Setting Your Mind on Christ

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Continuing on those thoughts, let’s look a little deeper at one of the points I made at the beginning of the podcast – Setting your mind on Christ. In Colossians we find a similar verse as the one we studied in Romans:

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Col 3:2-5

This verse is similar to the one we looked at in the podcast, but it offers us something a little more telling. In this section of Scripture, Paul gives us something to do. We are to Continue reading “Setting Your Mind on Christ”

EP #4 – Taking Up Our Cross

Taking Up Our Cross

In this episode we look at the verse where Jesus commands us to take up our cross daily. We discuss some Good News regarding pro-life and abortion laws in California. The Khmer of Central Cambodia is our Unreached People group. And I touch on the sometimes controversial topic of alcohol when we look at Today’s Word in John 2:1-12.

So as we continue our discussion in what it looks like to follow Jesus daily. We need to take some time to discuss one of the most famous verses regarding daily living for Christ. Luke 9:23 says “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Here we find Jesus praying alone with just his disciples with him. When he asks them who do they say I am? He gets responses about him being John the Baptist, Elijah or Continue reading “EP #4 – Taking Up Our Cross”

EP #3 – Teach Us To Number Our Days

Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom_

Podcast #3 is up and ready! See notes and links below.

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Opening Monologue –

So last week we started a series on how to live for Jesus while you are living your everyday life. What does that look like? What are some good ways to get started.

This week we plan on continuing to look at ways we can serve him while working a regular job. As a reminder, this isn’t for preachers or monks. This is for Plumber Joe and Continue reading “EP #3 – Teach Us To Number Our Days”

Seeking the Lord, like David did

Seeking the Lord, Like David Did

If you’ve been listening to the Everyday Jesus podcast, you will know that we’ve been discussing ways in which we can follow Jesus everyday. Following Jesus sometimes requires us to inquire of the Lord. Meaning we need to seek him for guidance.

To see what this looks like, let’s look at a snippet in the life of King David in the Old Testament. We are going to look at 1st Samuel 23. For a little background, David at this point in his life has been anointed King of Israel, but as of yet, has not ascended to the Continue reading “Seeking the Lord, like David did”

EP #2 – Three Ways to Serve Christ Daily

Living for christ and making a living

 

Podcast Notes:

How do we live for Christ and make a living?

When most people think of living for Christ, they automatically think about a priest or a monk or a preacher. They think of someone they are not. They think of someone with plenty of time on their hands and plenty of knowledge.

Jesus called his disciples and guess what? They were not seminarians or theologians. They were fisherman. They were tax collectors. They were sinners. Nowhere near Continue reading “EP #2 – Three Ways to Serve Christ Daily”

EP # 1 – What’s Everyday Jesus Mean?

The First Episode!

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Today’s Word

John 1 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life,[a] and the life Continue reading “EP # 1 – What’s Everyday Jesus Mean?”

Podcast Episode #1

The First Episode!

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Today’s Word

John 1 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[d] from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[e] 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,[f] who is at the Father’s side,[g] he has made him known.

Living for Christ

How do we live for Christ and make a living?

When most people think of living for Christ, they automatically think about a priest or a monk or a preacher. They think of someone they are not. They think of someone with plenty of time on their hands and plenty of knowledge.

Jesus called his disciples and guess what? They were not seminarians or theologians. They were fisherman. They were tax collectors. They were sinners. Nowhere near perfect. They were regular people. Like you and me.

Where do we get this idea that to follow Jesus we must be a professionally trained, academically gifted person? There is a disconnect between what Scripture teaches and what is being practiced today.

God never intended for us to think that only the most respected among us would be His followers. He went out of his way to break that mindset. Throughout the Bible we see God calling those who are broken. Those with messed up pasts. Those who the world has given up on. He calls sinners.

So, if this is the case, what are we to do with that? Should everyone just quit their jobs and start preaching on the street corner? Not hardly. Some of us certainly should, the Lord knows we need more street preachers, but that’s not the only way we serve God.

And by serving God daily, God is the one who changes us. He is the one in charge of our sanctification. We change because of the work being doing in us. God doesn’t leave you where he found you. He also doesn’t expect us to just continue sinning because we are now under his grace. He does expect change and growth in our lives. And He will bring it to pass. We just need to keep our eyes on Him.

So how do we serve Him? 

We serve God best by following Him daily. What does that mean? Let’s look at three different ways we can follow God daily.

  1. First, start your day with Him. If you are anything like me, when you wake up, your mind goes in 50 million different directions. You start thinking about work. You start checking off your to-do list. You make plans. But, how often do you start your day with God? This has been one of my goals. I like to start each day with Scripture reading and silent meditation. I use an app on my smartphone called ReadScripture. It’s a free app and easy to use. I’d highly recommend it. I’ll put a link in the notes below. I have found that when I spend the first part of my day centering myself on God, I look for opportunities to serve him throughout the day. But on the days that I let everything else get in the way, I don’t open my day with him, I easily miss many of the opportunities that He puts in front of me.
  2. Second, you do actually have to look for opportunities. The Bible says, ask and it will be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened. Have you asked for opportunities to serve God? Have you sought those out? I have trouble with this from time to time. I am quite frequently worried about being over ambitious. That people will think I’m trying to build myself up to be this great thing or something like that. I have found that this is usually just an excuse to continue to do nothing. God expects more from me. He expects me to seek…to knock…to ask.
  3. And finally, cast all your fears upon the Lord. I think fear of man is the single greatest thing stopping us in the workplace from serving God. We fear losing our jobs. We fear rejection. We fear the unknown. With the political climate in America today, can you blame us? I mean it’s not popular to admit that you are Christian in the workplace. It’s frowned upon if you mention that you are in favor of outlawing abortion. But sometimes, I think we use this as a cover. So instead of simply loving our neighbor, or co-worker, as God commands us to, we blame politics. Let me put is simply – if your neighbor is in need, help them, serve them, love them, no matter what the political fallout is. You cannot allow fear to control you. Overcome your fears by taking risks. The God we serve is not a safe God. He requires radical obedience. He requires us to step out in faith to follow Him.

This is just a start and I plan to continue this conversation in the weeks to come. What are some ways that you serve God daily? Feel free to comment below and join the conversation.

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