A couple of thoughts tonight as I have been listening to a great message from a pastor’s conference I recently attended recently (missed this talk due to schedule).
I often fret over the speed of change in our church, some things fast and some slow. Have I managed it well? Have I pressed too much? Have I presumed the body knows me better than they do and demanded their trust too early? Why would this particular change be a big deal? Why does it feel like I’m dragging my feet? Fear of man? Lack of prayer? These are just a handful of the questions that fly through my mind on a fairly regular basis; often while I’m very busy managing ministry while hoping to see a reformation / revival in our midst.
Here’s what I know:
- The Word of God alone is sufficient for the changes that must occur in UBC (both known and unknown).
- God is a God of long-suffering and patience and I need Him to be that way toward me and I need that toward myself and the body of Christ @ UBC.
- God has knit our hearts together unusually early, yet there is a majority of our numbers who do not have that connection with me and, therefore, my love for ALL in our fellowship must influence the timing of decisions (including the length and intensity of sermons…no, not content or depth, mainly length).
- God, in Christ revealed in the Word of God, is alone the change agent for UBC. I am not the answer, only God’s Word.
- Jesus Christ is pre-eminent and died to possess His people. UBC is Christ’s church, so any attachment to any man as “their” church is misled and needs to be corrected. At the end of the day (and the “aisle”) there is one Groom, and He is Christ!
- I love UBC (the people) and being here. I often have feelings / thoughts that the greatest danger to UBC rightly glorifying God and God entrusting disciples to us would be my personal failures (not depending on my giftedness, just a hopefully healthy fear of the enemy and my own pride and lust). So, I desperately depend on the inner working of the Holy Spirit, which is often wrought when you pray the hardest.
Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.