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The Purpose of Free Will

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What is the purpose of free will?

When I was new to Christianity, I’ve wondered why God gave us free will in the first place. If God wants us all to be good, why did he give us the freedom to decide between right and wrong? Being God, he could just have compelled us to follow him whether we want to or not.

In his book Mere Christianity, I like how C.S Lewis put it. “Free will, though it makes evil possible, is the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automa- of creatures that worked like machines-would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for his higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared to with which the most rapturous love between a man and woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free. Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently he thought it worth the risk. Satan’s lie is in having us believe we can be happy apart from God. It is only in being united fully with God that we can achieve real and lasting happiness. The reason why we can never find happiness apart from God is because God invented us. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn on. There is no other. That is why it is no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without Him. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

Yes, God can compel us to follow him. But he has chosen not to. He wants it to be our choice.

According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in making it, He set it free. God had written, not so much a poem, but rather a play; a play he had planned as perfect, but which had necessarily been left to human actors and stage-managers, who had since made a great mess of it.” -G.K Chesterton

God has given us the freedom to either follow him or follow ourselves. I’ve chosen to follow Jesus because I know that apart from him, there is nothing. But with him, I have all I’ll ever need. Everything else is just a bonus. He is enough.

What about you? You alone get to decide who to follow. God or self.

What is your choice?

-Alex

The Running Man

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There’s this new craze that’s been trending online called “the running man challenge”. I’ve noticed a lot of people posting videos of themselves doing this. Maybe one reason why this is so popular is because just about anyone can do it. And it seems like fun :) But aside from this dance craze, what comes into my mind why I thing of a running man is Jacob.

Jacob is a character in the bible in the book of Genesis. He is the second son of Isaac and Rebekah and the brother of Esau. God did a lot of great things through Jacob. Not because Jacob deserved it, but because God is gracious. Jacob is far from perfect. In fact, even though he is one of the bible’s great characters, he had many faults and made a lot of wrong choices. Just like you and me.

When Rebekah gave birth to Jacob and Esau (they’re twins by the way), God promised to build a nation through Jacob. But even with this assurance, Jacob still chose to take matters in his own hands. At the prodding of his mother stole Esau’s birthright by exchanging it for a bowl of lentil soup. When it was time for Isaac to bless his first son, Esau, Jacob also stole his blessing by disguising himself and pretending to be Esau. As a consequence, Jacob had to run away to Paddan Aram to escape from Esau’s wrath.

It was at Paddan Aram that Jacob married and started his own family. Through the years that he worked for Laban, his father-in-law, God blessed him generously and his wealth increased. Eventually Laban came to resent him for this and started to treat him differently. So Jacob did what he did best. He took his family and all he had and ran away again, back to his fathers land.

Jacob was a man blessed greatly by God. And yet many times in his life, instead of trusting God to work, he ran away. I can relate to Jacob because there were times in the past that I’ve been tempted to run away from my problems. There were times that I just ignored them which is equivalent to running away. But running away wont solve anything. Sooner or later, it will come back to you. Wouldn’t you rather deal with it now rather than later?

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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Dealing with your problems head on takes courage. But you don’t have to deal with it on your own because you can always call on God to sustain you.We are never alone because God is always with us wherever we go.

Facing problems can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, but at least you’ll have peace of mind. I can’t imagine staying in a foreign land for 20 years because I cant go home for fear that my own brother might kill me. This is exactly what happened to Jacob. When you refuse to confront your problems, you rob yourself of a peaceful life. Imagine spending your next 20 years having to continually look over your shoulder. That’s not the kind of life I want to live.

Anyone can run away. But facing your problems – that’s what makes you strong.

What problems are you running away from now?

Remember that no trial is bigger than our God because we have a great God. The best way to face a problem is to find a way to solve it. Let’s do our best and trust that he’ll take care of the rest.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

The Disciplines of a Godly Man

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Earlier this morning, I was listening to a talk by Ravi Zacharias – The Disciplines of a Godly Man. According to him, to be Christ-like, you need to learn when to draw the line.

When King Nebuchanezzar, the King of Babylon, attacked and conquered Jerusalem during the reign of Jehoiakim, he instructed the chief official to select the best men from Israel. They had to be handsome, intelligent, well-trained, quick to learn, and free from physical defects, so that they would be qualified to serve in the royal court. After three years of training, they were to appear before the king. Among those chosen were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, all of whom were from the tribe of Judah. The chief official gave them new names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The king wanted them to be taught the Babylonian language and to be served the same food in the king’s court.

The heart of spiritual discipline is a relationship with God.
-Kent Hughes

This was where Daniel drew his first line – the Line of Resistance. He did this by training his appetite. He said, “I do not want the abundance of the food or the enjoyment of the king.” He asked the chief official instead to give him a meager diet.

We all have hungers and passions that taunt us. And if we give in, we become a slave to our desires. You and I are responsible for training ourselves to control the various hungers that rage within us. We are filled with hungers – physical hunger, emotional hunger, intellectual hunger, relational hunger. It’s imperative that we train what we begin to enjoy and shun what can side-track us from honoring God.

David drew the line of resistance early enough to avoid being trapped in the lifestyle of the court. “Trying it out” can seem harmless in the beginning but it can quickly suck you in and before you know it, you’ve gotten so entangled in sin that you no longer know how to escape.

Second, Daniel drew the Line of Dependence. He didn’t depend on his own strength, intelligence or training. He relied on God.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. And in that dream, there was a gigantic statue that had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, legs of bronze and feet of iron and clay. Then suddenly a rock came out of nowhere and smashed the statue into pieces. When he awoke he commanded all his advisors to explain his dream to him. But no one could do it. In a fit of rage, he commanded all his royal advisors to be executed – including Daniel and his friends. Daniel then knelt before God and prayed to him for mercy and wisdom for him to discover the meaning behind the king’s dream. That night, God revealed the mystery to him in a dream. When he awoke, Daniel praised God.

“God is wise and powerful! Praise him forever and ever.
He controls the times and the seasons; he makes and unmakes kings; it is he who gives wisdom and understanding.
He reveals things that are deep and secret; he knows what is hidden in darkness, and he himself is surrounded by light.
I praise you and honor you, God of my ancestors.
You have given me wisdom and strength; you have answered my prayer and shown us what to tell the king.”
-Daniel 2: 20-23

Daniel was a man of learning. Yet he knew he needed to lean on God’s wisdom and not on his own understanding. The 20th Century is a century filled with knowledge and learning. And yet, it’s one of the bloodiest centuries we’ve had. Hate, racisim and evil abound. It seems we have lost our wisdom to determine right from wrong and good from bad.

The wisdom is gone. We have almost educated ourselves into imbecility.
-Ravi Zacharias

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
-Proverbs 9:10

Daniel then came before the king and told him his dream and its meaning. King Nebuchadnezzar bowed to the ground and said “Your God is the greatest of all gods, the Lord over kings, and the one who reveals mysteries. I know this because you have been able to explain this mystery.” And he gave Daniel a high position and many gifts.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
-Malcome x

Then King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden statue made and ordered everyone to bow before it. This time, Daniel was forced to choose – worship King Nebuchadnezzar and save his life or be faithful to God and possibly lose it. This was were Daniel drew his third line, the Line of Confidence. He refused to worship the statue of King Nebuchadnezzar even if it cost him his life. In the end, God saved Daniel from the lion’s den.

When you draw the line of resistance, the line of dependence and the line of confidence, those are the disciplines that will mold you to become the person God has destined you to be. When you draw the line as a man of God, people will watch your good works and convictions and be drawn to God through you.
-Ravi Zacharias

It’s tough to draw the line in this world of ours. But with God’s grace it can be done. Let’s continue on in the race, fighting the good fight for God’s glory. For our reward is to be with him in eternity, and that is worth any line, any loss or any sacrifice.

-Alex

 

 

 

Let Faith Arise: Do What Is Right

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Have you ever felt frustrated by the things happening around you?

I was doing my quiet time this morning, gazing at this amazing view when I suddenly remembered a conversation I had last week with the Marketing Head of one of the companies Truly Wealthy Realty is in partnership with. She shared to me her experience about how hard it is to maintain being honest in the business she’s in. When you’re in real estate you need to depend on the government for a lot of things like permits and clearances to move forward with your project. But certain agencies take ages to produce these things if you don’t succumb to bribery. Being a Christian, she didn’t want to support corruption so she adamantly refused to resort to bribery and instead, chose to just comply with all the requirements needed. It was frustrating for her because they had to wait almost a year for their clearance, while other companies could get it within a few months.

Have you ever been in her shoes?

You try to do the right thing but all around you, injustice seems to be prevailing. There’s blatant corruption, dishonesty and vice. What will you do if you seem to be the only who one wants to do the right thing at home, in your workplace or among your friends? What will you do if everyone keeps telling you to just go the easy way and give in? If you don’t gain anything by doing the right thing, will you still do it?

As I listened to her, I could totally relate to her story because it’s really tough to stay honest in today’s environment. Being in sales, doing the right thing is something that I continually struggle with – especially since almost everyone else treats being dishonest as the norm. But I want to prove that you can still succeed by doing the right thing. Our desire is that our realty engage in business in such a way that is honorable to God. It’s hard, but it can be done – only by God’s grace. Her story inspired me to continue to persist in doing what’s right even when it’s no longer easy or convenient. Even when you get nothing or lose a sale.

Are you going through a similar experience right now?

Do you have a brother that keeps on rebelling no matter how much you try to make him feel that you love him?

Do you have workmates that keep pressuring you to give in and join in with them in their dishonest activities?

Do you have clients that tell you to bend your morals to suit their needs?

We all go thru the same temptations. Let’s continue to persevere in doing the right thing for God’s glory. Let your faith arise. In spite of what you see, choose to do the right thing. And if we see another believer struggling, then let’s encourage each other to persevere.

 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

-Romans 2: 6-8

There are times when I also struggle to do the right thing. But when I do, I remember that my God is a God of miracles. Nothing is impossible for Him. So no matter how I feel, I choose to trust Him. And I choose to let my faith arise.

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Being continually faithful is a journey. But at the end, I know it is worth it. Because God’s plans for us are always good, pleasing and perfect.

-Alex

PS

This song reminded me today that God is faithful and He is a God of Miracles. In spite of what we feel or what other people tell us, we just need to allow Him to move in our lives.

 

Live By Faith

What is faith?

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Faith can often seem like something that’s vague and intangible. You can’t see it or touch it. This is why it can be hard to believe in it and even harder to live by it.

Let’s define faith.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

-Hebrews 11:1

Two words describe faith: confidence and assurance. The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character – He is who He says – loving, just and faithful. The end point is believing God’s promises – He will do what he says for that’s who He is. Faith is when we believe that God will fulfill His promises even when we don’t see it materializing yet.

Our God is the God who called the universe into existence out of nothing. He declared what it was to be and it was.

The Bible is filled with characters who put faith into action and received God’s promise

By faith Noah built an ark in the middle of the desert and saved his entire family.

By faith Abraham left his hometown at an old age to seek the promised land and his descendants were able to find and live in it.

By faith Sarah, who was past childbearing age, conceived and from this child came descendants as numerous as the sand.

By faith Abraham offered Isaac, his only son, as a sacrifice to God.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the Israelite army marched around it seven times.

By faith Moses parted the Red Sea and lead the people out of Egypt.

All these people were living by faith when they died. And because of their faith, they were able to conquer kingdoms, administer justice and gain what was promised.

For without faith it is impossible to please God. For anyone who comes to Him must believe He exists and He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move” and it will move.

-Mathew 17:20

 

When I became a Christian, I decided to surrender everything to him all my dreams, worries and fears. Doing so has enabled me to live a richer and more peaceful life. It’s not that I no longer have problems for they will always be a part of life. But when you trust God with all your heart, you know that no matter what happens, no matter what your circumstance is now, you’ll be ok.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

-Jeremiah 29:11

Being faithful is a journey. There are times that I still struggle with it in some areas of my life. But I have made a commitment to seek Him first. To turn to Him in times of trouble. To be faithful even when it gets hard. Being faithful is a choice that needs to be renewed everyday.

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Sometimes we need to let go of something in order to move forward.

What about you?

What is God asking you to let go so you can strengthen your faith in Him?

Faith means trusting God and doing what he wants regardless of the consequences. Decide to be faithful. Choose Him.

Live by Faith.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

 

Don’t Doubt, Trust God

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This was the message on the first ever SNL (Saturday Night Life) for this year. We say we trust God, but when problems arise, doubt comes rushing in like a tide of water in a sinking ship. I’m sometimes guilty of this. I try as much as possible not to worry, but there are times that I still do.

For the past week, I’ve been worried about this deal I was working on with one of my partners in Truly Wealthy. I was set to close this deal on Monday. The buyer was already ready with his payment and the attorney had already been scheduled. Everything was already set. Yet, the seller was refusing to hand over some documents because he was having last minute doubts.

The message at SNL reminded me that God has been so amazing to me since the beginning. He has always come through. How could I let something like this sway me? This is nothing compared to the grace He has showed me many times in the past.

How could I forget all that he has done for me? But I’m like that. Yes. I’m forgetful. Just like the Israelites who ended up wandering in the desert for 40 years. It took them a long time to reach the promised land because they grumbled, complained and doubted God. They forgot that God led them out of Egypt, that He saved them from the Egyptians, that He parted the Red Sea for them. Despite God’s amazing grace in my life, I often forget what he has done and what he can do.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your path straigt.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

So I prayed. Fervently. A night before the deal, I talked to my client and explained the whole process. By God’s grace, he understood and agreed to hand over the needed documents. Just in time, too! I stayed up till dawn finalizing all the paper work. We were able to close the deal. I was even able to share the gospel to my client over lunch after.

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The truth is, there will always be times when trials and problems come our way. We have a choice – we can either doubt Him or Trust Him. When we choose to trust Him, our faith grows a little every time. We can allow each moment in our lives to increase our faith in him.

Don’t allow unbelief and doubt to blind you to the truth. Just like a glass filled with impure water, you can let his grace overflow in you to displace all sin, doubt and uncertainty.

Don’t doubt. Renew yourself in the Lord.

 

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When times get tough, remember the moments that God intervened on your behalf. When He saved you from a precarious situation, when He sent people to rescue you, when He drew you out from the darkness and into the light. Remember your Red Sea moments with Him.

Trust Him.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

PS.

SNL is a weekly event that happens every Saturday, 6pm at CCF (beside Redtail LImketkai). We tackle different topics each week such as leadership, team work and success. If you are interested in growing yourself and meeting awesome people, we welcome you to join us.

Praise to Overflow

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Music is one of the best expressions of worship. With music you can let go and sing your praises to The One who gave his life up to save us. Praise to Overflow is the first major event of SNL (Saturday Night Life) – a weekly activity for young professionals who want to learn more about Leadership, Teamwork and Success.

Praise to Overflow is two hours of non-stop music and worship. Get ready to be overjoyed and overwhelmed as we give our all for the Audience of One.

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Long ago, one Man gave his life to defeat sin and set mankind free. 2000 years later, we stand united, celebrating the glory of His resurrection over all the earth. Praise to Overflow is an entire night filled with music, singing, dancing and worship all directed upwards to the Man whose endless grace covers the world. As his love comes down, so our praises go up.

-John Laurente, SNL Worship Leader

See you this Saturday, 6pm at the Elevate Hub!

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex

CCF VisMin Exalt Training 2015

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Just today, CCF concluded its Exalt Training for Vismin 2015. The training started on Friday night (5:30-9pm) and went on till Saturday (8am – 4pm). This was attended by all CCF churches (Hubs, satellite and community churches) in the Visayas and Mindanao area namely – Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay, Manolo Fortich, Cebu, Ozamis and Dipolog. The trainers came all the way from CCF Main in Manila just to share their knowledge on how to improve our Sunday worship experience.

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Exalt is composed mainly of 3 teams:

  • Music Team – singers, prompters, instrumentalists
  • Tech Team (Production) – audio visuals, lights and sounds
  • Host Team – ushers

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Exalts main objectives are:

  1. To produce excellent worship experience
  2. To help CCF achieve its 2020 vision
  3. To support CCF satellites in their Exalt-related requirements

All three teams are tied together by one common goal – to Honor God. And so it is vital that these teams work together seamlessly, as one. We are after all, many parts of one body.

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According to Pastor Glenn, worship begins in the parking lot. When we usher people in joyfully to church, that’s already a form of worship. When we play our instrument to glorify God, that’s worship. When we adjust the audios so that everything flows together smoothly, that’s worship. It doesn’t matter what you do. God wants your heart. If in your heart, you are worshipping God, then, that’s enough.

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The first day consisted more of an overview of Exalt and what to expect the following day. On the second day, we were divided according to our tracks. All ushers, tech people, keyboardists, singers, rhythm guitarists, bassists and drummers were grouped together. Even though I was the only girl in guitar training, I still had fun and learned a lot. The training ended with a demo on what we had learned from the training.

exalt training + ccf cdoThe Guitar Instrumentalists from all over CCF VisMin

The main thing I learned from our session is this: Heart and skill must go together. 

It’s important to keep on improving your skill so you can give God your all because He is an excellent God and He deserves your best. At the same time, it’s also vital to constantly check your heart to make sure it’s in the right place. The entire congregation is part of the music team – they’re the choir. Our main goal as musicians is to lead people to worship. The bottom line is to give all honor and glory to the audience of One.

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

-Vince Lombardi

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All in all, I was really blessed by the whole experience.

First, I got to meet people from other CCF churches and made new friends. I even got to meet two of my high school classmates who were also both serving in the music team.

Second, I learned a lot of new things from our amazing trainers. All of them were really excellent in their chosen ministry. As a musician, I was inspired and encouraged by their dedication to excellence. Even though they were already great musicians they continually reminded us the significance of practice, the value of teachability and the importance of having an open heart.

Third, I was encouraged and uplifted by the whole experience. Serving God is truly a privilege. Kudos to everyone who made this event possible – the trainers, organizers and participants. It has been such a blessing!

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I have known no greater joy than serving God and pointing people to Jesus. I hope you can experience this joy as well.

Try Jesus. You wont regret it.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

Act With Compassion

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In this fast-paced world, we often rush from one thing to another without taking the time to consider the needs of other people. Yet it’s also important to stop and help out someone in need when you are given the opportunity to so. You don’t know what that person may be going through and your simple act of compassion maybe what he needs to point him to God.

Compassion gladdens the heart for those who travel the world of pain. – Kenny Luck

A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. – Mark 1:40-41

Compassion is the signature of God for it allows people to get a glimpse of God through you.

The world needs so much help that it can be tempting to just overlook the need we see around us and focus on our own lives. What we see on the streets everyday numbs us to the pain these people must be going through. We become accustomed to it. After all, you can’t feed every street kid or clothe every beggar on street. Right?

But according to Kenny Luck, compassion is the willingness to do what you can in that moment.

It’s not about solving the world’s problems. It’s about doing what you can, with what you have, where you are.

The main reason why we can’t shake off the needs of others is because God never shakes off ours. Compassion is the highest form of holiness.

– Kenny Luck

One of my partners in Truly Wealthy Realty, Mitch, is one of the most compassionate people I know. She always looks at each situation from the perspective of the other person. She considers how that person would feel.

This is a personal struggle of mine. I have the tendency to focus more on how it will benefit me and less on others. Slowly, through Mitch’s example, and by regularly attending and leading a Dgroup, I am coming to understand the importance of being compassionate.

Compassion is not about me but about fighting for others.

– Kenny Luck

Compassion is not just a word. It’s a verb. And we need to put it in action.

Who needs your compassion right now?

It may be a friend who needs a shoulder to cry on.

A street kid who hasn’t had lunch yet.

A grandparent who needs someone to talk to.

Take the time to act with compassion to someone today.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

Are you a Fan or Follower?

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Are you a fan or follower of Jesus?

I just finished a book entitled “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman. In the first chapter, the opening question was, “Are you a follower of Jesus?” You may have been asked this question before. And most of the time, you say “yes” without even thinking about it.

Of course I’m a follower! I go to church regularly, attend bible study, listen to Christian music, serve in a ministry…

But really, are you a follower? Or are you just a fan?

Fan – an enthusiastic admirer.

A fan is someone who sits on the sidelines, cheering his favorite basketball team on. He knows all the players, the score, the stats. But he is not in the game sweating it out with the rest of the team. He is sitting comfortably on the sidelines. He knows of the players – where they’re from, their favorite food, how many hours they train… But he doesn’t know them.

Jesus has a lot of fans these days. People who sit in the sidelines at church cheering him on. People who admire Jesus but know nothing of the pain of following him. They know all about Jesus but they don’t truly know him.

Many of us won’t mind Jesus making little changes in our lives. But Jesus isn’t interested in making a few touch ups – he wants a complete renovation. We think tune-up, but Jesus wants an overhaul. When we choose to follow him, Jesus will turn our lives upside down. He isn’t interested in having fans, he wants followers.

Jesus wants us to define our relationship with him. Is it casual or committed? Fan or follower?

Matthew, a tax collector, was busy collecting taxes behind his booth. Now to be a Jew, collecting tax for the Roman empire, was the height of all sins. He wasn’t just a sinner, he sinned for a living! Even his own family wouldn’t touch him. No doubt Matthew was already so “deeply in sin” he wasn’t even trying to hide it anymore. So when Jesus stops by his booth to speak to him, no one would have guessed what he would say.

Jesus said, “Follow me.”

Now in their culture, a rabbi (teacher of God’s word) didn’t go on extending invitations. If you wanted to be a student or disciple of a particular Rabbi, you had to apply. Rabbi’s would screen their applicants and turn away those who didn’t make the cut. But Jesus didn’t choose his followers based on their family background or familiarity with the old testament. He extends his invitation to anyone who would like to follow him. It’s your call. It’s your choice.

Jesus says, “Follow me.”

Mathew 9:9 says:

…And Matthew got up and followed him.

For so long I realized that I’ve only been a fan. I say I love God but I wasn’t ready to fully commit to him. It’s similar to telling someone, “Yes, I love you but I still want to date other people too.” I still kept those parts of my life I knew wasn’t pleasing to him. I felt that following Jesus would mean I couldn’t have fun anymore. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Jesus wants us to follow him so we can fully experience the joy of being with him. It’s only when we surrender our lives to him that we can experience true joy and real freedom. We don’t have to be sinless to start following Jesus. We can start doing it today.

What about you? Don’t cheat yourself out of the joy of knowing Christ. Commit to following him today.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

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