In recent weeks, God has been generous in giving me a word when I’ve asked for one like He did a little while ago. I read Hebrews 12:1-2, and words just started flowing into my head. First, here is that Scripture.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us , fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
This is what it takes to be successful in living life in community and ministering in Jesus’ name. Keeping our eyes on Jesus. Not being wedded to a specific format in how it’s supposed to happen. Listening to His call and doing what He asks of you even if that means changing things in mid-stream or not participating in one thing because God has called you to do another. It means looking to Jesus, even when you are tired, even when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, even when you’re facing difficulties of one kind or another in this world. Because, you see, for those of us who are Christians, this world is not our final destination. Our final destination is in heaven with our Lord and Savior which means our time here in this world is finite. Jesus wants us going about His business and doing what He has called us to do.
God has put this message on my mind and heart because He has called me to be a leader. I’m starting to get some glimmers of what that means. It means we need to be flexible. Flexibility is the key. Not in how we love people in Jesus’ name, but in the ways we reach people in Jesus’ name. There might be things we do for a season and then stop or things we do one way and then decide to do differently. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as we are keeping our hearts and minds fixed on Jesus and on His call through prayer and not focusing on what we ourselves want or are comfortable with. I truly believe that is the only way we will win the lost to Jesus.
God’s blessings on you all today!