Wednesday, April 2, 2008

making a mark on our world :: Wednesday E-Devotion

Colossians 1:6 (nlt) --- This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God's wonderful grace.
Max Helton is a name you hear among racing people when ministry is talked about.  He founded Motor Racing Outreach, and God opened huge doors for Max to talk about Jesus and see lives changed.  Max lost his battle with cancer this past Sunday.  Yet he leaves a legacy making a mark on this world.  I have heard many people say that Max either led them to Christ or back to Christ.
We need to seize the opportunities that God gives us.  This coming weekend at The Community Fellowship in our new series, Confessions of a Pastor, we are going to talk about past and future opportunities.  Be challenged to see your life being poured out for God's use.  That is what is making a mark on our world.
It may not be our calling to die for someone, yet God calls each of us to loose ourselves in Him.  To live to make a mark on this world for Jesus.  Listen to what Jesus said:
Mark 14:24 (nlt) --- And he said to them, "This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many."
There are some people who get my motor reved up.  Mark Batterson is one of those, and his blog post yesterday was one of those that jump started, thought provoking and God moments that I needed.  So, I close with some of what Mark wrote (believing that God is building some left-brain leaders around here):
... one of the greatest dangers we face as leaders. Neurological studies have shown that over the course of time, there is a cognitive shift from right-brain to left-brain. And if we don't find a way to stop the shift, memory overtakes imagination. We stop creating the future and start repeating the past. We stop innovating and start imitating. We stop doing ministry out of imagination and start doing ministry out of memory.

A few years ago I read something R.T Kendall wrote that impacted me: "The greatest opposition to what God is doing today comes from those who were on the cutting edge of what God was doing yesterday."

I don't want that to be me!

One of the byproducts of the neurological shift away from right-brain imagination toward left-brain logic is that we become too logical. And it seems fitting on April Fool's Day to say that great leaders are illogical. The people God uses the most are people that aren't afraid of looking foolish. In fact, if you aren't willing to look foolish you're foolish!

... I Corinthians 1:27 says that God uses foolish things to shame the wise. Nothing has changed. He still uses fools. So maybe the church should adopt April Fool's Day and make it a holy day!
Any body up for some 'out of the box' stuff that is making our a mark on our world?  Join me.

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