Here’s an email I sent to our Elders and Deacons this week:
We enjoyed a great Elders/Deacons meeting this past Monday and watched Sessions 3 & 4 of the Dangerous Calling DVDs. As usual, Tripp delivered pointed and Biblical counsel. And, as we follow up on the suggested reading, we end up back in Chapter 4 entitled “More Than Knowledge and Skill.” If you’ve had time to interact with this chapter at all, you know that what Tripp is driving at is that ministry isn’t so much about what we know or what we’re able to do, but the nature of our heart relationship to God. That heart nurtured before the Lord makes all the difference, for instance, in how we care for our wives, parent our children, relate to our coworkers and a host of other countless little things. The heart processes our engagement with others.
So, how is your heart this week? If we go by Jesus’ standard that out of the mouth the heart speaks, what have your words revealed about your heart? Might you need to repent and return again to Jesus? Your ministry is about the impressive acts of service you can muster or what latest and greatest theological piece you’ve mastered. It’s about your heart in right relationship to Jesus. Nurture that this week, for the glory of God and the good of His people.
Have a blessed weekend.