Whether aggressive and toxic or passive and dismissive, masculinity is an idea that has been thoroughly misrepresented since the fall of man. What started as a holy, self-sacrificing, God-designed leadership command meant for blessing and flourishing has turned into a broken, self-serving, man-designed system of manipulation and pain.
We now see how God used our obedience even if we couldn’t see it at the time. In fact, I now see how God was at work all while I was believing lies about the work we were doing. I want to share those lies with you. I highly doubt they exist only in teams that leave to reach new campuses. Chances are these lies exist in your own heart, where you are now. And we have to address them if we are going to continue planting churches and making disciples.
Jesus called us to live on mission, to love God and love others. What better, and easier, way can we do this than to invite people into our homes and feed them? Open up your house. Open up your life. Keep it simple. Serve others. Put your guests’ needs above your own. It doesn’t have to be much. Jesus just brought Himself to the table and if we can bring Jesus to our table with our friends, both believing and non-believing, I’d say we’re doing life-on-life together pretty well.
Here’s the truth, and let it sink down to your very toes and be the foundation from which you view injustice: God’s heart is FOR the lost and brokenhearted. Over and over throughout the Bible we see his mercy and comfort towards those who are oppressed, as well as his wrath towards those who take advantage of those in a lesser position like the poor, widows, orphans, and the foreigners living among us. God is not evil. In fact, God has made a way for restoration and salvation for everyone.
Have you ever believed the lie that you have to be an ENFP to be in leadership? Or an ESTJ to get anything done? These are lies that keep you from reaching your joy in serving. Read about why the church needs all types and personalities to own their gift sets and lead.
How should a follower of Christ see through the smokescreen of lies and deception and make decisions on how to vote? Once we call him Lord we exchange death for His kingdom. Like those we vote for, we ourselves are representatives, and our representation is of a greater kingdom. So when you vote, just breathe, and cast your ballot praying for our temporal leaders while knowing your allegiance is to our eternal leader King Jesus Himself.
(Read time: 4 mins) Do you want to church-plant but are worried what your family will think? Have you followed Jesus on mission at the cost of living near your parents or grandparents? Read one mom’s view on why living on mission is actually the best thing for your family.
Have you been wanting to make friends in your classes but have no idea where to start? What if God has orchestrated your entire year, including where you sit in class? Read what the Bible and one former WSU student has to say about why the Powerball lottery and your class schedule have nothing to do with luck.
How does God want us to view our time, talents, and money in light of the urgency of the mission? Check out this week's blog to read more and learn about an obscure parable of Jesus that might surprise you.
Are Self-Care and Sabbath rest the same thing? We are a culture living for the weekends, but what if the way we’ve been taught to rest is actually depleting rather than refreshing us? Read about how to find true rest in the age of self-care.
Evan and I have just moved our lives to Boise, and in many ways our daily battle of choosing obedience and joy has just begun. I pray that God multiplies our life and reminds us of the why daily. As we tell people we meet why we moved, may God get the glory due his name. This is why we obey. This is why we move. This is why we church plant.