Me-Christianity vs God-Christianity (What side you on?)

By Steven Shaw 

Me-Christianity vs God-Christianity-Is your relationship with Jesus mainly about you, or Jesus?

This is the question we need to ask ourselves everyday. Am I a “Me-Centered Christian” or a “God-Centered Christian?”

How you read the bible will determine the answer.

What is a Me-Centered Christian?

A type of Christianity that is all about you, not God. These people love talking about God, the bible, going to church, etc, but all these things are centered on themselves to make their life happy and comfortable. They use the bible to make themselves feel good about their lives. Bible verses out of context are extremely dangerous.

Example of out of context verses:

1. Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Out of context this means: God wants me to have the things I want. He only gives me things that make me happy for my life. Comfort and success are His desire for me. Self focused.

In context this means: God has just sent His people into exile. He tells them in verses 5-10, “Build houses, plant gardens, get married, have children, let them grow and have children.” Basically, you’re going to be there a while. 70 years to be exact. Then “I will come for you,” says God. Then you read verse 11…

Wow, how much more does that verse mean in context? It’s much deeper and all about God when read correctly. God is saying, “Even though I’m sending you into exile, I am with you always, this is my plan for you and it’s good. I will redeem you. You have a future and a hope in Me. God focused.

2. Philippians 4:13-I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Out of context this means: This can mean anything you want, that’s the danger. What ever I want to do, God will bless. Self focused.

In context this means: Paul is writing this from prison.Paul doesn’t write this, feel empowered and kick down the prison walls because “God will give me the power.” It’s about trusting God in life’s difficulties. It’s obedience to God and service to God and others. Being in God’s will, he will give you the power to follow through when you are completely weak and dependent on Him. God focused.

These are just 2 examples. There are many more.

People are reading the whole bible out of context. Reading it with their “me” glasses on. This misses the whole point of what the bible is about. The bible is about God, not you. This is idolatry. That’s no small deal. Me-Centered Christianity is not Christianity. Idolatry is when we live for anything else that is not God. God is not a bigger version of you. True Christianity is not about what God gives us, it’s about God himself.

What is God-Centered Christianity? 

True Christianity is focused on God in everything. Everything we do, speak and desire revolves around Him.

Examples of God-Centered Christianity:

  1. The Apostle Paul writes, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith, that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11

Paul had it all before his walk with Christ. Now he’s dedicated his life to God and he’s in prison and eventually will be killed. And yet he still writes this. Paul is centered on God.

  1. King David writes, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord and seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

David didn’t want God’s stuff or anything from God, his only desire is God himself. Is that your only desire?

  1. This is the Christian Life in One Sentence. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

All you do! From the smallest most boring things, to the biggest, most wonderful things, ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD!

Why is This Good?

This is our purpose. From the beginning, this is what we were created and saved for. HIM!

This is the World’s Need.

The world needs to see God in us. We might be the only version of Christ one might ever see. What example are you?

This is What We Need.

Nothing we do in this life will satisfy us. Only God can. We will fail to be what God is.

How Do I Live a God-Centered Life?

  1. Repent. Turn from your old life and live through the power of the Holy Spirit. You cannot be a Christian and live the same life you once lived.
  2. Trust in Jesus as Your Savior. Jesus is the only way to salvation.
  3. Read the Bible With Your Eyes on God, Not on You. Read it on context.

When you are reading, ask yourself 3 questions. It will help you keep your eyes on God.

What is this saying about God?

What is God doing?

Lastly- How do I respond to all God has revealed?

You Can’t Glorify God in Everything You Do, If Everything You Do is to Glorify You.

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and his glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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15 Min Of Fame With Vistaprint (Fear the beard)

By Steven Shaw (Owner at Fitcore)

This isn’t my usual blog that’s focused on scripture or focused on things of Jesus, but everything I’m writing, the blessings in my life I’m about to share, is totally from Christ that I don’t neglect to acknowledge.

Many of you know my story and how I’m the owner of Fitcore. If you are unfamiliar, visit this link “My Testimony” if you’d like my back story. But for now…

Quick back story:

I started Fitcore 10 years ago and have always used Vistaprint to make my business cards and flyers etc. I worked at the bank when I began to network myself and design my business logo. I really enjoyed the ability to log on to Vistaprint and design anything and everything with my business name on it, it was easy and fun. I’d spend hours designing and redesigning my business look. Even changed the name a couple times. I’ve spent $1000’s with Vistaprint, and all worth it. Not because they are expensive but because I just kept on ordering. I tell you all this because this blog is about the gift returned to me by Vistaprint.

I received an email around September of 2013 from a Vistaprint employee. She told me that they are starting their new campaign of commercials of real business owners who use Vistaprint. I was shocked and excited. Out of the millions of costumers, they focused on about 100 clients to look into. They “stalked” their Vistaprint accounts and websites to see what kind of people they were and kind of business. They narrowed that down to 100, then that to about 20 to start the interview process. This was all by Facetime interviews. I was super excited needless to say! Me? On national TV? Crazy! Now it was all about the video phone interview/interviews. I write “interviews” because it was supposed to be one or two interviews that turned into about six. They were having a hard time picking the three people they wanted to use. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself.

I had my first interview at 6am my time. They are EST, a 3 hour difference. So, ya, putting on my best face at 6am isn’t the easiest thing to do. But I did it and they actually liked me. Now let me back up. First thought was “uh oh, when they see my beardness and tattoos, they might run”. I had to keep reminding myself they have seen me on my website and other sites. Plus I figured it made me unique. We interviewed, and it went well. The next few interviews streamed on over the next few months. A very exciting, anxious time. They kept narrowing down the list and I kept staying on it. When they finally told me I was one of three business owners that made it, I was super excited! Still not knowing what to expect, I knew I would go to another state to film. Lots to be excited about.

A couple months pass, planning, preparation, more contacts from Vistaprint, and we are almost ready to fly to Austin Texas. They flew my wife and I out and put us up in The Four Seasons, we thought “This is awesome!” Such a weird, different experience in life. Very cool and a complete blessing from God. Remember, I give full credit to the success of Fitcore to God. Not the cliché statement, but actually saw His hand in every aspect of it. Giving me the drive and motivation, bringing the right clients to me in the beginning to help grow me as a trainer and form my business. The word of mouth and connections that happened. All from Him, so I do it to the glory of God!

Arrive at AirportOn our way!

Now we are in Austin, ready to film the next day. 6am start time was the call. They pick us up and drive us to the set. They found a great park to film at. They wanted my footage to be what I do, and that is mostly outside training. We show up that morning to a big RV with food, wardrobe, hair, makeup, the whole nine yards. I kept thinking, “Is this really for me?” “It’s so weird and cool that I’m here doing this”. It was a very cold morning, a few hours of prep time, camera set up etc. They brought in a paid extra to workout, one of the employees joined in and they wanted my wife to be a part. After all I needed people to train. Me and three girls ready to pretend to workout, ok, here we go! Only they ended up really working out for about 2 hours…lol

We shoot for the next 3 hours. Different places at the park, lots of workouts. We ended with us sitting at some benches with me showing my Vistaprint products. It was totally a professional experience. One day down, one more to go. We got done filming at about 12 that day.

RvPark shoot preend of park day

I went back to the Hotel and slept for a few hours, very mentally draining. We got the go exploring Austin that evening. Very cool place.

6th street 2Music shop

The next day was the interview shoot. Talking all about Fitcore and Vistaprint. I had no prep for this. I was ensured that the questions were about me and my experience with Vistaprint. They wanted it to be as natural as possible, instead of me being overly prepped. Needless to say, I nailed it. Not because I’m so cool, but because all I was doing was talking about what I talk about everyday (Health and Fitness), but also, the truth of how much Vistaprint has helped build my business. Another day done and nap time for me. Even more mentally draining.

interview shot2nd day camera shot

We weren’t flying out till the following day, later in the day, so we had lots of time to have some fun in Austin. And we did.

6th streetburger

Pass the next few months and the commercial is starting to play. What a trip! There’s my big mug (And even bigger beard) on the TV! Everyday I receive at least 4 texts or facebook messages saying, “I just saw you on tv”, or “Did I just see you on tv”, or “There is a guy on a commercial that looks just like you”. It’s cool though.

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I wrote this because I wanted to share my great experience with this opportunity. We had to keep it all on the down low till the commercial aired, now I wanted to share! Now it’s been two years since the commercial has aired and they are still playing it. People must like it. Even with all the beard hate mail i’ve gotten, something must be working. That’s all, glory be to God!

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