I love talking vision and strategy development when it comes to the Kingdom of God. I love hearing a God-sized vision in someone’s heart and seeking the Spirit in what steps He is leading to see it unfold. To get to see someone live out their gift-mix in the unique God-given design is an incredible venture that anyone seeking to plant churches gets to be involved with. We can start with these pure motivations and follow after God’s heart, yet the Spirit has been challenging me in the area of what happens as time lapses. There is this default in my system where when I am not careful I end up managing lots of good stuff. Spiritual nice things can easily fill my day that I may deceive myself thinking I am being diligent toward the calling I received and accepted.
As I am learning this about myself, the Spirit also is teaching me how to stop and evaluate so that I may stay in tune. The first step is to look at my own life as a follower of Jesus. How am I doing as a disciple? a disciple-maker? If I have grand visions for a church plant, service projects and even wonderful events with spiritual purpose, but I lack the transformational process to be a practitioner of the very things I want to see happen, then what sustainable ministry can I really expect?
1 Corinthians 4.17 – That is why I sen you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ.
Philippians 3.17 – Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
1 Corinthians 11.2 – Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.
Romans 6.17 – But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.
2 Thessalonians 2.15 – So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
What pattern of teaching has become your very DNA in order to model, to teach, and to encourage others to live out the path toward movement of God? It is not just about being able to give a teaching or a training as a one time event we invite people to. In order for those we lead to be empowered to take ownership, they need to adopt a reproducible pattern of teaching that becomes their lifestyle. Trainings are needed. Teaching is needed. These are my main gifts and passions. Please don’t hear what I am not saying. Simply sharing at the core of my pursuit to see healthy, biblical churches planted, the Spirit is challenging me in my daily walk with Him. If those whom follow me, live as I live, would they be closer to Jesus? Would the Great Commission be finished? What am I reproducing?
As a church planter, I have learned/am learning to take a pause and check in with the Spirit. What is your pattern of teaching when it comes to knowing Him and making Him known? May our thoughts, hearts and spirit be stirred so that we may say His Kingdom come!