Action: “Do or do not, there is no try.”

10 Apr

The other day I watched this video of a guy stealing his own bike. He stole it numerous ways and was pretty obvious about it. The crazy thing: No one said or did anything about.

Take a look:

This got me thinking about how apathetic we are. I know that word gets used a lot in the Christian culture, but I think it is one of the biggest issues in today’s society; especially amongst men. Our culture chooses to stand by while satan steals the show. satan is constantly in control of this nation and we choose not to do anything about it. The picture of this guy stealing a bike parallels the way satan steals our hearts and the people hearts around us while we stand by and do nothing.

As a man we are called to be men of action, we are called to be alive and to be aware of what is happening around us. John Eldridge talks about being a man who has come alive, doing whatever it takes to do so. To be a man that is alive in and for Christ. So few us are, I can honestly say that it is a constant struggle in my own life. It is so easy to go to work, come home, sit on the couch, go to sleep, wake up, do it again and never really do anything of real importance. Instead sitting idly by while the world continues down a dark and wide path. Sometimes I feel like I am just waiting for God to do something or just hanging out on earth trying to endure the evil in it until I can finally die and go to Heaven. This is not how we are called to live though. We are called to live in a way where we are work creators. We are called to be creating God’s work for us. Not to say God does not direct and guide and show us what and how to do things, but rather to say that we are to be putting ourselves in situations in which we are able to do the work that God has called us to.

One thing that I have learned as I have embarked on the journey of trying to be an active and alive man is that it takes more than trying…

Do or do not:

Yoda really says it best when he explains to young Luke that his endeavor will take more than trying. The truth is that we are created and designed to be doers. There is no reason that we should not be able to do what God is calling us to do. There is no reason that we should sit idly by and watch satan steal the souls of the people around us. We need to get out of the rhythm of our sin. For me there have been many things that have held me back: lust, video games, reading, a group of people, etc. I have allowed my time to be stolen, for my activeness to be a stagnant routine of not doing. Instead filling my time with fictional worlds, people that I do not reach; or that impact me negatively, and simply getting lost in my own, selfish desires.

This is why you fail:

These things are tools satan uses against us. This is why we fail. This is why we do not move forward. Trust me, I know you may seem tired, or may seem lonely, or lost, or empty. But I know that when I am using my time for God somehow I have more energy, more time, more life. So let us not sit back. The first step to become a man of action, a man who is alive is leaving behind the things that are killing you. The things that you allow to be in your life that do not give you life but instead suck it away. What are those things? satan is clever, and he makes sin look beneficial and productive. I can tell you it is not. “Resting” by playing hours of video games a day does not make you rested…it makes you depressed. I am sure that you can see what things in your life you justify and allow satan to trick you with. I challenge you to stop letting him do that. Move on from those things.

A few months ago I stopped playing video games, stopped reading excessive amounts of fiction. Now I suddenly found time to get back in shape, I read and desire to read my Bible all the time. I desire to grow and to tell people why I love Jesus. I am not saying this to brag, I am wanting to show you what God wants to do with you! He woke me up! Now I can’t get enough, I love it, I have never felt more purposeful in life. God is doing a work in me because I choose to wake up, let go of the things distracting me from growing and sharing Jesus. Guys, become the leaders we are meant to be. Step up and change your priorities. Change your entire lifestyle, because that is what Jesus asks us to do. May we truly live to do His works.

Mathew 28:

The Resurrection

 28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

The Report of the Guard

 11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

The Great Commission

 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We are able to be fully satisfied in doing God’s work and giving glory to Him because He designed us to be most alive when we are doing so. Then, He backed it up and died and rose again. Jesus made it so easy for us to have a relationship with God and He will give us strength and energy to do his work.

-Jason Hesse
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I am a 23 year old Wisconsinite attempting to live in the Twin Cities. I love the outdoors, books, board games, people, and Jesus. I graduated Northwestern College (St. Paul) with a BA in Youth and Family Studies but I work as an Assistant Manager at a local Car Rental Agency. It’s not glorious but it allows me to work part time at Grace Church: Roseville, where God has called me. I have an amazing wife named Erin (she has a blog all about coffee shops called Chillybean if you are interested) who has helped me grow and gives me constant grace and support.

4 Responses to “Action: “Do or do not, there is no try.””

  1. jbsisam April 10, 2013 at 16:06 #

    I think you’ve hit something on the head here. So many people live apathetic lives. Yet, we wonder why. It’s simply because priorities are screwed up. If we don’t keep our eyes focused on Jesus, who’s the author and perfecter of our faith. Ioved it… and reblogged it on my site. 🙂

  2. jbsisam April 10, 2013 at 16:08 #

    Reblogged this on Official Blog of J. B. Sisam and commented:
    This is a powerful blog post. Take a read, comment and follow!
    Be blessed,
    J. B. Sisam

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