be more like Jesus

Follow God for the Reward

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:24-25 Have you ever asked yourself, “Should I follow God for the reward?” I’ve been asked this question before, and the answer is, “Yes, of course!” There are so many references to the reward in the Bible. In Malachi, God tells us that there is a reward for tithing. In Deuteronomy, God states there’s a great reward for those who follow the commands, including full barns, and healthy flocks; you’ll be above and not beneath, the head and not the tail. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus uses the word “reward” over and over. In Western thinking, there is a concept that implies we have

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A Different Kind of Person

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24 Growing and living every day with God is the best kind of life we can live. I was blessed to attend Business School at a Christian college, while at the same time working at a real estate investment company. These worlds were polar opposites. In both spaces, I made friends who were on a journey to success. There were two in particular, whose stories went in opposite directions.  One guy I worked with, we’ll call him Brian, was a real go-getter and I was convinced that he would become financially successful someday. His dream was to own a Porsche 911 turbo and make money. I admired his drive to move into that

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Good Company With The Lord

“For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” – Psalm 27:5 Today I want to talk about the importance of keeping good company with the Lord, particularly as it has to do with personal development. We can incorporate personal development into our view of discipleship. To be a disciple of Jesus means to be an apprentice or a student, and the expectation is that we make a choice every day to do our best to follow Christ and become like Him. This is demonstrated as we apply ourselves with a degree of effort to become the best version of ourselves. This version of transformation is not something we’re called to do by duty, but it’s the best possible life we can live. I want to invite

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