Who Knows Where We’ll Go From Here

So I can’t really sleep right now for some reason. That stinks, but what are you going to do. I was just thinking about something that my wife said as a comment on my blog from the other day. It was random, but it got me thinking. She suggested that her and I start doing a blog together. I personally think that it is a great idea, so look for a link to it soon. But more so than that, the next thing she said is what got me thinking. She suggested that we do a blog together, because we might be more productive in writing if we work together. Okay follow me here. I think that it is such a perfect way to look at marriage initially and ultimately the Christian life. Of course, Kim and I are more productive when we work together, but I think that we are also more creative when we work together as well. This makes for great innovation in the way we parent the girls, and it makes for less dull time in our relationship as well. The work for the Kingdom of God would benefit greatly if we could follow this simple way of living. If we work together, serve together, and love God together we can accomplish so much more for Him. The Lone Ranger mentality truly has no place in the realm of Christianity. However, it has come to the point now where pastors and lay people alike feel they have to one up each other in order to get people to “their” church. Seriously?! I am pretty sure that is not what God had in mind when Jesus gave the Great Commission. Why does it matter if people you meet and serve in your community go to specifically your church. Just the fact that they enter any church, so long as it is a Bible believing, God serving church, is a good thing. So much cooperative community outreach ministry is hindered by the fact that each of the churches involved is too concerned with who will get the prospects from the event.

I did not mean to go on a rant, but I think that it is unhealthy, and unbiblical for that matter, for each of us to think that we have the corner on the outreach ministry market. Think of what we could do if we were willing to put aside the idea of growing “our” church and focused on growing His kingdom. This is the point that I currently find the American church, and I think these are questions that must be answered if we desire to continue to be relevant in the world.

Be encouraged to make alliances with other Christians in your community, and infiltrate your city with the love of Christ.

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Published in: on December 12, 2009 at 4:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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And a friend’s a friend forever, if the Lord’s the Lord of them…

I talked earlier today with one of my best friends in this world.  David Y. is a great friend.  We have know each other for more than ten years, and we have been the greatest of friends for nearly that long.  I am excited that Kim and I will get to meet them for dinner this weekend.  I bring this up to say that I have come to the realization that God places people in our lives that help us in exactly the way that we need.  Some of you may say, “Well duh, Jason.  God Knows what He is doing all of the time.”  To which I respond, “Yes, I know.”  However, I am talking about the people that God directs our lives to cross paths with that stick with you for years and years, and they know you better than a brother or sister sometimes.

I can honestly say that of all of the friends, or acquaintances, that I had in high school and college, there are truly only a handful of people that fall into this category.  David is one such person.  He makes me a better person.  God uses him to speak truth into my life at times when I most need it.  Of course I get encouragement and love from my wife and family, but this is a different kind of encouragement.  I don’t know how to explain it.  When I am in a funk of some sort in my ministry, I know that I can call on David, and he has an encouraging word that will lift my spirit.  It is different from any other person.  God uses him to build me up and help me realize that I am not in this alone.  I am just so thankful for godly friends that have been placed in my life to encourage and inspire me.  Not to mention, David is a wicked good keyboard player and an awesome lawyer.

I eoncourage you to find someone like David in your life.  I can assure you that God has placed or is going to place someone in your life like that.  I would love to hear your thoughts on what it means to have godly, Christian friends in your life.