a tapestry of thoughts and aphorisms from my journey
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Reflections from one tired puppy.
Well, I mentioned earlier that my head was about to explode. But, now that I have had a moment to step back and process what I have heard over the last couple of days, I'm starting to dream a little, and it's a kind of scary thing. Some questions that I've never really thought through are starting to make sense, even though I didn't know they existed. Questions like, "Why did God lead me to plant a church?" or "What is God doing in Lubbock that He decided to bring The Journey into the mix?" I've always assumed it is about kingdom expansion. But why me? Why now? I've never really thought that thru. But today, I got it. Today He answered the question I had never asked. He wants to be famous in Lubbock. God desires that every person in Lubbock, TX. know His name. Now, that seems like a "duh" kinda thing, and in some ways it is. I've known that, but been coming at it from the wrong angle. I've been coming at it from the human need to know Him, and not His mission to send me for His glory. Jesus said it this way, "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." (John 20:21) What was it that Jesus was sent to do? He was sent to go to the cross and redeem humanity. He was sent to die. In the completion of this event, God was glorified, which is the ultimate goal. In John 17, Jesus said, "I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do." My mission, our mission as His people is to bring Him glory by completing the mission He has given us. Like Jesus, we have been sent to take the Good News of God's redemptive work in Christ to a world that needs to hear at the cost of our very lives. And, ultimately, He will be glorified by our completion of the mission. Have I lost you yet? I know this may be hard to follow. It's still rolling around in my head. I'm trying to put my hands on it and process it, but the long and short of it seems to be that Lubbock is ready for the mission to be carried out, and God will be ultimately glorified by me completing the mission. The Journey is about the mission. I am about the mission, and I will die on that hill if need be. It is a non-negotiable. God will be glorified, and people will see, hear, and sense the presence/love of Christ through me. Ready to save the universe one planet at a time? I am, and the revolution is starting in Lubbock, TX. Are you in or out?