Our Need For Salvation
In ministry, most churches and leaders try to be good at what everyone else is good at doing. We’re trying to improve our preaching, youth groups, kids’ curriculum, worship, environments, etc.
The problem is that we’re not blessed with the same gifts or called to the same types of ministries. Why not give yourself permission to be good something that few others are striving to do?
Maybe you can be phenomenal at digging water wells, sponsoring kids, or impacting the world through 6 a.m. prayer gatherings. Maybe you’re called to serving your community with radical generosity, doing evangelism through Facebook, or leveraging your wealthy suburban church to support three struggling inner city churches.
Rather than being good at the usual ministries, be good at something you’re uniquely positioned to do. Be good at something different.What is something different you (or your ministry) can do?
I bet you have heard this many times… “Be reasonable.”
Truthfully, under many circumstances, “Be reasonable” is sound advice—but not always.
As Christian leaders, there are times to be unreasonable.
When you pray, you might ask God to do something most consider impossible or unreasonable. Pray unreasonable prayers.
When you seek God, He might lead you to do something others consider undoable. Empowered by God, do unreasonable things.When you lead, some people might think you’re making unreasonable demands. Lead passionately and pull unreasonable results out of reasonable people.
Being unreasonable all the time would certainly be a mistake. But if you aren’t being unreasonable every now and then, you probably aren’t leading by faith.
One of my favorite worship songs from this past Sunday. Thanks worship team for what you do.
Which is your favorite?
In many cases, the word “no” is more important than the word “yes.”
To say “yes” to the best things, you’ll have to say “no” to the good things.
In ministry, you will be overwhelmed with many good opportunities. But if you say “yes” to all of them, one day you won’t be able to say “yes” to the most important things.
Just because you could do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.
It may sound odd, but if you want to do more to make an impact, it often starts with the word “no.”
I was asked to do a talk about “Generational Tension”.
I’d be grateful for your insight(s):
What tension(s) do you see between the older and younger generations in ministry?
What is the biggest challenge facing the older generation? Younger generation?
What questions do you have about this subject?
Please include your age if you think it might be helpful.
I thought this was a good reminder for us all.
The best thing you can do for your kids is to show them God working in you on a daily basis. I love the practical teaching of Deuteronomy 6:6 – 9: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
You can do all these things God’s Word encourages us to do. They can become a part of how you do life — in fact, they are only really effective if they’re a consistent part of everyday life. Kids are quick to pick up on our real feelings and motives, so the only way to be a truly life-changing parent is to express your faith organically.
Talk about God with your kids in the morning on the way to school, let them know when you pray for them during their day, and share a meaningful truth from Scripture on the way home from dance. Put a favorite Bible verse on the wall alongside Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. Let them know the hardest part of your day, as appropriate for their age, and how you connect it back to your trust in God. Make spiritual conversations a part of how you do life.
Transparency is something I strive for, so I like the idea of leveraging that in parenting our kids.
We’re always rushed, always on the move, never having enough time. Almost everyone I know has little room for error in their schedule. Tragically, most people have little time for the things in life that they would say are the most important to them. When we overschedule ourselves in the belief that we can do everything, we stop being human and try to become godlike — not only impossible but also incredibly arrogant. Most of us are living at a pace that is not only unsustainable; it’s also unbiblical.
Instead of our typical conclusion that we simply don’t have enough time, what if we embraced the truth — no matter how weird or counterintuitive it might seem?
You have enough time to do everything God wants you to do.
God has given you everything you need to accomplish all that he wants you to do, including enough time (see 2 Peter 1:3). We don’t need more time. We need to use the time we already have differently. You have time for what you choose to invest your time in. Every day most of us say, “I just don’t have time to work out . . . to read the Bible . . . to go to church this week . . . to meet for lunch . . . to add one more thing.” But the truth is, we find time for what’s important to us. If golf is really a priority to us, we find time to play golf. If going to dinner with our friends matters, we make it happen. If tanning, working out, or getting our hair cut is a priority, we seem to find time. Catch yourself the next time you’re about to say, “I don’t have time” for something. Tell yourself the truth: either it’s not a priority and you’re guarding your time for good reason, or you simply aren’t willing to choose to spend your time on it.
Great challenge for me. How about you?
We know God opposes the proud. But some forms of social media seem to have redfined what pride is and what it's not.
For example: Imagine if I stood before our church and told everyone, “Joe Smith said, ‘Richard you are the best preacher ever! Your sermons changed my life.’ And Jill, Denny said, ‘I loved your book. Everyone should read it. You are the best author I’ve ever read!’ Not only that, but Mike, Mitchell said, ‘Richard, Community Church is the best church in the world! No church is as good as Community Church.’”
Chances are good most people would look at me funny and think I’m a little full of myself for saying such things.
But if I simply retweeted those exact same statements, my retweets would seem totally acceptable to most. Honestly, I’m wondering if that is acceptable to God, or if it’s just pride in disguise.
I believe we need to walk a very careful line in ministry (I am certain I have crossed this line at times). Sure we want to celebrate what God is doing in our churches. Of course we want to get the word out about a new series or a book we’ve written. Unquestionably we want to share more reasons to give praise to our God.
But at the same time, we need to be careful that we’re not drawing attention to ourselves.