One of my goals as a church planter and pastor was to get people to follow Jesus. I remember as a young man doing everything possible to get people’s eyes off of me and onto Jesus. To this day, when I pray for people I never ask “How can I pray for you?” I always deflect attention from myself by asking, “What do you need Jesus to do for you?” While this desire to get people to follow Jesus and not me is often good and noble, it is not realistic and may not even be Biblical.
Who of us isn't overwhelmed by ministry? Or for that matter, life? And just when you think you finally have your head a little bit above water, people are shot and killed in Las Vegas, or a devastating fire breaks out in Santa Rosa. The fact of the matter is, there are always going to be things in life and ministry that are going to try to sideswipe us. What Keith writes here is not the whole answer - but it is a good start. I hope it helps!
Looking out from the top of a mountain in the Shasta-Trinity Wilderness, I am overcome by the amazing horizon. The view from up here is incredible! I keep looking at the map to find the names of valleys, river, hills, and mountains. Is that Castle Crags? I think that is Mt. Burney….am I seeing all the way into Oregon? My curiosity is fully engaged!
I heard a story about a child who had a difficult time doing what his parents told him to do. He would say, “I can’t.” His mom asked him to go and pray about it to see if God could help him. His prayer went like this. “God I need your help to make me do the things I should and not do the things I shouldn’t, but if You can’t help me right away it’s OK, I’m having fun the way I am right now.”
I wonder if we aren’t all a little bit like that boy. We enjoy the way we are right now.
Recently while at National Office for a conference, John Stumbo was leading a morning devotion out of Luke 10. During that devotion as he was talking about Mary and Martha I had a moment of clarity about Martha’s actions vs Mary’s inaction. This is a story where I’ve always come to the defense of Martha.
Sandy Kang is wife to Ted Kang of San Jose Christian Alliance, and Consecrated worker. From time to time she is one of our blog contributors, and I always greatly appreciate her insights. I trust you will be challenged as I was in reading this on how to handle equipping with our young people when it comes to sexuality in our changing culture.
Another effect of the Word of the Lord is faith, that the certainty of knowing a thing is so. Romans 10:17, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Often, when God speaks to you faith happens. And there’s a difference between belief and faith. I believe everything in the Bible. But I’m also going to be honest and tell you this: I don’t have faith for everything in the Bible.
As we think about the issue of discerning the voice of God, one of the things we need to realize is that it will also be relevant - because it will fit the situation that you’re in. It will make sense. You won’t have to strain to make it apply. And furthermore, when you tell someone else, they’ll get it too.
Phil Rehberg is part of the leadership at Risen King in Redding. As an author and coach for discipleship and spiritual formation, he challenges people to step up to the plate for the maturity needed in the Christian life. Read an excerpt from an article posted on “Meat for Maturity:”
While on a tour in Poland, one man out of the group would call the waiter with “PRAH-chuh! PRAH- chuh!” which he told the rest of the group meant “please.” They began to notice that the guide was growing more and more uncomfortable. Finally he politely said, “Please, it is pronounced “PRAH-shuh.” Asked what “PRAH-chuh” meant, the guide replied with a sigh, “little pig.” I don’t know about you, but even after all this time I still sometimes struggle with what God is saying. And now, here we are. How do you know it’s God?