April 21, 2014

Monday Musings – He Is Risen Edition

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So I have heard it said that Easter is the “Super Bowl” of the church calendar. And that is what’s wrong with the church in America. I have tried to write about this all morning without sounding critical, but I have been unsuccessful.

The is the best I can do: We don’t put on a big show for Easter because I can’t be fake for long and I refuse to manipulate people even if it is for the the growth of the church.

I would never be a successful member of the church growth oriented networks. I know some folks who I highly respect in those movements. They just aren’t for me. At the end of the day, we often have different goals because we have different calls.

My absolute number one goal is to get people, lost or saved, plugged into the power of God and operating in the unique call they were created to fulfill. I try to get everything I do to revolve around that call on my life.

So this Sunday I did not go on and on about how they pulled on the beard of Jesus or the pain of His Gethsemane prayers. I talked about the priesthood of the believer and how the resurrection of Jesus gave every believer a ministry of reconciliation.

I talked about how we are to bring the Sacrifice to people who are away from God.

The Holy Ghost fell in the room several times during the service. That is amen enough for me.

At the end of service we had an altar call. Folks got saved. Others got empowered. Then I went into the lobby to greet our guests where more got saved and others got prophetic words, deliverance and an impartation of hope.

At  some point in life you have to find out what God has wired you to do. When you figure that out, dump all your idols. There will be people who are able to do the thing you long to do but do it better than you, with more fruit and with less effort, because that is what they are called to do.

When you find what you are called to do you are going to do it with more fruit and less effort because you carry the grace for it.

We produce ministers. We are not great at producing pew warmers. It is what it is.

photo credit: damaysi

2 responses to Monday Musings – He Is Risen Edition

  1. Pastor, I love your transparency and boldness. I always make it a point to read your blog since I am new to the church, and I haven’t gotten to talk to you and hear your heart. You have a gift for writing, a great heart, a great team of anointed children in the Lord. The mantle and calling you carry will be misunderstood and criticized because you and your calling are peculiar. The people you are raising up are peculiar. And that is fine with us. Let them talk and scratch their head. There is no arguing with good fruit. We are proof-producing crowd.
    And it is going to get better for the second part of the year. Amen.

  2. Great post Pastor.
    These points are what stuck with me.

    “At some point in life you have to find out what God has wired you to do.”
    &
    “When you find what you are called to do you are going to do it with more fruit and less effort because you carry the grace for it.”

    They really struck me Pastor because it makes sense. It releases us the be individuals and allows us to be free. Also to follow Gods grace. More fruit and less effort. A few things came to mind as I read this post that I may have over looked. I believe it was the Holy Ghost.

    In Gods grace is where we want to be.

    Also Like Damaysi said, ” There is no arguing with good fruit.”

What do you think?