First, before I get into today’s thoughts, I just want to thank those of you — and there were quite a few — who offered suggestions and advice on what I should do about “the hard conversation“. I have a few days to talk to that person before the window of opportunity closes. I’m not sure what I’ll do yet, but will be praying for an answer, which was nearly everyone’s advice.
It’s nice to know that I’ve got “Brothers in Arms” out there who care and give me sound, godly advice.
Now, to move on…
I was reading some of the material I’ll be using on Monday nights, beginning September 20th, when I was struck with a few thoughts:
Do we view Pastor Jeff’s messages as personal messages from God to each one of us?
I’m not sure we do. I think we do some mental gymnastics during his message or sometime after his message, thinking to ourselves, “Nahhh… that doesn’t apply to me. I don’t feel led to do anything PJ talked about. I guess I’ll wait til next week and see if there’s anything for me then.”
I know. That may not be what it sounds like in your head, but if I were a betting man, I’d bet it does go on in someone’s mind.
Let me try some logical thinking:
- If we accept the fact that Pastor Jeff is our Vision Pastor, then we accept that he’s casting a vision that he got from somewhere.
- If we accept the fact that Pastor Jeff has a close relationship with God, then we should accept that the vision he’s casting is from God.
- If we accept the fact that Pastor Jeff casts God’s vision for CFC on Sunday mornings AND we accept the fact that each one of us is a part (in some way) of CFC, then shouldn’t we accept the fact that the vision cast from God through PJ on Sunday mornings is a personal statement from God to each one of us?
That means that this “It’s a Rescue Mission” series (and every other message, for that matter) is a personal statement from God to each one of us.
Now, back to our response (okay, it’s not your response). How can we say to God, “Nahhh… that’s not for me.”? How can we say that if we believe it came from God to us? Why else would God have orchestrated events so that we could be there to hear the message — if it wasn’t meant for our ears?!?
The bottom line: it applies to each one of us in some way, shape or form. We each need to examine our hearts and apply God’s message to it.
The results: Obedience. Transformation. Blessings… overflowing!