The truly rewarding thing about this journey with God is that I have been blessed to bring others along with me. Together, we have been drawn deeper into relationship with God and with one another. Together, we have experienced the deep transforming love of God and have come to know that God is always for us and working for our good in everything. I count it as an incredible privilege to blessed with joining with others in their discovery of the wonder of God and the fellowship we have together through the presence of God alive in us through Jesus Christ. I also count it as an incredible blessing to have my wife Jean not only as my life partner, but also as a companion on this journey with God. Together we have experienced God do amazing thiings, both In our ministry and in our family. I am certain there are more to come.
Challenges in Ministry
I would have to say that, recently, my biggest challenge in ministry is to communicate to others the wonder of God that I have come to experience on my journey with him. I have come to discoverExperian Jesus Christ, we are quite literally invited to do life with our God who delights in us. So often though, we are led to believe that God is angry at us. I have met more Christians than I can count, who believe this and that their life as believers entails performing for God and trying harder and harder to be good, so that they stay on God's good side. Nothing does more damage to our life with God than this. God is actively involved in each of our lives, drawing us towards himself. In Jesus, we are invited to be involved in this “with God life,” and so be engaged in a journey with God that is transforming into the very likeness of Christ.
A particular scripture that is having a profound impact upon my life right now is Zephaniah 3:17. The New Living Translation captures the essence of it for me. “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” I like this because it challenges me to adjust how I envision and relate to God. Until I discovered this verse I had never thought of God as delighting in me and yet it makes sense with everything I have come to know about God. I have discovered my relationship with God being catapulted to a new level through it. It actually reminds me of how I delighted in my children when they were young and how I made up silly songs that expressed my love to them. I yearn to know this God who loves me this intensely and this passionately that he would compose songs that express his joy over me.