Living Out My “Why”

I am Joseph.” – Genesis 45:3

I’ve been so captivated by those three words over the past couple weeks. It’s not only sent us into our week 4 of our series “Dreams and Drama” last Sunday at Kfirst, but it’s carrying over into week 5 of “Dreams and Drama.”

The words “I am Joseph” doesn’t seem like much on the surface. That’s what we know him as. But for the previous 9 years, he’s lived behind an Egyptian name and his Egyptian title (Genesis 41;45). But when it came to really confronting the issues of his heart, it would have been easy to stay hidden behind the authority given or a name handed to him. He chose to come forward with who he was.

I am Joseph

In 3 words, he establishes connection and relationship.
In 3 words, he makes himself vulnerable to those who stand before him.
In 3 words, he risks his heart being hurt by the response of others.

These 3 words spoke of the “who” in his life (identity). Joseph had a security within him formed by the One who had been with him ever step of his journey.  You might think, “It’s easy to be secure in your identity sitting on a throne.” But I submit: This was the pattern we’ve seen in Joseph for the previous 23 years. A pit, a prison, a palace; diverse circumstances, same identity. Joseph was secure not in what he dealt with but who he was in God.

And from that identity, he lived out his “why” (purpose).

…for God sent me before you to preserve life.” – Genesis 45:5

Many times, we think life is about us, our preferences, and our accomplishments. I’m not against ambition per se. But when the ambition centers around our own selfishness, there is much to call into question. Because those pursuits were never meant to be life-giving but life draining. Again, wanting to accomplish something is good. But when it’s all about “you,” it never really satisfies.

It is in Genesis 45 we see a beautiful way to shape our “why” in life (why we do what we do). Our “why” is about glorifying God and blessing others. I know no greater way to live that is as live-giving as navigating your identity with the “why” of honoring Jesus and looking to pour into people.

This translates into every facet: marriage, job, friendships, hobbies, etc. When the center of our lives is who we are in Jesus AND we live that out in a way for Him to be honored, we truly understand what it means to live. Ultimately, it really won’t matter the “what” in life (titles, accolades, roles). That get’s fleshed out when we understand the “who” and the “why.”

Today, next step can you take to deepen your identity in Christ? As you are in prayer, ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to live out your “why.” Ask Him for an opportunity to glorify Him and bless others.

Love you all. Praying for you.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

Our Kfirst Values: We do stuff on purpose

I started a series a few weeks back about the values of our church community. Here at Kfirst, our mission is our passion:  We make it simple for people to find and follow Jesus. And our values guide us towards that goal.

Check out last weeks by clicking on the value statement:

Week 1 – Everyone is Significant.

Week 2 – We are Contributors

Week 3 – God Works in Community.

Week 4 – We keep it fun.

Week 5 – Growth requires change.

This week…We do stuff on purpose.

We do stuff on purpose

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to making a difference in this world for Christ, I’ve found most people feel a range of emotions that steers them away. They either feel severely unqualified, completely intimidated, or at a total loss over where to start. The views of their church leaders and/or comparisons of the giftings of others have robbed so many of the witness that doesn’t necessarily come from standing on a street corner with a bullhorn or passing out tracts on the street…

…it’s robbed them of missional living in the simple things of life

Of all the things that feel overwhelming, one of the major issues to living missional is time. Schedules and calendars get packed; life gets busy. We have a terrible time juggling what we have without adding one more thing. But I propose a thought to you: We don’t need to add an extra activity to our day, we need to add intentionality to our activities.

It’s time to do “stuff on purpose.”

As you and I enjoy Jesus and remember who we are in Jesus, He will increasingly shape our lives to live on His mission so that more people can, though us, encounter His love. Your life is a pulpit and the messages you preach will flow through your daily activities. From how you respond to people to the character of Christ, the love of Jesus can intentionally shine through your life. I like how the apostle Paul puts it, “God helping you: take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12:1 MSG). Simply said: Let Jesus be on display in everything you do.

I love these words from the book, “Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community,”

“Major events have a role to play in church life, but the bedrock of gospel ministry is low-key, ordinary, day-to-day work that often goes unseen. Most gospel ministry involves ordinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality.”

At Kfirst, we believe that, as far as we can help it, we should do everything on purpose. We intentionally focus our time, money and energy to make it simple to find and follow Jesus. It’s what drives us every day. But it can’t be fit into an hour and a half on a Sunday from a platform. Most of the time, that type of intentionality is done in daily lives.

Wrapping up, I want to invite you to “do stuff on purpose.” Here’s five simple, yet effective, ways to do ordinary life with intentionality.

  1. Pray. Before you do anything (work, leisure, family time, shopping, etc) add a simple prayer. “God, as I do this, help me to love like Jesus, live like Jesus, and serve like Jesus.”
  2. Eat. We Americans love to eat. We we have around 21 meals a week. Commit to sharing at least ONE of those a week with someone who does not have a relationship with Jesus. I’m not asking to engage them in debate; just engage them in authentic love and friendship.
  3. Connect. Connect your Kfirst community into relationships and events with your other friends/coworkers and vice versa. Be a builder of bridges.
  4. Pay Attention. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you open your eyes to see “God-moments” everyday. These are the things that feel like annoyances when we don’t have a gospel-attitude. Love what “Total Church” says, “Most God-moments are unexpected and occur along the way to someplace else. They will seem like interruptions, but if you begin to look for God’s fingerprints in your day and in every relationship, in every coffee shop, in every conversation you have with your neighbor, there’s a good chance you will begin to see God’s incarnational presence.”
  5. Play. Do your typical hobbies or fun activities prayerfully (see # 1 ) and by inviting a mix of people into the thing you’re doing (# 3).

Love what Paul tells the church in Corinth,

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31

What might life look like for you to live “on purpose?” Before you click off this blog, write out everything you do typically Sunday through Saturday. Include everything. Meals, work, that one TV show you never miss, gym, etc. Take all of your responses and share them with a friend and discuss how you can be intentional together.

Do stuff on purpose. Be intentional in everything you do for the glory of God.

 

 

Our Kfirst Values: Everyone is Significant

Here at Kfirst, our mission is our passion:  We make it simple for people to find and follow Jesus.

Simple doesn’t mean easy. With so much competing for our attention, it’s difficult to develop a life-giving relationship with Jesus and follow Him. Our mission is to make it simple, so that people who feel far from God will find life in following Jesus.

That’s our vision, but it’s our values that guides our perspective and actions of a church.  Our core values are deeply ingrained thought-patterns that motivate the way we behave. Think of an apple core: the seeds in that core are the apple tree’s core values; these seeds create the future. So over the next few weeks, I want to share the core values Kfirst has as they guide us towards our goal of making it simple for people to find and follow Jesus.

So first…
Everyone is significant2

It seems to be the core of who we are as a human being: Significance. We all strive to be something and do something that will give us that sense of significance; that idea of feeling unique, important, special. or needed. I mean, look at the most popular movies from the past decade. Superhero movies have dominated the landscape of cinema. They are stories of men and woman discovering how special they are and how much of a significant impact they can have upon their world. This may make a great movie storyline, but it highlights the deep longing that we all carry.  We all want to be significant and we want to do something of great significance.

Two thoughts:

First, we believe our significance doesn’t come from within us; it comes from Christ. So much money and resources is spent chasing avenues to feed our need to be special.  But know this: God’s love for us is so extravagantly he gave us his best; Jesus. And because he didn’t give his life for a few notable people, it shows that there is something significant about ALL of us. He came for all. He died for all. He rose for all. And that “all” includes you. You don’t have to try to “be” significant. You already are because Christ loves you.

Second, because we are so greatly loved, we endeavor to love people like God loves people.  We give generously. We serve endlessly. We love abundantly. And none of that is based upon what we receive back. For freely we have received; freely we give.

What does that look like for you?

If you have never realized that you are significant, look no further than the cross and resurrection.

If you never realized that you can do something significant, look no further than finding a place to serve in your neighborhood or church community. We believe everyone, regardless of age or background, has purpose and a place to serve and make a significant impact.

If you’re ready to do something significant, let me invite you to be a part of one of the most crucial areas to serve: “First Impressions.” It is the place to impact lives even before a song is sung or a sermon is presented. A simple smile, a kind greeting, and a joyful attitude can melt a heart and impact someone’s life in a powerful way.

If you’re interested in making a significant impact through “First Impressions” or any other area, please click HERE or the graphic below.

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I believe everyone is significant and I endeavor to love people like God loves people. At Kfirst, everyone has purpose and a place. And we want to help you find yours.