THE GOSPEL OF US


The Gospel of us

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,” Jesus Christ said to the eleven disciples. (Mark 16:14-15 NIV) It was the calling of the disciples to spread the gospel of Christ, so it is with us as well as children of our Heavenly Father – God. But are we spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ or are we spreading our gospel?

This post is something to reflect about for those who walk in Christ…

We are designed to do one thing, and that is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God calls us out in different ways of doing it, but to spread the gospel nonetheless. However, in today’s society, especially within the high school transitioning to college age some of us get caught up with ourselves in certain areas of natural life, e.g.,  job, money, college, and social life. These things become instant priorities in our life.

We put a lot of effort in applying to as many jobs as we can in hope of getting hired.

We put our focus in having enough money to go out with friends.

We put a lot of effort in setting up our college class schedule, and deciding what we want as a degree.

That’s a lot “we.” but where is Jesus Christ in all that?

Think about it…

Do we put as much effect into spreading the gospel as we do when we apply for a job?

Do we put most of our focus in studying God’s word as much as we put most of our focus when studying for finals?

Do we put an effort in setting up opportunities to introduce the gospel, and figuring out what God’s calling is for you, which might mean what you are pursuing yourself in college is not what God wants? Is your major going to spread the gospel?

Spreading the gospel… are you doing that in your daily life? Are you representing Jesus Christ in your job, social circles, etc.?

These are the questions we should ask ourselves, because are we on this earth to walk in the steps of Christ, and to spread the good news or we just here to make our own gospel?

It’s time that we reconnect with our God-given mission. We need to reevaluate our perspective in life, and make it according to God’s will. We do not live for ourselves, but for God, and Him alone. There is only one gospel, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Not the gospel of us.

Biblical text to reflect on:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16 NIV)

 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:14-17 NIV)

UNEARTHED: CHANGING THE HEARTS OF MEN


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At the root of sexual exploration is a demand—driven by men and women. Sexual brokenness is fueling a multi-billion dollar industry that is hindering the lives of many all over the world.

“The key about sex trafficking is supply and demand, and without the demand the supply would dry up. We have porn. We have business men. We have weird sex shops. We have this super hyper sexualized culture creating a demand that the supply it follows, and we go… Ah, it’s really no big deal. You’re feeding into exactly the same system that the guy who is flying over there and paying for it is doing,” states a gentleman in the film below.

 

 

Porn crushes men. It crushed me for long period of my life. Porn catapults your mind to a dark world where it’s extremely hard to get out of, and it warps your way of looking at life and those around you. However, the grace that I found through Jesus Christ was my escape from the bondage of pornography.

The heart of this problem is the heart of the human being. Until we see the hearts and desires of men change, we won’t see sexual exploitation change. UNEARTHED

More of UNEARTHED

ACCORDING TO JAN IN 2014


According To Jan 2014

Already ten days into the new year, and it’s been great! 2013 was great, but 2014 will be even greater.

New year.

New content.

New beginnings.

This year I’m expanding my website to become a multimedia platform. I feel a spiritual push to go beyond my website. To go beyond traditionalism. To try new and exciting things that haven’t been done before. This year is a year to expand and to allow the creativity that God has given me to run wild, and I hope you could all join me in this crazy adventure that will be 2014.

This is what you could expect out of my multimedia platform this year:

  • YouTube Channel — AccordingToJanTV
  • A brand new look to the According To Jan website.
  • New series posts.
  • Podcasts.
  • Original video productions going to be published at accordingtojan.com

Much more!

Tweet me @accordingtojan

HAVING A BAD DAY? — LET GO


Instructions For A Bad Day

There is a lot of bad news always being slammed into our faces by media networks, and when your having a bad day yourself, the last thing you want to deal with is more negativity. While it’s necessary to be informed about issues and events, even in a negative light, we could all use some good news to brighten up our day to muscle through.

I make a habit to find positive & inspirational content that I could post on here. I want my site to be a source of good news. I’ll leave breaking news to the mainstream media.

Today, while searching for content to post, I am across this video; by far the best video I’ve seen in a while. It’s titled “Instructions For A Bad Day.”

Video below:

“Life is going to come at you armed with hard times and tough choices, your voice is your weapon, your thoughts ammunition.” — Shane Koyczan

More of Shane Koyczan HERE

[H/T: UpWorthy]

UNDER THE SEA CRAZE CAPTURED WITH A GO-PRO


Day in the life of a Crab net

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Attached a Gopro to a crab net, surprised by what actually goes on down there,” said Scott Murray who uploaded the video below over the weekend that now has gone viral.

Video below:

JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 31


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Gift #31: 2013

A whole thirty-one days without missing a post. This day-to-day Christmas posting challenge has been very exciting for me to do, and your response to it has been heartwarming. I started 2013 saying that this year was going to be a year of immeasurably more, and sure has been. Ups and downs, but every moment overjoyed. The growth of this platform, and by that I mean the growth of this family has been incredible this year, and for that I say—thank you.

This month of reflection on all the gifts in my life made me rediscover a few things that I took for granted. It’s been humbling, and spiritually stimulating. As a writer, it has been a long month of pride for me to stay diligent in this challenge—a whole month of consecutive posts. It was not easy, there were days where I felt like not writing at all, but I stayed committed to you and God who gave me this platform, and to myself.  Without His guidance and your support my website would not be of great value.

Today we say goodbye to 2013 as we welcome the new year, and for 2014 I pray that all of you have an amazing year full of vitality and enriched with unconditional love.

Let 2014 be a year where we help one another. (1 Corinthians 10:24 NIV) A year where we don’t live by the same patterns. (Romans 12:2 NIV) A year where diversity is accepted. (Romans 12:4, 6 NIV) A year where unity is praised. (Romans 12:5 NIV) A year where we teach, serve, encourage, give to those in need, lead, and show grace. (Romans 12:7-8 NIV) A year where we speak good to those around us. (Romans 12:14 NIV) A year where there is no apathy. (Romans 12:15 NIV) A year where there is harmony, and the understanding that God created us all equal. (Romans 12:16 NIV) A year where the “eye for an eye” mentality is non-existent. (Romans 12:17,19, 21 NIV) A year where there is a constant desire to be at peace with all people. (Romans 12:18 NIV) A year where we love those who reject to love. (Romans 12:20 NIV) A year where religion is not the focus, but Christ is. (John 14:6 NIV) Finally, a year shifting towards a world built on love — God’s love. Where our life, words, actions, and ideas yell unconditional-love.  (Romans 12:9, Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:11-12 NIV)

2013 has been a year of many gifts.

Happy New Year!

Much Love,

Jan.

 

JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 30


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Gift #30: Being Single.

Being single is not a negative thing to me. I don’t feel pressured to jump into a relationship with the opposite sex. I’m happy where I’m at in my singleness.

Plenty opportunities to be intimate, but still a virgin.

Plenty of opportunities to kiss a girl, yet my lips stay un-kissed.

Plenty of girls wanting to seek a relationship with me, but I choose to formulate a genuine friendship instead.

For example, today I had lunch at Panera Bread, and the amazingly attractive girl who took my order was transparently fond of me. We talked, exchanged smiles, a couple of flirtatious slurs, all-in-all, we had nice genuine moment. Got my food, ate, finished eating, got ready to leave, and that’s when she engaged me once again in small talk that had a underlying message that read: “Hey, I would like to have your number.” Kickin’ myself in the gluteus for this one, but I ignored the hidden message, and kept our moment just a one-time genuine conversation type of thing.  And boy, I’ll tell you, I almost went back after leaving the restaurant. I was intrigued, but not wanting to transparently pursue. Therefore, I kept walking while kickin’ myself—Her eyes!

There are moments where I just want to change all those facts written above, especially today’s (ESPECIALLY TODAY) occurrence. It’s difficult to remain single, especially being a guy. Yet, I remain strong in my conviction that being single until the time is right is beneficial for me, and it has been. I don’t want to rush myself into relational dismay, rather when I feel ready to pursue, I’ll be a grand narrative of perpetual love.

Being single is a gift that I cherish.

JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 29


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Gift #29: Being Able To Listen To Others

Being able to listen to others is such a heartwarming experience. There are few people who put themselves in position to  listen those needed to be heard, and I take pride that in my life that is not the case. God’s grace has opened up my ears and has given me a level of compassion that knows no border. Today, I got to listen to an aching heart from a homeless lady. Such a beautiful spirit, yet in need to be heard, and the opportunity to be able to listen is a gift.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
― Leo Buscaglia

JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 28


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Gift #28: Jesus > Religion Street Team

You’ve probably heard of Jefferson Bethke, if not, he’s a poet gone viral with his spoken word “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The title alone started a huge debate on social networks, and it even caught the eye of big media networks.

After a while of virality, and lots of questions regarding the subject of religion, Bethke released a book titled “Jesus>Religion,”  to further discuss why Jesus is greater than religion, and why you should hate religion as well. Before a month of publishing his book, his publisher and himself offered an opportunity to a select few to be part of the marketing team for his book, and to my surprise, I was one of those chosen. I worked closely with professional marketing agents from Thomas Nelson, met genuine like-minded people in the group, and even became friends with Jefferson Bethke (Facebook friends…Haha). It was a great opportunity, and a lot of fun to be part of the Jesus > Religion team.

Free Copy of Jesus > Religion!

Free Copy of Jesus > Religion!

 

JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 27


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Gift #27: WordPress

WordPress is more than a platform. It is a community infatuated with diversity. People all over the world come together to post genuine content, and I am overjoyed that I can be part of the WordPress family. WordPress as a platform has never been an obstacle, on the contrary, it has allowed me to focus on my content. WordPress is simply easy to use. Not an ounce of dissatisfaction in choosing WP as the vessel of my website.

It’s an honor to be a part of a community that lives on creativity.

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