Monday, March 2, 2009

man on fire

I read an article today about a man who is on fire for Christ. He's the pastor of a growing and somewhat controversial church in Seattle, WA. I'm choosing not to comment on the beliefs and theology of Mark Driscoll, but I hear his message and it's inspiring. He is uncompromising in his mission, and I'm listening because his mission is the same as mine... the Great Commission (check out Matthew 28:16-20).

Since the topic of evil has been on my mind of late, my thoughts keep coming back around to fear. The devil LOVES it when we're afraid, and he uses that fear to turn us away from God. How many different ways does fear manifest itself in my life? When I choose to argue and become resentful, or come up with reasons "why not," or declare "I need to pray about it"... are my motives always on target? Am I not just really afraid to be wrong sometimes, to take some risks, to act in faith?

Yeah, I am afraid. But I don't want to choose fear anymore. This world is not my eternal resting place. Jesus did not say, "I came to make you cozy," he came to save us and to send us out into the world. We are in this world but not of this world. My goal is to glorify God and to spread his glorious name! So enough with planning and careful stepping; bring on my Father's plan and his way of life. Rock my world!

I am broken;
help my unbelief.
Engulf my heart with your love,
and give me courage.