Jesus Came to Serve, Not Be Served...
The more I hang out with individuals that call themselves Christian the more I realize how little they know about Jesus. We sit around talking about careers, problems, family, friends, life goals and the next holiday event. There was a time that we all had an idea of what our life would look like one day. Our focus become attached to material possessions, job titles, and a never ceasing need to financial stability. We do everything in our power to get everything we want, and in our immaturity we easily listen to a world that says, "don't let anyone or anything stand in your way.....you gotta get yours...". If this is how we live, then it's impossible for Jesus to be your Savior.
Be independent girl. Be a macho man, man. If they don't like who you are, then leave them behind. Don't let anyone change you pony boy, you're the best. You're just human, you can't do it all, but do what you want.
The sick and twisted lies of society know how to pump up our ego in order to make us believe that we have all the answers to life. Everything is placed in front of you, whether on a silver platter or a kid from the streets kind of story. It all sounds great until none of it works out. Then that degree you earned isn't be used and you're in another field. That big house with a fence turns into a one bedroom apartment. All of the parties, sex, drugs, alcohol, friends who wanted to be around when things were good...what now.
Working with non profits in Houston, like Dream Center Gulf Coast, and being involved with other ministries/outreaches you see things that stand out. So many people in churches still live with a mindset that the old them still exists. If you have given your life to Christ and you have been baptized, that is impossible. Yet they talk and sound just like the world and don't even stop to think twice about what they are saying around friends, strangers, children. They hardly know anything about Jesus or discipleship, but they pick and choose a few scriptures or people from the Bible that they "quote". Memorizing scripture doesn't mean you're a Christian, even satan knows scripture. They are quick to point a finger and judge, quick to give up before the task is finished, commitment is not even in their vocabulary, and in order for them to help others they need help first. They say that they can't help anyone if they are hurt, offended, ashamed, confused, etc. So this justifies their emotions and enables them to visit a building once a week and sit quietly listening to someone who makes them feel good for the next 15 years. Unfortunately these same individuals go out into the world, with hearts that aren't changed, and they act just like a society they should no longer conform to. If all of your prayers are asking God to change your circumstances but never asking Him to change you then you should stop praying. This is not following Christ.
Jesus paid everything for you, Heaven went bankrupt to forgive you of a past you can't escape on your own. Jesus loves you regardless if you love Him back, and He loves you right now regardless of where you are. You don't have to live in a world where there is a smile on your face but you're dying on the inside. You can have a new life today, but the decision is yours to make.
Believers’ Salvation and the Work of God (2 Peter 1)
3 I can pray this because his divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence. 4 Through these things he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; 6 to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; 7 to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. 8 For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. 9 But concerning the one who lacks such things – he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. 11 For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.