I regularly have to remind myself the Christian life is not a project to accomplish or a skill to practice.
This is increasingly important as today we are surrounded by headlines like:
Five steps to become an awesome Christian
7 mistakes the unsaved make when cutting grass
12 people who need to like you before you will achieve your God given purpose
Sometime I wonder if we have become like the Pharisees aiming for perfection, creating ‘rules’ to help us along the way.
TAKE ACTION – plan – don’t stop moving – people need to hear your voice today or they will forget you
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Galatians 1:15-17
I am inspired by the fact that one of my heroes, Paul, when called by God did not run to the nearest successful ministry, nor did he seek out a 10 step plan for church planting, he didn’t even head to where he could learn from the experts.
He stopped, he listened, he was prepared for the slow revelation of Jesus Christ. Prepared also for the possible obscurity that may follow.
The revelation of Jesus Christ is never hurried. Even in His own teaching Jesus chose parables, stories thrown down before people that worked into their spirit. I wonder today whether Jesus’ teaching would follow the ‘self-help’ industry standards of today or would he still be asking questions of us, breathing answers to those prepared to sit in the soil long enough to take root.
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