So the plan for Sundays here at J&J is basically to share something that spoke to me from the sermon on Sunday morning. Before I get into it, I’ll do a little “ten things you may not know” in regards to my faith, my church, and my walk with the Lord!
- I began my walk with the Lord at the age of 6, in a bathtub of all places.
- My dad is a pastor, but contrary to popular belief, I do NOT know every answer and it doesn’t automatically mean I was a wild child (although I definitely went through that phase).
- I did not get baptized in a traditional baptistery, but in a creek (it was backwoods Louisiana, y’all)
- My church’s official affiliation is Southern Baptist, however, I’d consider myself more “non-denominational”
- I have a heart for kids, so I volunteer in Nursery & in AWANA (on Wednesday nights).
Now that you know a little about my “religious” (ugh, hate that word) history, let’s get into it.
Today, my pastor preached on Matthew 28:16-20 & Acts 1:3-11. He talked about how so often we put the emphasis on our kingdom vs His Kingdom. We’re so worried about our houses and our cars. About our clothes and our food. About our careers and even our kids. I know for me, my main ministry (and current “career”, if you will), is raising my children and even that can become an idol. I can get so caught up in making sure that my kids are “happy” (i.e. comfortable, never challenged to learn or do new things), that I can forget to lead by example by living out “The Great Commission”. It is literally EVERY believer’s job to play show and tell with this world. Show them love (REAL, unfettered, unbiased love) and tell them about Jesus Christ and what He has done and can do.
He also spoke about how sometimes, we think that we are so much better off than places like Haiti, where believers live much harder lives, but in reality, our prosperity is often what cripples our walk with the Lord. Christianity is so comfortable here in the US, that every little thing that doesn’t go our way tends to seem like a “trial”. He said this and it really stuck out to me:
a real #FirstWorldProblem: Jesus is NOT first, He is last.
Talk about a mic drop. This was SO convicting to me. I am so busy with everything else and so easily distracted, that I often allow Christ to fall from the forefront of my mind and heart. My attitude is so easily swayed by little things that inconvenience me that I forget that, in the end, the only thing that truly matters is Jesus. His will, His way, His Word. So, going into this week, that is going to be my goal: to do my very best to keep Him first. I’m thinking of praying each morning in my quiet time for the Lord to show me a scripture for each day that can help me remember to do that. I’ll probably be writing those scriptures on my hand, because, let’s be real hashtag mom brain.
Love & Sips,