Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Pastor's Perspective - Freely Give!
I think Jesus would have a blog. I'll explain.
Yesterday I had a great day with Dad! Over the course of several hours I read all of 'Matthew' and spent quality time with Him talking about life. As I was enjoying the first gospel I was struck especially by chapter 10, where Jesus sends out His followers to preach, heal, raise the dead and drive out demons. In verse 8 Jesus says something so simple, yet so impacting - "Freely you have received, freely give." The simplicity of that statement rocked me and simultaneously reminded me.
I fell in love with the person, reality and power of Jesus in 1991, when in a valley place in my life He overwhelmed me "freely" with His love, compassion, comfort, hope and direction. Using "real people", He touched me, changed me, marked me. As we began this new walk togther I was humbled that God would choose to use a highly imperfect man like me while I was still in the getting-up process. Yet He showed me quickly that being used for His glory was extraordinarily simple - What Jesus did for you, do for others - What you received, give away - What you learn, share! "Freely you have received, freely give" - the not-so-secret key to happiness.
As preachers, we have ample opportunities to share with others regularly what God has given us through His Word, experiences and opportunities. However, not everybody has that grand opportunity. Until now! Now through blogging all people can freely share with others the truths that God has freely given them. Life is a gift to share - and blogs are effective vehicles to that end.
What has God given you that others can benefit from? What is the Father currently teaching you that may help a fellow traveler on the way? What experience has the Lord held your hand through that might encourage someone bearing a heavy load today? All of us have something to give away!
Yep, I think Jesus would have a blog. Your thoughts?