New & Improved-Comparison

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.

We R-Rooted

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.

We R-Transformed

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 R-Worshipers

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.

We R-Connected

We are created to be connected through relationships, but it seems our world has been designed for seclusion. Life is so busy and demanding that communication begins to suffer which often creates a disconnect from our families. In a recent study, 72% of Americans feel lonely despite the fact that technology allows us to have the whole word at our fingertips. How is it that God alone is not enough for us? God created us with a void only other humans can fill. We need something to love. When we are connected through meaningful relationships, it provides us with balance as we benefit from other perspectives. There are several ways that we can connect into God’s network. We connect through generosity by tithing and giving to charity. It is important to stay within your means. Your contribution does make an impact within our communities. We connect through worshiping God as a church family. Even if it’s only for one hour a week, that connection is important. Another way to connect is through life groups. The intimacy of meeting in someone’s home for a meal and good conversation is what builds lasting relationships. We connect through our community by volunteering so we can fill needs. We are created for connections as God wants us to care for each other. Are you connected the way God intended?