Something to think about…
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should! What you do affects others, so use your gifts wisely each day…
Are you being Christ to others or just showing off? The Bible tells us to put down our nets and follow Christ, which means? For us to put us aside all the things that are important to this world and pick up our relationship with Christ and follow the example He gave… We are to be fishers of men and women, to do this we must be the best of ourselves and use our gifts in such a way that is a reflection of Christ. And Christ is who we as modern day or from the time of first century use as our guide, but God revealed God’s self all throughout scripture for the people to have as an example of how to live.
Moses, and there are so many other examples of those that used their gifts and were, a true reflection of God in God’s world. The mere concept of the parting of the Red Sea blows my mind. If you can imagine yourself standing on the sand facing the great body of water that Moses faced with thousands counting on him and thousands more coming after him, then I would imagine that his first thoughts were something that would be similar to mine. This is hopeless, or impossible, or both. But was it? Moses didn’t have a self-imposed idea to part the sea, or even to walk across on the dry ground, I’m pretty sure. But what he had was a faith in God so powerful that he knew that all he was capable of and all he had done came in the form of gifts given by God. Moses faced obstacles with God’s help, and not relying on his own powers or understanding. He never once said, (at least I’m pretty sure he never said) “God, I got this…” never assume that all you’ve been given is yours to use as you see fit.
See I think there are two HUGE issues with the institution of church today. (1) Is the “we’ve ALWAYS done it this way” approach year in and year out, forgetting that the world changes. That doesn’t mean tossing the baby out with the baptismal water, just that God calls us to reach others and to do that means we are willing to step back and look at how we are living out the ministry of GOD’s church. That said, it is also not a free pass to “conform” to the world; in fact, Romans 12:2 says just the opposite of that… take time to read it. But, in order to be the best Church we can be in this time, we have to be more authentic in our worship, intentional in our prayer practice, generous in our giving and fearless in our acts of service. And number (2) is… SEE NUMBER ONE! It’s that important.
So, pray, and then pray some more for God to say to you… “Hey, I got this…'' decide if you are ready… Are you? Because I am personally tired of church being a bad taste in the mouths of those that are dry, parched and need the living water that is Jesus Christ. I get excited about all God is planning for us together, but I truly pray that we are ready for the places He will part the waters for us to cross. Or better yet, keep your feet dry and let's go through the doors God opens. (Have you heard that somewhere recently?).
By the way, I’ve been to the Red Sea, stood in the sand with a large stick, stretched out my arms and waited… It was a profound moment of clarity as to what my gifts are and what they are not. I am humbled by the gift of serving as your Pastor.
Serving an Awesome God!