RSS

Monthly Archives: April 2010

EVER, ONLY, ALL FOR THEE

Ephesians 4:11 “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.”

These words flashed into my eyes as I quickly scanned my inbox, and after peering at them for about 15 seconds and scanning the meditation that came along with it, I reflexively clicked “trash.” It was about 1/100 of a second later that I thought to my self “No! I wanted to read more!” Something happened in that 15 seconds of scanning the meditation that came to my inbox, and the click of the delete button. My mind took it in, and my thoughts focused on the implications of these words.

Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd–our Good Pastor, but God gave some to be Pastors. I’m a pastor to youth because God wanted to give a gift to people he loves. His gift was to send me to speak into their lives. The Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus has done that. He is the Good Pastor. After his ascension, we see God establishing these ministry “offices” for His church. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors-Teachers. God could’ve sent anyone, but he sent me. Jesus Christ loves His church so deeply that He gave His own life for her to sanctify her. Jesus cares so deeply for the welfare of the church that He gives Pastors-Teachers.

Sometimes, I must confess that I think of days of ministry as “just another ordinary day.” On those days I feel terrible. I come back asking myself, “Did you give your best to God and His people?” The answer is “No. I didn’t give my best.” But Jesus Christ, in all His Sovereign knowledge knows what His people need, and He chose to give me to them.

Lord, I am your unworthy servant. I am weak and feeble, I am slow of speech, I am only an unlearned fool. But God, whatever you can do with me, then do in me. Send me to the ones who are dying and need to hear the words of life. And, when you do send me, give me a heart of discernment to recognize it as an opportunity ordained by you. Take my hands and let them be consecrated Lord to Thee.

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

Jesus, me, my hands, my feet, myself–EVER, ONLY, ALL FOR THEE.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

The Real Heroes

Over the weekend, Phil Mickelson won an amazing victory in the Masters beating out Tiger Woods who was returning to the PGA after a 140-day respite to recoup from the controversial revelation of extra-marital affairs and a serious sex-addiction problem. Now I am not a follower of golf, and I know virtually nothing about the game, but what was worthy of note for me was the stark contrast between these two men.

Tiger Woods was, and is, a hero to many a golfing enthusiast the world over. However, the discovery of his illicit sexual activities has cast a dark shadow over the image he (or his publicists) created as a clean cut all-American hero. I don’t want to dwell on that subject. The gospel message is about redemption, forgiveness, restoration, and compassion. I believe the blood of Jesus can cleanse Tiger’s sins just as it can the sins of every adulterer no matter famous or anonymous. How I hope and pray that Woods will reap the benefits of so great a salvation.

I drove home tonight listening to ESPN radio and hearing the events of Mickelson’s win at the Masters. It seems that Mickelson went to his wife and gave her a hug that lasted for what seemed to one announcer “an eternity.” You see, Mickelson’s wife, Amy and his mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer, and for the past year, the family has been fighting a quiet and private battle. For the first time in over a year, Mickelson’s family had been able to join the tournament.

What a story when one considers the stories of these two champions. Woods, hailed as a hero, living a life of betrayal and darkness, bringing shame to his family, his name, and to the sport of golf. On the other hand, Mickelson, a family man and a loving and devoted husband. What a picture of love and devotion to his wife, that after winning this prestigious event, chose to celebrate it by embracing the one he loves.

May there be more Phil Mickelsons! God, make me a Phil Mickelson!

 
1 Comment

Posted by on April 12, 2010 in Uncategorized