Beginning to ‘BE’ before the ‘DO’

Over the past year and a half the Holy Spirit has been prodding my heart concerning my relationship with Jesus.  Due to this prodding, I have begun a deep journey. A journey that can be called an ‘excavation’.  An excavation into who God has created me to be.  This excavation has taken me to the very depths of who I am – dealing with issues that stem from the deepest part of me – looking at them and giving them to God that I may be transformed into his image as a man, father and leader.

As I have been going through this process of ‘excavation’ I have been learning more of who I am in the present, to align myself with who God has made me to be. I have been doing this by asking myself, “what if anything, is keeping me Him from moving forward through my life now?”  This has been a process of dealing with areas of pride, areas of habit and areas of faith.

For years, having grown up in the church, I have always been taught that what I ‘do’ matters to God. So as any good ‘Christian’ would do, I went to church, learned bible verses, tried to live a moral life and signed up to do service projects and missions trips.  For years I have done, done and done more.   I believe, most of you reading this could relate in some form or manner.

I’ll freely admit, I love God, want to serve Him and desire to know Him and His bountiful salvation – yet for years I was missing something. I was missing a deep satisfaction that comes with really walking with ‘Jesus’.  Walking with Jesus for the ‘right’ reasons and the ‘right’ motivations.  It meant ‘undoing’ some of what I was taught as a young person.  This meant for me beginning to learn to walk with Jesus with a journey mindset, not destination ‘thinking’.  Walking with a journey mindset means in the simplest terms, ‘looking towards the possible’.  It means realizing who God has created you to be, not resting in what happened in our past and letting it define who you are inside and outside.  That too has a ‘name’ and I’ll refer to it as destination thinking.  (Letting the past define who I am and what I can do) For scripture tells us, “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor.5:17 ESV)

I believe that God has made myself and you for that matter for a plan, a purpose and a time such as this for His kingdom, His glory and His honor; a plan mind you, that is much larger and fulfilling than we could have ever imagined.

My vision for myself, my vision for this church I have come to love dearly is clearly stated by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 1 where he states, “18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might…” (Eph. 1:18-19 ESV)

In the near future, I will begin to write more about this vision, my own walk with God and where I believe He is leading me to lead you.  If you would like to talk more about this with me, my office is always open.

Looking forwards to seeing and being a part of God’s plan for Lakeview Community Church.

 

Pastor Paul

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