Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20
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This summer, I will be going on my first mission trip! Even though I am not going out of country and I'm staying in one of the most beautiful states in America, I know that my life is going to drastically change. As followers of Christ, we are called to serve. We are called to go out and make disciples of all nations. I am on this earth to show the kindness and love of Christ. I have experienced His love in the most extraordinary ways, and I want others to see how fulfilled they can become when in a growing relationship with Him.

Two years ago or maybe even last year, I would've never imagined that I would be a month away from going on a mission all summer long to a brand new place. I never would have thought that I would give my entire summer to God, trusting Him completely. Through the preparation process, I have had no choice but to trust Him. I am waiting for my support to come in. There are literal thousands of dollars that I am in need of in order to go. And even though I can't see it, I know He is going to supply. I am excited to see what He's going to do.

But I am not called to a mission this summer to enjoy a nice couple months living on the beach. I am not going simply to meet new friends and go on a vacation. I will be going on this mission for Jesus alone. Because the brokenness that I see everyday breaks my heart. Because there is hope in the gospel. I am hoping this is just the start of many years in the mission field, serving my King.

'So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."' -John 20:21. This verse is incredible because Jesus was sent on this earth to save us from sin. He rescued us when He rose again. He sends us places to test our faith and to show how faithful He is. It can be hard to truly let everything go and just go, but it's His plan. Another verse that is a great reminder is Mark 16:15- 'And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." ' God's plan for us is to do just this. We should love others as He loves us. Therefore with this love, we can bring healing to nations just by sharing the redeemer in Christ.

There are so many stories in the bible that are about people in so much unbearable pain. But once they truly surrendered their life to God, everything changed. None of them were perfect. None of them had anything that we don't. They made just as many mistakes as we make nowadays. The world needs Him just as much today. There is nothing about God's word that isn't important to share.

I am looking forward to the next few months in San Diego. God is going to use my team in the most extraordinary ways. I am going to witness healing. I am going to witness true friendship in what will be a community of people that I really need in my life right now. I am excited to be challenged and come home with skills that will help me have way more conversations about Jesus with others. I know that I am called to serve, and I rest knowing He's going to bless me and those around me.

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If You're A Millennial Christian, You Definitely Have A Relationship With Christ And These 19 Other Things

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix” – John 3:16
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1. A lowkey tattoo



Probably on your ankle or wrist. Bonus points if it’s scripture or a cross.

2. Birkenstocks

You’re extra Christian if you wear them with socks.

3. A church camp fling

I don't know if it’s the fellowship or the fact that it’s never really allowed, but Christians LOVE a good camp romance.

4. Extra long Patagonia shorts

Modest is ALWAYS hottest

5. XL shirts (even though you probably would fit into a small)

Shirt or a dress? The world will never know… good thing you have those extra long Patagonia shorts!

6. A thicc study bible

So what if you never actually read the stuff at the bottom? The font is big and the bigger the Bible the closer to heaven, right?

7. Hipster glasses

Because apparently freedom in Christ means freedom from contacts

8. A large collection of Christian books

"Love Does," "Not a Fan," "Redeeming Love," "Popular," and "Everybody Always" are on pre-order. We have them all and copies to give to our friends

9. A nose ring

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we can’t be ~edgy~

10. "Jesus Calling"

It likely sits by your bedside table at home, and you read it a few times a year.

11. La Croix

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix.” –John 3:16

12. A Young Life t-shirt

Whether you have dabbled in Young Life or can name all the camps in a single breath, everyone owns one!

13. The skill to create a killer Instagram story

Spending time in the Word = Spending time creating some sick instastories for the followers. Simple.

14. A Jeep, Subaru, or Suburban

Squad rolls up to church in style

15. A deep love for podcasts or a sermon series.

Did someone say The Porch? Elevation? Passion?

16. A one-piece swimsuit

Two types of people in this world: people who try to make a one-piece cute and people who rock the OG Speedo

17. The Church Clap

It’s not a Christian party until the church clap breaks out. The Holy Spirit loves to dance!

18. A social media cleanse

Whether you gave it up for lent or just felt compelled to give it up for a season, everyone has done it. Bonus points if you alerted your followers about it beforehand in a super long post. Bonus bonus points if it ended after a week.

19. Chacos

Single strapped or double. Toe strap or none. We don’t discriminate!

20. A relationship with Jesus Christ

Although it's funny to make fun of the random stuff a lot of Christians do (and don’t do), what really matters is our relationship with Jesus. I know a lot of Christians who don’t fit this stereotype, and that is totally okay! Doing these things isn’t going make you a better Christian, but spending time in the Bible every day will!

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The Truth About Politics In Religion And How It Affects Our Relationship With God

They don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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It's evident that religion can and has been used in politics from the values of voters and leaders. However, to use your religion or your relationship with God for making political decisions doesn't share the same meaning.

I've always loved finding all the best facts and research for argumentative work but I couldn't pursue that approach for this topic. Why? Because I've experienced the pattern in my relationship with God of how God defies logic.

God can't be contained to a definition or explanation. I liked the way I've heard one leader express that, "If you hear someone trying to explain to God as if he knows then he's a fool before he starts talking". That's a paradox within itself.

I've learned more recently to identify that the two sides of the paradox that you might wrestle with in understanding God are both true. That, yes, His hands are big and He knows exactly what to do to make you surrender but you'll also find no greater love than with Him because He has the biggest heart and knows what you need better than you do.

I think that accepting this paradox will differentiate between those that view politics religiously versus those that view it from 'what is God trying to do here'? The one that focuses on seeking 'what is God trying to do here?' would represent those with a relationship with God. This doesn't mean that referencing the laws of God exempts you from having a relationship but the love of God is the strength that sustains the relationship over the law. This is also a bit of a paradox because they're both important in Christianity.

There's the difference from seeing God as one-sided which is very prideful, limiting and incorrect compared to recognizing that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe that what we believe and how we see God will bring limitations or provision on how we can be used in God's plan for His kingdom on earth when it comes to the way the world is run.

God, our relationship with God and the law of God all have to be considered in the things we do as Christians.

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