LIVING A LIFE THAT TERRIFIES YOU

LIVING A LIFE THAT TERRIFIES YOU

I was radically arrested by the love of God in 2001 during an encounter I had the first time I personally chose to go to church. Ever since then, I have felt as if I am on the perpetual free fall of a roller coaster: hands up and half way between freaked out  and limitless joy. God made us to live lives that terrify us if we don’t partner with Him. To have dreams that can’t be accomplished with our own abilities. To pray prayers that are God-size. To live a life that trust more in the unseen than the seen. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) At the end of my life, I don’t want to hear people say that Jason was a good man who played life safe, who didn’t take risk for King Jesus. I want people to be encouraged by my faith in Jesus and  inspired to live a life that required God to show up. We all have a side that opposes risk, preferring to play it safe and have life remain somewhat predictable. There is much comfort in the mundane. Some of you may not agree with that statement: you love to take risks and crave adventure. Take it from me, once you have helped plant and lead a church, lived in community as a house dad of twenty-five for two and a half years, had five biological kids of your...
MESS IS INEVITABLE

MESS IS INEVITABLE

I love that the Bible does not flatter its heroes. Instead, it puts their dirty laundry on display; showing us their weaknesses and reminding us that we daily need God. At times, life can be extremely messy. In the mess, we can forget who we are and what we are doing in life. We begin to lose sight of Jesus and His relentless love for us. We become confused and begin to live out of a false reality. I have seen this in my own life and in the lives of countless other through my years of pastoring. If we see throughout the Bible that God is not scared to make heroes out of people who have extreme mess in their lives, then why are we so afraid of our own mess…or the mess of others? Ask yourself: do you believe your mess discredits you from being a hero in God? Do you believe you can only be used of God when you have things clean, tidy, and put together? I am here to tell you today that it is time to get over thinking you need to arrive at a certain standard, whatever that standard may be, before God can work through your life. Mess is a natural part of the process of growing in Christ. Once we accept our mess, we have an important decision to make in what we choose to do with it. The goal is never to pursue mess or live in mess but like a group of little kids eating out at Chipotle, mess is inevitable. Some people in life don’t have a...
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