“5 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.”
1 Corinthians 3:5-9
I’m coming to you today with some big news for the God Gold. I have struggled all week trying to figure out how best to send you the God Gold while I am away on my honeymoon and through that God has opened up some really awesome doors. I’ve known for awhile now that sending out these messages everyday to what is now over 100 people by text, (PRAISE GOD!), and so many others through the blog and facebook page. I’ve known with marriage on the horizon that it would be extremely difficult to put in the same amount of work and time in sending you these messages. It’s tough. I know that I am coming into a season of life that I need and want to be my very best for my wife Sarah, to serve her and give her the most of my time. And what’s hard is realizing I can’t keep doing things the way I’ve always done them.
The hardest part about this is simply CHANGE. Change is scary and filled with doubt in any situation and this one is no different. My biggest fear is that you won’t be able to get these daily devotion messages for encouragement and Gold from God’s Word everyday. When I started sending these messages out it was simply because God’s Word and His presence in my life completely changed my life. I was just so excited to share all that God has to offer with others because if He could impact my life in this way, it’s cool to think of what He can do in other’s lives too. So I kept hitting send, with no purpose in mind but to share the awesome things I was learning with the hope that Gold from God in my life could be God Gold in your life.
The hardest battle with this change has been my pride and my stubbornness to want to do things the way I’ve always done them. I kept battling the idea that if I wasn’t sending out personal text messages and typing the God Gold myself then I feared for you getting fed the way you deserved. But then throughout this week, God opened up a huge answer to all my fear! After talking to one of my best friends Dillon who has been one of the most faithful brothers I could have ever asked for. I was discussing all this with him and asking if he would mind sending out the God Gold next week while I’m away? At first I was going to pre-plan all the messages but after talking to him, and seeing my PRIDE getting in the way. I realized that “who is Jordan?” I’m no different from my buddy Dillon, we are both believers in the Good News of Jesus Christ and we both work for the Lord. Then it hit me so hard reading these verses that, these messages, this work for the Lord is not about me. No matter who is planting the seed, no matter who is watering, it is ALWAYS God that makes the seed grow! As much as I want to plant, water, and make that seed grow in your lives, I’ve realized that it’s not up to me and it’s not about me.
So in that conversation with Dillon, it was decided that himself and his awesome wife, Olivia will be writing and sending out the God Gold next week! Two of the most faithful people I have ever met and I can’t wait for you to hear the Gold God has to write through them!!! Such a huge revelation for my life and the God Gold was realizing that myself, Dillon, Olivia, and so many others, we are all workers working towards the same purpose! And what’s even better is after facing the facts that I couldn’t do this all on my own anymore, my pride was standing in the way of asking for help and giving up control but now I see the awesome stuff God was working together! To bring faithful friends He has placed by my side to help me in this work and to continue opening up the God Gold to you, the community of believers that have such a great impact on my life! This isn’t about me, it’s about you and thank God for getting me out of the way to not just serve you in a different way but to serve you in a better way! With many more hearts and minds working on this mission of bringing you the God Gold of the Day! The more workers, it seems like everything is multiplied! Now I can rest easy knowing God has made a way for me to still send you these messages of encouragement daily, I can focus more time and energy in loving and serving Sarah in the way God has called me to! And instead of this God Gold thing just being me, IT’S EVERYONE’S!!!
This is a God Gold that has changed my life and I can’t wait to see how God uses it to change yours! You are in for such a special treat receiving messages from Dillon and Olivia!!! More changes are to come and praying God will continue to open up the Gold to more and more so we can all hear new perspectives, what God has done in other’s lives and new hearts dedicated to serving Him!
Planting, watering, harvesting, it’s all in God’s awesome hands and I’m just thankful to be apart of it! Stay tuned for details on the new changes over the upcoming weeks! I love you and God loves you even more!!!!
‘But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. ‘ -Ephesians 2:4-6
One day away from marrying the love of my life. It’s honestly the weirdest feeling I’ve ever felt, excitement, fear, joy, and nerves wrapped up all in one. This week I’ve had the chance to think a lot about love. Thinking about what “love” is, what it means and how it feels. While thinking about love it led me straight to grace. I sit here and feel so unworthy of all of the blessings God has placed in my life with the main one being my soon-to-be wife Sarah! How could I have such a beautiful, awesome, and perfectly fitted to my weirdness type of lady by my side not just for today, but for the rest of my life?!?!? What an amazing, walking, breathing example of grace she is in my life. I keep coming back to just feeling thankful. I’ve spent more time thanking God this week than I have in a long time, and with a lot of that going towards Sarah, the more I’ve thought about God’s love and His amazing grace, the thankfulness spread to every area of my life. My friends who get to experience this day with me, the people who have reached out to me this week to give me a boost of encouragement, the awesome family God has placed around me that goes above and beyond to serve me and provide for me. And of course my new family I know have on Sarah’s side who has done everything and then some to make this day possible. The list goes on and on, but I’m just thankful! Thankful for a lot!
Thinking about love this week like I said led me to grace and these verses capture the reality of God’s example of this in our lives. While we were still sinners, completely dead in our sin, without a chance of life, God loved us. God loved us so much that despite all of the bad in our lives, all of the stuff that makes us feel disqualified and counted out of God ever loving us. His love still breaks through and His love made a way for us to be raised up from our slavery to death to ALIVE in Christ Jesus!!! Think about it…..we don’t in anyway deserve it but God loves us, so much that He gave us LIFE in the midst of our deadness and raised us up to new life not only here and now but He gave us an inheritance of eternity with Him FOREVER!!
With life getting super weird and super real for me this week I was able to reflect on a lot. Looking over my life and spending time looking at all God has done, then to take it to the realest level and see how deep His love is and how awesome His grace is, that when I was nothing. No Sarah, no God Gold, nothing good, He still loved me and was right there with me and in those moments He raised me up! He breathed new life in me!! An eternal, abundant, grace-filled life with Christ!!! How? Why? WHAT?? It doesn’t make sense but that’s just how great His love is for me and you! We can never comprehend the deepness of His love, but we have it! I spend a lot of time trying to make sense of things, thinking way too much but at the end of the day I have all that I need and then some! God saved me, by His grace I have been set free and raised up to new life with Christ and what’s awesome is when you look deeper at the root of all that we have to be thankful for which is God and this life-giving/life-saving relationship we have with Him, it leads you to look around in your life and just say, “WOW.” Look at all you’ve blessed me with God!
I encourage you today to just sit back and reflect. Reflect on all that God has given you starting at the foundation of His love! Look around and see all God has done in your life! It’s pretty daggum awesome right?!!? Whatever season of life you’re in, struggle, or circumstance, this time of reflection into God’s truth and seeing God’s truth in your life of all the good you have, it will lead you to be thankful and it will completely change your perspective that you may be seeing your life in. Thank God for these messages and how His Word grows us deeper into His love! Thank God for Jesus, coming down to save us even when we didn’t deserve it! Thank God for you and every person in our lives! Thank God!!!!
“You made me; you created me.
Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word.
I know, O Lord, that your regulations are fair; you disciplined me because I needed it.
Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.
Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.
Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me; meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments. Let me be united with all who fear you, with those who know your laws.
May I be blameless in keeping your decrees; then I will never be ashamed.”
Ran across this Word earlier and MAN!!! Am I glad I did! Throughout today my focus was on me and what I had going on a lot. I kept coming to crossroads in my day that left me in places that I couldn’t handle alone which led me to prayer over and over again. Just talking to the Lord, laying everything out on the table to Him and simply asking for help. Looking back over my day, I can see so many moments where I did things I don’t usually do, my focus shifted from me to Him, my focus on every area of my life shifted from doing what I want done to doing what God has called me to do. It blows my mind how God’s Word speaks straight through to our hearts and going to Him, just being straight up and not just asking for help because we want everything to be fine and dandy but going to Him because we need Him. Going to Him out of the loving relationship we have with Him.
I honestly have no clue where I’m going with this but read these powerful words! Think about each line and each letter. Don’t think for knowledge but think by seeking God and to know more of who He is. The biggest lesson learned today just from watching God work little simple miracles in my life is God loves us! He is always faithful in His love for us! His love is providing and never-ending! This relationship is nothing we make it out to be but it’s simply a relationship. A relationship with God! And it’s built on His love for us! Seeing the truth that this relationship with Him is simple and it’s just that, a relationship, Father and child! It goes against everything we make out God to be and this relationship we have with Him but just treat God as who He is! A loving, faithful Father! Treat this relationship with Him as what it is! A connection to God’s heart, His love for me and you!
Got a couple of video messages for you today in the links below! Hope you enjoy!
“If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.”
Just found this earlier as a draft I had saved awhile back. It’s a principle that I know I struggle with but one that I also know I need to strive to be better at. GOING THE EXTRA MILE. Sounds easy enough but sometimes just doing the required minimum seems like enough. I’ve always been one to have a few lazy bones and if I had it my way I would do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. The thing that hurts about that is the consequences of doing just enough to get by, even if it’s practiced in one area of life it can and will lead into other areas and eventually all of your life.
In the context of this verse, Jesus is teaching these lessons for the people in front of him during that time to live by but also for me and you today. Why is going the extra mile important? Well, here’s the scenario, you’re living during these times way back when Jesus was in His earthly ministry. It was common for Roman soldiers to make people carry his coat or gear for a mile. No questions asked, the Romans were in charge and in power during this time, and a soldier says to do this. Who is going to question a soldier? And also, the soldier doesn’t say please, he “demands” you to do it. So you have no choice in the matter. You have to carry his gear for a mile.
But Jesus says something here that songs kind of crazy right?!? Go TWO miles?!? But the soldier only said you have to go one and you don’t even feel like doing that mile, why would you go twice as far??? Jesus taught many lessons during His time, lessons to live by and He also left us an example to learn from and model our lives after. In world terms, a lot of stuff Jesus taught sounded absurd, crazy, weird, and even radical. That’s the cool thing about Jesus, He may have been in the world, but He wasn’t of the world. As followers of Jesus we live as ONE with the Son of God, we are identified as Children of God, heirs to an inheritance of eternity. We may be in the world but as followers of Christ, we are called to not be of the world. What the world holds as standards are different for us children of God. We have been called to live life at the standard of Heaven. A much higher standard. Jesus’ teachings may sound crazy but think about the implications it holds for the one who lives out his or her calling, in the world but not of it, living to God’s standards? Instead of the usual, “ughhh, I guess so.” Then carrying the soldiers stuff for awhile and meeting the minimum, meeting the soldiers expectations. Instead, you follow Jesus’ way of living, go TWO MILES!!! Imagine what is going through the soldiers head, “wow! Who is this guy? Where is He from and why in the world did he go the extra mile? What’s he made of?”
All those questions others may ask when seeing you go the extra mile, all have answers leading back to the source of your action. God. Others will see you going the extra mile, exceeding what’s “normal” and they will think you’re different, because you’re in this world but you’re not of it. It’s been said that actions speak louder than words but just think of what going the extra mile can bring to your life and others. Not only does that build a discipline that carries over to living in Godly and high standards in every area of your life, in this case, your Christ-like actions make your words speak even louder!! When people see you loving them after they yelled at you or did you wrong, helping the person that is pushing a buggy down the street when you’ve worked all day, you’re tired and you don’t feel like it. When people see you do these things, they don’t see you, they see Jesus in you!!! Such a simple lesson here from Jesus and it applies not only to carrying one’s gear but EVERY STINKIN AREA of our lives! They way you do everything you do, go the extra mile!!! You never know who will see Jesus through those resilient actions! And to think of what changes not only in your life or the person’s gear you’re carrying, other believers see you, they are encouraged to go the extra mile too! You’ve got people everywhere going the extra mile and exceeding the minimum and world around you asking, “who? what? why? and where?” All these questions with one simple answer, the answer to all of our deepest problems, the only One who’s ever went the extra mile for each person on the planet, JESUS CHRIST!!!
Don’t stop at good enough today, keep stepping and working, go the extra mile in every opportunity presented, you’ll be thankful you did and so will the world around you! If one simple action can bring Jesus to a lost and dying world!!! Let’s get to work and GO THAT EXTRA MILE!!!