In today’s society, it is growing more difficult to hear Merry Christmas. You see Merry X-mas plastered on billboards, Christmas Cards, and throughout various advertising streams! Many think that the “X” is a way to x-out Christ from Christmas which we know is the True Reason for This Season. But this year, the “X” caught my eye in a different way.
This year, Simon Cowell introduced the “X-Factor” to the United States. I must admit that Michele and I have been watching this first season. The talent is absolutely amazing, and especially for those early teens that made it to the live shows. Simon, and the other judges, are looking for that “X” factor- that something unique and special that causes one to stand out from the rest- that special something that others do not possess. Millions faithfully watch every week and cast their votes declaring who they think exhibits the true “X” factor.
But there is another way to approach this “X” factor.
Judah is now studying Algebra in school. He has learned that “X” represents a number that is to be discovered. He has learned many ways that “X” can be represented in an algebraic expression. He has also learned that through a series of steps, he can discover the value of “X”. The greatest challenge is to simply discover the value of “X”.
I believe that all three of these examples are true for you and me today. I truly believe that the world is looking for the “X” factor within the church- that special something that causes us to stand out from the others. They are looking for that special something that draws them to you and challenges their status quo. Many people hope to utilize their talent, charm and charisma to demonstrate their “X” factor. However, they have never truly discovered the true “X” which completes the equation of their life. The true “X” is exactly what the world wants to take out of their advertising slogans. The true “X” is Christ. Christ within you, the hope of Glory! It is the Christ within you that causes people to be drawn to you as they are searching for their own significance in life. But there is an even greater meaning to the “X” factor for your life. It begins with knowing Christ, but that is only the first step in the process.
I believe that the “X” represents your potential- that special something that only you possess that is to be expressed within the Body of Christ at such a time as this.
I am reminded of the parable of the talents that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 25:15-28. In this story, “x” represents a talent. One was given 5 talents, another 2 talents, and the last individual was given 1 talent. The real question of this text is this, “What are you going to do with that talent you have been given?”
I believe that God has gifted you with a wonderful and unique destiny. It is one that no one can accomplish, and one which my destiny is dependent upon. It is like a building block in the Kingdom. God intended that our destinies complement one another. He never intended our destinies to compete with each other. I need what you are called to, and you need what I am called to. And as we work together, we will see the Kingdom of Heaven established and expanding throughout the earth.
Your “X” factor then is determined by what you do with the talent God has given you. Will you reinvest it so that it multiplies? Will you allow others to use it and watch as the interest is added to your account? Or will you hide it being afraid of the gift and what might happen if you face rejection or discouragement or even possible failure? Remember, we are ultimately the ones who determine whether our faith and potential will be multiplied, added to, or left alone as the status quo.
II Peter 1:5-7 gives us an equation that will help us develop our faith and potential.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Verse 8 states, “if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Everything in life was created with potential and therefore possesses this potential principle. An acorn possesses the DNA needed to produce a mighty Oak tree. And you possess all you need to become a mighty man or women of God. What you become will depend totally upon how you exercise your measure of faith.
That is why you and I must encourage one another to stretch our faith so we can release our full potential. We must not hide in the dirt and simply wait for our master to return. We must invest our lives in the Kingdom so that we can become all God has created and destined us to become, thus revealing our true “X” Factor.
Don’t settle for status quo. God has created you with a unique purpose that none can accomplish other than you. There are songs that need to be released by you; inventions that need to be discovered; books that need to be written and scientific explorations still to be realized and explained.
Don’t discount your gift or assignment. Don’t forfeit the dream! Keep walking toward your vision. Keep dreaming the dream! Continually contend for the prize within your heart. You hold the key to your “X” Factor. So, don’t give up or throw in the towel regardless of how you feel today.
This year for Christmas, Michele and I pray for you to not be weary in your journey. We pray for you to prosper and be in good health. We wish for you joy and true happiness and fulfillment in your life as you are walking toward your destiny.
We are thankful that you are part of our lives and are investors in this ministry! Your faithful giving helps to dig wells of worship for those who are dry and weary, allowing them the opportunity to soak in His presence, discover their purpose and find refreshment for their journey.
Your monthly seed also helps us to minister to others in ministry. We provide a Monthly fellowship for ministers who feel isolated and alone and feel as though their “X” factor is a “0”. It is a fellowship that provides encouragement, fellowship and accountability, something greatly needed for today’s minister.
The first Thursday of every month, we invite Sr. Pastors, Worship Leaders and Ministry Directors into our home. Your financial gifts help us to provide wonderful food, roundtable discussions on problems and challenges today’s church is facing, and opportunities for them to move beyond status quo. We provide guest speakers to mentor us in areas of leadership, personal development, and helping us address needs within our congregations. We continue to endeavor to discover HIS CALL for not only our churches and ministries, but for our cities and regions. Our fellowship continues to grow every month as we continue to build relationships and connect with those who simply want to know they are not the only ones facing challenges in these uncertain times.
I want to personally thank you for helping us to create this safe place for these ministers. This is a place where they can be real and cry out for help and encouragement. It is a place where they can find relationships, accountability and opportunity to discover their true “X” Factor. We are so very thankful for you helping to make this much needed ministry possible! All we can say is THANK YOU!
Michele, Judah and I speak love, blessings and heartfelt wishes for a Merry Christmas, and Happy and Prosperous New Year.
What is your “X” Factor?