In 2003 my life changed forever! With the birth of our son Kaedon as well as the addition of Social Media, I learned more about media, metrics and motivation than I ever thought possible. You can hear a little more about my experiences in the first 6-minutes of the message from Sunday (see video link).
Here’s the deal…
How we share information (media), how we measure how healthy we are (metrics), and how we determine what matters most to us (motivation), these are all matters that inform our faith.
This past weekend I shared a message from our “Live It Up!” series from
Colossians 1:3-10 (NLT)
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, 5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. 6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. 7 You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. 8 He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. 9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
Paul was writing encouragement to the church of what he was hearing about the Christian’s in Colosse, of their faith in Jesus and how they were living out their faith through their love for people. The fact that he was hearing about their faith or the fact that it was worth reporting is pretty significant!
While under house-arrest in Rome, over 1,300 mile away by land and sea, it would have taken 54 days on average for news to travel this distance and this is without any hiccups or detours along the way. The fact that Paul is hearing about the faith and love of the Colossian people is not insignificant. It means that their faith was worth talking about. The faith and love of the Colossian church was making an impact not only within their church and community, but had begun to infiltrate the world at-large.
Sharing this information was no small feat when you consider that there was no social media, no email, no phone calls, no smoke signals or carrier pigeons to speak of. The mainstay of media was word-of-mouth or personal testimony and formal letters. And it’s worth noting that the media shared was done on purpose. Given the limited means for communication, what was shared was as equally deliberate as it was detailed.
As a Junior in High School, my youth Pastor asked me one day if I was living a faith in Jesus that was worth talking about. This question was significant and has caused me to consider this question of significance and intentionality more often than not over the years. This is a question, a difficult question, that I think we need to wrestle with today…
Is our faith in Jesus and love for people worth talking about?
While in the hospital awaiting the delivery of our son Kaedon, I found a way to push every button (both literally and metaphorically speaking) and mess with the machines. It was no surprise when the doctor came in and encourage (ASKED FIRMLY) me to stop playing with the machines because the information that they were providing for the nurses and doctors was significant. Everything from the ultrasound to the blood pressure cuff, the blood panel to the stethoscope, each instrument was used to measure metrics in an effort to determine the health of my wife, Stacy, and our unborn child.
God has given us several metrics by which we can and should measure our faith. Here are just a few:
- Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Love for God with every fibre of our being (Matthew 22:36-37)
- Loving others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-37)
- Living out our faith in love (John 13:35)
- Sharing our faith with the world at large (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8-9)
- Measuring our faith (Romans 12:3)
- Test yourselves and your faith (2 Corinthians 13:5)
- Listening to and responding to God’s Word (James 1:22)
- Actions that make our faith complete (James 2:22)
When was the last time you had a “spiritual check-up” to determine how healthy you are in your faith?
In life there are a lot of things that motivate us – from athletics to academics and quite literally, nearly everything in between, people find motivation for why they do what they do.
When my son was born I found that my motivation as a man, not just a father, but as a man, husband, father and if I’m being honest, even as a Christian changed. While holding Kaedon I considered the significance of how my life would inevitably impact my son and it lead me to change much about not only my behaviors but the way that I thought about life as well. Honestly, this change through the life of my son and daughters has been one of the greatest gifts that God has ever blessed me with. An awesome responsibility? Absolutely! And an amazing blessing that has motivated me to become the man that I am today as well as strive to the best man that I can be tomorrow and thereafter.
What motivation do you have for living a life of faith and godliness?
I pray that you may know the awesome salvation that comes from a right-relationship with Jesus and that this saving grace will drive you to a life full of health media, metrics and motivation!