Wednesday, August 11, 2010
“In order to reach the people no one else is reaching we must be willing to do the things that no one else is doing.” Craig Groeschel
Change is hard. It's hard for me, and I'm a radical. But it is necessary. God is drawing people to look like Jesus. And that transformation requires a ton of change.
This week has been scary for me. It is the birthing time for a huge change in my life - the culmination of a year-long, really a multi-year long process of growing, being stretched and learning again the totality of the Gospel.
Craig Groeschel, who I quoted earlier, is right on. For new things to happen, new people to hear God's unbelievable rescue plan through Jesus, we have to keep being changed into Jesus' image.
Jesus endured painful adaptation to bring the rescue. We will have to adapt as well.
This week unveils a new chapter in our lives, April and I. It's scary to step away from the comfortable and familiar. But the Mission of Jesus is so compelling. I'm filled with this awesome mix of ultimate confidence and some sudden terror at the enormity of the mission. Then I remember...Jesus. He's the one IN ME providing the power as we work.
One point earlier this week, I was feeling scared, and I looked up and this verse was before me:
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3
When God compels us to do things we've never done before, He will show us things, stuff of God and His Power and Grace, that we've never seen before!
I am a missionary to my city.