Don’t be Scared of People

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Alright, let’s all take a second and freak out. Yes! I am posting again.

I came to realize I started this blog, I should probably get back to it. I don’t know if anyone is reading it, but it certainly helps me on my walk with the Lord. The Heart Man has a simple purpose, just look at the tagline, “Discovering how to be a man after God’s own heart.” My life has changed quite a bit over the past year, but one thing has honestly stayed the same, I’m still seeking to be a man after God’s own heart.

Today I was reading my devotion; the passage was on Proverbs 29:25. It reads, “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that” (MSG). This means to us that when we fear what other people’s opinion of us is more than God’s, we are often kept from either doing the right thing or keeping in step with God. How many times do we see someone, whether it’s a complete stranger or someone you know well, and they are struggling with something. We know what their help can be. We know who can best help them, no matter the situation. But how many times do we actually speak with them about Jesus? Instead, we often tell ourselves that they would not be interested in the Gospel or they are already against it so why bother. I think this shows us more of an issue with ourselves than with the person we are not talking to. When we don’t share the gospel, we are either showing we don’t love Jesus as much as others opinions of us, or we don’t love the person as much as we think we do. If God’s opinion of us is what matters most, this entire problem is done away with. You want want to disappoint your God, so you will actively tell people about their Savior.

My hope for you today is that you can turn away from the fear of man. It keeps us from doing the very work that God put us on this earth to do. Instead turn your eyes to the one who loves you most. This will give you the strength to not only do your daily tasks, but you will also be able to win hearts and souls for Christ.

“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that” — Proverbs 29:25, MSG

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Giving Your Best

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I have recently been faced with a problem. This problem has been going on for quite sometime. Am I really giving my best to God?

When I first began in worship ministry, there was absolutely no way I was giving my best.I could blame it on many things, but when you come down to it, I wasn’t doing the best job I could. I was let go from my church and spent a year away from it before God gave me an opportunity to lead again. I gladly took the position with the vow to myself “I will always be do my best and getting better!” I have been doing pretty well. But this week, my ministry hits a turning point. The outcome could change the way that the worship ministry at my church operates. It hurts to think about and I truly wish that I could skip it. But I’ve reached a point that I have to be an administrator and thumb down some rules.

Despite the hardship though, this is actually a good thing. Paul writes, “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, on who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 NLT). Without God’s approval, we cannot receive God’s blessing. I personally have seen this countless times. If I act before God, or don’t even consult Him at all, my plans seem to fail and end horrible. That’s even in the Bible: “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21 NLT). This is even more important in the life of ministry. Since we are doing God’s work, if we don’t wait we are acting like builders of a building without consulting their foreman.

God also tells us in the book of Proverbs, “Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4 NASB). This rings pretty true with me. My management style has never really been one of force. It’s more, I’m just around to make sure nothing bad happens. But that’s not what God is saying here. In order for our deeds to do well in the world, we must be diligent about our work. We cannot say, “whatever happens, happens”. Instead we must be intentional about everything we do, because, as Paul says, “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB).

Therefore, we must give our best to God. It’s what He wants from us. Whether you are in leadership or not, you must give God your best. It’s true that our best might not be as good as someone else’s (at least the way we see it), but I assure you that God loves to see your best. So give it to Him. If you haven’t been doing the best job, like me, than it is time for a change. Let’s make a change. God wants and deserves our best. So what’s holding us back? Let’s give it to Him, and be glad that we did.