Embracing Our Purpose

Jeff Clement

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Today’s post if from Jeff Clement who is the Chairman of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

Jesus last message to his disciples still applies to those who follow Him today.  Christians are empowered by God to accomplish the things He gives us to do, and it’s God Himself who gives the increase.

Consider these truths from the Bible:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.  (Matthew 28:19-20)

I (Paul) planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering.  What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose.  And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.  (1 Corinthians 3:5-8)

Jesus’ last message to His disciples and to His followers today, was to “Go.”  It wasn’t a request, it was a command.  In other words, these are marching orders given to those of us who consider ourselves His followers.  Have you embraced the marching orders He left with us?

Planting the seedIn the Corinthians passage above, Paul uses the analogy of planting and watering to describe the work God called him to.  This helps us understand that each of us has specific roles to play in the kingdom of God.  Inviting others to attend, asking questions, investing in relationships, mentoring and guiding are ways we can participate through the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.  What’s important is that we faithfully complete the tasks that God gives us and then leave the results to Him.

Consider Simon Peter who worked hard all night and caught nothing (Luke 5).  Yet when he obeyed Jesus’ instruction to put down his net, the net could not even contain the result.  The increase was supernatural and could not have been accomplished as a result of changes in the conditions, or Simon Peter’s ability.  It was God who gave the increase.  True increase in all aspects of our lives, comes from God.  This is only accomplished when we choose to participate with God’s work of grace in our lives.  It’s not our self-effort that ultimately causes growth.  So, let’s commit to following through with our part and leaving the results to God!

Prayer

“Father, thank you that you created each of us on purpose and for a purpose.  You’ve equipped each of us and given us tasks or assignments to accomplish your purposes for our lives.  Thank you too, that you equipped us for those tasks and, it’s you alone who gives the increase.  May we embrace your command to “Go” and surrender the results to you.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.”

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Who Can you Trust These Days?

Nigerian Prince

Yesterday I got this email from Joshua Walton:

Salute, I send you this brief email to solicit your partnership to legally convey a reasonable amount of money from my country to your country at which you will greatly benefit from. This is highly legal. I shall furnish you with more information after i receive a positive reply from you. Your prompt response is highly anticipated.

Regards,

J. Walton.

I’ve heard of emails like this for years and I’m surprised how often people actually fall prey to these deceptions, although we can look at this and see it’s a scam from a mile away.

Maybe my lack of trust in Joshua’s email offer was his email address of [email protected] that seemed curious, or the odd choice of words like “Salute” and “solicit your partnership.” Perhaps it was the need to state this transaction is “highly-legal.” What seemed like an obvious Amway tactic to me, was the restriction to give me more info only after I reply in a positive (i.e. “sucker”) response to his email.

Hey, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck…

That’s the thing about being self-deceived. We believe what we want to believe, because we want something so badly.  The term “cognitive dissonance” is the confusion one experiences when presented with new information that contradicts what he or she believes to be true. This often will help us discern what is worthy of trust or not.

So who can you trust anymore?

The world today is riddled with a lack of trust. Public figures fall from grace daily, and even the most trusted leaders can be dashed upon the rocks in a shipwreck of deceit. Today’s youth will not TRUST marriage because of all the divorce these seen around them. Millennials don’t TRUST the societal norms because so many things seem broken and empty. One side of our government won’t TRUST the other, and we are all left wondering who can you TRUST anymore.

You have two choices; give up, crawl into a hole and miss out on life, or you can dive in deep and search for truth.

Two Men Talking in RestaurantThis is one of the reasons we are having the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast on October 6, 2017 at the Irving Convention Center. We want to invite friends, neighbors and coworkers to come hear how Jesus Christ has changed the lives of leaders in the DFW Technology Community. Not that a story from Onyeka Nchege of Interstate Batteries is all you need to trust that the GOD of the Bible is the one true GOD; but it’s a start.

Jesus Christ directed Christians (those of us who would believe and follow Him), to go make Disciples of the world – that includes our business world. I want to make a difference in the lives of everyone I meet and work with. Your faith is just as important as your annual sales or technology road map. We have the opportunity to walk along side our business associates and boldly live out our faith so others come to TRUST in the GOD of the Bible.

I hope you will join us on Friday, October 6. Come to this event with an open mind because the person who invited you is trustworthy enough to take a chance on; unlike our Nigerian Prince above. We won’t ask you to send us your social security number or bank account to get more information. But we will ask you to come, listen, and decide for yourself.

Contact us at [email protected] and we hope to see you there.

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