The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Friday, April 25, 2014

For Christ's Sake

“God’s plan for enlarging His kingdom is so simple - one person telling another about the Savior. Yet we’re busy and full of excuses. Just remember, someone’s eternal destiny is at stake. The joy you’ll have when you meet that person in heaven will far exceed any discomfort you felt in sharing the Gospel.” - Charles Stanley

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. - Ecclesiastes 1:2 ESV

Gospel: “the teaching or revelation of Christ” - New Oxford American Dictionary

I’ve noticed in media lately, one of the big questions the scientific community is asking is, “Why don’t people believe us?” Why don’t people buy global warming whole heartedly? Why don’t people believe everything said about evolution? Why do people still believe in a higher power? Even though 90 percent of what you hear about science comes from an atheist perspective, still 90 percent of people around the world are not atheists. Admittedly, my numbers are gross estimates, but they bear truth. The question is, “Why?” I think the answer lies a little bit in what’s around us. Man has imagined, invented, and created many amazing things. But since when has a person developed anything remotely as significant as a seed? So where did they all come from? There are only two options, something greater, or something less than us. What do you think? Sure, we’ve modified many living things. We’ve adjusted animal DNA and genetically altered plants. We’ve crossbred and grafted. We’ve learned new ways to develop crops, then gone back to old ways and call it organic. And at every step we stand back and say, “I am powerful, who is this God and why should I need Him?” It’s like painting your car a new color and then telling the car industry they’re no longer needed because “We’ve got cars under control now.” And so the biggest question of all arises. “What’s this all about?” I’m reminded of today’s scripture. The NIV Bible says it this way, “‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’” Ecclesiastes 1:2 Everything we make… What’s the point? What’s the point of our computers, our phones, our cars? What’s the point of a wheel, or even fire? We’re born, we live for a little while, then we die. Nothing we do can change that. But Jesus. He’s the reason for everything you have. The reason for everything we own. Not just because He is the originator, but because He is also the Savior; able to provide eternal life. What did Jesus say? “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” - Mark 16:15b The Gospel is the reason. It’s for you and me, your sons and daughters, your grandmothers and fathers. And it’s for Jesus too. Everything is for the gospel. That’s why I can use my computer to write this. That’s why I can use my phone everyday to talk about Jesus. That’s why we have cars and airplanes and helicopters and boats and all forms of transportation that can move us into all creation with the Gospel in tow. Without the Gospel there’s no point. With it, everything is priceless. Take a look at what you have. The car in your driveway. The roof over your head. Your inspiration. It’s not for you alone. It’s for the Gospel, the good news, it’s for the sake of Christ. 

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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