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The Importance of Community th Felicity Skelton, #54
In this weeks episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike speaks with Felicity Skelton. Felicity is a senior marketing veteran, primarily working in the insurance space, and currently teaches Yoga while also using God as a focal point during the sessions! Please welcome her to the podcast.
1:00 - Meet Felicity
4:10 - How Felicity Found God
7:10 - Certified Holy Yoga Instructor
8:50 - Felicity's Takeaways on the Market Place Mission Trip
14:10 - Felicity's hope for God within Faith at Work
16:35 - Tips for taking the Marketplace Mission Trip
One of the most important things that Felicity talks about with Mike is the community. Community is a feeling of fellowship, and it so happens to be one of the most important human things we can have with each other. We build each other up, rely on one another, and within the right circumstances - like following Jesus, we bring the best out of everyone in the community. Felicity talks about how even a timid approach to joining the Follower of One community can inspire actions to make a difference each day in our lives. What do you see in your community? Is your community inspiring you to make a difference? Let us know in the comments!
Opportunities are Abundant
Even in this pandemic, we are pushing through, one door closes, another opens. It is really hard to see these openings under the circumstances but if there is anything we have learned from God, it is that he has the master plan and we need to trust in the process! Felicity talks about how even though she fell on harder times due to the pandemic, because of the Marketplace Mission Trip she was able to take immediate action to make a difference in the other work she was doing. Do you give up on hope after the first difficulty you see? I know we might all be guilty of this but staying headstrong is key to our success in both our faith and work.
" I continued to read the emails.. even though I wasn't at the forefront because it was actual, and actionable resources so that I could quickly make a difference" - Felicity
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Denying Jesus with our Actions Titus 1:16
Do your works show that you believe in Jesus? Or do your actions deny him? Just a few verses before, Paul quotes another famous person who said that people from Crete were always liars and lazy gluttons. And Paul agrees! How would you like it if your pastor started by reminding you that you come from a bad neighborhood?
But then, Paul writes this whole letter to challenge Titus to instruct the people of Crete to be involved in good works. And he says here that people who profess to be Christ-followers deny God by their actions. How do we deny God with our actions? When we act the way everyone else does? Whenever we act like God doesn't exist, or when we act like obeying him is optional, we deny him. Think about it.
So what will you do? Can we honestly ask God to give us an idea of how we deny him so that we can change our behavior today? Mike said he didn't want to deny God. What about us? Can we say that we don't want to deny God? What do we need to change?
Our next Marketplace Mission Trip begins in a week. This is a 2-week exercise to practice living our faith at work. Sign-ups cut off in the evening of October 31, and the first call of the 2-week mission trip is November 1 at 3 PM. Learn more and join us at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
Be Strong in the Lord Ephesians 6:10
What does it mean to be strong? Mike talks about the challenge we have in this passage. One way to be strong is to work out. We do more than is required so that we can build our muscles. We use the way our body heals to take time to tear it down a bit each day so that it will grow back stronger.
Another way to be strong is to simply choose courage. There are a number of passages in the Old Testament where we hear people or the Lord telling us to be strong and courageous. This is what my dad used to call intestinal fortitude, his key word for "guts." There is a strength that comes from simply choosing. We choose to trust God and to act according to what we believe about him.
Mike talks about how even the second way to be strong is something we grow. Do you believe your fears or what God tells you? Do you believe God's promises or what our flesh and the media tell us? We can't even believe our own eyes some times. In 2 Corinthians 4:18, Paul says the things that are not seen are eternal. And Jesus told Thomas that we are blessed if we believe without seeing John 20:29. We grow in the Lord by choosing to trust him and acting accordingly. We strengthen our faith by actively trusting God.
So can you be strong in the Lord today? Ask God what you need to do, and then do it. Make the effort to do whatever God puts in your mind. Chances are you'll be a little scared. Mike believes God is calling him into some uncomfortable space. Why shouldn't we expect Jesus to do that with each of us?
One way you can do that is to sign up for the next Marketplace Mission Trip. You will get a little uncomfortable on a Marketplace Mission Trip, that's for sure. Learn more and sign up at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
The Worst of Sinners 1 Timothy 1:15
Here's a true and sure statement that you can rest your future and your life on, Christ came into the world to save sinners. And among those, I am the worst.
Can you imagine Paul saying that? Would you say it? Does your life back it up. Do you spend your time trying to prove that you're the worst of sinners, or do you focus on the fact that Jesus came into this world to save us? Think for a moment about What Christ laid aside. In Philippians 2 we get some prompting. He laid aside his rights and his power as God and came to be a common human, even a baby to a poor family. Consider the sacrifice he made for a minute just to enter our world.
Then, he put up with us for over 30 years. He let his parents and the Jewish leaders teach him. He submitted to them even to the authorities, the very people who put him to death. His entire effort was either a terrible tragedy or an exquisite plan.
What does your life say about the life of Jesus? Does your life say that you believe it was a divine plan, brilliantly conceived and executed? Or does your life say you think it was a terrible tragedy? I can't have simply been an accident. Either Jesus is who he claimed to be, and this is all part of a magnificent plan, or his life and death was a tremendous failure, and the saddest story of all time.
If we believe in the divine plan, let's live accordingly. Check out the Marketplace Mission Trip. This is our 2-week boot-camp to practice living like we know Jesus' life and death was part of a divine plan. Let's remember we're just as bad a sinner as the worst of them, but then we can live in the freedom and responsibility purchased for us by the Son of God. Check out MarketplaceMissionTrip.com to learn more and sign up.
Going Into Ministry 1 Timothy 1:12
Paul acknowledges that Jesus strengthened him and put him into service. The word translated service can also be translated ministry. This is the same Greek word from which we get the word we translate Deacon. Is this an official role, or is it a practical one?
Mike used to think "ministry" was reserved for those special people who were super-Christians, like the Apostle Paul. But when he realized that Jesus himself said that he came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45), Mike started to think differently. Certainly we can all serve? Do we have to go to work for a church, or become an overseas missionary to serve Jesus?
Mike decided to define his service as helping others move one notch closer to Jesus. He realized he could serve, or minister, to anyone, in any job, at any time. That's when he became a full-time minister.
Jesus will put you into service, too. All you have to do is obey him. He will give you ideas of ways you can serve others so that Jesus will become visible to them. In fact, we practice this every couple of months on the Marketplace Mission Trip. Why not check it out and sign up at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com. You'll realize that Jesus will put you into service, too.
The Failure to Act James 4:17
If we know the right thing to do, and then we don't do it, we fall short. Sin is falling short, or missing the mark. Our sin nature is based in our own desire to be god, with a little "g". We want to call our own shots. But God speaks to us all the time. When we know the right thing to do, and we do it, we join him. We cooperate with him. And we help others see him.
Like so many things with God, we can't live in neutral. When we know and act, we join God. When we know and don't act, we rebel against him. Mike talks about how he used to whine to God when bad things happened. He knew God was conforming Mike to the image of Christ, (Romans 8:29), Mike would get angry at the frustrating things happening in his life and ask God to give him some time off. When things are difficult in your life, are you ever tempted to ask a question like that? "Why are you doing this God? Would you just leave me alone today?"
When we know the right thing to do - ask forgiveness, make amends for a mistake, give more than is expected of us, love someone the way we want to be loved - and we fail to do it, we miss God's mark for us. Today, when God gives you an idea, will you act? Will you say "Yes, God!" or will you rationalize. Every time we act, we draw nearer to God. And every time we fail to act, we get farther away. Let's be those who act today. Every time we obey Jesus, he draws us closer to himself and he grows us a little more.
Speaking of doing what God leads us to do, we have one last Marketplace Mission Trip coming up in 2 weeks. Go to MarketplaceMissionTrip.com to learn more and sign up.
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