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I am ashamed of Christ

Jesus said “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38 (ESV)

And I must admit, I am ashamed.

Have you ever thought about that? You know your next door neighbor does not acknowledge God, and does not have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. You pass hundreds to thousands of people everyday whose souls are in despair, and they don’t even know it. Will you tell them? You see men at work who are struggling with their marriage, women in your circle of friends who think they must have the body of a super model, the girl in your neighborhood who is always sitting by herself with an expression of loneliness, and the proud, stuck up guy who is actually in need of a friend.

And I actually have the audacity to do nothing about it.

But there is nothing I can do, is there? No, absolutely nothing. So you ask my why I can’t? Well I will let Jesus answer your question.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

And this is where conviction sets in. Do you feel it? If you don’t, then ask God to pour out His Spirit upon you, and break your heart! That is what I am praying for myself. Why? Because I can’t do anything in the power of my own flesh! Don’t think for a moment that I am content with doing nothing. The Spirit of Christ grabs hold of my heart and shows me the needs of those around me and the command that I have to go and meet those needs, whether it be to share the life giving message of the gospel, be a loving friend, or give some cash to the guy sitting on the street corner.

“My prayer and hearts desire, is to be so passionately, and completely sold out for Christ that when someone looks at me, they don’t see Nathan Hamilton, they see Jesus Christ.”

But I can’t do anything about it! It is only by the power of Christ that I am able to step out and allow Christ to use these hands, these feet, this mind, this mouth, and the worldly blessings I have been lent, to do the work He has called me to do.

So why am I ashamed? Because I don’t abide. If I am not abiding in Christ, then I can do nothing. That is why it is so important that I spend time deeply searching the Word of Christ, and pouring out my spirit before the throne of Christ in prayer on a daily basis. I must abide in Christ.

The curse of man

This morning I read Luke 6, and the Lord pierced my spirit with this verse:

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.” v. 22-23

How often do I allow the opinion of man influence my choices, and specifically my decisions to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Am I willing to die to myself and abide in Christ? My Savior wasn’t phased. He followed the will of God almighty without flinching, caring not about the thoughts of men but rather the state of their hearts before God. I am praying that God wil give me that same desire.

Seeking the Glory of Christ

The more I live, the more I am convinced that I cannot live a life focused on myself. That is why I have the issues that I mentioned above! When my focus is on myself, I can’t live as God requires, but when I am completely sold out to Christ, when I am denying my flesh, and I have no consideration for the opinions of men, that is when I can be effective for Christ. My prayer and hearts desire, is to be so passionately, and completely sold out for Christ that when someone looks at me, they don’t see Nathan Hamilton, they see Jesus Christ.

Are you ashamed of Christ? If your answer is no, then what are you doing to radically change the world around you for the Glory of Christ? If your answer is yes, then what are you going to do to change it?

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Uniting Business and Ministry

Hello Everyone!

Everything is going well for me. I currently have 27 Credits, and am taking another test on Friday for English Composition. The Lord has truly blessed me and has been showing me some different things that have challenged me in my relationship with Christ. I want to share one of those things with you.

In 2007, I felt God calling me to the ministry; a decision I had wrestled with for about three years. Since my Father was (and still is) a Pastor, I didn’t want to follow in his footsteps because of several difficulties our family had been through.  But God took hold of my heart and I surrendered to his will. That was a turning point in my life because I finally knew I was doing what God wanted me to do. I began thinking about how God wanted me to be involved in the ministry and how I could eventually become a Pastor or Elder of a church, but something didn’t seem right.

As a home-schooler having graduated from high school, I began preparing for what God would call me to in the future. I knew that his will for me included higher education of some shape or form with the ultimate plan of attending seminary. I also knew that God desired me to get married and raise a family. So I began picking up different jobs such as mowing lawns, working for a marble company, building web sites, and working as an IT. In preparation for the ministry, I began to preach for churches that needed someone to fill in for ministers who were on vacation, or temporarily serving somewhere else.  I ended up serving as temporary Pastor at a church during 2009. During all of this though, I felt as though something were missing; something just wasn’t right.

Towards the end of last year, God began showing me that I had been deceived. I felt that since God had called me into the ministry, I had to pursue Vocational Ministry. I believed, like most Christians do, that someone called into the ministry pursues one of four main vocational paths: Pastor, Music leader, Youth Pastor, or Missionary. Many Christians also believe that only those in Vocational Ministry are called to evangelize; or that they have to be in a Church “group” in order to evangelize. In the course of going through these different experiences, I felt God reveling to me that these beliefs were not biblical. While looking through the Bible, and seeking the Lord’s will for my life, I felt that God was calling me to a different type of ministry; the ministry Christians everywhere are called to.

Look At Jesus’ Commandment in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” Does this passage give any indication that Christ is talking to Church leaders only? Does he say, “Only those who are in a group with others may evangelize”? No, he is talking to every single Christian that walks on the face of the earth. If Christians would be a light everywhere they went, and in everything they did, our impact would be much greater. This is the way it was in the New Testament Church.  So, in essence, this is what God convicted me about. I had been acting much like many Christians do today, and still I am working on allowing God to shine through me in everything I do. I am not perfect, but that is what I am striving for.

God has led me to finish my BSBA in General Business Management, and then study for my MBA. Then I feel led to work at CollegePlus! (Where I currently work) for several years, and eventually become an Independent Business Consultant. I want to be able to use this avenue to share Christ with whomever I come into contact with.

Just a little insight from my heart and life. I hope that is has encouraged you. God bless.

For the Glory of God, and the advancement of His Kingdom,

Nathan D. Hamilton – Esquire