People think I am crazy. Hey, sometimes I think I am crazy too. (We have covered this thought in several posts prior to this one.) But sometimes a little crazy is a good thing.
Last week during my quiet time, God led me to the Message version of Philippians 3:13-14. I literally laughed out loud because it reminded me of this ministry.
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
That should be my mission statement for 7 Days Time ministry. I am making it up as I go, listening to the Lord, taking it one slightly crazy step at a time.
Yesterday at staff meeting, we watched part of a message from Pastor Steven Furtick. That dude is legit. And motivational. Hence the ra-ra-shish-koom-ba-ness of this post.
Here’s the overall gist of Pastor Furtick’s message: Stepping out and loving the Lord in your daily life can be a little scary. But remember: You don’t have to have the courage to see it finished. You just need the faith to get it started. God already has it all planned out. The mission was finished when Christ hung on that cross the rose three days later. We are just the blessed tools that God has chosen to use to spread that love throughout the world.
Pastor Furtick reminded us in that video that if people don’t laugh at our vision, then we are not dreaming big enough.
So the good news: I’ve been laughed at. Kind of a lot.
Laughed at and questioned. And when folks question me, this is usually how it goes:
WHY do you have a masters degree if you are just going to work at a church for free? Because Jesus told me to.
WHY do you go to the trouble of blogging every single day? Because Jesus told me to.
WHY do you take $107 each month and do something kind for people you will probably never see again? Because Jesus told me to.
Because Jesus told me to.
Is God calling you to something? Remember that it doesn’t have to be significant or “profound.” Even the most insignificant task is incredibly important if it is done to glorify the Most Significant One who ever existed.
Tell your naysayers to stick THAT in their pipe and smoke it.
So WHATEVER God is calling you to… Do it. Don’t hesitate. Don’t question it. Just do it. Keep your eyes on the goal. Live a life of obedience. Work as if it is already completed. Because it is!
And when people ask you WHY you are doing something a little bit crazy? Bat your eyes, crack as sweet smile and say “Because Jesus told me to.”
Nodding and smiling towards the heavens,
“Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you…” –Romans 16:19
What is God calling you to do? I would love to hear about it! Please leave a comment here.