase overly helpful. Yet, it is always true that God is with us who have given our lives to Him. So, what does it really mean that God is with us? Let me break it down in the form of an acrostic, using the word WITH

Walks with Us: No matter what we are going through in life God is actively loving and listening to us. This is a REALLY  big deal. God never abandons us. I encourage you to get in the habit of regularly taking a break from the craziness of life to remember God’s love for you and to share your thoughts, concerns, and praises with He who is always listening. 

Inspires Us: God guides, helps, and inspires us by the Holy Spirit. What this looks like differs from person to person and situation to situation. The reality is that God moves and inspires. Sometimes its small nudges in our hearts. Other times God works through people in our lives. Sometimes its the Word or a sermon that moves us. Whatever method, God is with us to inspire us in ways both large and small. 

Teaches Us: God does not leave us to our own devices. He does not just toss us into this complicated world and tell us to simply figure it out. Instead, He teaches and advises us by the Word and the Spirit. We are so blessed to have the Bible, the inspired Word of God, to advise and teach us. Are you taking enough advantage of this amazing gift God has given us? 

Heals Us: God heals us from our sins and transgressions for all eternity. This is something that no one else could do, yet God does it freely for us. It is the absolute greatest way anyone could ever be with someone else, in good times or bad. 

Gold In The Garbage

Luke 19:5 New International Version (NIV)

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

Jesus saw something in Zachaeus that no one noticed. He saw gold! Now, I am not talking about something materialistic, but he saw the gold in a man who was a tax collector. Zachaeus was a Jewish man who not only collected taxes, but he worked for the unclean Gentiles.

We see Jesus having this moment as he entered the town of Jericho. I could only imagine the crowd that flocked around Jesus. There would have been pushing and shoving to get a glimpse of the man who did miraculous healings.

I believe Jesus had people on his mind. He had his mind on those who were considered the garbage in life. He spent time with tax collectors, prostitutes, drunkards, and those who were looked down upon. As a matter of fact, we see throughout Scripture in the Gospels, he even knows them by name.

It is amazing what can happen in our own lives when we refuse to settle for the ‘garbage’ view, and we stay dedicated to the ‘gold’ view of people.

What if we chose to start seeing the potential of others like the addicts leading transformed lives and being part of our communities. Seeing those that have been imprisoned working to lead better lives. It takes seeing the ‘gold’ in people in the way Jesus does. Choose to be a finder of gold in others.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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“Chance” Encounter

Acts 8:26-31 (NASB) ‘But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road. ) So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. ‘ 

How often in your life, when inconveniences, delays or redirects occur, do you allow yourself to become frustrated or discouraged.  I talk a great deal on here about perspective and attitude.  I believe that it has a great bearing on how we go through this life and how God can use for His purpose. 

One thing I don’t believe I’ve talked about is what I refer to as divine appointments.  There are no coincidences.  God moves us and guides us to the things and places He would have us.  Sometimes His purpose becomes clear to us, why He’d place us where and when He does and what He’d have us do with it.  Other times we don’t get to see it, but can only trust it is for His purpose.  Other times yet, we miss the purpose because we allow frustration with the situation to cloud our vision.  Our misaligned perspective prevents us from being used to accomplish the divine purpose He set the appointment for. 

Think about all the times, something happened to interrupt your plans, but ended up leading to something great and spirit filled.  A “chance” encounter where God used you to exhort, encourage, sympathize,  prophesy or share the gospel Truth of Jesus.  The point is, we do not always know the why, but must always trust that the purpose is His and stay open to the potential appointment and possibility to be used by Him in amazing ways.  This is often times as much for our sake as it is for the sake of another.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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