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“What’s up with Christians and believing Jesus is real?” One atheist man said to his other atheist friend.  “I don’t know, I think they are all nuts!” said the other male friend. “I do know a Christian that I work with and he says he has the best sex life in his marriage because of Jesus.” “Really?” Long pause and silence…. “Where did he say he goes to church?” – (Mark Gungor, Laugh your way to a better marriage)

Since the launch of our church, over 5 years ago, hundreds have been led to Jesus for the first time. Many leaders would be the most excited that they were a part of the new, born again process to lead people to Jesus. My favorite and most exciting thing to be a part of is to watch Jesus heal a person’s home life and marriage. In our church, we have seen Jesus restore multiple divorced couples to re-marriage and those on the brink of divorce renew their vows. Ultimately each couple would admit that self-righteousness was the greatest enemy of their marriage. Self-righteousness is self- focused and keeps score and yet when we are Christ-focused and what He did for us, we can’t help but lay our lives down because when we were still sinners He died for us.

Many have witnessed this next generation uneasy to lay their lives down to marriage. Young men and women want the benefits of marriage but can choose to live together and often refuse the commitment. This has been happening for years. Did you know the institution of marriage is God’s idea for us to have the best sex life ever?  When young people have been impacted by being raised in an environment of a bad marriage then we can’t be surprised when they are reluctant to marry. People often reject God’s institutions because they have seen an unhealthy environment. We don’t heal from what we reject and the absence of something, we heal from who we accept and the presence of someone (2 Corinthians 3:17). His name is Jesus and he wants to heal our sex life!

Can marriage be unhealthy in a Christian home? Absolutely! I have met atheists that have better marriages than some believers. I can promise you that this is not what Jesus intended. I also know that this is not the majority of marriages. The majority of Christian marriages have a way better sex life than singles or celebrities that trade their wives every six months. I have heard experts say, “Single people don’t even know what they are doing.”   Jesus desires His people to have the best sex life under His idea of marriage and what if the world knew they did? It may be time for the church to rise up and the redeemed of the Lord to say so!

Equipping Disciples of Jesus to Receive, Give & Serve in Grace,

Brandon Pollard


Zero Strength To Finish?

Posted: July 26, 2022 in Uncategorized

A young man in his early twenties was invited to be a part of a fundraiser to bless children with cancer. The fundraiser asked businesses to sponsor a runner to finish a marathon race and their donation would provide for the kid’s family to help with any expenses. This young man was in great shape and was excited to accept the invitation to help. He was an athlete in college and not only did he think he could finish the race but knew he could win it. He began with a crowd of witnesses and dozens of other runners at the starting line.

“Bang!” The gun went off and so did this young man from the starting line like a gazelle. What began as a cluster of runners, shortly became him in front of the race alone. His pace and distance between him and everyone else began to show his superior strength and speed. After several hours of winding country roads, he entered a small country town where he began to hear the cheer of people. He knew he was getting close. “Just 15 minutes away at this pace”, he thought to himself.

While thinking deeply of the good that would occur from finishing this race, he was startled by some in the crowd yelling his name. It was friends from college he hadn’t seen in a long time. The young man looked back to see how far ahead he was from everyone else and thought, “I have plenty of time to jog over and talk to my friends and to still finish first”. These friends wanted to know about the race, as they all use to be athletes as well, and the young man was excited to share about it.

Each one of his friends were holding an ice-cold, health shake and convinced this young man who was feeling a little over heated that he needed to step inside to the country store behind them to purchase one. “It will cool you down and give you energy for the win!”, they said with his best interest in mind. “Let’s make it quick”, he said and walked inside to the cold air condition feeling better than he did all morning long. While inside at the counter to checkout, he sees a pair of western country boots. Not just any boots, the ones he had wanted since he was 14 but couldn’t find anywhere until now. “These boots are 75% off and the only ones left” the lady said at the check out counter.

“I can pick these up when I return from the race”, the young man thought to himself. She must have heard his thoughts because she said, “There is someone on their way now to get them but I told them the first person to pick up and pay with cash owns them.” Calculating in his head, the young man thinks he can finish the race with 2-3 pounds in one hand, no problem! It must be the Lord at 75% off. At this time, the first cluster of runners are coming along the country store road. “Perfect timing,” he thinks to himself, “Now I’m cooled down and have greater energy, I can sprint this last part of the race and still win.” He says his goodbyes, pays for the boots and drink and finds himself in the middle of the runners.

“Wow, these runners are slow paced because they are sticking together”, he thought to himself. Somehow, he still knew he could sprint the rest of the way and finish this race in first place. Within minutes he is in the lead again and can see the finish line in the horizon. The crowds have their phones out and he know’s this is his moment. All of a sudden his stomach makes a decision to rid itself of the “health shake” that he once thought was a good idea. He had split seconds to slow down and decide whether to throw up on himself or in the bag he was carrying. With the crowd’s phone’s videoing, he thought he would be discrete and fill the boots in the bag. Unfortunately, he defiled both his bag and his shirt. Slowing down to a small jog his leg muscles were now declaring a mutiny all at once. This once confident, speedy gazelle within seconds has become a shaking, weak, baby deer appearing to walk for the first time.

The first cluster of runners pass him as he is tremble-walking now just forty yards of the finish line. “Do you need help?”, the runners asked as they had been giving each other mental support the whole way. “Nope, I’m almost there, I’m good!”, he said. Except when the words left his mouth, his body rejected the lie and his walk became a crawl. That 2 pound bag became like 200 pounds. The second cluster of runners see him struggling and offer to carry his bag, “Nope, I’m almost there, you really don’t want to hold this bag”. He thought to himself he had been zero help encouraging anyone in this race, why should he ask for help now?

The final cluster of runners pass and an older man who once was in last place stops for the young man who once held the lead. The young man is now laying on the ground 20 yards from the finish line. The older man grabs the bag to carry himself and tells the young man to grab his arm to be carried. “Please, you don’t want to carry me or this bag”. The older man says, “Swallow your pride, this race is bigger than the both of us, let’s finish together.”. The young man finished the race that day with the help of an older man in last place. He learned some important things:

  1. Don’t be distracted by what other athletes are doing that are not in the race.
  2. The prize of finishing was the same for first or last place, help other racers finish the race as well.
  3. Whatever baggage weight we desire is not worth leaving the race for.

As Christians, you are in a race on earth. Not against other believers but together to grow in His likeness. Jesus can give you strength to help someone across the finish line. He is the one who invited you to the race to begin with and if you are open to it, He will send people to help when you fall. Don’t make up your own rules in this race by trying to do it alone. He never intended it to be a one person race against time.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

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No one knows all the storms you have been through but you and God. For every storm, we have an opportunity to get bitter or better. To get bitter all we have to do is identify in the feeling of temporary powerlessness. To get better, we identify with Jesus and His forever power. Can there be victims through storms? Absolutely, but there cannot be a powerless Christian. Remember many of the disciples were tortured (victims) by the world for their obedience to Jesus, but they were never without the power of His peace.

 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”– John 16:33

Let’s look at the greek translation for tribulation……

tribulation (greek word thlipsis), especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined, 

restricted, “without options”

-Help Studies/ Discovery Bible copyright 2021

Some have suggested a life without relationships is a life without tribulation. What if running away from people is not the answer but running to Jesus is? As Christians, We are all children of God and His desire is for the storms to help us grow in character through perseverance. If He wanted to stunt our growth in character, Jesus would tell us to run from tribulations.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; -Romans 5:3

Listen, as you tell others the story of storms in your life. Ask yourself, “Was trust in Christ evident through your story of the storm or is the story only about magnifying storms?”. In our story to others were we persevering there in the storm because of obedience to Jesus or did we disobey Him and run from the storm?. When we invite the outward storm to become our inward storm, we can and will fear storms. I have shared guilt of this in the past, and made emotional decisions to escape some difficult relational storms by running away in the middle of them which created even worse storms. Jesus never walked away from His disciples relationally while on the earth, even when they denied Him, and He will never leave you!

Many believe before you can conquer storms you must know the why and purpose of them. What if before we become an expert on storms, we should become an expert on intimately knowing the Savior who has the authority over them? Teaching our children to run away in the middle of storms can rob a child from growing in their knowledge of the Prince of Peace and lover of their soul, Jesus.

If some of us as parents, like myself, made decisions to be fearful in storms and we don’t own the mistake to our children of not trusting Jesus, then we could be setting our children/grandchildren up to repeat the cycle of identifying as powerless. The stronghold of bitterness could be the inheritance we pass along to our children and grandchildren.

Our children can subconsciously avoid being transparent and known in relationships, because mom and dad taught them that is where the storms are. Children can often take the fear and lack of trust in Jesus in our story and make it their own story. So maybe children shouldn’t always be rescued from their storms but learn to rely on Jesus and His wisdom to go through the storm. When our generation is transparent with our failures to trust Jesus, this next generation can be powerful and have healthy relationships through storms when relying on Jesus!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths
-Proverbs 3:5-6

Fierce Gentleness

Posted: July 13, 2022 in Uncategorized

Jesus, while on the earth, had this fierce intensity and gentleness to protect His Father’s reputation and His Father’s sheep. Yet for every moment of fierceness intensity, we find in the gospels that His fierce gentleness was the character that outweighed anything like sand over shells on the shore. “He who has seen me has seen the Father”, said Jesus to Philip, who was possibly discontent with the humanity of Jesus and hoping for a glimpse of what He deemed more spiritual, God the Father.

The “carrot and the stick” is the simplest way to explain the mosaic law devastating the land when Jesus began His ministry. The pharisees and law enforcers had built their kingdom promising reward from God for a sacrificial price. Jesus became the sacrificial price paid for everyone who believes to receive the reward of sonship in His Father’s kingdom. He revealed God’s reputation and heart in the process. During His three year ministry, those who didn’t believe they needed a savior because they thought they were really good at the law themselves, he gave more law. Those who felt the heaviness of the law and were desperate for a savior, He offered gentleness and grace.

When we read the gospels today, there is still such hope in His parables to the crowd of the “sinners”. Why is there hope? Because those reliant on Him as a savior see the fierce gentleness and grace He supplies. What happened when the audience of His words changed to the law enforcers? Fierce intensity to share how serious the law is and that only one man could fulfill it. His name is Jesus!

Equipping Disciples of Jesus To Receive, Give, and Serve In Grace,

Brandon Pollard


Tithing, Fear, and Rewards

Posted: July 8, 2022 in Uncategorized

A young father stood in court in front of the judge and faced a decision of paying child support or the fear of spending time in jail. He chose child support once under the pressure of the judge. Was this particular man truly given freedom in the court room to choose love for his family? Many people can agree that an earthly dad’s love to support his family financially is healthy. Another question might be, “Does true love make decisions based on fear or rewards?

A woman without children stood in court and asked for a financial reward for investing her time and money in her ex husband’s business. The jury decided she should be rewarded 50% of the money of the ex husband’s future earnings. When asked why she invested financially in her husband, she admitted that she knew it would pay off in the future in court. Was this particular woman loving this man or his future earnings? Many people can agree that a wife’s sacrificial love can support her husband even when there is no reward of money.

In these stories there are two sides of the pendulum. One side is fear, where the judicial law says there is punishment (curse) for not giving. The other side is reward, where the judicial law says there is a future reward (blessing) for giving. In the new covenant we find the old covenant law motivated by fear and reward completely fulfilled by Jesus and only love in the middle of the pendulum. The Bible defines no greater love as laying down one’s life for another (John 15 ). “Well hang on Brandon, if you take away fear in the church for giving and you take away reward in the church for giving, then no one will give”. To that question I would respond, “You are right, without the motivation of fear or motivation of reward, no one would be generous to the church without a motivation of love.”

In 1 John 4, we find that perfect love (Jesus) casts out fear, because fear has to do with judgement. Why would Jesus take away the curse/ fear when it comes to our financial giving to the church? Is it possible that He trusts the love He placed inside of you to be motivated without fear?

Our Heavenly Father takes care of our need according to His riches in Christ Jesus because we are sons and daughters (Philippians 4:19). If we give to the church thinking we can purchase a reward from Him then we have missed His heart of love to provide for us. Do you remember the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:28). The older son was giving his time to the father’s field expecting a reward that was always there for him the whole time (Ephesians 1:3). Christians looking for a future reward for giving to the church are often not content with the reward only being the church is blessed.

Let’s look at what Jesus did for us and why? Jesus freely gave His all and laid His life down for us on the cross. He didn’t do it from a place of fear of God but a place of freedom and love from His Father to us. Jesus didn’t love the church for financial gain, He actually drove out men in the temple who used it for financial gain and placed fear on the people. Love is generous, period.

1 Timothy 6:3-6 NKJ If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, ………who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

Galatians 2:19-20 NKJ 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

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Every Christian has the power of the Holy Spirit sealed within them. Not every Christian desires for the Holy Spirit to flow through them. Elon Musk was quoted saying, “Many people panic when they lose their phone charger, few people panic when they lose their dreams.” There should be a holy discontent when we are not experiencing heaven’s dream (will) of Christ flowing through us impacting our body and others. The simplicity of the gospel offends the world and even most Christians deny the power. How would we deny the power? It might not be what you think! It is not denying the natural or discounting the world’s medicine. It is not the absence of anything but the simple faith receiving of what Jesus already paid for.

I thought we already had all of Christ in us? We don’t need any addition, right? Faith in salvation from Christ, sealed you the first time and it worked. Exercising faith is what opens the rivers of living water inside you to impact the world for His kingdom. Remember everything in the gospel is simple but doesn’t mean God will do it for you. He is not trying to control you. This is why a fruit of His spirit is self-control.

Just think if I told you I bought the newest and greatest apple laptop for you at the nearest Best Buy. All you have to do is take the receipt and pick it up, it is paid for. Would you complain about the hassle and effort of having to stand in line to pick it up? Some would. Some might even pick it up and never open the laptop for what it is intended. Universal Salvation, which is a false religion, says God makes everyone take the laptop. No God loved the entire world and paid for their sins but without faith (receipt) in Jesus, salvation is not received. Then on top of that once the laptop (salvation) is received, there are so many benefits to learn and exercise your faith to receive. Some simple ways to exercise your faith with Christ through you is to receive communion. Many Christians will diligently take the recommended doctor’s pills for years but waiting for the manifestation of communion for a few weeks to heal their body is a hassle. Too simple for Jesus’ recommendation to work? Yep, the gospel is simple and a stumbling stone for the world who see themselves as wise.

Equipping Disciples of Jesus To Receive, Give, and Serve In Grace

Brandon Pollard


When my wife finished her second year of Bible School, we discussed selling everything to travel and share the gospel as evangelists. Traveling the world and living out of only suitcases, before the age of twelve, I toured the majority of the U.S and Australia as an entertainer with the Texas Boys Choir. Also, during my childhood, I spent nearly three years on the mission field in Papua New Guinea. So needless to say, traveling was in my blood at a young age. The excitement of a new town or city was addicting. Our travels in entertainment led us to staying overnight at some of the richest hotels in Sydney, near the opera house, and missions brought us to some of the poorest villages in Papua New Guinea.

The idea that we could travel the world and be welcomed by strangers to share the gospel was so intoxicating, it had to be God right? That was our belief at the time. Why would we stay around our local community when the Bible says, “Go into all the world….” I mean those are Jesus’ words and we want to obedient, right? Let’s take a look at the words of Jesus to a man who possibly just received the greatest miracle of all time from Jesus. The man who was set free from demon possession…..

Mark 5:18-20 ESV18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

“Hang on Jesus, are you sure you want this guy going home? That’s where he got into this mess!” Was Jesus really saying, “don’t follow the signs and wonders with me to another land”, even though this guy would be the best billboard for miracles out of all the traveling disciples? Instead Jesus tells him to proclaim in his hometown the works of the Lord. “But……I thought there was no honor for prophets in their hometown?” Why would Jesus ask him to do something without honor? Maybe Jesus knew that the only honor the man needed was from His heavenly Father. What if the once demon possessed man had become a traveling evangelist with Jesus and then the honor of strangers would have been His source of identity? What if Jesus knew that traveling and loving strangers was easier than loving your neighbor and home town family. Religious spirits do not want us to be known relationally and stir up to desire honor from strangers to feel loved but Jesus desires us to be known and be content in every situation with His love, especially our home.

Over the next ten years of our marriage, the Lord began to unravel His heart not just for us but the people He entrusted us with. “Wait a minute, Jesus didn’t have a home and he traveled wherever the Holy Spirit led Him”. This is a true statement, but don’t forget that He spent three years discipling the same twelve men to do greater things than him. Evangelism without compassion and relationship can be demonic entertainment. The Apostle Paul also followed the three year approach of Jesus by building up disciples within the church relationally. Jesus was so known by His disciples relationally, He called them friends. When we have to leave our community to find contentment or leave discipleship that God entrusted us with, it may not be Jesus asking us to get in the boat. It may be our disobedience of desiring honor from strangers and our addiction to entertainment but calling it evangelism.

There Is No Honor For Pastors

Posted: September 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

I remember fighting the calling of God to be a pastor when I was 14 years old. I made an inner vow, “I will never be a pastor”. My father was my pastor when I was a child. He led me to the Lord and baptized me in the pacific ocean. During my teen years, he was deceived that divorce was the answer to his marriage problems. Growing up in high school, my house was often empty of parents. My mother worked two jobs and went to college full-time. When God reminded me, in my mid thirties, He called me to be a lead pastor, I couldn’t help but weep because I knew some of the sacrifice that was set before me. Today, I volunteer for one of the greatest churches as lead pastor for the last seven years but to say the journey sacrifice wasn’t difficult, would be lying.

Teachers, police officers, politicians, and pastors, just to name a few, are a target for “no honor” for serving their community. The history of these roles are tainted by the sins of the fathers of the past. All of these vocations are needed and many pay a sacrifice, to sustain in their community, for the sins of others in their field. As a teenager and the only man in the house, I paid the price for my father’s decision. I was the only one left in the home to receive the pain of my mother’s hurt from men and marriage. As a pastor, I have received the “no honor” from members coming in who have been hurt from other fathers and spiritual leaders. Sometimes I grieve I have responded in my own pain to their pain.

The reason I continue pastoring is not for the money or honor. Very few pastors I know lead churches for the money or honor (Yes, I know there are some that do). I volunteer as a lead pastor, the same reason I volunteered in the local church the past 20 years before becoming a lead pastor, because Jesus loves His bride. You see Jesus took all her mistakes, paid the price for her and calls her righteous. If I never pastor or volunteer I also know that God loves me and He is well pleased with me. This kind of love is what sustains me to constantly lead and hear the hurt of others and offer the hope of Jesus. The bride is worth investing in.

God has sustained this small local church in the last seven years through a global pandemic, through landlords forcing our congregation to relocate, through a partnering church pastor committing adultery and then divorcing. Those are just some of the things truly felt….to say there has been no sacrifice in leading a church through drama would be a tremendous lie. Many husbands and fathers are tempted to give up when the drama is high and the reward seems low. This is possibly the reason Paul said to early church believers, “you have 10,000 instructors in Christ, very few fathers” (1 Corinthians 4:15). Often we have heard from believers, “we don’t do drama” and they disappear down the street to hide from being known relationally. However, I see a glorious bride that is victorious, a family that is transparent, and a chosen generation relationally known in their drama, that is worth the blood of Jesus for her drama. Her beauty may not be revealed until Heaven but her beauty will be felt on the earth. All three of our teens love the local church and know that it has been a tremendous blessing to see God’s family stay together and do life even through drama. As of today, our family has been able to be the greatest financial support to help sustain our local church through our family real estate business. Why would someone pour their time and money into something that doesn’t return honor? Why don’t you ask the parent, teacher, police officer, politician, or pastor who feel truly honored and loved by Jesus.

Falling In Love Again!

Posted: September 9, 2021 in Uncategorized

Roller coasters are so fun-packed with excitement but always the first time on one is the scariest. Especially the ones that are in the dark, where you don’t know where you are going but then once I ride it the second time, I find it way more enjoyable. I want to begin with a question, “Why are roller coaster’s more enjoyable the second or third time around?” Is it possible that fear leaves once we know what to expect?

Did you know that God’s perfect love casts out fear? How does He often do that? He shows us in His word what to expect as believers!

1 John 4:15-18

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

How does God cast out fear with you as a believer in Jesus? He shows you what to expect in the future, the day of judgement, for you to have confidence in His love! The Father shows you how it’s going to end with your time on earth and His thoughts toward you. As Jesus is so also are you in this world! Is the Father pleased with Jesus? Then He is pleased with you! Does Jesus carry favor with the Father? Then so do you!

In the natural, if we knew that we could apply for any job and get it, I think we would apply ourself to some really great paying jobs. Why? We would have confidence in the future that we would receive the job. Well, in the kingdom, this is the only job where the end pay is the same regardless of the hours you put in. “That’s blasphemy!” you might be thinking. No, that’s grace! The religious people struggled with the stories of Jesus and the parable of the workers getting paid the same. “Brandon, are you saying Christians can just do nothing after getting saved and get to heaven?” Only in our western culture do we make everything about “getting to heaven”.All who call upon the name of Jesus will be saved. Getting birthed into Eternal life is knowing the Father and Son. When we know the King, we become all about His kingdom and will on earth from a place of identity, not for a place of identity.

Falling in love with Jesus again is to be intentional to know His thoughts toward you and others. When I married my wife 23 years ago and said “I do”, from that point on I couldn’t get any more married. I could, however, get to know her more, date her weekly, and support her dreams. When we don’t “feel in love” we have to recognize the roller coaster of our feelings and make every effort to pursue each other. My wife and I are intentional to still dream and talk about, “the ending”, growing old together. With our walk with Jesus ,we could fill up on so many worldly things and find that we aren’t even hungry to know His thoughts about others or think He is only there to serve us. The answer is to be intentional to know His goodness , meditate on the ending He showed you and other Christians to have confidence in His love. As Jesus is, so are you in this world!

Equipping Disciples of Jesus To Receive, Give and Serve In Grace,

Brandon Pollard


When I was nine years old I went to summer camp near Cripple Creek Colorado. For three years in a row we would stop and mine for gold. I never found gold despite trying for hours and paying to do so. My friends and I had some laughs getting our hands dirty and maybe each other a little wet by the creek. It sure would have been a lot more laughs and rewarding if we had struck gold. What I learned the most in those summer camps is doing things together can be rewarding to my soul if never financially rewarding to my bank account.

Did you know that you and I were wired for good works and God was preparing for this before we were created. Your soul is hardwired for you to walk in good works. There is gold (desire for good works) hidden in you. Not to be saved from a result of your work but God did create you in Christ for good works. There are two questions in life that possibly need to be answered by everyone. Number one: “What does God think of you?” And number two: “What good works did He place inside you?” The purpose of good works is to serve others but many people don’t know even where to begin. There are mainly three areas in your life that can fuel your decisions for good works that you may not know about. Number One is Passion: What can you do for hours that brings energy to your soul? Number Two is Pain: What pain have you experienced that if you could change the world from that one thing, you would do that? And Number Three is Proficiency. What area have multiple people told you that you are highly skilled in?

When Christians try to do good works that they are not hard wired for, they often burn out quickly or worse, do it with a bad attitude. However, when these three areas collide, Passion, Pain, and Proficiency you will often find a spiritual marathon runner determined to keep their eyes on Jesus. A kingdom vision with a healthy pace to finish the race in good works and focused on Jesus. Feel free to take a moment and ask the Lord now about these 3 areas in your life that help define your wiring for good works. Anticipate His kingdom vision for you becoming clearer and clearer.

Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJ For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Hebrews 12:1 NLT Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

*photo chart credit to calibrate 360 (Discover Your Purpose)….

My daughters first bike was not put together when it came in the box from the store. So as a father who was rarely handy with tools, I was a little nervous that I might put her surprise bicycle together poorly. The morning of her birthday I decided to ride the bike myself in my neighborhood to “test” it out. I imagine my neighbors thought I was crazy as they were looking out their window at a thirty year old man riding a five year old’s bike. I rode that little girl’s pink bike down my street and back, making sure the handle bars were steady and the brakes were sufficient.

When Jesus brought kingdom vision to the earth, He was amazing in showing the power of God’s love in miracles to the earth. Had Jesus stopped there by only doing the miracles Himself, the kingdom would not have advanced forward so we could enjoy it today. Jesus had kingdom vision of the future of His disciples doing greater things than Him. Did you know Jesus had you in mind as the “joy” set before Him to endure the cross? Jesus always had vision for the future that drove Him to love. Jesus sent his disciples out two by two to minister the kingdom on earth as He had showed them to do Himself. Kingdom vision always has a plan to invest in the next generation to do greater things than them.

Without daily Kingdom vision, contentment is elusive and our life will be a breeding ground for anxiety. Did you know that I received greater joy watching my daughter ride her bike for the first time than riding my bike for the first time myself? Can you imagine if I never let my daughter ride her bike but chose to ride it myself? There are grown adults that are spiritually responsible to disciple no one. Just riding their own bike, isolated by themselves (or worse a children’s bike), and wondering why they are anxious in life. Kingdom vision takes the last thing Jesus told us before ascending into Heaven to heart, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, (Matthew 28:19)”

But what if you didn’t have a father to teach you to ride a bike? Can we be real? This is where so many Christians in the faith were not discipled by the generation before them so they repeat the insecurity pattern of holding tightly their spiritual gifts. Insecurity struggles to rejoice when the young people are discovering their gifts because maybe they never received a time of parental rejoicing for themselves. A generational curse of poor fathering and mothering can either be our identity or we can look to Jesus who became our curse and receive kingdom vision lessons from Him. Jesus is always supplying vision for those hungry to receive!

John 14:12-14 NKJ12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.