Tuesday, September 22, 2009

God's Call on Our Lives

Today I want to share about God's call on our lives.  What I mean by "call" is simply what field He is asking us to serve in. It could be in the finance industry, the medical profession, or whatever other field you could think of. For us, it's full-time vocational Christian ministry. And more specifically, it's full-time vocational Christian ministry with Student Venture, the high school ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.
"The call of God is not always convenient, but it is always correct." - Darryl Smith, National Director of Student Venture
This doesn't seem to be the mindset of many Christians today. People are throwing out the words "surrender", "count the cost", "lose your life" and substituting things such as "what's the best fit?", "is it a win-win?", "are you wired for that?" Moses wasn't "best fit" for speaking to Pharaoh was he? Jesus came from heaven to earth...how is that a win-win? There seems to be way too much focus on someone's giftedness and where they will be "most effective" in ministry (not just full time ministry, all Christians have a ministry!). What really matters is what is God calling you to do. When God speaks, you can weigh the pros and cons but ultimately we are to follow what side God's voice falls on, whether or not if it seems to be the "best fit" for a person.  And don't misread me, this is not to shame someone that's doing something that IS the best fit for them and it DOES perfectly line up with their gifts and talents but rather this shifts the foundation of our decisions away from ourselves and onto the God who gave us those gifts and talents.

I'm writing this to motivate you to seek God and His will. The reason this doesn't sit well with some people is because it's God's will that we pick up our cross daily and follow Him. No one is standing in the line where Jesus is passing out the crosses but rather we are in line to get the loaves of bread and fish. No one wants to pick up the cross (hello, including me) because when you pick up the cross, along with it comes pain, rejection, ridicule, and being misunderstood. The call of God is not always convenient, but it is always correct.

We must turn from our tendency to rely on the logical decision and put our faith in the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. This does not mean that God cannot call us to something that is "logical" but it does mean that logic and reason won't always lead you the right way. As it turns out, logic and reason are very poor gods.

God does not use a Christian "cookie cutter". What we learn from what God called Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David and many others to do is that there is not a one size fits all. We learn that God calls people to do all sorts of things. Maybe it will be like Samuel, God will have to call you three times and then have someone else say, "Hey, that's God talking to you." Or maybe, it will be like David and you'll just get picked up and moved to where you should be. Perhaps, you'll see a flash from Heaven and hear "I am Jesus, do this..." as Paul did. There's no one way this is going to happen.

Again, in no way am I saying to throw logic and reason out the window. I'm simply saying, seek God and His will for your life. This is not about your ability to effectively seek God, study His Word and discern His will, rather this is about trusting in the faithfulness of the Creator of the universe, who loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, to communicate His will to you.

As Christians, we all have the same job description, "Walk with God, do what He tells you to do."

Friday, September 18, 2009

Preach the Word

Romans 10:13-15
"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!' "
Today my heart has been stirred by the Lord. I value you this so much because we aren't always going to "feel" God and be passionate about the things we are doing. My heart has been stirred to preach the Gospel, "in season and out of season" as Paul urges Timothy. I'm not talking about standing in front of a large group of people and preaching. I'm talking about whoever I'm in front of and with. I'm talking about preaching the good news to myself! I need the Gospel every day. Today the Gospel is sweet to me. It's more than forgiveness, it's acceptance. Today, to myself, and to whoever is willing to read, I preach Christ crucified and raised again. Today, I am intensely aware of my sin against the God who loves me and has given EVERYTHING for me. Today, it's time to die to myself. Today, I'm not worried about tomorrow. Today, what will become of my faithfulness to God? Today, I have rest in the arms of my Creator. Today, I need fellowship with Jesus. Today, I am delighted in the character of God. How I wish every day was like today!

Love God with everything you've got...He's it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

This is where it starts...

This is where we throw down in the mornings! I escape to my lair in the basement and Ashlee spends her sweet time with the Lord on our living room couch (Mya is wherever her pillow goes). It's essential, neglected, exhausting, life changing, exhilarating, sometimes a struggle, the beginning and end of who we are. It's our quiet time, our daily devotional, our TWL (Time With the Lord). It's where our hearts are convicted, changed, moved, encouraged, and content. I'm sad to say at times I leave my sweet Savior for another day. I become the real life bride of Hosea. The power of the Christian life does not reside in the one believing, but in the one in whom we believe. We must trust our God and Savior as the ultimate priority. He is the reason that we should wake up and move. Psalm 119:105, "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Spend time with Jesus today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and the next...
Love God with all your heart. He's it.
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Here we go...

This is the beginning. Action is coming. For now, we are somewhat in waiting. Our mission is simple. See lives changed by the power of the Gospel. There is so much in between a vision and seeing it realized. Our vision for the lives of high school students is a constant. There will never be the day when we say, "Okay, vision accomplished." It's ongoing. There will always be more students to teach and learn from.  Here's to living that dream...

Ashlee and I have joined staff with Student Venture. The high school ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. We are actively seeking others who share our heart for high school students to partner with us in ministry. Once our team is complete, we will begin reaching out to students on the Soddy Daisy High School campus.

Hopefully...prayerfully, we will keep you updated and a part of what we are doing. Love God with all your heart today. He's it.