We’ve spent a lot of time over the last year looking, and studying Jesus’ “Sermon On The Mount” found in Matthew, chapters 5-7. This is a sermon that can be summarized as containing the characteristics of a true Christian. The question today is: Are these characteristics something we want to hear about? I hope and pray that we all would. Here’s a few things that were talked about:
Jesus didn’t want us to get caught up in what the world, or with what the religious leaders wanted us to hear. The same is true today as the world says many things…but the Bible teaches another. May we continually look to the truth of scripture.
Jesus taught that the heart behind our actions is what really mattered. Not what people see.
Jesus taught that the Laws of the Bible were never meant to make us feel good. They were meant to show us how impossible it was to do. In other words, they were meant to show us our need for a savior. And that Savior was Jesus himself.
Jesus also promised that He would ultimately supply all our needs, when we put Him first. May we look to him for all our needs.
Pizza Ranch is a sponsor of the LifeLight Music Festival held over Labor Day weekend in Worthing, SD each year. To help the LifeLight team get ready for the festival, the Marketing Department from the Pizza Ranch Support Center dedicated a day of work out at the grounds. They helped set up and decorate a hospitality area for artists, moved furniture, power washed and swept buildings, and assisted with some general sprucing up in anticipation of the artists, volunteers, and crowds that will be arriving this weekend.
Learn more about the mission of LifeLight “Taking the Church outside the walls, bringing LIGHT into the darkness” at the festival this weekend at www.lifelight.org
In your life are you making any room for the lost? Maybe you are surrounded and interact with non-believers every day. Maybe your world has gotten so tight or busy that you have surrounded yourself with only believers.
The purpose of this mission is not to seek out a “project friend” or someone to save or to change. The purpose is to truly love the lost right where they are at. Through truly be-friending and loving a non-believer for who they are you will be given the greatest opportunity to authentically witness to them through your life’s testimony.
As business people we often struggle with how we live out our faith, with a focus on furthering the kingdom through our businesses. In the beginning of Acts Jesus gives his final instructions to us as he prepared to ascend to heaven. He encourages us to receive God’s Holy Spirit and then to be his witnesses; in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. Later on in Acts 18 we see a couple, Priscilla and Aquila, who are a great model for us as the first century church was emerging. They came along side Paul, who shared an occupation as a tentmaker, and birthed a ministry where the church and secular vocations partnered to bring the Gospel to the world.
We have experienced a sense of calling on our lives to use the gifts and passion that God has given us as business people to be agents for bringing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus through our lives and businesses. While we struggle daily with the temptations and trials of this world, we hold on to the fact that the church, and using everyday people like us to further God’s Kingdom, was God’s idea and we can count on Him to continue to open up the doors for Pizza Ranch to have impact in the world.
Paul was the central character throughout much of the book of Acts, and near the end of his ministry he thanked many men and women who partnered with him to establish the church in the first century after Jesus ascended. This is a reminder to be relational. It is about people. Pray that God will break your heart for people. In Romans 16 Paul provides us a glimpse to the men and women, including Priscilla and Aquila, who he partnered with him to bring Jesus to a hurting world.
In closing, a quote shared by Joel Ruisch, former Franchise Business Consultant for Pizza Ranch…..
“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up by God, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming…WOW! What a ride!”
The Andover Pizza Ranch has a Community Impact Night for Free2B (they do repairs or give cars to local families). The volunteers dressed up as superheroes. They raised over $4,000. (Thanks to Financial One Credit Union for your generous $3 match for every $1 donated).
Great idea and great cause! Way to go Andover Pizza Ranch!
I don’t know to whom I’m writing this challenge. Perhaps only a few of you, or maybe all of you.
I heard Marketing guru Seth Godin say this: “The riskiest thing you can do is play it safe and the safest thing you can do is take a risk” [paraphrased].
Perhaps you are on the brink of a decision, perhaps you are trying to decide on what college to go to, talk to a certain person, be vulnerable about one of your weaknesses, ask a question, apply for a job, go to church for the first time in years, or step out of your comfort zone. Your mission this week is simply take a risk. Do something you normally wouldn’t do.
I wondered if this is a truth which can be supported in Scripture.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.”
This isn’t a recipe for reckless abandon, but it does indicate that we can be assured that wherever we go or whatever steps we take, if we make a decision or move in a certain direction ALL things will work out if we love God.” That doesn’t mean we get what we want, but it does mean that God is there, with you, in the midst of it, and works everything out for good.