Christ is doing new things in our lives everyday. He has given us the strength and power to say no and overcome what life throws at us. We are all called to run our own race with passion and perseverance, not with fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind. At some point in life, most of us have battled fear. The fear of loss, failure or rejection. What is fear anyway? It is putting your faith in the “what ifs” of life rather than in God. Our fears in life do not come from God. When God calls us to go in a certain direction, we have to choose to trust in Him or to play the what if game. Those what ifs in life have importance as they reveal what we value. Our greatest fears reveal our greatest values, but they also reveal where we do not trust God. In order to defeat those fears, we have to define them. There are situations in life that will be scary, nerve wracking and sometimes impossible to understand. We can choose to trust God or we can let our fear consume us. God does not want us to go through life in fear which is why He has given us the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. It is time to acknowledge our fears and then give those fears to God. The more we do that, the more real it will become and the more we will grow in our faith. Trust is God and run your race free from fear.
Your walk with Christ will transform you. The new and improved version of you will be more like Jesus as His love will give you the power and strength to overcome life challenges. You know that Jesus will be with you every step of the way. One thing that God didn’t have in mind when He created you was comparison. When you compare yourself to others it does not honor or glorify God. Where comparison begins, contentment ends. All of a sudden you feel inferior. You want to be wealthier, thinner, or prettier when you compare your life to the highlights of someone else’s life. Your walk in life is unique to you. It will never be the same as another persons which makes comparing pointless. When you worry about the people around you then focus is taken off the one in front of you, which is Jesus. You need to be sold out for Jesus no matter what other people are doing. Ask yourself, who or what is going to define my significance? If you are placing that task on someone other than Jesus, then you are running a race that you will never win. You can only win the race that is marked out for you by Jesus. If you find yourself not feeling joy for others when they succeed, you may be running a race that is not your own. Find your significance through Jesus and follow Him. No one can beat you at being you. Ask Jesus who He is calling you to be and run that race.
To be rooted in Christ means that you are a disciple. You live your life looking to Jesus for inspiration, direction and truth. When you don’t know what to do or which road to take, you ask yourself what Jesus would do in that situation. When you have faith, you follow the path of Jesus even when you don’t fully understand it. You love people where they are at, but you believe the Bible is correct and know the only way to the Father is through the Son. Being rooted in Christ means that He is the cornerstone of your faith. It allows you know Him better because it goes from your head to your heart as you have honestly experienced Jesus with real heart felt passion. Being rooted also makes you mighty. It gives you the power to say no to sin and the ability to do the right thing. The Holy Spirit will empower you and make you feel invincible. When Jesus is at the center of your life, you can refocus if you slip up. Life can knock you down, but you will be able to rise above it. Knowing that Jesus is always there to love, protect and heal you will change everything. It takes time to know Christ’s love. It doesn’t happen over night. Being rooted everyday allows you to see how deep and wide His love for you is as you commit to growing in Him over time. Once you have experienced that love, you can then begin to extend that love to others. Some ways to develop your relationship with Christ include studying the Bible, opening up to Him through prayer, worshiping Him, being thankful and attending church. You need other Christians to walk through life with. Make God a priority and let Him transform your life.
God accepts you as you are, but will never leave you as you are. God’s never ending love is continually transforming you into a new person. He changes your perspective, how you think, and what you value in order to align your morals with His. When you give your heart to Christ, you are also giving Him your life. You are making a commitment to follow Christ and not the conform to what the world is doing. By making that commitment, you are allowing Christ to work in your life so you can change the things you wouldn’t have the power to alone. When you are born again, it’s like God has a blank canvas. The transformation that occurs by saying yes to God allows you to grow and mature as a Christian by accepting his pleasing and perfect plan for your life.
Jesus changes hearts and it’s your job to arrange the meeting. To do this you must be a Christ ambassador and go out to represent Christ to the lost. This is an important job, but not a powerful one. As an ambassador, you must reach out with love and grace. It is not your job to judge or tell others what they are doing wrong. You need to reach the lost where they are in this world and invite them to return to God. Once they know Christ in their heart, then He can begin their transformation. Think about how God has transformed your life or what He is doing in it right now. Stepping out in faith and sharing your story could be all it takes to reach a nonbeliever.
We all have a different idea of what worship is. To some it is listening, raising your hands, standing or singing. Then there is the question of what style should the worship be-traditional or contemporary? Worship is a simple concept that we make complicated. Worship is about so much more than songs. It begins with you accepting Christ as your Savior in addition to experiencing the love and grace that He has for you. If you haven’t already met Jesus before coming to church, the singing will be more like a concert instead of giving glory to Him. If you are already in love with Jesus, it will not matter what style the worship is. The first part of worship is to glorify and give Him praise by openly talking about how amazing He is. Music is only one way to express what you feel in your heart towards God. The second part of worship is to share with others how much God has done in your life. It’s about doing what we have been called to do and reach out to the lowest of God’s people and make a difference in their lives. God is pleased when we give glory to Him and share the message with others. That is what worship is all about.