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A Look Back at Simplexity

Thursday

July 28, 2016

Serving

Read

“…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:37-39

Think

Jesus is amazing at simplifying the complex.  When the religious leaders asked Jesus what commandment was the greatest, it was meant to be a test – a complex question.  After all, there were hundreds of laws.  But Jesus simplified all of the laws by telling them to love God and love your neighbor.  And as simple as that is, we still try to make it complex.  But there is a really simple way to show your love for God and your neighbor at the same time – serving.
God has given us so many unique gifts and abilities.  We have the opportunity to use those gifts to show our love for God and our neighbor by using them to promote His kingdom in His house.  Here are just a few advantages of serving:

  1. It takes the focus off of ourselves.
  2. We can develop our gifts here.
  3. We can be a part of the only institution God created.
  4. It's fun.
  5. You meet a bunch of people.
Take the opportunity to use your gifts to share God’s love.

 

Pray

Thank God for the gifts He has given you.  Ask Him to help you use them to glorify Him.

Act

If you haven’t yet begun to serve, begin by finding your place here: fellowshipchurch.com/volunteer

 

Thursday

July 28, 2016

Tools

Read

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3

Think

Simplifying the complexities of life can seem impossible. But God has given us the tools to help us focus on what is most important.  It begins with our relationship with Christ and the priorities we put in place as a result of that relationship.

If we follow a plan of sharing, sowing and serving, life can be simplified.  Share your story of how God has worked in your life.  Sow by giving back to God’s house a portion of what He has given you.  Serve by using your unique God-given gifts in God’s house.  Prioritizing these areas by putting your ‘Yes’ on these 3 ‘Yeses’ of God will put you on the path of simplifying the complex in your life – Simplexity.

Pray

Ask God to help you take bold steps in prioritizing a plan to share, sow and serve in your life to help build your relationship with Christ and to build His kingdom.

Act

He has done in your life.  Be ready to share that story with someone as God gives you opportunities.

 

Wednesday

July 27, 2016

Priorities

Read

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

Think

The complexity of life creates a lot of confusion when it comes to the choices we have to make each day.  In addition, the information and opinions others give about said choices makes it even more confusing.  As a result, many decisions are made based on the emotion of the moment rather than priorities in our lives.  If only we had some sort of guide to help us make decisions.

We actually do.  It’s God’s Word – The Bible.  (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)  In it we are given God’s guide for our lives – His ‘Yes’.  By putting God’s priorities first in our lives, we are essentially putting our ‘Yes’ on His ‘Yes’ in the choices we make on a daily basis.  Prioritizing helps us to make decisions based on the content of God’s word rather than the emotional context of the moment.  When we make His priorities our priorities life will be simplified.

Pray

Ask God to help you stand firm in a commitment to prioritize your life each day by putting your ‘Yes’ on His ‘Yes’ before you even get out of bed.

Act

Make a list of the priorities in your life.  Do they line up with God’s priorities?  If not, make the necessary changes and see what happens when you put your ‘Yes’ on God’s ‘Yes’.

 

Tuesday

July 26, 2016

Success!

Read

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” - Mark 8:36

Think

For many success is about large bank accounts, large houses and fast cars.  While there is nothing wrong with having possessions we should always recognize God’s definition of success is really about our obedience.
The Bible is full of examples of successful people God said yes to.  However, they made life complex by saying no to God’s yes.  God said yes to Solomon by giving him amazing wisdom and great success.  And for a while Solomon followed God’s will and put his yes on God’s yes.  However, Solomon’s pride began to complicate life.  Solomon soon began to say NO to God’s Yes.  This created a royal mess.  At the end of his life Solomon realized his mistake.

Many times we can fall into the same trap as Solomon did.  We begin experiencing success in various areas of life and start believing we can do life on our own.  Instead of following God’s direction for our lives, we begin making decisions depending on our emotions.  As a result, like Solomon, these emotional decisions lead to a royal, complex mess.  Let’s learn from Solomon.  Just say yes to God’s yes and we will have great success in making life less complex.

Pray

Thank God for what you have in your life now no matter how big or small.  Ask God to help you put your yes on His yes for your life.

Act

Beginning your day with gratitude helps to put the day in perspective.  It reminds us what God has said YES to in our lives.  Begin a gratitude journal today.  Each day list 3 things in your life you are thankful for and why.

 

Monday

July 25, 2016

YES!

Read

“…Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No, ‘No’,…” Matthew 5:37

Think

Let’s face it, we live in a world that seems very complex.  Our daily schedules prove how complex we can make our own lives.  But the solution to the self-made complexity can actually begin with a simple ‘Yes’.
We’ve become confused about what to say ‘Yes’ to and what to say ‘No’ to.   We have complicated the simple while God has simplified the complex.  God has given us a ‘Yes’ from the beginning when life in the Garden was full of walks with Him and just taking care of His creation.    However, man said ‘No’ to God’s ‘Yes’, disobeyed God and made the simple complex.  But God simplified it through His son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus is God’s ‘Yes’ to a relationship and eternity with Him.  Jesus lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death and defeated death through the resurrection so that we could say ‘Yes’ to a relationship with Him and live an eternal life in Heaven.  Simplifying our lives begins with saying ‘Yes’ to God’s ‘Yes’ – Jesus.

Pray

If you haven’t said ‘Yes’ to God’s gift of a relationship with Him through Jesus, you can do that today by saying this simple prayer.

Act

Study your daily schedule.  Are you saying ‘Yes’ to God’s ‘Yes’ in every area of your life in order to simplify the complex?