I have been praying for Way of Life passionately. Each one of us has issues and difficulties that we are going through individually. I know for me there are many things that are vying for my attention. There are many noble things that I can spend my time doing. However, I know that my time with the Lord is paramount in my leading. I desire more than anything to become a great preacher of God’s word. I know, though, that if God’s word is not in me, I will never be great.
I want to be a great pastor and be willing at all costs to do what the Lord wants me to do. But, if I do not have absolute intolerance of unholy things and a laser beam focus on loving people the way Jesus does, then I will fall to what my flesh and the world want me to do and I will be ineffective as a shepherd. I want to lead others to lean on and trust Jesus in all aspects of life, but if I continue to try to “fix” my problems on my own, with my own strength, talent or abilities, I will be showing people how they too can take the reigns from Jesus. I would lead people in subscribing to “bootstrap” theology--"I can do this if I only work harder and plan ahead better."
Planning is good, strategy is good, and methodology is good. There is a general goodness about moving in a direction together in unity and having a unified vision. I believe Way of Life can be different in that our vision is simply Jesus. How do we get closer to Him, hear from Him, gain the knowledge of His will for our lives? We can set goals associated with this ultimate goal of becoming more and more like Jesus. We set a goal to raise $20,000 in one Sunday and we did it. I am still so impressed by that and I think this next spring we can do that again so we can help even more people. But, if we accomplish the goal of looking and acting more like Jesus individually and collectively, there is no stopping the impact that will have on this community.
Acts 2:42-47 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
This is our goal and when we look like this together in unity great things are in store. I want to encourage you in light of the series we just finished (Everyday Grace) and the one we have just begun (Grow), to invite people over to your house or out for a time of real fellowship. Get to know people in your neighborhood and invite them to spend time with you. Begin meeting with friends in a small group just to live life together. Then, invite them to Way of Life and begin to engage in service and discipleship.
I cannot tell you how honored I am to be called the pastor of Way of Life Fellowship. The leaders and the people that the Lord has brought here are so special and dear to my heart. I am excited to see how we grow together and grow closer to the Lord together. This is a great fellowship and I am eager to see what the Lord is doing in us and through us. We are going to have trials and we are going to come through them stronger because of the great unity that we share together.
Unity is of utmost importance as we journey together in this life. I know that, as a group that loves Jesus more than anything, we will be tested and tried. I want you to know that there is nothing that is too great for us to get through together.