It’s that time of the week where I attempt to answer publicly a question recently posed to me privately.
Being that this blog is called ‘Intentional Pastoring,’ I thought I would make today’s question . . . well, intentional.
I was asked several great questions this week, especially by a dear friend on Saturday night (you know who you are!) – questions I will probably come back to at a later time here.
Being that FBC just completed – yesterday – the 6 week study of Rick Warren’s What On Earth Am I Here For? I thought I would ask myself (it’s my blog – I can do what I want!) this simple, yet important, question:
What did you take away from this?
In other words, what did God show you from this study? Why on earth did God have you spend 6 weeks of your life reading a 300+ page book???
I challenge you to write out 3 ‘take aways’ from the book you believe God wants you to apply TODAY.
Here are mine:
1. Memorize Scripture
I confess, I have gotten away from this – crucial, non-negotiable discipline. I think Warren is right when he writes, “No other habit can do more to transform your life and make you more like Jesus than daily reflection on Scripture.” He also advises, “I challenge you to memorize one verse a week for the rest of your life.” Great goal.
2. C.S. Lewis Quote
“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . . It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” (Day 10 – page 82)
If this is true – and I spent an entire sermon (02/24/13) showing how the Bible verifies this claim – then we would be foolish to not surrender everything over to the Father.
This quote by Lewis from Mere Christianity was a game changer for me.
3. ‘World Class’ Christianity
Warren asserts: “World-class Christians are the only fully alive people on the planet.” I could not agree more. He also says, “While not everyone has the missionary gift, every Christian is called to be on mission to all four groups (from Acts 1:8) in some way.”
Yes. Yes. Yes.
If I am going to be ‘fully alive’ and if I am going to lead a ‘fully alive’ family and if I am going to pastor a ‘fully alive’ church – then I MUST – not should, MUST – be radically intentional about making disciples of all nations. Starting – TODAY. Oh how easy is it to lose sight of this!!!!!!!
Did I learn more than this? Sure.
Do I have other ‘take aways’? Of course.
For me, however, piling up too much stuff means I usually do NOTHING with it. So I am going to focus on these for now. Who knows? Maybe we will go through this again in 10 years?
What about you? What are your 3 ‘take aways’? I would LOVE to know!!!! Comment below.