Hustle…work hard at leading

My my life Journal encouragement today…HUSTLE!

Scripture

“Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage. Whoever has the gift of giving to others should give freely. Anyone who has the gift of being a leader should try hard when he leads. Whoever has the gift of showing mercy to others should do so with joy.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:8‬ ‭NCV‬‬

Observation

If you have a gift use the gift you have …encourage, give, mercy, lead…the leader that does not try hard is not using their gift. Just because you have a gift does not make it easier to do life…life still comes at you hard. You have to posture yourself to work harder.

Application

We often think a gift will make it easier to live, to serve to grow…but there is a part of you that has to be attached to the gift! Effort! Your work ethics do your effo to try hard matters. The gift to lead is a great gift to use to impact people, but if we sit on our  gift, if we only use our gift when it benefits us, then we are not truly using our gift.

My encouragement today is to hustle! I can still hear my little league coach yell at us when we did not move fast enough…HUSTLE!!  My challenge today is to try harder using the gift to lead.  We see so many that have so much potential, but they choose the easy route, they choose the average route.  Don’t be that person!!!  Choose to lead from a place where you lay it all out on the field.  Hustle is what we do, and when we hustle and use the gift to lead we will see more move around us!

Lord, help us to always remember to give our very best, to work harder and try harder…and most of all HUSTLE!

Church Growth and the Haters!

“On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, blaspheming and contradicting what Paul was saying.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭13:44-45‬ ‭MEV‬

In my life journal devo today this stood out to me…the second time I have journaled about these verses this year! So,  here’s my thoughts.

Paul and Barnabas preach and the Gentiles asked them to preach to them on Sunday. When nearly the whole city shows up, the Jews were jealous because there crowd was larger. Jealousy…there will always be haters when God shows up and the church grows. The religious inside and outside were jealous

Church growth can cause jealousy in the heart of the  religious in the church and the religious outside the church. Growth is exciting and when you are part of something that’s not growing, it’s easier to hate than to celebrate. The Jews were so jealous that they stirred up people to fight them. They stirred up people to drive them from the region. We need to celebrate what God grows.  Celebrate what God is doing in the kingdom.

Church growth us not about an individual, it’s not about a certain brand of church, it’s not even about the type of songs that are sung.  Church growth is about JESUS being lifted up and drawing people to the kingdom.  Let’s celebrate what God is up to in the kingdom.

When God starts something, it May not sit well with every one. The church is destined to grow in spite of the haters. A growing church is the desire and Plan of God. Jesus did not die so the church could be weak and small…he died so the church could grow and be filled with Power. He died so that everyone could be reached with the Gospel.

Lord help us to continue to strive to reach the lost. Help us to see beyond what’s inside the church and see the people we are destined to reach . Grow your church in such a way that it silences the haters.