Thursday, September 24, 2009

Christ Follower X Christian : Discipleship

Hello guys! Today I want to start off by asking you all a question...
What was the first thing Jesus said Publicly ?
Jesus said "follow me and I'll make you fishers of men!"
I'll have you put down your nets and everything esle you're busy with, and whatever
you consider important for your life and I'm gonna change you , and you will start fishing
for people. Rescueing them , being the watchman, telling them that there is this great God , that
you can put your trust in Him, that there is salvation for you.
Now, what were the Last words of Jesus?
- Go on to all the world and make disciples of all nations.
The purpose of you and me being saved is not to make money and get rich, it's not to
follow rules and rituals and it's definetely not to live a comfortable life, the purpose of being saved is to fish for men, make disciples, spread out the good news, and everything in between!
Now, you wanna know what really bugs me? The fact that these were the first and the last statement made publicly by Jesus ( Meaning, there is a great value to it) and still, there are so many people sitting at church for years and years and are not able to name one disciple!
We created a system where we will be doing other things rather than be out there fishing for men, fishing for know why? It's because are ashamed of sharing the gospel, we don't want to tell people about this Jesus, we are gonna be laughed at and rejected, because we live in a time where people reject the idea of having a God that is sovereign and peole simply don't want to live their lives under God's plan, they simply don't accept the fact of having someone telling them what they should do. So, do we go out there and tell other people of His great love and grace? Do we tell them that there is a God who has plans and dreams for their lives that are indescribable and unimaginable, bigger than they ever thought about?
Of course not, because we rather stay home , creating systems where we can stay home , sit back comfortably and do some religious rituals during our week and not make any disciples.
I'd rather do just about anything than making disciples, I'd rather consume my time with comfortable activities than taking the risk of being mocked and rejected because I shared the gospel of Jesus Christ.
But guess what? At the end of our lives , you will be standing before God and He will ask you:
-"where are your disciples? " Didn't you read what was written in the bible?"
The matter is, if you are a believer of what God has done in your life thru Jesus Christ, why are you not making disciples? Why are you not telling your next door neighbor about Jesus? Why are you hiding under a church roof and creating a fortrees around you where you have no contact with these people? Why gather on sunday mornings and talk about what the scriptures teaches us and not pratice it out? What's the point?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Christ Follower X Christian : Being distracted

When we watch this video is hard to focus on what the man is trying to tell us. Looking at what the man behind him is doing is much more interesting and amusing. I mean, how many times have you heard this passage? How many sermons people make out of this passage? It's always the same thing...
Many of us have been distracted by the wrong things, we have been distracted by our "friends", by addiction, by temptation, by entertaining ourselves with other things rather than God, making up exceuses for not going to church, for not serving, for not praying, and for not seeking God. It's really easy to be distracted by other things. Get led astray by more "interesting" things than God. The problem is that when we start being easily distracted by other things , we begin falling into religious rituals and we begin thinking that reading the bible for a couple of minutes a day will do, praying before lunch is enoguh, or how about giving a homeless guy some coins that were left from your brand new 52" inch LCD TV. You get so easily distracted that you begin to think that it's ok to trade God for a game on TV, it's ok not to pray once in a while, because you know , tere was this real good movie on TV, it's alright to not read the bible everyday, because I had some papers to finish for work or school , for next week. It's ok, it's alright, no problem...
Really? Is it really ok to trade the creator of the universe, the God who left everything to be nailed to a cross for my sins and your sins, the everlasting Father and the lover of your soul for things that will pass away, things that will not be eternal? Is it really ok to live a life being distracted and making up excuses for not serving God and serving others just because you rather fulfill your personal needs? God is calling us to live fully devoted to Him and dedicate everything in our lives to Him. It's not wrong to have some personal entairtment and enjoyment, but it is wrong to trade God for your personal satisfaction! Think about it, how easily have you been distracted and drifted away from God? Isn't time to go back to His arms and let Him be everything for you?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The choice we have!

In the first post about Adam that I placed here I talked about how Adam was created and how he carried on his life in the garden and at the same time how he kept a close and intimate relationship with God. After the fall, the human being race lost this privelege that was later on restored through the death of Jesus in an incredible act of grace and Love from the Father. Christ was beaten and nailed to a cross because of my sins and your sins so that we could have that intimate relationship with God that once existed in the Garden of Eden.Everyday we are given the opportunity of walking with Him, everyday He reaches out His hand for me and you in an infinite act of love, everyday we are left with the choice of being totally dependent of Him and living within His purposes or being indenpendent and "think" we are living the best part of life. Due to Jesus' amazing love for us the veil was torn and our connection was once again restablished with our God. There's nothing that should be compared to having a life lived in total dependence of God. The bible tells us that when we find God , it's like finding treasure. There's nothing in this world that's worth holding on to, theres nothing in your life that can be compared to the greatness of knowing Jesus, there are no plans nor dreams that are bigger than God's plans or dreams for your life. Today, make the choice of having Him as your closest friend, make the choice of going back to the garden of Eden and having a personal and intimate relationship with God. Make it count , make it Eternal!
For God so love the world that He gave His only Son, that so whomever belives in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. This should be the anxiety of your heart, this should be the cry of our lives. John 3:16

Monday, September 7, 2009

Choosing Independence...

As they grew closer in their relationship with God they also began to grow closer to each other. At the end of the day, at sunset, God walked with them thru the green fields of the garden and God shared with them moments of unforgatable experiences.Everything was so good and perfect. In the midst of their wanderings along the garden, Eve set out to grab something to eat and as she walked along the shore of the Pishon River, she suddenly found herself staring at the tree of Konwledge of good and evil. She remembered that Adam had mentioned about "Not eating from this tree". However, her curiosity was greater and as she drew nearer to that tree, she was able to see a unusual animal, craftier of the other ones, it was a serpent. As she approached it,the serpent said:" Did God say you really can't eat from this tree?"
Eve Said: " We can eat from all the trees form the garden, but God told us to not eat from this tree".
The serpent very smartly replied:" Of course He would say that, cause He knows that once you have eaten from this tree , you will be like Him and Knowing good from evil"
Eve thought about it while staring at the tempting fruit and imagining what sort of things she would be able to know and have! Little did she know....
She couldn't resist the thought of having this power, she grabbed the fruit and took a bite! Probably seeing that nothing had happened at the immediate moment, she took it to her husband and without resisting or giving it a second thought, He took a bite out of the fruit.
As Adam swallowed the fruit he felt the blood running faslty thru his veins, his body shaken by fear and his eyes opened to reality. With this, came shame and they immediately grabbed fig leaves and covered themselves from nakedness.
Moments after, they heard the voice of the Lord,the same voice that was once pleasing and welcoming , at that moment, drove a regretful feeling thru their body, knowing that they had done something unpleasing to the Lord. They hid behind the bushes of the Garden, as if that would hide them from the "Presence"
The Lord Called out again: " Adam...Eve...Where are you?"
Adam replied: " I heard you were in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked!"
The Lord asked: " Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree?"
The man immediately replied:" It was the woman you gave me, she handed me the fruit"
The Lord asked Eve: " What is this you have done?"
The woman at its turn , also blamed the Serpent! "The serpent deceived me and I ate"
In the same way as it had all began, it had ended. All those marvelous things that surrounded them, had become history. Now, they had given the first step to the longing desire of the human being of living independently og God's will.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What is wrong with the world??

I know that we started talking about Adam's life and how his story relates to our lives but today I was surfing thru the site "tangle" and I think God wanted me to see this video so I could share it with all of you. Sometimes , we ask the question :
- Why is the world like this?
- Why are people starving,hating or comitting wrongs deeds?
- Why is the world so devastating?

One word : Independence of our Creator!
Watch this video and you will probably get an idea of what I'm talking about.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The most beautiful Creation

If there was ever a man who felt to be satisfied in his environment, this man would be Adam. There in the garden he had all these creatures, vegetation with its fruits and above all, the presence of God. But it wasn't enough, something was lacking!
Deep inside his soul, Adam urged for something or someone beside him.
So God's voice came to Adam and said , It is not good that you may be alone, I'll make you Helper suitable for you. First he was drowsy and then a fatigue came over Adam and he laid down on the grass and closed his eyes. It was like a flashing moment, then right after falling asleep , he woke up. While trying to focus on the scene, he could see another being laying right beside him, His heart started punding inside his chest from seeing the beauty of this creature, somewhat like him, diferent though from other types of creatures. When he got up on his feet, Adam offer his hand to the woman, helping her to get up. They smiled and gently reached out their arms towards each other until they were finally embracing each other. Adam slided his fingers over the woman's cheek and her presence filled the emptyness in his heart. A PERFECT PARTNER.
Adam had an unexpected sensation of fufillment. She was someone that he could share the beauty and wonders of the garden. Happiness flooded his heart and made him smile.
"I'm Adam" he said.
She smiled accordendly.
"And you're Eve"
He took her by the hand and they went into the forest. He began to tell her about his "birth", the living creatures, and the taste of the fruits that could be found in the garden. Adam told Eve about the God and how Eve was the answer to his dreams.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Adam and Us

He suddendly found himself laying there and for the first time he has opened his eyes and found everything around him to be amazing and new. He could not really understand what was going on. Beautiful scenery, incredible creatures, everything seemed so perfect. "Where am I?" , he asked, astounded by the things that were sorrunding him, fascinated by the wonders that reached beyond the horizon. Suddenly he heard a authoritic, but yet gentle and loving voice saying: "I've created you, with my hands I molded you into my likeness, I have chosen to gracefully love you and be your Father and you will be my son, and so I'll give you this place as an inheritance to represent my fathership ; you shall dominate all the things that your eyes can see and every living creature will be under your command.Everyday we will walk together and we will share an intimate relationship just like a Father and a Son.
Adam was amazed! How could this be?! Even so, Adam could feel peace and above all feel something that was beyond any explanation, TRUE INFINITE LOVE!
As days went on, they walked together and Adam could experience unforgetable moments with His Father. Moments of authentic intimacy with the Father, where Adam could share his life with the everlasting God.
But the best part of the creation was yet to come....