Give to Gain

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21 KJV

We live in such a materialistic minded world that all we focus on is the things around us. Christ tells us that we need to lay treasures up in Heaven, instead of building our portfolio. Now I don’t think there is anything wrong with being successful and wealthy here on earth as long as we realize that God gave us everything we have and we use it to His glory.

Eventually you will pass away, the things you own will be passed on. You can’t take anything with when you die. We need to realize that only what we do for Christ will last.

When you give here on earth, you gain in Heaven! Let it not be said that we as Christians were to selfish to share the Good News of Jesus Christ!

I Am Not Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16

I know that this verse is talking about the gospel of Christ and telling people about Christ. The idea and message of this verse have encouraged me the last few days about what I am trying to accomplish with my blog. My goal with my blog is to inspire and encourage people. I want to be a blessing to someone even if it is through the written word of a blog.

Paul wasn’t ashamed to present and preach the Gospel. He wasn’t ashamed of the people he was sent to preach the Gospel to. Paul had the courage to stand up and preach the message of salvation loud and clear to all that would hear because he knew it was the power of God unto salvation.

When it comes to promoting my blog, I feel awkward and sometimes ashamed. I have asked myself this week, what am I ashamed of? My posts are meant to help others. I have the truth and I am sharing it. I have nothing to be ashamed of.

I should never be ashamed to preach the truth!

I should never be ashamed to promote the truth!

I should never be ashamed to publish the truth!

We live in a day and age where lies and trash are promoted and pushed by the wicked crowd. We are bombarded with wickedness on a daily basis! It is about time that we have more Christians stand up and proclaim the message loud and clear that Jesus is the only way to Heaven! That Jesus is the Healer and Helper for all problems! That Jesus is the answer!

Be a Christian who says, “I am not ashamed!”

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12 Years

Today, 12 years ago, I graduated high school. If you do the math, I graduated on 06/06/06. Being a graduate from a Christian school, at a Baptist church, we did have a discussion about graduating on a day with three 6s. Because you know, 666 is the antichrist’s number.

But when I walked across that platform, I thought I knew what I was doing with my life and where I was going. I thought I was going to graduate from Bible college in 4 years, find a wife, and be working on staff at a church somewhere. I thought my road was going to be easy.

But was I wrong! 12 years later, still haven’t graduated Bible college. I am not on staff at a church like I thought I would be. I’m honestly where I never dreamed I would be.

12 years later, I am married to a beautiful and have two beautiful little girls. 12 years later, I have been blessed with a good job that I can support my family with. 12 years later, I faithfully attend church and work in various ministries.

The road I have been on the last 12 years, the journey I have had from walking across the stage and graduating, to where I am at now, I wouldn’t trade for anything!

It hasn’t always been easy and trust me, I learned many of life’s lessons the hard way! I was stubborn and hard-headed with a rebellious streak when I first graduated high school. I thought I was a man, that no one could tell me what to do and that I, in a sense, was invincible!

Over the years, I have learned that serving God is still the best thing to do. Being faithful to church and raising my family in church is still the best thing to do.

So no matter where the next 12 years take me, I still want to be ‘Counted Faithful’ to the Lord and His work!