Living It Out in Joy

The resurrection is power, man. Resurrection power says, “I have conquered death. I have given eternal life.”

When Jesus resurrected, He said, “We’re family. Now you live in a family in which your sins have been taken from you. Now you live in a family in which death has been conquered. I have died for your sins, and I have resurrected, giving you new life.”

I am in the family of God because I believe in who He is and what He’s done for me. I’ve been justified. I’ve been justified because of the blood of Jesus and the faith that I have in what He did.

But I believe the lifestyle of Jesus is really where it’s at. I believe in living it out. I love humanity. I love the concept of human life and why we were created. And I love God, the creator of life. So I worship that God and I serve that God. I do that by doing my best to live under the commandment that He gave us, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

I worry about those who say, “I’ve accepted Christ and I’m justified, so now I’ll just sit here in my chair and I’ll wait for the Second Coming.” I worry because I believe they will fail. They won’t find happiness that way.

There are tons and tons of people that choose salvation. They do the message, and they admit they’re a sinner, and they believe in the justification, and yet they’re not happy.

They’re not happy because they’re not living the life of Jesus. The joy comes from living it. It’s about asking, how am I striving to live for Jesus? That’s it. That’s the way to happiness.

You’re starting to see more and more people on that course. Those that live the life of Jesus, man, they find joy. Think about it. Just handing some food to a homeless man or woman and walking away feels really good. It makes you happy.

Why does it feel so good? You didn’t make any money. You actually lost money doing it. You know? So that’s not why you feel good. You feel good because there’s something inside of you that says, “Man, that was awesome.” It just feels awesome to love your neighbor as yourself.

And whether you believe in Jesus or not, you just did what Jesus would do.

The sad thing is, I believe some people live their lives every day with that “love your neighbor as yourself mentality,” but they don’t believe in Jesus. I think it’s going to be a sad day when judgment comes. But even the non-believers who live out the “love your neighbor as yourself” concept find joy in this life. They find it. That lifestyle will always bring joy. It’s in everybody’s soul to be that way.

See you Saturday.

Service is Addictive!

Here’s your mentality when you’re a servant leader. You say, “I’m going to take my leadership skills and use them to serve.”

That’s the whole concept of servant leadership, in a nutshell. You lead with the understanding that you’re going to serve others. And when you start doing that your life changes. It transforms! You’ll find joy.

One place you’ll find joy is in your job. When you serve, you will find that you’re not just going through the motions anymore. So many of us are doing that! Or at least trying to do it. You find a job where you have some stability and you’re earning a good living, and you’re not thrilled, but it’s a good gig. “So,” you say, “I guess I’ll keep doing it.”

It doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t even make sense to live that way!  Try an experiment. Ask yourself, why do you do your job? Obviously, making money is great, and making a lot of money is even better. But what happens when you go home? What happens when you look at yourself in the mirror? Are you happy? Do you love what you see? If not, then making money isn’t enough.

And the point is, money never is enough. There’s always going to be more to a fulfilled life than the money you earned. Check out those people that enjoy their jobs because they’re helping. Think about them. They go home fulfilled. It makes them better husbands and wives. They’re better parents. They’re better in their families. That’s what comes of being fulfilled in your job. Those people have it figured out. They’re not just working to make ends meet, and they’re not just working to make tons of money. They’re doing that, sure, but they’re also working because it helps other people. They serve others.

When you take your leadership skills and use them to serve, your soul literally is healed. Your soul is healed simply through helping other people. You feel better as a person. You know who you are, and exactly why you walk this earth. There’s a reason for you to be here, and you know what it is. You’re fulfilling your mission. You feel a sense of accomplishment. This is addicting!

We’re starting to figure it out. Leaders are using their skills to create companies that are committed to a cause. We’re finding out that when they do that, people want to buy their products. These leaders are founding companies, producing goods and services, and creating jobs, all for the purpose of service to humanity.

We’re talking about entrepreneurship and hard work that isn’t driven by greed. It’s driven by a commitment to service. We’re seeing a whole new generation arise that is saying, “We’re tired of just making money for ourselves. We’re tired of all these things. You know what? I’ve got a gift. I’ve got a gift of marketing, or I’ve got a gift of invention. I’ve been given a mind that can design a product, or a concept, or an idea. I take pleasure in that, personal pleasure, and I take pride in it. I even make a living doing it. But above all, I know that it’s going to help somebody else, and this is why I want to continue doing it.”

You see? It’s addicting! What happens once you get past the whole do-it-for-yourself mentality? What happens when you start a business or take on a job simply because it allows you to help somebody else? What happens when you do this, and your concept works? I’ll tell you what happens. You get addicted! You want to keep doing it!

More on this next time. See you Monday.

Addicted to Servant Leadership

Here’s your mentality when you’re a servant leader. You say, “I’m going to serve somebody with my leadership skills.”

That’s the whole concept of being a servant leader. You lead with the understanding that you’re going to serve somebody else with your leadership skills. And then the transformation comes easy. Now you enjoy your job.

You’re not just going through the motions. You’re not just saying, “Well, I’m making tons of money, so I guess I’ll keep doing it.”  That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. It’s not necessary to live that way!  Ask yourself, why do you do your job? Continue reading

The Joy That I Feel

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I’ve spent years studying and asking God how to reflect the love of Jesus. I would like to help create joy in the best way that I possibly, humanly, can. That’s the very most that I can do, but that’s the very least that Jesus does. He loves us so much more than even that.

If you read the Bible, it’s all about loving your neighbor.  It’s about helping those who do not have.  People think the Bible’s a bunch of made-up stories that make this life sound great.  But I think it’s Truth.  I think it all points to Jesus, and it all points to what he came for. Not only did he come to die on the cross for us and save us from our sin, but essentially He came to fulfill us.

And part of that fulfillment lies in helping the poor.  I really truly believe that Jesus left it up to us to help with these issues in the world, because essentially that’s what He came for.  He said, “I came to rescue. I came to take people out of bondage and create joy where there is no joy.”

God has given me an opportunity to create joy in an awesome way. He has given me the opportunity to help REACH out to suffering people, and give them every possible chance to experience joy. I’m trying to do my best, by creating environments of joy in places where people suffer. But even more than that, I’m trying to do my best by helping young people participate in that too.

To me, there’s no greater way to feel Jesus than by creating joy for others. And that’s why I feel good when I go to bed at night. I lay my head down on my pillow and I feel great. This is my “best life now” scenario. I don’t have suicidal thoughts, because I’m enjoying life so much.

You can do the same by partnering with me in REACH. You can go to bed saying, “I just helped someone get rescued from slavery today.” Or you can say, “I just helped a village of 1500 people get good drinking water.” You can say, “I just helped build an orphanage that will put shelter over kids’ heads and give them positive opportunities to learn and to be leaders.” Or you can say, “I just sent 200,000 meals to a village in Uganda and fed them for a year.” Whatever! There are so many opportunities, you know?

There are so many opportunities for us to create joy. Creating joy is reflecting the love of Jesus. And when you do it, and you know that you’ve done it, man, that’s just an awesome feeling. You’ll receive the love that He gives. You’ll feel it. Why? Because you’ve replicated it.

I love my God with all my heart, soul, and mind. Because I feel his smile on my life, I’ll do whatever it takes to reflect that on others. I want to feel that so much! And I can feel His smile when I do something good for somebody. I can feel His love reflected back to me. That’s heaven. That’s the joy that I feel.

Next week I’ll tell you about the nuts and bolts of the REACH program. See you Tuesday.