A friend of mine posted this a few days ago and it has stuck with me so much that I felt I needed to write something.
“Prayers appreciated. We are traveling this weekend to [….] so I can try out for the pulpit at […]. We want God’s will to be done more than anything. (And if you remember a year ago April, when I said I believed I would stay at […] until I retire, let me just say that God got a good chuckle at my hubris, too! :))”
I messaged him and said, ” ‘try out for the pulpit?’ you know my thoughts on this, besides show me scripture to backup this phrase. :)”
His reply, “Yes, we’ve discussed this a time or two. 🙂 And, of course, there is no scripture to back the phrase, since it is an extra-Biblical model of church governance. I’ll just have to do the best I can with what there is.”
Yes, I once did and thought this too but after much soul and scripture searching I have a hard time accepting that mindset.
Yet, so many today seem to be content with the ‘pastor – spectator’ scenario, the ‘extra-biblical’ model of doing things.
Over the years we have been taught to accept so much ‘extra-biblical’ stuff we mark it up as being Biblical and are willing to follow the ‘extra-biblical’ blindly instead of questioning if it is from God or not.
Here are some of the conclusions I’ve come to…
I believe each of us, when we accept the way of Jesus Christ, are called to be His ministers, mouthpieces, marquees, and so forth pointing to Him the Saviour of our souls.
We are, as followers of Christ;
- To live our lives for Him.
- To be total followers of Christ.
- To truly let Him be seen in us as we connect with people day by day.
- Commissioned to reach those who have not met Jesus by allowing Him to live in us.
- To reflect Him to each and every person we come in contact with. No matter who it may be, whether family, friends, strangers, or even enemies.
Yes, we need to encourage one another.
- To come together to lift up, praise, and worship Christ for who He is and what He has done for us. No matter where it is, a cafe, a park, a home, etc. [Heb. 10:24-25 ; 1Cor. 14:26]
- To pray one for another, as the early church did, for boldness to live for and speak for Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. [Acts 4:29-31]
- To be as the Bereans were, when they heard what Paul was sharing, to search the scriptures daily to find out whether or not what he was saying was true. [Acts 17:10-12]
Perhaps this bit of rambling has struck a chord in you as well. I hope you will share your thoughts whether pro or con.
Keepin’ on for Christ!