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What We've Seen and Heard Acts 4:19-20
Then the passage. Peter and John basically say they will talk about what they have seen and heard. Their experience with Jesus was first-hand. They were more informed about Jesus than the men judging them. When it come to our own experience with Jesus, we're the authority. We must examine our own story against the scripture, because God won't contradict himself. But once we understand how Jesus has changed us, we can and should speak about our own experience. That's what Peter and John told the authorities, too.
Our challenge is to live a life that proves what we believe. Then, when people ask us about it, just like they asked Peter and John about the 40 year old man who was healed, they speak about their own experience. We don't have to convince anyone about Jesus or the good news. We only need to live a life that demonstrates the joy and excitement of following Jesus, and then, when people ask us, we simply speak for ourselves.
What have you seen and heard about Jesus first-hand? Think about it some more from Wednesday and practice stating it in short, 2-3 sentence explanations. Then, as we live out the first 4 daily activities, we'll be ready when someone asks. We'll get to talk first-hand about what we've seen and heard. When we do, we'll experience great joy knowing Jesus gave us this opportunity and he prepared us, too.
This Sunday afternoon, if you're on the Marketplace Mission Trip, we have a conference call to prepare for week 2. Next week we focus on putting these 5 lessons into practice. If you're not on the mission trip, keep listening and go to MarketplaceMissionTrip.com to sign up for the next trip. It begins November 2. And invite a friend, too. We practice these activities 6 times a year with others so we will develop the habits to practice these 5 daily activities every day of the week. Join us?
Freedom to Serve Galatians 5:13
Our passage challenges us to choose who we serve. We can serve ourselves or we can serve others. Serving ourselves is a trick. It ends in death. A few translations say we can use our freedom as an opportunity for our flesh. We're free to drink, overeat, do whatever we want. We can do our jobs and live our lives for ourselves only. Or we can serve others through love. We're either going to serve ourselves or serve others.Â
The freedom Jesus gives is the freedom to serve. Serving others is how we share the life of Jesus. Before we trusted and followed him, we could only serve ourselves. Even when we chose to serve others, I found I often even served others for my own selfish reasons. But when we follow him, we get another choice. We can serve others because we follow Jesus. We experience his eternal life, here and forever, when we do. We experience his joy and spend some of our time in eternity here on earth when we serve others. Jesus came to serve, and he calls us to serve, too. (Mark 10:45).
How can you serve others at work? Think. What do you have that can serve others? Time, Money, Energy, Attention? Take some extra time and think of ways you can serve others. You can buy a lunch, or you can stay late and do extra work. If your department hands off work to another team, find out how you can make their job easier. What can you do differently to make their life easier? Ask God to show you how you can serve others, and expect God's joy when you do.
Finally, share this podcast with someone else. Send them a note and ask them to think about their work as an opportunity to become a full-time servant (or minister). You'll experience God's joy knowing you've done your job today.
Ready to Speak Up Daniel 3:16-18
The king lost his cool. He decided he would give these 3 one last chance to bow down and worship him before he killed them. But it didn't matter. I wonder if my faith in God and my belief about God would come out of me so casually or matter-of-fact. They stated exactly what they believed and trusted and it mattered.
Can you state what you believe about God so clearly? One or two sentences? With confidence? Nothing works like practice. On Day 3, we encourage you to know what you believe about Jesus. In our world today, we won't get thrown into a furnace, but we will be asked why we're different. When we appreciate those who are difficult to appreciate or when we serve others beyond what might be expected, others will question.
We need to prepare today to answer the question, "Why are you doing this?" In one or two sentences, can you state how your faith in Jesus prompted you to go beyond your daily duties? Whatever you say, practice it until it is delivered the way it sounds like this statement was delivered. God will use you in the lives of others, but we need to be able to explain our faith in small, non-preachy or non-judgmental thoughts and statements.
Try to write out your explanation in advance. Write it in a way that doesn't sound like you were lost or blind. We don't want our friends to get the idea that we think they're lost or blind, either. Often, I say something like, "Well, I follow Jesus and I've found I get a special kind of joy when I do a little extra or give a little more, just because I follow him."
Write it and practice it. Ask a friend or your Mission Trip Mentor to give you feedback as you practice. And if you're not on the mission trip, check it out. You can learn more and sign up at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
The Importance of Appreciation 1 Corinthians 13:3
I recently discussed this chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 and even this verse a bit in episode 234. But this verse needs more attention because today's topic is appreciating others. Paul tells us that even if we give away everything we have, but we don't love others, it profits us nothing. What kind of profit do you think he's talking about?
Our service to others, without love (or in a business setting) appreciation for them doesn't count. But you may ask what I mean by "counting" and I would tell you the word translated "profits" here is what I'm talking about. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus tells us to lay up or store up treasure in heaven rather than treasure on earth. This is part of a longer section of the Sermon on the Mount about rewards.
There are rewards for us, both here on earth and in heaven. The key to those rewards seems to be our love and appreciation for others. When we do something for their good, because of our love for them, then it counts. If we do it for any other reason, that's another story. So today, ask God to give you an appreciation for others. I've wrestled with this in my past, and God continues to work on me so that I won't judge others or label them, but appreciate them and bless them.
Everything you give away today because you appreciate someone else matters. That's why appreciating others is our #2 daily activity on the Marketplace Mission Trip, too. Let's ask God to increase our appreciation for others so that it overflows and they become aware of our appreciation of them, and God's love for them, too.
The Impact of Effective Prayer James 5:16
Prayer is not a way to get God to do what we want. Prayer is the way he transforms us. He will guide us and use us in the lives of others, and we will experience his joy when we pray. We pray for others so we can be a part of God's magnificent work. And we see him work when we pray, too.
On the Marketplace Mission Trip, our day 1 activity is to pray. Practice the 3 daily prayers we discuss. The first is "Here I am, Lord. Please put me to work." This is how we tell him we want to be used in his kingdom. Our second prayer is a prayer of thanks. When we can be grateful no matter what, we make Jesus visible. And the 3rd prayer is a request for God to bless our coworkers, customers and vendors or anyone we will meet with today. God will work in their lives, and through our prayers, we get to take part.
This is day 1 of our 2-week Marketplace Mission Trip. If you're not signed up, you can still go through the exercises by following the podcast. Our goal is to help you become a full-time minister of Jesus, right where you work. To learn more and sign up for the next Mission Trip, go MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
Inspiring Leadership Abroad with Claudio Morelli, #49
Inspiring Leadership Abroad with Claudio Morelli, #49
In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike speaks with Claudio Morelli. Claudio is a retired education professional that now works as a Technical Consultant for The Wellspring Foundation for Education. he Wellspring Foundation for Education is a Christian organization working to empower the next generation of Rwandans through quality education. Please welcome him to our Community!
1:00 - Meet Claudio Morelli
2:55 - The Wellspring Foundation for Education
4:05 - How Claudio joined The Wellspring Foundation
8:55 - Claudio's challenges with Faith in the Workplace
13:45 - God puts us in places we are not Comfortable
14:55 - Praying for the People of Rwanda and All of Africa
17:00 - Leadership Solutions are at the Heart of Most Problems
21:10 - Living Differently with People You Work With, Everywhere
23:30 - Claudio's Advice on Living Your Faith Everyday
26:10 - Connect with The Wellspring Foundation for Education
Leadership Based on Biblical Principles
Being a leader at any organization within any level is difficult. It takes time and attention to build upon leadership skills. However, we want leadership skills that are rooted in our biblical teachings. These lessons are imperative to both how you live through faith, and how you inspire others to build relationships. Claudio talks about this with Mike while giving examples of why he was inspired to take a job after retirement with The Wellspring Foundation. His inspiration served as a vessel for engaging and changing the lives of the people in Rwanda who needed it most. What type of lessons have you learned over the years that can apply to how you lead in your workplace? Are those lessons bringing you and your coworkers closer to Jesus with every action?
Living Differently Through Technology
Technology has been in a boom period for a long time now. It seems every day we learn of something new that makes it easier to stay connected. Yet, we don't want that to become stale. We as Christ-followers need to be molding to our changing environment and it is now more evident with a pandemic at hand. Claudio talks about how he is still able to bring extreme value to people in the country of Africa via Zoom or Skype and it is all because of technology. So how do we make our experience different? How can we ensure that although we are interacting across the globe, we still bring value to the person on the other end of the computer? Stick with the basics. Make time for the Bible and lessons. Make time for empathy and make sure that each opportunity you have to connect is a chance to build God's kingdom!
"People from all over the world can get together and share voices and help each other... my passion is to bring these African voices to the forefront and make everyone aware of what they are doing"
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