None of us have arrived where we should be. That statement continues to echo in my heart and mind as I have attempted to process it more fully over this past week. Indeed, I am becoming more aware of how God wants to take us from where we are and move us to where He wants us to be. Call it transformation if you will. The Lord desires to change us all so that we might better reflect the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Chuck Swindoll reminds us that this work is not accomplished in one instance when he writes, “Remember, the conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment, but the making of a saint is the task of a lifetime.” Our transformation is a long-term journey that is accomplished as His Spirit works within us and through us. We must recommit ourselves to this effort in our lives as we encourage others in their walk as well. I am specifically praying that God would use our Bible studies, our worship services, our fellowships, and our everyday walk together to spur us in our growth. And remember, we may not have arrived where we want to be, but we know that we are progressing toward the goal with His help and guidance!
God is renewing me inwardly as I study for our new Sunday morning sermon series, “Jesus: The Greatest Life of All,” and our Wednesday night series on 1 John. The Word so refreshes me and aids in my growth! I’m excited about the trajectory of ministry. People continue to be saved. Missions continue to advance. Fellowship is being strengthened. Worship is powerful! How wonderful it is to experience!
Keep praying for the Lord to continue His work in our midst. Lift up our staff as they seek to lead from His revelation. (Specifically, intercede for our ministerial search committees as they discern the Lord’s will and as they do their work.) Ask Him to empower each and every member of Temple to embrace daily their “missionary” status. Just pray that we will seek our Lord’s favor in everything we do! See you Sunday as we see Him answer our petitions!