Don't Deny the Power of Jesus for Starbucks
Don't Deny the Power of Jesus for Starbucks: Prioritizing Efficiency Over Faith
In today's world, efficiency is often idolized. We are encouraged to prioritize productivity and streamlined processes in all aspects of our lives, including our faith. However, in doing so, we risk denying the power and passion of Jesus Christ for the sake of convenience and corporate success. We cannot let our love of efficiency overshadow our love for Jesus.
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." This means that when we prioritize our faith in Jesus, everything else will fall into place. We don't need to prioritize efficiency or productivity above all else, because God will provide for us when we seek Him first.
Sadly, this is a trap that many have fallen into. We see it in the way that some Christians prioritize their careers and financial success over serving others and following Jesus' call to love our neighbors as ourselves.
It's not just about Starbucks, or any other corporation or organization. It's about the temptation to put our desire for efficiency and productivity above our commitment to living a life of faith and devotion to Jesus Christ. We must resist embracing the power and passion of Jesus Christ in all aspects of our lives. In this blog, we will explore the dangers of prioritizing efficiency over faith, and the importance of keeping Jesus at the center of our lives, no matter what.
Burning Passion of the Early Church
Jason: …I see in the early church is a lot of spookiness like a ridiculous amount of spookiness an insane amount of passion like cannot be contained passion like kill me if you want but I'm not gonna shut up kind of passion and then that burning passion.
When we look at the early church in the Book of Acts, we see a level of passion and commitment that is truly remarkable. These early believers were willing to risk everything for their faith in Jesus Christ, and their zeal was nothing short of supernatural.
In Acts 2:1-4, we read about the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in a powerful way. They were filled with the Spirit and began to speak in tongues, proclaiming the wonders of God. This was a moment of incredible spookiness, as the power of the Holy Spirit was palpable and undeniable.
As the early church grew, we see an insane amount of passion on display. In Acts 4:18-20, when Peter and John were commanded by the authorities not to speak in the name of Jesus, they boldly replied, "Which is right in God's eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard." This was a kind of cannot-be-contained passion that could not be silenced or suppressed.
Later on, in Acts 5:41-42, we read about how the apostles were flogged for their faith and yet still rejoiced and continued to preach the gospel. This was a kind of kill-me-if-you-want-but-I'm-not-gonna-shut-up kind of passion that was fueled by a deep love for Jesus and a desire to share His message with the world.
And then there was the burning passion that characterized the early church. In Acts 4:32-35, we read about how the believers sold their possessions and shared everything they had so that no one was in need. This was a kind of burning passion for the community and for living out the values of Jesus in every aspect of their lives.
As we look at the early church, we are inspired by their spookiness, their cannot-be-contained passion, their willingness to suffer for their faith, and their burning passion for community. May we too be filled with the Holy Spirit, and may we too be willing to risk everything for the sake of our faith in Jesus Christ?
Don’t Deny the Power and the Passion
Jason: I'm all for healthy effective systems, I'm all for let's do things well, and let's do them excellently. I'm all for that, but not if we're gonna deny the power, and the passion, and the give your whole life over to Jesus. And when people come to church it's not like this was kind of a nice experience, it's like “Oh my gosh I met the power of God, and now I have to give him everything”. Like that's what happened in the early church, that's what I want that's what we're supposed to be.
We are called to excellence and effectiveness in all that we do. We are called to be good stewards of our time, talents, and resources, and to work diligently for the glory of God. Yet, we must never lose sight of the importance of the power and passion of Jesus Christ in our lives.
In 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, the apostle Paul writes, "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power." This means that our effectiveness and excellence must always be rooted in the power of God, not in our own strength or wisdom.
Furthermore, in Mark 8:34-35, Jesus tells his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it." This means that we must be willing to give our whole lives over to Jesus, surrender our own desires and ambitions, and follow Him wherever He leads us.
In the early church, we see a powerful demonstration of the power and passion of Jesus Christ. When people encountered the gospel, it was not just a nice experience, but a life-changing encounter with the living God. They were willing to give up everything for the sake of their faith, and their passion and commitment were contagious.
So let us be all for healthy effective systems, but let us never deny the power and passion of Jesus Christ. Let us always remember that our effectiveness and excellence are rooted in Him, and let us be willing to give our whole lives over to Him. When people encounter us and our churches, may they say, "Oh my gosh, I met the power of God, and now I have to give Him everything". This is what we are called to be, and this is what the world needs to see.
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