rough edges

Don’t Live for the Recognition

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10 Today, I want to share the kinship that comes with living for applause with you. Many of you who have been called to ministry and/or leadership are aware of the pressure that comes with power and position. It feels nice to be seen, and it’s simple to start validating and measuring your influence based on the reactions of those you serve. The issue is that by doing so, you relinquish your position of leadership and become a follower. You give others control and follow their lead when you try too hard to make them pleased.  When I was 22 or 23 years old, a guy named Richard Watts, who was

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God Chooses the Unlikely

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” – 1 Corinthians 1:27 We talked about sheep in wolf’s clothing yesterday, and how not everyone who achieves great things in God’s Kingdom looks the way we expect them to. Today, I want to build on that idea by reminding you that you don’t have to be perfect or healed in order for Jesus to use you. I truly want you to grasp and comprehend the power of this crucial reality! Many people who are born again and become active in a church realize how “messed up” they are very fast. While this isn’t always a negative thing, and Jesus does want us to mature and become more like Him, it’s important to realize that God loves, accepts, and even uses us in our flaws;

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