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following the trail of jesus

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. John 12:26

(Source: susanandsean)

(Source: kristinrankin)

Live the rest of your life serving God’s purposes with God’s people on God’s planet for God’s glory. 

Live the rest of your life serving God’s purposes with God’s people on God’s planet for God’s glory. 

To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I say..,

Today I am stepping across the line, I’m tired of waffling and I’m finished with wavering, I’ve made my choice, the verdict is in, and my decision is irrevocable. I’m going God’s way.There’s no turning back now!

I will live the rest of my life serving God’s purposes with God’s people on God’s planet for God’s glory. I will use my life to celebrate His presence, cultivate His character, participate in His family, demonstrate His love and communicate His Word.

Since my past has been forgiven and I have a purpose for living and a home waiting in heaven,  I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living, petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting, hurtful resenting or faithless worrying.

Instead I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry, and fulfill my mission in the membership of His family.

Because this life is preparation for the next, I will value worship over wealth, we over me, character over comfort, service over status and people over possessions, position, and pleasures.  I know what matters most and I’ll give it all I’ve got. I’ll do the best I can with what I have for Jesus Christ today.

I won’t be captivated by culture, manipulated by critics or motivated by praise, frustrated by problems, debilitated by temptation or intimidated by the devil. I’ll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal, not the sidelines or those running by me.

When times get tough and I get tired, I won’t back up, back off, back down, back out or backslide. I’ll just keep moving forward by God’s grace. I am Spirit-lead, purpose-driven, and mission-focused so i cannot be bought, I will not be compromised and I shall not quit until I finish the race.

I’m a trophy of God’s amazing grace so I will be gracious for everyone, grateful for every day, and generous with everything that God entrusts me.

To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I say. However, Whenever, Wherever and Whatever You ask me to do, my answer in advance is yes!

Wherever You lead and whatever the cost I’m ready. Anytime. Anywhere. Anyway. Whatever it takes Lord! Whatever it takes!

I want to be used by You in such a way, that on that final day I’ll hear You say, Well done now, thou good and faithful one. Come on in, and let the eternal party begin!

~ Rick Warren during Hillsong Conference 2006

lookitsell:

I’ve been realizing recently that for the majority of the time that I’ve known God, my relationship with him has always been more antagonistic rather than collaborative.

What I mean by “antagonistic” is that I would work against him, not with him. My interactions with him were always in conflict to his. My plans were different than his, and I thought this was natural. And because of this, my relationship with him was one where tension was normalized.

What I mean by tension between us is that I would do my own thing until I needed help, then I came begging to him. Most of my prayers looked like, “please please help me God,” because I didn’t think he wanted to. A lot of bargaining. Submitting to God’s plan took months of back and forth, and finally grudging submission. And because I thought not being inclined to his will was normal, repentance became this type of repeated confession over the same sin/area of my life instead of a holistic and permanent turning to the Lord’s ways. 

It wasn’t until recently that my relationship with him became more collaborative, and working with him. Less prayers of “please please God,” but rather “What do you want to do?…me too.” Less dread of listening to his will, and more intentional asking of the Holy Spirit to guide me. Repentance became more of a joy, knowing I was becoming more of who God created me to be. We work more together to accomplish a plan, whether of his or mine or both. It looks like a more healthier functioning partnership.

How then do you move to a collaborative relationship? Firstly, I think we need to realize that God is our friend, not our enemy. Which sounds dumb, but I think if we really took the time to analyze our interactions with God, a lot of us actually treat him like our enemy. We think he’s trying to hurt us, not help us.

Secondly, interaction doesn’t get collaborative until your side and will gets surrendered, and this requires that Jesus becomes Lord, not just your savior. Society views lordship as mostly oppressive and slavery like. But Lordship in God’s terms is actually joyful when we realize someone bigger than us is helpingus along, not hurting us. When we realize Lordship, and realize that it is good, relationship switches from antagonistic to collaborative.

What’s so important about Lordship? It changes the attitude towards our relationship with God. God no longer is an oppressive nagging mother, but rather a friend and guide who is for us not against us. We then in response, work with him, not against him. But really, shouldn’t any relationship of worth to us be like that? Collaborative rather than antagonistic? With rather than against?

How do you view your relationship with and to God?

(Source: ellthinks)

Today I am stepping across the line,
I’m tired of waffling and I’m finished with wavering,
I’ve made my choice, the verdict is in, and my decision is irrevocable.
I’m going God’s way.There’s no turning back now!
~ From Rick Warren Sermon
Please God, sustain me, till i finish the race.

Today I am stepping across the line,

I’m tired of waffling and I’m finished with wavering,

I’ve made my choice, the verdict is in, and my decision is irrevocable.

I’m going God’s way.There’s no turning back now!

~ From Rick Warren Sermon

Please God, sustain me, till i finish the race.

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