Thanks for letting me take a break the last couple weeks as we went to a wedding in Oklahoma and then spent last week in Atlanta at a leadership conference called Catalyst. This was a great time of connecting with people, hearing from God and gaining vision for what God is doing in my life and in His church. I am learning.
One of the things that the last 4 days has meant to me is a renewed desire for God and time with Him. It is so evident that God wants my time and is ready to pour out Himself and more when I give Him that time. Does that make sense?
I spoke to our people yesterday on the fact that "Love Isn't Selfish", and what I got out of my study and preaching time is that when I don't spend time with God, I am being selfish. The results are more of me and less of Him. Which is just ... wrong.
We are selfish when we give people, our family and our friends and others, anything other than our best and God's best. So, what is keeping us from connecting with God so we can help others connect with God? Next, what are we giving people when we do connect with them? Are we relying more on what we personally think or on what God says? By the way, that hurts. Just ask the people who attended The Community yesterday (if you know what I mean).
Ok, here is my point:
John 5:19 (NLT) --- So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
Giving people anything other than God I give them what is wrong. I am not just talking about what a pastor ought to do. I am talking about what God's kids ought to be up to. Are we giving people God?
Then I step back and look at this from another point of view. I just spoke from the view of one of God's kids. Now look at it from the perspective of a parent. Am I teaching my kids to live by faith? Am I giving them the best of me and the best of God?
That hurts. But all of this will allow us to see and know who God is and what God is like. Either way, the perspective of a father is insightful. Our heavenly Father, God loves us and wants to give us the best. I love my kids. I love being a father, and I want to give my kids the best I can. Therefore, God help us! We need God!