Religion says “Change and you can join us”. Jesus says, “Join us and you will change.” There’s a huge difference. Jesus doesn’t expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to follow him. Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you from following him. Being an unbeliever doesn’t disqualify you from followi…
So this morning in prayer, the word that everyone got -- through Scriptures and in the Lord's personal messages -- is "Be real!" Don't let other people define or confine your identity or your gifts. Only God truly knows you and knows who you are to become. Don't give up the authority and giftedness He has given you -- to conform to the image someone else might have. And don't hide your gifts so that someone else can shine. You are BOTH to shine, in the special way God created you.
Come and see. You've been invited to see what Jesus is up to. What might happen if we invite God to show up and show us what He's doing? We are challenging you to pray this everyday for the next 30 days: God, if you are there, if you are real, show yourself to me.
Pray this daily, with anticipation. Then we'd love for you to tell us what you experience. Join the challenge and join the conversation - here, in your small groups, at home, at work.- and get ready to be moved and changed. Is there a better way to prepare for the year ahead than to tune in to God?